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Minisode 36: How to Get Started with Podcasting

In this episode of The Maker’s Collective Podcast we discuss how you can get started on launching your podcast! We've learned a ton by launching and producing our show and we want you to feel empowered to do the same. Topics covered: What will the focus of your show be and who do you want to be connecting with? What will the style of your show be (interview vs. narrative) and will you host it alone or with someone else? How will you handle the back end/technical pieces (equipment/recording...


Episode 35: Building Business Out of Necessity, Educating Your Customer & the Importance of Creating a Supportive Network with Jennifer F. // Owner of Truth Beauty Company

In this episode of The Maker’s Collective Podcast we chat with Jenn, a green beauty champion and owner of Truth Beauty Company. She’s whip smart, super funny, and the best walking billboard for why everyone should use green beauty products - we almost died when she told us her age. Make yourself some tea, get cozy, and listen up, because Jenn is here to tell it like it is and share her entrepreneurial journey. Enjoy! Topics covered: Meet Jenn & learn about her journey to opening Truth Beauty...


Episode 34: Learning as You Go, Staying the Course, and Hustling Hard to Make Your Dreams Come True With Jade Billo // Co-owner of Big Bliss

In this episode of The Maker’s Collective Podcast you’ll meet Jade, the entirely lovable co-owner of Yoga, Pilates, and Barre Studio, Big Bliss. Topics covered: Meet Jade and Big Bliss - from teaching at other gyms to opening her own space Finding her first space How she built her business - the highs and lows Hiring Making the decision to move to a new location How she came up with the name What it’s like to be a teacher How she got through the first six months of being open Practicing self...


Minisode 33: Self Promotion // Tactical Ways To Promote Yourself Online

In this Minisode, we dive into self promotion and the types of content to use to win online, how to share the process, ways to engage people online, repurposing content, knowing your worth, charging accordingly and much more. Self promotion feels weird because none of us want to be a braggy-brat-know-it-all who thinks our sh*t don't stank... but there are ways to approach selling yourself and your work without coming across that way and by telling stories and building relationships. It takes...


Episode 32: Opening a Clothing Store and Putting the Customer Experience First with Jovana Nedimovic // Owner of Uni+Koncept

In this episode of The Maker’s Collective Podcast you’ll meet Jo, the owner of Uni+Koncept. She’s smart, funny, and knows her shit when it comes to creating a fashion brand that puts her customers and their experience first. Topics covered: Meet Jovana and Uni+Koncept Learning who her customers are and how to buy for her store The journey to opening her store - the good and the bad Hiring and helping her staff grow How retail has changed - creating experiences and supporting local The hard...


Minisode 31: Self Promotion // Getting Clear On What You Do & How to Talk About It

In this episode of The Maker’s Collective Podcast we dig into a super important topic for anyone who is starting out with either a side hustle or new business - self promotion. We know how hard it is, and so this week we are breaking down the basics to get you started without feeling gross about it! (More on this topic to come) If you’ve ever struggled with this, hopefully these tips will help - enjoy! Topics covered: Mindset is everything What do you want to be known for? What’s your focus?...


Episode 30: The Ups & Downs of Opening a Restaurant and Why You Should Welcome Competition with Trella White & Stephanie Randall // Owners of Gilt Restaurant

In this episode of The Maker’s Collective Podcast you’ll meet Trella and Stephanie, the incredible team behind Gilt Restaurant. These women are what this podcast and community are all about. Their path to being restaurant owners was anything but typical, they learned everything they know about their business while in the trenches doing it, and when faced with obstacles they chose to take risks and say ‘yes’ and are thriving because of it. Get ready to fall in love with them, their...


Minisode 29: The Side Hustle // 5 Ways To Stay Motivated During Stressful Times

In this episode of The Maker’s Collective Podcast we address another question we've received from our community about how to stick with it, take care of yourself and stay motivated during stressful times or when you might be experiencing a creative block. In this episode we give you 5 tips for how to stay on track, regain motivation, and generally get through life when experiencing stressful times. Topics covered: 1. Make a list 2. Walk the fuck away 3. Talk about it with your community 4....


Episode 28: Getting Started on Youtube and How to Monetize Your Channel with Cynthia Dam // Youtuber at Inspiroue, Sustainable Fashion Guru & Content Marketer

In this episode of The Maker’s Collective Podcast you’ll meet Cynthia, creator of Inspiroue, a youtube channel all about sustainable fashion and lifestyle design. In this episode you will learn all the basics when it comes to getting started on Youtube, how NOT to let your equipment limit you (*cough, cough* been there) and how she grew her following to 22K+ subscribers and monetized her channel. Cynthia is down to earth, breaks down youtube in an easy to understand and approachable way....


Minisode 27: The Side-Hustle // Balancing Your Day Job With Your Side Hustle

In this episode of The Maker’s Collective Podcast we tackle a question we’ve had more than a few of our community members ask us - how to juggle your day job with your side hustle? Topics covered: What is a side hustle? Learn how to say ‘No!’ Lacey’s experience balancing her day job with her side hustle before going out on her own Understand your limits Schedule your time - treat your side hustle like your job Create a physical space for your work that’s separate from your home Find...


Episode 26: Leaving The Full-Time Job for Her Side Hustle, Creating Balance & Why Etsy Was The Key to Starting a Business // Kelly Broocks, Owner of Pretty by Her

In this episode of The Maker’s Collective Podcast you’ll meet Kelly, the smart, sarcastic, driven woman behind one of our favourite local brands, Pretty by Her. We loved chatting with her and are so excited to be telling her story, because she embodies everything we talk about all the time over here at The Maker’s Collective. She found her side hustle through experimenting with creative things that she loves doing and built a business around those things. She has now left her full-time job...


Minisode 25: The Side-Hustle // Advice On Getting Your First Clients

In this episode of The Maker’s Collective Podcast we share our own experiences around getting our first clients. It’s short and sweet, and full of juicy tips and tricks, so if you’re struggling with figuring out where to start with your own side hustle it’s a must listen! Topics covered: How Lacey got her first side hustle clients How to reach out to potential clients and get their attention How Laura got her first style coaching clients The power of referrals Quote: More from Maker’s Co:...


Episode 24: Jessica Murphy, Owner of Rawkette & Captain of Etsy Waterloo Region // Going Deep On All Things Etsy & Learning How It Has Helped Her Create A Life She Loves

In this episode of The Maker’s Collective Podcast you’ll meet Jessica, the Captain of Etsy Waterloo Region and the heart, mind, and talent behind hand stamped brand, Rawkette. If you’re at all curious about Etsy, and what it takes to open a shop and be successful, than this is the episode for you. We go deep on the topic, touching on everything from the basics to SEO, while also learning about Jessica in some pretty deep ways. Carve out some time for this one, because we know you will enjoy...


Minisode 23: Choosing The Right Social Media Platform For Your Brand

In this episode of The Maker’s Collective Podcast we keep it short and sweet with a few quick tips on how to find the best social channel to focus on for your brand, how to steer clear of the temptation to be on ALL channels, and some things to keep in mind when setting up your channel(s) of choice. Topics covered: Become Your Own Digital Marketer workshop Social media - You don’t need to be on every channel! Understanding your business and customers will help you decide Keep up-to-date on...


Episode 22: Alicia Hall, Owner of All About Health Training // Being A Mom And A Business Owner, Why It’s Important That She Works With Women, And Why Entrepreneurs Need To Prioritize Their Health

In this episode of The Maker’s Collective Podcast you’ll meet Alicia, the straight-talking mompreneur owner of All About Health Training. We had a ton of fun during this episode - it was a Friday afternoon and there was wine - and loved getting to know Alicia and her story. We cover a lot of topics, from women helping women to job satisfaction, so get yourself some vino and get ready to fall in love with Alicia! Topics covered: Meet Alicia - mom of two and badass fitness trainer/owner of All...


Episode 21: Tim Moher, Founder of The Belmont Village Bestival // What It Takes To Create A Festival, Making Connections, And Realizing The Talent That Exists In The Waterloo Region

In this episode of The Maker’s Collective Podcast you’ll meet Tim, a retired music teacher and jazz musician turned festival creator. He may be retired, but in his words he’s “busier than ever!”. It was such a delight to chat with him about his Belmont Village Bestival and everything that has happened behind the scenes to make this dream a reality. Supporting community events, like the Bestival, is so important and we hope this episode helps open your eyes to the talent we have in...


Episode 20: Mikela Correia, Founder of Spaces Simplified // How She Turned Her Passion For Organizing Into A Fulfilling Career, Handling People In Her Life That Haven’t Been Supportive, and Finding Her True Tribe

In this episode of The Maker’s Collective Podcast you’ll meet Mikela, or Kiki as she likes to be called, professional organizer and founder of Spaces Simplified. Kiki is the definition of what it means to be a creative entrepreneur - she had a day job that wasn’t making her heart sing, so she took the opportunity and turned her passion for organizing into her dream business. Has it been easy? Definitely not. Has everyone in her life taken her seriously and supported her fully? Think again....


Episode 19: Mallory McKewen, Co-owner of BridesMade // The highs and lows of choosing a manufacturing partner, not waiting for perfection before launching, and how listening to their clients has helped them automate and grow

In this episode of The Maker’s Collective Podcast you’ll meet Mallory, one half of the team behind the company, BridesMade. BridesMade is a company that rents sustainable, adjustable bridesmaids dresses to women all over Canada. There’s a lot of juicy content in this episode, especially if you’ve ever wanted to know more about the highs and lows of designing and manufacturing a product. It’s a quick listen and packed to the brim with takeaways - we hope you enjoy! Topics covered: Meet...


Episode 18: Lacey & Laura Mini-sode // The Importance of Branding

In this episode of The Maker’s Collective Podcast we chat all things branding. We. Get. Into. It. Using The Maker’s Collective’s own evolution as an example, we dive into what branding is, why it’s important, and how to get started creating your own - even if you don’t have the resources to work with a designer or agency. Our own branding expert, Lacey J, drops some knowledge and shares her best advice for individuals and businesses who are just getting started. In the words of our friend,...


Episode 17: Amit Mehta, City Lead For Sofar Sounds Waterloo// Bringing A Global Movement To This Region, What It’s Like Running A Completely Volunteer Organization, And The Challenges Of Marketing Secret Events

In this episode of The Maker’s Collective Podcast you’ll meet Amit, the incredible talent behind Sofar Sounds Waterloo. Sofar Sounds is a series of secret shows that put the artist and their story at the forefront of a once-in-a-lifetime live show experience. It’s a global movement that’s picking up momentum and we’re lucky to have Amit and his team of volunteers working tirelessly to bring these shows to life here in our own backyard. Listen up and then go apply to be part of the next Sofar...