[210] 6 years, 12 employees, and $1 mil revenue… the inspirational story of Popov Leather.

Imagine starting a business because you just wanted to make yourself the perfect wallet… and then looking back 6 years later to discover that you’ve got 12 employees, 2 children, and over a million dollars in revenue?
 That’s the position that my guest today – Ryan Popov – finds himself in – and as he stated himself in the podcast, he never dreamt he’d be where he is today when he was perfecting that wallet for himself 6 years ago.

His business has been incredibly successful in a relatively short timeframe, and in this episode he shares:

how (and why) his business has grown so quickly;
how he and his wife (who is equal partner) balance work and family;
the differences between selling on Etsy and on his own website;
how he and his wife took the leap from being employed to full-time self-employment;
the marketing strategies that have worked for him, and much more.
 I had so much fun chatting to Ryan for this episode – he’s clearly passionate about his craft, and about his business, and I hope you enjoy listening to his story as much as I did!

[185] 4th Anniversary Q&A – I answer your handmade business questions.

To celebrate the 4th anniversary of the start of The Create & Thrive Podcast, I’m answering YOUR handmade business questions in this episode.
I got a ton of great, meaty questions – and I answered a number of them in this episode. If I didn’t answer yours, never fear! I do plan on doing a follow-up episode answering more questions in a future episode.

I answer questions like:

“Should I have a business, or just a self-sustaining hobby?”;
“What do I do when I feel I’m at the crossroads of continuing my business of getting a ‘real’ job”;
“How can I get my motivation back?”
“How do I overcome the fear of not being good enough?”
“I’ve only got a small number of products – should I open my shop now or wait until I have more?”
Huge thanks to everyone who sent in a question – I loved this opportunity to help you out directly.

[183] Handmade Shop Policies: What you MUST Include (with Etsy-Specific Guidance)

A lot of potential issues with your handmade business customers can be side-stepped through the judicious use of policies.
A well-planned policy preempts a lot of issues, and makes sure everything is spelled out clearly to your customer prior to purchase.

It also keeps everything fair and transparent, and makes sure you can’t be accused of making up one set of rules for one customer, and another for others.

It’s as much about your protection and peace of mind as it is about informing and protecting your customers.

In this episode, I discuss the ins and outs of policies – what you NEED to have in there (no matter what platform you use), and give you some Etsy-specific guidance, as well.

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