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Jess Van Den
Why take a digital sabbatical...
Every year I switch off the internet for at least a week. I've been doing this for many years now - and this year, instead of taking the internet away from me, I took myself away from the internet. I visited Heron Island in the Great Barrier Reef - where there's no phone service and no internet (unless you pay a lot for it) - and spent my time walking, reading, snorkelling, swimming, eating, hanging out with friends, and filming this video for you
How we Manage our Orders | Step-By-Step System for Handmade & Etsy Business Owners
Business Systems will save your sanity! Today I’m going to share one very important system that we've developed - how to process and keep track of the orders our handmade business receives. Getting this right will save you time, mental energy, and hopefully prevent mistakes and unhappy customers (most of the time)...
Pinterest or Instagram: Which is Better for Marketing your Handmade Business?
Which is better for driving traffic to your handmade biz? Instagram, or Pinterest? The answer is… it depends. Let’s break down the pros and cons of each platform so you can decide which one is more likely to work for you!
Handmade business pricing and branding...
My friend Megan Auman has been running her eponymous jewellery line for over 12 years. She also, like me, teaches makers how to craft successful businesses. We highlight the difference between the ‘one to many’ and ‘1000 true fans’ marketing/business growth strategies; why you don’t need to manufacture problems to sell handmade; and, why social media may just be one of the lowest return-on-investment marketing strategies.
How do you know when it's time to quit your business?
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 podcast 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 just having a bad day.
I’ve started my business, but I’m still in the learning stages. | Create & Thrive
Hey Thriver, You’ve started your handmade business. But you’re still in the beginning, and know you have so much to learn! Lucky for you – I’ve been right where you are. And I’ve created a bunch of resources to help you do just that.
5 Mistakes You’re Making With Your Etsy Shop – and How to Fix Them | Create & Thrive
I’ve been teaching people about selling craft online for a few years now – and most of those people start out on Etsy. But you know what? I keep seeing them all make the same mistakes. Today, I’m going to share 5 mistakes that I see people make with their Etsy shop – and how you can fix them.
Handmade Product Development: You need to find the ‘sweet spot’.
Chances are, you became a crafter because you love making stuff. (I know I did.) By now, you’ve probably worked out what you like making the most. And if you’re here, reading this, I’m going to assume that you like making that stuff so much that you’re trying to make (at least part of) a living by selling the stuff you like to make. #etsyshop #etsyseller #etsybusiness #etsy
5 reasons your marketing isn't working
So often I hear people asking, in frustration ‘I’m posting on Instagram and Facebook all the time, but I’m still not selling anything! Why?!’. I hear you. It’s maddening, exasperating, and exhausting. But chances are, there IS a reason. #etsy #etsybusiness #podcast
5 Tips for Launching a New Handmade Product
If you are anything like me, the fast approach of the New Year has your creative brain buzzing with ideas for new products. Ideas development, product planning, and market research are all very important – but there are a few more things to think about for a new product launch in order to give it it’s best chances of success. #etsy #etsybusiness #etsyshop #handmade
Handmade Shop Policies: What you MUST Include (Etsy-Specific Guidance Included)
What, exactly, should you have in your handmade shop policies? It doesn’t matter if you’re selling on Etsy, Shopify, or anywhere else online – you need to have a comprehensive policy section on your site. I know, I know – writing policies is NOT fun. But it IS a vital step in protecting both you and your customers. A lot of potential issues with your customers can be side-stepped through the judicious use of policies.
5 Tips for Work-at-Home Creatives | Create & Thrive
Inevitably, you will be asked ‘What have you been up to?’ When you start telling them about working for yourself from home, I am sure there has been at least one person who exclaims, ‘MUST BE NICE!’ Little do they know!Working from home is not as easy as the stereotype would have you believe. In fact, it can end becoming MORE work than the ol’ 9-5 you ditched to become a full-time entrepreneur. Now that’s not to say it can’t be everything you ever hoped for.&nbs
5 Ways You’re Sabotaging Your Own Success | Create & Thrive
Over the last few years, I’ve taught, talked with, and watched many hundreds (perhaps even thousands!) of people who have the shared dream of turning their handmade hobby into a thriving business. Unsurprisingly, they all share many positive things in common. A passion for making something. A love of being creative. A drive to evolve. The desire to make real dollars from their craft. All of those things are vital if you want to reach your goal. That being said, I’ve also noticed commonalities