[209] 16 Strategies to Survive the Silly Sales Season

It’s the silly season! And that means that you’re going to be busy – real busy – both in your business and in your life.
 So how do you make sure to stay on top of everything while maintaining your sanity?

That’s what today’s podcast is aaaaaall about. I’ve got 16(!) strategies that will help you stay sane and survive the silly sales season when you’re running an online business.

[206] When you want to quit.

Have you ever had that moment where you thought ‘I just don’t want to do this any more’?
This happens to most of us eventually – especially those of us who have been in business for a long time.

How do you know if or when it’s time to quit?

In this episode I give you some food for thought, and outline a few key questions to ask yourself in order to decide if it really is time to throw in the towel, or if you’re jut having a bad day.

[200] An Interview with Jess’ Husband Nick – His Side of the Creative Journey

Have you ever wanted to hear the other side of the story?
What’s it like to be the partner of a creative entrepreneur?

What’s it like working full-time with your spouse in your business?

Who does the washing? (Spoiler: not Jess.)

We answer all these questions and more in this special, 200th episode of the Create & Thrive Podcast, where I interview my husband and right-hand-man, Nick Bianchi, on the show!

I did a call-out for questions… and boy, did you all deliver! So I asked, he answered, and we bantered about our experience working together and sharing all aspects of our lives over the last decade – since before Epheriell even began.

We had a lot of fun recording this, so I hope you enjoy listening to Nick’s experiences, and this glimpse ‘behind the curtain’ of a self-employed couple.

[198] Setting Boundaries in your Handmade Biz {Premium}

Do you struggle to set boundaries in your handmade biz?

Maybe you feel like you have to respond to every email or message RIGHT NOW.

Perhaps you feel like you should ALWAYS be working.

Maybe you struggle to focus when there are chores catching your eye around the house.

Or do you find it hard to say ‘no’ to family and friends when they want your attention during what should be work time?

In this episode, I go into detail about all the different sorts of boundaries you need to set in your handmade business – around your time, your privacy, and much more.

I share a few challenges I’ve faced over the years to set boundaries (and why I took Facebook off my phone…), and share many tips about why boundaries matter, and how you can set and enforce them.

[193] How Craft Saved SuzAnne Taylor’s Life

I’m thankful to be able to share this story with you today – the story of how craft – specifically, jewellery-making and metalsmithing – helped SuzAnne Taylor to find new purpose in her life.
SuzAnne was a combat medic in the US Army, and after a tour in the Middle East, returned home with a severe case of PTSD.

I’ve known SuzAnne online for a few years now, but when I finally learnt the details of her story, I knew I wanted to bring her on the show to talk about her experience, and how finding a craft literally saved her life.

This is an incredibly moving episode – SuzAnne is an open book and we dive deep into her experiences over the years since her tour of duty.

I want to thank SuzAnne for sharing her experience with us – and sharing her journey towards healing.

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