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

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

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A Freelance Fortress for Creatives!

By Katie Joy B. - Nov 07 2019
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Jess and her incredible guests shine the brightest of lights on what it means to create a sustainable creative freelance business that works for you! Engaging, inspiring, and educational are just a few of the words I’d use to describe the time you’ll spend with them. Thanks so much for putting out such a spectacular show Jess - keep up the great work!

Right on Time!

By Stacey Vee - Aug 28 2019
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I recently subscribed to this podcast and I have listened to Episode 203 with Katie Salmon twice already! Her tips on designing for smart phone instead of inbox were an AHA! moment for me. I’d been looking for this very information for a few days and here it was yesterday on my morning commute!

iTunes Ratings

65 Ratings
Average Ratings
61
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1

A Freelance Fortress for Creatives!

By Katie Joy B. - Nov 07 2019
Read more
Jess and her incredible guests shine the brightest of lights on what it means to create a sustainable creative freelance business that works for you! Engaging, inspiring, and educational are just a few of the words I’d use to describe the time you’ll spend with them. Thanks so much for putting out such a spectacular show Jess - keep up the great work!

Right on Time!

By Stacey Vee - Aug 28 2019
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I recently subscribed to this podcast and I have listened to Episode 203 with Katie Salmon twice already! Her tips on designing for smart phone instead of inbox were an AHA! moment for me. I’d been looking for this very information for a few days and here it was yesterday on my morning commute!
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The Create & Thrive Podcast

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

Rank #1: [95] The Pros & Cons of Amazon Handmade & Shopify with Linda Blume from Rustica Jewelry

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There are so many selling platforms available to us that it can be daunting to figure out which ones to [...]

Mar 10 2017

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Rank #2: [100] 10 Truths About Running a Handmade Business

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Welcome to Episode 100 of the Create & Thrive Podcast! And it’s double celebrations, because it’s not only the [...]

Apr 13 2017

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Rank #3: [199] 5 Ways to Find Shops to Stock your Handmade Products

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So you want to get your handmade products into shops, galleries, or boutiques… BUT – how do you find the right ones to approach?
There are a ton of ways to do this – many of which we teach in my newly available course – Wholesale Know-How – but in this episode, I’m outlining just 5 of the strategies you can use to track down potential new stockists who would be a perfect fit for your product.

It’s important to get this step right, so you don’t waste time approaching the wrong type of stores. Of course, not every store you approach will say yes (even if you are a perfect fit!) but you vastly increase the likelihood of a store buying from you if you do the research and hard yards beforehand to make sure they’re a great fit.

Jul 25 2019

21mins

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Rank #4: [149] Improve your Handmade Biz Workflow with these Awesome Digital Tools

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

May 24 2018

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Rank #5: [161] The number 1 reason handmade businesses fail (and 3 strategies to overcome it)

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I have seen so many handmade business owners flounder and give up, and there is one thing so many [...]

Sep 19 2018

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Rank #6: [104] Developing Your Signature Style with Caitlin from Ink & Spindle

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In the first years of your business it can sometimes feel like you are yet to find your signature [...]

May 12 2017

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Rank #7: [155] Magnetic Marketing with Shannon Bush

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Does your marketing copy sometimes just feel a bit… blah? Like – you’re not quite sure what to say to [...]

Aug 09 2018

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Rank #8: [184] How to Teach In-Person Workshops on your Craft

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Do you want to teach your craft? Do you dream of running in-person, live workshops to pass on your knowledge? Or – maybe you already teach handmade workshops, but want to make them even better?
My guest in this episode – Dr. Rie Natalenko – is a teacher, writer and textile artist. She’s an expert in the art and science of teaching creative workshops to adults.

She has penned a book titled Share Your Skills – An Ultimate Guide to Running an Art or Craft Workshop.

If you need the confidence to start teaching creative workshops or you would like to enhance your existing skills, then this episode is for you!

This is one from the archives – I first published it a few years ago – but given that I plan on publishing an episode in the near future about how to teach craft workshops online, I thought this would be a great primer for that – because the ‘teaching’ part is the same.

Apr 12 2019

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Rank #9: [170] How to take product photos with your smartphone (iPhone or Android) with Chaitra Radhakrishna

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Jan 04 2019

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Rank #10: [141] Grow your Side Hustle with Chris Guillebeau

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

Mar 21 2018

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Rank #11: [109] The Digital Tools I Use to Run my Businesses – 2017 Edition

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Do you ever wonder what digital tools and software other people use to run their businesses? I do – [...]

Jun 16 2017

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Rank #12: [175] The Journey to Create a Brand that Stands Out with Catherine Hildner

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Feb 07 2019

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Rank #13: [153] The New Etsy Seller Fees – Let’s Compare the Cost…

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So – Etsy are putting their fees up for the first time in 13 years. And a lot of people [...]

Jun 19 2018

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Rank #14: [144] The Power of Pinterest [Member-Exclusive]

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This month, to fit in with the Thriver Circle project (#PinterestChallenge), I’ve done an episode on the power of [...]

Apr 10 2018

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Rank #15: #MakingItPodcourse: Mindset | Lesson 1: Facing Fear

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In lesson 1 of the #MakingItPodcourse, I talk about fear. The fears we all face, the fact you’re not [...]

Jul 01 2018

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Rank #16: [164] Should you Offer Free Shipping: the Pros and Cons {Members Only}

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To offer free shipping or to not offer free shipping – that is the question. More and more handmade sellers [...]

Oct 12 2018

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Rank #17: [165] 10 Things I’ve Learnt in 10 Years in Business

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This month marks my 10-year business anniversary! I wanted to celebrate the milestone by sharing 10 of the many, [...]

Oct 19 2018

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Rank #18: [111] Handmade Business is Hard Work

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Handmade business is hard work.   It takes a lot of time. A lot of work. A lot of [...]

Jun 29 2017

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Rank #19: [193] How Craft Saved SuzAnne Taylor’s Life

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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.

Jun 15 2019

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Rank #20: [181] 5 Non-Negotiable Keys to Selling Your Craft Online

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Selling your craft online via etsy, another venue, or your own website has so many benefits.
Having an online presence is one of the most important things you can do for your handmade business.

If you are yet to launch your online shop; are on the fence as to whether it’s worth it; have been thinking about it for a while and don’t know where to start; or you have one but you aren’t sure about how improve it – this episode is for you!

I outline the main benefits of having an online shop – even if selling online is not your primary venue of choice.

I also share the 5 things you need to get a handle on before you can start successfully selling your work online.

Mar 21 2019

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