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Let's explore the intersection of making art + making money. Whether you just opened your first Etsy shop, or you've been selling your art, design or writing full-time for years - you have the same issues: doubt, motivation and getting it all done. In this podcast we'll explore what you really want from your small business so that you can follow your enthusiasm, make your art and make money. I'll be sharing lessons + insights from my work with crafters, knitwear designers, artists and authors; interviewing makers about what makes their business work; and sharing what I learn as I travel to teach at fiber farmer conventions + arts councils.

Let's explore the intersection of making art + making money. Whether you just opened your first Etsy shop, or you've been selling your art, design or writing full-time for years - you have the same issues: doubt, motivation and getting it all done. In this podcast we'll explore what you really want from your small business so that you can follow your enthusiasm, make your art and make money. I'll be sharing lessons + insights from my work with crafters, knitwear designers, artists and authors; interviewing makers about what makes their business work; and sharing what I learn as I travel to teach at fiber farmer conventions + arts councils.
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Let's explore the intersection of making art + making money. Whether you just opened your first Etsy shop, or you've been selling your art, design or writing full-time for years - you have the same issues: doubt, motivation and getting it all done. In this podcast we'll explore what you really want from your small business so that you can follow your enthusiasm, make your art and make money. I'll be sharing lessons + insights from my work with crafters, knitwear designers, artists and authors; interviewing makers about what makes their business work; and sharing what I learn as I travel to teach at fiber farmer conventions + arts councils.

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Episodes

228: When you have too many ideas

10/10/2018
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Have you found that whenever you're really busy and you do NOT have the time to work on something, you get a MILLION ideas for it?! I know! Me too! So what do you do when you have too many ideas? How can keep from losing them? How can you keep creativity flowing? How can you be sure to choose the right one? When I asked the Starship what topics they most wanted me to cover on the podcast, this came up over and over: What do I do when I have too many ideas? First, know that you are not...

Duration:00:26:07

227: What I'm reading October 2018

10/3/2018
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I follow my enthusiasm by reading…a lot. And once a month, I share (some of) the books I read last month and the books I intend to read this month. You can join the informal book club by sharing your own list with me on Facebook and find all the posts here. (The usual disclaimer applies.) What I read this month: Now, Discover Your Strengths, he doTERRA resourceshead here and fill out the form!RecoverySimplicity ParentingThe PowerSo You Want to Talk About Race You can hear more about...

Duration:00:17:19

226: Why you self-sabotage

9/26/2018
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I did not want to talk about this. I have been avoiding this topic for years, even though it's something my listeners and clients as ask all the time: WHY do I keep sabotaging myself? If you feel like you sabotage your own success, today’s episode is for you. So last week I put up 5 different podcast ideas for the Starship to vote on what they most wanted me to talk about...and you know what got the most votes? Self Sabotage! Even though I've been asked this a lot, I've avoided talking...

Duration:00:28:47

Post-summer Renewal FREE WORKSHEET!

9/19/2018
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Are you ready to dive back into your business after a summer break? Did you take time off for the summer? Or did you just feel less productive because of the nice weather, the travel, the kids home from school? Whether you took a proper break or not, a lot of you asked me: How do I get back to work? Take a fresh look at your goals. It's possible your life shifted over the summer - maybe your kids entered school or maybe you entered a new relationship or maybe your had a great moment in...

Duration:00:10:32

224: How I dramatically simplified my business

9/12/2018
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I dramatically simplified my business this summer. Today I'm going to share what I did and more importantly, how you can simplify your business in just a few questions (but a lot of heavy thinking). As you know if you’ve been listening for awhile, we’re getting ready to become foster parents and one way we’re preparing is by getting very clear about what our priorities are. Now, before you start worrying, my business is a big priority. Not only because it pays 100% of our bills, but...

Duration:00:20:29

222: Upgrade your "everybody"

8/29/2018
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Everybody knows it's too risky to have a business. Everybody is following their passion and making a million dollars doing it. Everybody knows you need to be on Instagram. Or have an email list. Everybody knows you can’t grow on Instagram on anymore. Which of these statements is true? It depends on your own personal "everybody". Today we're going to talk about who "everybody" is and how upgrading your "everybody" can improve your life. Today we're going to talk about how your concept of...

Duration:00:18:23

221: Foundations of a healthy business: What you truly need to succeed

8/22/2018
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Where should you spend in your business? What actually matters for a profitable, thriving business? And how in the world do you get there? Today we’re going to discuss the foundations of a healthy business. Today we’re going to talk about what really matters in your business. Now, these are the foundations, but this isn’t just for new business owners. In fact, if you’ve got your business together and you’re wondering how you can scale it, or make it more profitable, or make more sales, the...

Duration:00:17:38

220: How do you keep going when everything is GOOD?

8/15/2018
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How do you keep going when everything is GOOD? Or FINE? What if you met your goal, so you're not feeling super motivated? Or you've gotten excited about a new project? How do you keep your consistency on what's already going well? Today's question comes from a Starship Captain who asked, "How do you stay focused on the parts of your business that are already going well, when you've got a new project you're excited about?" I'm going to answer her question in a minute, but first I wanted to...

Duration:00:11:52

219: Branding vs Marketing vs Sales

8/8/2018
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What's your brand? Is worrying about it going to increase your sales? What is translating marketing on Instagram into sales? Today we're going to talk about the difference between branding, marketing and sales, as it's related to your small business. A few weeks ago we talked about increasing sales through marketing on Instagram and then I was talking with a Captain about being sure they were spending their time on SALES, not just on Branding. It got me thinking, there's an important...

Duration:00:27:00

218: What I’m reading: August 2018

8/1/2018
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I follow my enthusiasm by reading…a lot. And once a month, I share (some of) the books I read last month and the books I intend to read this month. You can join the informal book club by sharing your own list with me on Facebook and find all the posts here. (The usual disclaimer applies.) What I read this month: Expecting Adam this articleNot Always HappyKari's articles in the NYTGeek ParentingStealing the Show: How Women are Revolutionizing TelevisionThe Wicked and the Divine: Vol 5 +...

Duration:00:25:01

217: Translate Love into Sales - Your questions answered

7/25/2018
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How do you translate passion into sales? Today I’m answering a question from an Instagram friend! On Instagram, I asked for your questions and IMDCreates asks, “I am scared to ask but here goes I am a crocheter and I am proud of what I do but it doesn't seem to translate into sales how can I change this for my business?” Sales don’t just happen, sales are a result of clear communication. Sales happen because the person who wants what you sell, clearly understands (because you...

Duration:00:16:18

216: When things don't go as planned

7/18/2018
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Now that you've reviewed the year so far, you have probably recognized some things that did not turn out as planned. How do you feel? Do you feel horrible about that? Crushed? How do you handle it when things don't turn out as planned? Disappointments. They happen. I've heard from a lot of you that you actually skip doing your monthly or quarterly review, because you know you didn't hit your goal and you don't wanna acknowledge it. But here's the thing: You have to acknowledge where you...

Duration:00:34:16

215: Goals vs Systems: How to reach your 2018 goal

7/11/2018
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You need a goal. And a system. What if you don't need a goal to do what you need to do? Let's talk about what a goal is good at, and not good at, and get you ready for the rest of the year! Welcome to the second half of 2018. This is the perfect time to look at the goals you set in January and be real with yourself. Are you truly working on them? Have you made progress? What do you need in order to work on them? Today we're going to talk about what to do AFTER you set a goal...and we're...

Duration:00:14:52

214: What I'm reading: June 2018

7/4/2018
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I follow my enthusiasm by reading…a lot. And once a month, I share (some of) the books I read last month and the books I intend to read this month. You can join the informal book club by sharing your own list with me on Facebook and find all the posts here. (The usual disclaimer applies.) What I read this month: When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter MemoirDietlandHoward's EndAngel's TipIf You Were HereThe ExThe WifeBuffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 11Ancillary Sword and...

Duration:00:19:21

213: Your questions answered: blogging, benefits and slowing sales

6/27/2018
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This week I answered questions from my Instagram followers! collekecreations devotedquilterchristmastreegiftsbcastielfrancescaabram Listen in and get free access to the whole library of podcast transcripts at TaraSwiger.com/podcast213

Duration:00:29:50

212: Announcement! Insight to a personal decision

6/20/2018
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This week I make a big announcement - we're becoming foster parents! In today's Very Special Episode I explain what that means, how it all works and where we are in the process. Plus I share a very sweet story about my Poppy. Listen in and get access to the library of podcast transcripts at TaraSwiger.com/podcast212

Duration:00:46:04

211: On my 36th birthday

6/13/2018
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It's my birthday month, and that means it's time to review my year and share the lessons I learned from another year on the earth. Links I mentioned: Map Your BusinessEssentialEnthusiasm.com Past Birthday posts: 353433323130292827 Listen in and get your free transcript at TaraSwiger.com/podcast211

Duration:00:23:45

210: Fit it all together: Your marketing plan

6/6/2018
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Emails. Instagram. YouTube. Facebook. How can you possibly do all the marketing stuff you "should" do? And how can you be sure it's going to be worth your time? The key is to make it all work together - today I'm going to teach you how to think about your marketing so you can make it time effective and increase your sales. Links I mentioned Craft Your Marketing Listen in and get your free workbook at TaraSwiger.com/podcast210

Duration:00:23:34

209: What I'm Reading: May 2018

5/30/2018
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I follow my enthusiasm by reading…a lot. And once a month, I share (some of) the books I read last month and the books I intend to read this month. You can join the informal book club by sharing your own list with me on Facebook and find all the posts here. (The usual disclaimer applies.) What I’m reading How Reading Changed my LifeDear Farenheit 451: Love and Heartbreak in the StacksComplete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy,And Now We Have Everything,Ancillary JusticeA Conspiracy...

Duration:00:17:27

208: How to get stuff done when you don't want to

5/23/2018
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This week I'm going to talk about something I haven't figured out yet. I'm still working on it, and I know we ALL go through it. How do you get stuff done when you really don't feel it and when you know your best work comes from your enthusiasm? Links I mentioned: Take Care of Yourself with Tara Swiger Listen in and get your free transcript at TaraSwiger.com/podcast208

Duration:00:14:52