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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

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

207: The emotional side of uncertainty

5/16/2018
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How do you deal with the emotional high and lows in your business? We talked about how to deal with financial uncertainty in your biz, but how about the emotional side of it? Links I mentioned: Ep 205 - What I’m Reading: April 2018Ep 204 - Dealing with uncertainty: Your questions answered Listen in and get your free transcript at TaraSwiger.com/podcast207

Duration:00:21:30

206: Combat Information Overwhelm: your questions answered

5/9/2018
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Books! Podcasts! Classes! How do you handle Information overwhelm? How do you learn what you need to learn and not just totally sidetracked and overwhelmed? Today I’m answering a listener’s question on how to avoid information overwhelm. Links I Mentioned: SelmaLHamilton.comCreativeLiveMap Your Business Listen in and get your free transcript at TaraSwiger.com/podcast206

Duration:00:15:53

205: What I'm Reading: April 2018

5/2/2018
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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 Crushing IthereThe Wisdom of SundaysUnmedicated, the Four Pillars of Natural WellnessThe Perfect NannyThe Left Hand of DarknessAmericanah Listen in and get access to the whole library...

Duration:00:14:55

204: Dealing with uncertainty: Your questions answered

4/25/2018
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How do you manage the uncertainty and slow times in your business? Today I’m answering a question from listener Kristina. Kristina’s question: How do you handle uncertainty in your business? I have up months and down months. Links I mentioned: Pay YourselfEpisode 162: How to launch your next product or design Listen in and get your free transcript at TaraSwiger.com/podcast204

Duration:00:18:17

203: Advice to a new business owner: Your question answered

4/18/2018
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What would I go back in time to tell myself, right as I was starting my first business? Today I’m answering a listener’s question and traveling back in time to give myself advice! Links I mentioned: CC of JavaPurl DesignAll my books and programs Trust yourself (the post from July 2013)Episode 14: Be YourselfEssentialEnthusiasm.com Listen in and get your free transcript at TaraSwiger.com/podcast203

Duration:00:17:16

202: Best Advice Ever: Your Questions Answered

4/11/2018
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What's the best piece of advice I've received for my business? Today I'm answering a question from one of the listeners to talk about three different pieces of advice that have shaped my business. Links I mentioned: MadebyMEEIttyBiz.comHavi BrooksKari ChapinCooperative PressMarket YourselfGary Vaynerchuk's Document, Don't Createmy YouTube channelTake Care of Yourself with Tara Swiger@taraswiger on IG@essentialenthusiasm on IG How I quit my day job series, written in 2009: IntroIt starts...

Duration:00:19:54

201: What I'm Reading: March 2018

4/4/2018
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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 The Crossroads of Should and MustA Wrinkle in TimeBalzac and the Little Chinese SeamstressKindredNovels from Book of The Month: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely FineNot That I Could TellMore...

Duration:00:17:30

200: Episode 200 Call in show!

3/28/2018
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It’s my 200th episode! To celebrate let’s hear from you, the listeners! Thanks so much to the callers who left a message! Colleke CreationsScienceknitsterKaren George DesignsAntemortem artsElemental FiberworksTricotEdit Listen in and never miss an episode at TaraSwiger.com/podcast200

Duration:00:10:23

199: Interview with Tara

3/21/2018
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In celebration of my 200th episode, Joeli Kelly is interviewing me! We talk about the mindset shifts I had to make to build this business, the lessons I'm learning and what I'm most enthusiastic about it right now. Links I mentioned: Joeli and her podcast editing servicesEpisode 1How I changed my relationship with moneyHow to change YOUR relationship with moneyPay YourselfMy essential oil business and podcast Listen in at TaraSwiger.com/podcast199

Duration:00:42:53

198: The power of knowing your numbers

3/14/2018
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Knowing your numbers is powerful. By knowing your profit margins and your goals, you can make a monthly, weekly, and daily plan of exactly what you need to do in order to make the amount of money you need to make. So stop flailing around and get knowledgeable, so you can spend your time as effectively as possible. Links I mentioned: Pay Yourself Listen in and get your free transcript at TaraSwiger.com/podcast198

Duration:00:22:30

197: Pressure to be perfect

3/7/2018
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There is no pressure to be perfect. Because of Instagram and Pinterest, I feel like I have to have it all together - I need to take prettier pictures, I need to have the perfect house, I need to only be eating organic greens and homemade cupcakes with handmade banners on them! Do you know that feeling? Are you feeling pressured by Instagram to pretend like your life is perfect? Let’s talk about your own role in this pressure. Links I mentioned: My...

Duration:00:20:14

196: What I'm Reading: February 2018

2/28/2018
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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 Four Tendencies,The Man Who Loved Books Too MuchYou are the Placebo,Celebrity biographiesThe Magnolia StoryTroublemakerNovels read:UgliesThe Wife Between Us,Two Girls DownMurder at the...

Duration:00:27:24

195: Your Questions Answered

2/21/2018
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In this week's episode I'm answering tons of YOUR questions! Listen in and get access to a free library of podcast transcripts at TaraSwiger.com/podcast195

Duration:00:33:19

194: Stand by your prices

2/14/2018
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"How can I feel ok about what I charge? How do I stop apologizing for my prices? How do you stand by your prices?" This week I was asked this question and I want to dive deeper into this because it is so so vital for the health of your business and your mental well being. The more confidence you have when discussing your prices, the more sales you'll make. Links I mentioned: #bizconfidence challengeMap Your BusinessPay Yourself Listen in and get your free transcript at...

Duration:00:21:06

193: What to do when sales are low and you feel awful

2/7/2018
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What do you when sales are low and you feel awful? We just survived January, which in many industries is the slowest, lowest-sales month of the year. I got a message on Instagram this week of a maker who was having a REALLY bad month. Her sales were at at all-time low and she felt horrible. She was asking me what was something she could do to increase sales? So today I'm going to share with you what I told her. Links I mentioned Pay Yourself Listen in and get your free transcript +...

Duration:00:08:40