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Jess, I have to tell you how much I have loved your podcast for the last couple of years! Thank you for all that you do and share for the maker community!

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Newest episodes

5 Things to Avoid when Taking Handmade Product Photos [232]

I've made aaaaalllll the product photography mistakes - and today I'm sharing 5 whoppers you need to avoid in your own handmade product photography. Yep, I did all of these in the beginning - and they are all really good ways to destroy the quality of your photo. Bad...

The Wonderful Paper & Wood World of Zack Mclaughlin [231]

Today on the podcast we are visited by a maker of extraordinary paper sculptures. Zack started making his paper and wood birds after experimenting with his own Children's book in which a little boy makes a bird lantern out of old book pages and willow sticks. Each...

7 Types of Handmade Product Photos you Should Be Taking [230]

Stellar product photos are KEY to successfully selling your handmade creations online. There are lots of ways you can work to improve your photos (and if you need help, the C&T Guide to Product Photography will help) but today, I wanted to focus on 7 types of...

Product Photography Top Tips with Amy Eaton [229]

With more people than ever before selling online, you really need to stand out. And the best way to do this? Amazing product photos. My guest today - Amy Eaton - has been helping small businesses learn how to take better photos since 2017. Amy Eaton is a product...

5 Key Steps to Selling Handmade Online [228]

There is SO much to learn when setting up an online shop for your handmade creations. I mean - I have a whole course on it! But today, I'm focussing in on 5 key aspects of setting up shop online that you can NOT afford to stuff up. This is just the tip of the iceberg...

 

 

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Episode Archive

 

 

 

Episode 0 – Jess’ Story

Episode 1 – How Anna Anagno Grew her Jewellery Biz into her Full-Time Occupation

Episode 2 – This is What’s Holding You Back 

Episode 3 – How to Provide Outstanding Online Customer Service

Episode 4 – The 5 P’s of Successful Business

Episode 5 – Tips for Wholesaling your Handmade Goods with Melanie Augustin

Episode 6 – Q&A #1

Episode 7 – Customer Service Do’s and Don’ts at markets and shows

Episode 8 – How to Deal with Copycats

Episode 9 – Camila Prada on How to Run a Successful Crafty Kickstarter – The Create & Thrive Podcast

Episode 10 – 8 Steps to Turn Your Passion into a Successful Business

Episode 11 – How to Find Your Authentic Voice

Episode 12 – 10 Things You Must do to Have a Successful Online Craft Business

Episode 13 – How to Take Stand-out Product Photos with Jeffrey Opp

Episode 14 – 5 Ways you’re Sabotaging your Success

Episode 15 – How to Advertise your Business on a Shoestring Budget

Episode 16 – How to Change your Life by Changing your Morning Routine

Episode 17 – Should you Sell Your Craft Online?

Episode 18 – Five Mistakes You’re Making with Your Etsy Shop, and How to Fix Them

Episode 19 – The Right Time to Start is Right Now

Episode 20 – Handmade Biz Holiday Prep Checklist

Episode 21- Why Pay for an E-Course when you can Google the Information for Free?

Episode 22 – Social Media: How to Spend Less Time and Get More Results

Episode 23 – What is Profit, and Why is it Important?

Episode 24 – Blogging, Content, and Design Essentials with Arianne Foulks of Aeolidia

Episode 25 – Essential Tips for Running a Handmade Business

Episode 26 –  How a Natural Disaster Inspired Sonia McManus to Follow Her Creative Dream

Episode 27 – C&T Q&A 2

Episode 28 – Sonia Lyne Wants Us All in Stitches

Episode 29 – Why You Should Keep Your Day Job… For Now

Episode 30 – Time Management Hacks You Should Try Today

Episode 31 – Kirsten Devitt on Creativity and Confidence

Episode 32 – Should You Diversify or Consolidate Your Sales Venues

Episode 33 – 5 Techniques to Reduce Stress and Relax

Episode 34 – Rie Natalenko on How to Run Outstanding Craft Workshops

Episode 35 – How To Take a Break from Your Handmade Business

Episode 36 – C&T Q&A 3

Episode 37 – Farewell 2015, Hello 2016

Episode 38 – What Will You Change in 2016?

Episode 39 – Daisy Forster on Facebook and Thinking Inside the Box

Episode 40 – 5 Things You Need Before You’re Ready To Sell Craft Online

Episode 41 – Megan Eckman on the Sweet Spot Between What You Want to Make, and What Your Customers Buy

Episode 42 – A Guide to International Orders for your Handmade Business

Episode 43 – 5 Steps to Stellar Product Photos

Episode 44 – The Ins and Outs of Selling Handmade Goods Wholesale… from a Retailers Perspective

Episode 45 – Reactive vs Proactive Work

Episode 46 – The Power of Being True to You in Business – with Jill from For Strange Women

Episode 47 – How a Photo Can Make You Famous with Cath of My Bearded Pigeon

Episode 48 – Why a Mailing List is Non-negotiable

Episode 49 – 5 Steps to Prepare for Licensing your 2D Artwork – with Laura C George

Episode 50 – 5 Steps to a Better Brand with Julie Gibbons

Episode 51 – The Offbeat World of Able and Game

Episode 52 – How to Thrive in the Face of Illness and Injury with Heidi Fahrenbacher

Episode 53 – Why You Need to Find Your Micro-Niche

Episode 54 – Ways to Increase Your Profits

Episode 55 – 8 Places You Can Get Help with Your Handmade Business

Episode 56 – Are You In the Arena?

Episode 57 – How and Why to Take a Digital Sabbatical

Episode 58 – Why Perfection is a Dangerous Illusion

Episode 59 – 10 Tips for Established Handmade Sellers {Part 1}

Episode 60 – 10 Tips for Established Handmade Sellers {Part 2}

Episode 61 – Why isn’t My Marketing Working?

Episode 62 – Making the Transition from Hobbyist to Business Owner

Episode 63 – What’s Your Definition of Success?

Episode 64 – Making the Functional Beautiful with Clare Collyer of Zillpa

Episode 65 – How to Start or Get Featured on a Podcast with Katie Wyatt

Episode 66 – Expectations Vs Reality

Episode 67 – Ignite Your Creative Spark with Katy McCullough

Episode 68 – The Future of Online Selling with Jonathan Peacock of Zibbet

Episode 69 – How to Run an Effective Giveaway

Episode 70 – How to Organise a Professional Photo Shoot with Christina Lowry

Episode 71 – Why You Should Treat Social Media Like a Cocktail Party

Episode 72 – Stop Focusing on Number of Sales and Start Focusing on the Numbers That Really Matter

Episode 73 – Handmade Holiday Biz Checklist 2016

Episode 74 – 5 Key Steps to Setting Up Shop Online

Episode 75 – How to Spring Clean Your Website

Episode 76 – How to Create Professional Packaging with Kara Irvine

Episode 77 – How to Run an Effective Business Partnership with Nicole and Delilah from Dear Handmade Life

Episode 78 – Behind the Scenes of Epheriell: Order Processing

Episode 79 – How to Make the Most of the Slow Times

Episode 80 – What do YOU Want on the C&T Podcast in 2017?

Episode 81 – How to Overcome Creative Block with Christina Lowry

Episode 82 – How to Deal with Unhappy Customers

Episode 83 – How to Grow Your Instagram Account with Steph Wallace

Episode 84 – How to Help Your Customers Feel Good About Your Business

Episode 85 – Thank you, see you in 2017!

Episode 86 – Planning for the Year Ahead

Episode 87 – Enticing People to Your Mailing List

Episode 88 – Avoid Burnout with Laura Brassie

Episode 89 – Mastering SEO with Feuza Reis

Episode 90 – Collective Store Pros & Cons with Christina Douglas

Episode 91 – 7 Tips for Work at Home Creatives

Episode 92 – REDUX: 5 Time Management Hacks You Should Try Today

Episode 93 – How to Successfully Combine Art and Design with Annie Everingham

Episode 94 – How to Use the Subscription Model to Grow Your Handmade Business

Episode 95 – The Pros & Cons of Amazon Handmade & Shopify with Linda Blume from Rustica Jewelry

Episode 96 – Passive and Alternative Income Streams

Episode 97 – How To Expand Your Business with Poppy Treffry

Episode 98 – The Power of Putting Yourself Out There with Stacie Bloomfield of Gingiber

Episode 99 – Making Friends with the Tyranny of Never Being Finished

Episode 100 – 10 Truths About Running a Handmade Business

Episode 101 – In The Fire of Transformation with Claire Anderson

Episode 102 – How to Choose the Right Ideas to Action with Kez Tutton

Episode 103 – Finding the Space to Just Be

Episode 104 – Developing Your Signature Style with Caitlin from Ink & Spindle

Episode 105 – Should You Start a Second Shop?

Episode 106 – Staying Open to Possibilities with Lisa Congdon

Episode 107 – Top Takeaways From Artful Business Conference and More

Episode 108 – Stop Trying to Do Everything at Once

Episode 109 – The Digital Tools I Use to Run my Business – 2017

Episode 110 – Business Intensive with Judy Carlson

Episode 111 – Handmade Business is Hard Work

Episode 112 – How to Rock Facebook Live with Jackie Muscat

Episode 113 – Seeking Freedom with Beth Kempton

Episode 114 – The Starving Artist Myth with Kerstin Pressler

Episode 115 – Business Intensive with Steph Wallace

Episode 116 – Do you still think that a job is the best way of making a living?

Episode 117 – Round Table Q&A with Thrivers in Winchester, England

Episode 118 – The Only Race is With Yourself

Episode 119 – 10 Steps to Wholesale Readiness

Episode 120 – Can you make a successful living selling OOAK items online?

Episode 121 –  How to Embrace Change

Episode 122 – How to be a Misfit Entrepreneur with Kate Toon

Episode 123 – The 4 Things Holding you Back from Succeeding [REDUX]

Episode 124 – The Legalities of Handmade Business with Christina Scalera [Part One]

Episode 125 – Can I have a successful handmade business without Etsy?

Episode 126 – The Legalities of Handmade Business with Christina Scalera [Part Two]

Episode 127 – Self-Leadership with Karen Gunton

Episode 128 – The Fears We All Face

Episode 129 – Stop, and Focus on What You’re Grateful For

Episode 130 – When a Hobby Should Stay a Hobby with Amanda Adams

Episode 131 – #LookBackMoveForward – a Yearly Review Process

Episode 132 – How to Have an Effective Monthly Planning Day (Premium Episode)

Handmade Biz Tip #1 – It’s a Marathon, Not a Sprint

Episode 133 – Outsourcing Production with Britta Boeckmann

Handmade Biz Tip #2 – Unfollow Your Competition

Handmade Biz Tip #3 – Find Your Micro-Niche

Episode 134 – Sharing Our Success Stories

Handmade Biz Tip #4 – Claim Your Name

Episode 135 – Top Tips for Launching a New Product

Handmade Biz Tip #5 – The Customer Isn’t Always Right

Episode 136 – Why you Need to Stop Feeling Bad about Charging Money for your Craft

Handmade Biz Tip #6 – 5 Qualities of Successful Business Owners

Episode 137 –  Set Up an Effective Sales Funnel with Chanelle White

Handmade Biz Tip #7 – Use the Right Keywords in your Product Titles

Episode 138 – Satsuma Street: a Success Story

Handmade Biz Tip #8 – Set Up an Order Processing System

Episode 139 – How Max & Me Became a Smashing Success with Stacey Howard

Handmade Biz Tip #9 – Sell on Etsy

Episode 140 – Goal Setting Do’s and Don’ts for your Business (Member-Exclusive Episode)

Handmade Biz Tip #10 – None of Us are Ever Finished

Episode 141 – Grow your Side Hustle with Chris Guillebeau

Handmade Biz Tip #11 – Build your Courage Muscle

Episode 142 – Success Story: Bare Hands Bracelets

Handmade Biz Tip #12 – Brand your Craft

Episode 143 – Growing a Jewellery Design Business with Priyanka Kedia of AYVA

Handmade Biz Tip #13 – Use Trello (or Something Like it) to Capture and Organise your Ideas

Episode 144 – The Power of Pinterest [Member-Exclusive]

Handmade Biz Tip #14 – Underpromise and Overdeliver

Episode 145 – Erin Dollar of Cotton & Flax

Handmade Biz Tip #15 – Use Etsy Shop Updates to Get Seen

Episode 146 – Set up Good Systems with Marina Darlow

Handmade Biz Tip #16

Episode 147 – The Circle of Control {Member Exclusive}

Handmade Biz Tip #17 – Use Linktree on Instagram

Episode 148 –  How and Why to Take a Digital Sabbatical {REDUX}

Handmade Biz Tip  #18 – Everything is Figureoutable!

#MakingItPodcourse: Mindset | Lesson 1: Facing Fear

#MakingItPodcourse: Mindset | Lesson 2: Expectations vs. Reality

#MakingItPodcourse: Mindset | Lesson 3: The Pitfalls of Perfectionism

#MakingItPodcourse: Mindset | Lesson 4: Confidence & Courage

#MakingItPodcourse: Mindset | Lesson 5: Overcoming Overwhelm

#MakingItPodcourse: Mindset | Lesson 6: The Pull of Procrastination

#MakingItPodcourse: Mindset | Lesson 7: How to Make It

#MakingItPodcourse: Mindset | Lesson 8: What’s Your Money Story?

#MakingItPodcourse: Money | Lesson 9: Charge What You’re Worth

#MakingItPodcourse: Money | Lesson 10: You May Not Make Money Right Away… & That’s Okay

#MakingItPodcourse: Money | Lesson 11: Get a Handle on Your Bookkeeping

#MakingItPodcourse: Money | Lesson 12: Make More Profit

#MakingItPodcourse: Money | Lesson 13: Alternative & Passive Income Streams

#MakingItPodcourse: Money | Lesson 14: How to Make It: Money

#MakingItPodcourse: Marketing | Lesson 15: What is Marketing?#MakingItPodcourse: Marketing | Lesson 16: Tell Your Story

#MakingItPodcourse: Marketing | Lesson 17: Improve your Visual Marketing

#CTMonthInTheLife – A Photo-a-Day Instagram Challenge for Makers – Starts August 1, 2018!

#MakingItPodcourse: Marketing | Lesson 18: Improve your SEO

#MakingItPodcourse: Marketing | Lesson 19: Use Your Mailing List

#MakingItPodcourse: Marketing | Lesson 20: How to Use Social Media

#MakingItPodcourse: Marketing | Lesson 21: How to Make It: Marketing

#MakingItPodcourse: Business Management | Lesson 22: Manage Your Expectations

#MakingItPodcourse: Business Management | Lesson 23: Manage Your Focus

#MakingItPodcourse: Business Management | Lesson 24: Manage Your Energy

#MakingItPodcourse: Business Management | Lesson 25: Manage Your Time

#MakingItPodcourse: Business Management | Lesson 26: Manage Your Workflow & Business Systems

#MakingItPodcourse: Business Management | Lesson 27: Manage Your Schedule

#MakingItPodcourse: Business Management | Lesson 28: Making It: Business Management

#MakingItPodcourse: Wrap-Up, Reflection, & a Special Offer!

Episode 155 –  Magnetic Marketing with Shannon Bush

Episode 156 – You Don’t Have to Market the Way Everybody Else Does! {Members-Only}

Episode 157 – Leverage your Etsy Shop with Danielle Spurge

Episode 158 – 10 Steps to Put Boundaries Around your Work

Episode 159 – Top Tips for Selling your Handmade Goods Wholesale with Melanie AugustinEpisode

Episode 160  – Focus on the Small Steps [Members-Only Episode]

Episode 161 – The number 1 reason handmade businesses fail (and 3 strategies to overcome it)

Episode 162 – 7 Reasons to Sell your Craft Online

Episode 163 – PR: How to Pitch with Brigitte Lyons

Episode 164 – Should you Offer Free Shipping: the Pros and Cons {Members Only}

Episode 165 – 10 Things I’ve Learnt in 10 Years in Business

Episode 166 – Pricing & Branding with Megan Auman

Episode 167 –  Art & Travel with Alice Tams

Episode 168 – Check out my NEW podcast – The Business of Making!

Episode 169 – Key Takeaways from the Etsy Search Update [Members Only]

Summer Series 2018 – Grow your Side Hustle with Chris Guillebeau

Summer Series 2018 – Set up Good Systems with Marina Darlow

Summer Series 2018 – How Max & Me Became a Smashing Success with Stacey Howard

Summer Series 2018 – Being Boss with Emily Thompson

Summer Series 2018 – Magnetic Marketing with Shannon Bush

Episode 170 – How to take product photos with your smartphone (iPhone or Android) with Chaitra Radhakrishna

Episode 171 – 8 Reasons why your Traffic isn’t Converting to Sales

Episode 172 – How PR can Help you Grow a Niche Handmade Business with Aidan Mackinnon

Episode 173 – What Do I Send to my Email List? {Premium Episode}

Episode 174 – Growing a Business via Customer-Led Product Development with Jacinta Taylor

Episode 175 – The Journey to Create a Brand that Stands Out with Catherine Hildner

Episode 176 – Overplanning vs. Underplanning: How to Balance the Pros & Cons

Episode 177 – It’s Okay to Stay Small {Premium Episode}

Episode 178 – Social Activism & Your Craft Business with Cath Young

Episode 179 – Selling One-of-a-Kind Online with Kriket Broadhurst

Episode 180 – Don’t be Afraid to Put your Etsy shop in Holiday Mode.

Episode 181 – 5 Non-Negotiable Keys to Selling Your Craft Online

Episode 182 – The Stats to Track for your Handmade Business {Inc. Downloadable Spreadsheet}

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

Episode 184 – How to Teach In-Person Workshops on your Craft

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

Episode 186 – 9 Strategies to Overcome Analysis Paralysis [Premium]

Episode 187 – Do the Work

Episode 188 – Belle and Union – the Realities of Running a Brick & Mortar Biz

Episode 189 – The Power of a Unique Brand – with Jill from For Strange Women

Episode 190 – Steps to Pinterest Success {Premium}

Episode 191 – Branding Blunders to Avoid with Julie Gibbons

Episode 192 – Roadmap to Success with Catie Miller

Episode 193 – How Craft Saved SuzAnne Taylor’s Life

Episode 194 – 6 Tactics to Organise your To-Do List [Premium]

Episode 195 – The Challenges of Going from Job to Business with Katherine DaSilva

Episode 196 – Why you should (maybe) keep you day job. 

Episode 197 – How to Plan your Next Project… Properly! With Kate Hutcheson.

Episode 198 – Setting Boundaries in your Handmade Biz {Premium}

Episode 199 – 5 Ways to Find Shops to Stock your Handmade Products

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

Episode 201 – Heidi Luerra and the Work of Art

Episode 202 – How & Why to Document your Business SystemsEpisode

Episode 203 –  Emails that Get Attention with Katie Salmon

Episode 204 – Grow your Handmade Biz via YouTube with Patrick Adair

Making It Podcourse – Week 1 – MINDSET

Making It Podcourse – Week 2 – MONEY

Making It Podcourse – Week 3 – MARKETING

MakingItPodcourse – Week 4 – BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

Episode 205 – How to choose the right platform for your handmade website & shop

Episode 206 – When you want to quit 

Episode 207 – So you want to run an Instagram challenge…

Episode 208 – How to deal with unhappy customers (Redux)

Episode 209 – 16 Strategies to Survive the Silly Sales Season

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

Episode 211 – Selling via subscription & my Earring-of-the-Month Club story

Episode 212 – Etsy SEO Live Workshop Replay (with info direct from Etsy themselves)

Episode 213 – 10 Things I Wish I’d Known when I Started my Handmade Busines

Episode 215 – Stop looking for the ‘secret of success’ in business – do this instead.

Episode 216 – How to make your online jewellery biz thrive with Raphaela of Fifth Heaven Designs

Episode 217 – Finding the Confidence to Start Your Handmade Biz

Episode 218 – De-Risking the Move to Self-Employment with Matt Baker

Episode 219 –  Are You your own Worst Enemy?

Episode 220 – Weaving a Business with Jen Duffin of Nova Mercury

Episode 221 – What’s the point of your biz – and why should people care?

Episode 222 – How Branding Shapes the Story of your Business with Katie Saunders

Episode 223 – COVID-19 & Your Handmade Business (Coronavirus)

Episode 224 – 24 Years & Counting with Christine Tenenholtz

Episode 225 – 9 Steps to Name your Handmade Business 

Episode 226 – Modern Stained Glass Artist Lauren Earl of Szklo Glass 

Episode 227 – Don’t leave your customers with obvious questions!

Episode 228 – 5 Key Steps to Selling Handmade Online

 

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