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Do you want to turn your creative hobby into a thriving business? The Create & Thrive podcast exists to help you do just that, with the help of host Jess Van Den - who has been running her own full-time handmade biz since 2010. If you're ready to get serious about growing your handmade business, join Jess and hundreds of other makers from around the world in her membership community for makers - ThriverCircle.com. Members also get an exclusive extra podcast episode each month, plus early access and promo-free episodes of the show.

Do you want to turn your creative hobby into a thriving business? The Create & Thrive podcast exists to help you do just that, with the help of host Jess Van Den - who has been running her own full-time handmade biz since 2010. If you're ready to get serious about growing your handmade business, join Jess and hundreds of other makers from around the world in her membership community for makers - ThriverCircle.com. Members also get an exclusive extra podcast episode each month, plus early access and promo-free episodes of the show.
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Do you want to turn your creative hobby into a thriving business? The Create & Thrive podcast exists to help you do just that, with the help of host Jess Van Den - who has been running her own full-time handmade biz since 2010. If you're ready to get serious about growing your handmade business, join Jess and hundreds of other makers from around the world in her membership community for makers - ThriverCircle.com. Members also get an exclusive extra podcast episode each month, plus early access and promo-free episodes of the show.

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Episodes

#MakingItPodcourse – Week 4 – BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

9/26/2019
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Today is the fourth and final week of the course, and in it, I talk about all things business management. I’m going to cover managing a whole range of things – your focus, your energy, your expectations, your business systems, your time, and your schedule. Some of those might seem like somewhat of a surprise, but I promise you – managing all of them well is the only way to ensure everything flows smoothly in your business.

Duration:01:13:36

Making It Podcourse – Week 3 – MARKETING

9/20/2019
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Today is the third week of the course, and in it, I talk about all things marketing. What exactly IS marketing? Why does it matter? What is your Brand Story and how should you tell it? What is visual marketing? What is SEO and why does it matter? I’ll also discuss how to use social media, a mailing list, and more.

Duration:01:39:34

Making It Podcourse – Week 2 – MONEY

9/13/2019
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Welcome to the Making It Podcourse! It’s back! Those of you who are long-time listeners to the show may remember the original Making It Podcourse I ran in July 2018. Well, I’ve re-organised the lessons, and am bringing this free course to you again in September 2019 – but this time, in weekly chunks. Each episode will be approximately an hour long, packed full of lessons. Today is the second week of the course, and in it, I take you on a money journey – helping you figure out your money...

Duration:01:24:01

Making It Podcourse – Week 1 – MINDSET

9/5/2019
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Welcome to the Making It Podcourse! It's back! Those of you who are long-time listeners to the show may remember the original Making It Podcourse I ran in July 2018. Well, I've re-organised the lessons, and am bringing this free course to you again in September 2019 - but this time, in weekly chunks. Each episode will be approximately an hour long, packed full of lessons. Today is the first week of the course, and in it, I tell you what to expect, as well as sharing a little bit of my own...

Duration:01:13:08

[203] Emails that Get Attention with Katie Salmon

8/21/2019
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You’ve heard you should be using email to market your handmade business – but how do you get people to open – and act on – your emails? My guest on this episode – Katie Salmon – is a self-proclaimed marketing geek and spends her days dreaming about how to help business owners sell more stuff. Since 2016, she’s been serving clients through her boutique marketing agency Katie Does Marketing, where she has helped shop owners turn email marketing into a lucrative sales channel. But Katie knows...

Duration:00:35:18

[201] Heidi Luerra and the Work of Art

8/8/2019
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You know I'm all about no-nonsense advice about growing a creative business - and my guest today is aaaaall about that. Heidi Luerra is the founder and force behind RAW artist showcases, which she founded in LA 10 years ago. She's also the author of the upcoming book The Work of Art: A No-Nonsense Field Guide for Creative Entrepreneurs. In this interview, she describes how RAW came to be (and her background as a fashion designer); how she's grown it into a global organisation; and she shares...

Duration:00:42:03

[200] An Interview with Jess’ Husband Nick – His Side of the Creative Journey

8/1/2019
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Have you ever wanted to hear the other side of the story? What’s it like to be the partner of a creative entrepreneur? What’s it like working full-time with your spouse in your business? Who does the washing? (Spoiler: not Jess.) We answer all these questions and more in this special, 200th episode of the Create & Thrive Podcast, where I interview my husband and right-hand-man, Nick Bianchi, on the show! I did a call-out for questions… and boy, did you all deliver! So I asked, he answered,...

Duration:00:43:02

[199] 5 Ways to Find Shops to Stock your Handmade Products

7/25/2019
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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....

Duration:00:24:26

[198] Setting Boundaries in your Handmade Biz {Premium}

7/18/2019
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Do you struggle to set boundaries in your handmade biz? Maybe you feel like you have to respond to every email or message RIGHT NOW. Perhaps you feel like you should ALWAYS be working. Maybe you struggle to focus when there are chores catching your eye around the house. Or do you find it hard to say ‘no’ to family and friends when they want your attention during what should be work time? In this episode, I go into detail about all the different sorts of boundaries you need to set in your...

Duration:00:08:54

[197] How to Plan your Next Project… Properly! With Kate Hutcheson.

7/11/2019
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Do you have big ideas… but struggle to make them happen? I can’t count the number of projects I’ve never started, or not done properly, or been up at all hours trying to finish by a deadline! Why does this happen?! Because we don’t project manage properly, that’s why. Today’s guest is here to save us from all of that! Kate Hutcheson of the Efficient/Creative has turned her years of project management experience to helping creatives like you and me work out how to get big things done. She...

Duration:00:32:56

[196] Why you should (maybe) keep you day job.

7/5/2019
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Can you be ‘successful’ in handmade business AND have a day job? The question of ‘should I quit my job?’ is not an uncommon one. Answering this question is a tad tricky as there are variables, and the answer will be different for different people. However, there are three points that are key to remember as you ponder this. One, there is no rush! Don’t just quit rashly and end up regretting it. Two, you can hold a day job and run a successful business. Tnd three, perhaps most important, do...

Duration:00:32:49

[193] How Craft Saved SuzAnne Taylor’s Life

6/15/2019
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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...

Duration:00:53:30

[192] Roadmap to Success with Catie Miller

6/6/2019
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In 2016, Catie Miller started listening to the Create & Thrive Podcast. Fast-forward to 2019, and she now has a full-time, growing ceramics business! She listened to the show from the start, and used it as a ‘roadmap to success’. I was so excited to chat to someone like Catie who has actually used this podcast to find success in her handmade business – and she has a fabulous story to share! Not only has she managed to grow a thriving business – she’s done it all while having babies, building...

Duration:00:57:30

[191] Branding Blunders to Avoid with Julie Gibbons

5/30/2019
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Do you have an intentional brand for your handmade business that draws in your ideal customer – and actually repels those who aren’t? People make a split-second decision about your business the moment they see your branding – whether that’s your website, instagram feed, business card, market stall… any touchpoint they have with your business. Are you sending the right message? Are you engaging and enticing your ideal customers with your branding? Or are you making one of many branding...

Duration:00:30:21

[190] Steps to Pinterest Success {Premium}

5/23/2019
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Are you ready to harness the Power of Pinterest? The #PinterestChallenge is happening again in June (more info below if you're new to this) so I have recorded a podcast episode to help you get set up for success! If you are new to Pinterest, this episode will help you set up all the important elements of your account. If you're not new, it will be a great refresher!

Duration:00:05:14