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The Create & Thrive Podcast

Learn how to turn your creative hobby into a thriving business with Jess Van Den

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[83] How to Grow Your Instagram Account with Steph Wallace

Do you struggle when it comes to growing your Instagram following? Do you wonder how people gain a ton of [...]

1hr 23mins

25 Nov 2016

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[72] Stop Focusing on Number of Sales and Start Focusing on the Numbers That Really Matter

Do you find yourself focusing on the ‘number of sales’ you (or others!) are making as your main metric of [...]


8 Sep 2016

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[212] Etsy SEO Live Workshop Replay (with info direct from Etsy themselves)

1hr 12mins

26 Nov 2019

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[54] 5 Ways to Increase Your Profits

You could be eating away at your profits without even realising it. However, there are lots of ways you can [...]


28 Apr 2016

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[44] The Ins and Outs of Selling Handmade Goods Wholesale… from a Retailers Perspective


17 Feb 2016

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[141] Grow your Side Hustle with Chris Guillebeau

In this episode I talk with the master of the Side Hustle – my friend Chris Guillebeau. Chris has [...]


21 Mar 2018

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[133] Outsourcing Production with Britta Boeckmann

Have you ever thought about outsourcing the production of your handmade goods? Maybe you want to grow beyond what one [...]


16 Jan 2018

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[145] Erin Dollar of Cotton & Flax

My guest today is the inspirational Erin Dollar. Erin is a textile and surface pattern designer who specialises in minimalist [...]


19 Apr 2018

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[66] Expectations Vs. Reality

This episode is all about facing the reality of the expectations – both conscious and unconscious – that you may be harbouring about [...]


27 Jul 2016

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Podcast Summer Series ’17 – 7 Tips for Work-at-Home Creatives

Welcome to the Create & Thrive Podcast: Summer Series ’17 During the Summer Series I’ll be re-playing the best [...]


13 Dec 2017

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[87] Enticing People to Join – and Stay On – Your Mailing List

Have you got a mailing list for your business? If you don’t – you should! A mailing list is the most [...]


12 Jan 2017

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[223] COVID-19 & Your Handmade Business (Coronavirus)


18 Mar 2020

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[139] How Max & Me Became a Smashing Success with Stacey Howard


7 Mar 2018

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[HBT #3] Find Your Micro-Niche

Handmade Biz Tip #3 – Why you Need to Find Your Micro-Niche   Love the show? You can show [...]


25 Jan 2018

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[40] 5 Things You Need Before You’re Ready To Sell Craft Online

Having an online presence is one of the most important things you can do for your handmade business. If you [...]


20 Jan 2016

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[149] Improve your Handmade Biz Workflow with these Awesome Digital Tools

Today I’ve got a suite of awesome digital tools and apps that will help you more effectively and efficiently [...]


24 May 2018

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[84] How to Help Your Customers Feel Good About Your Business

So many of us are focussed on how we feel about our biz, and on doing the best job we [...]


1 Dec 2016

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[175] The Journey to Create a Brand that Stands Out with Catherine Hildner


7 Feb 2019

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

This is a big one – how to effectively use social media as part of your handmade business marketing. [...]


20 Jul 2018

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[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!


12 Nov 2019

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