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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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English


Episodes

186: My favorites: 2017 edition

12/6/2017
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What was the best part of 2017? What amazing things did I discover and do and experience this year? It's time for my yearly round-up of my favorite things of the last year! Links I mentioned: Essential Enthusiasm Episode 8: Life Long Vitality with Dave Eaton and Tara SwigerBetween Grace & Chaos PodcastOvertoneThe StarshipTake Care of Yourself Facebook Group Listen in and get your free transcript at TaraSwiger.com/podcast186

Duration: 00:21:38


185: Permission to Rest

11/29/2017
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You are your business's number 1 asset. You are the producer, packager, marketer, seller and face of your biz. You know what that means? It doesn't survive without you! Now, some of you use this as a reason you can NOT take time off, but I am telling you this is why you NEED to take time off! Links I mentioned: Take a Break without Breaking Your BizEpisode 33: Permission to Take Time OffEpisode 130: PermissionThe Starship#ExploreYourEnthusiasm Listen in and get your free transcript at...

Duration: 00:10:02


Sane Holidays: 3 questions for the busy creative

11/22/2017
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Welcome to your busiest, and potentially your most profitable time of year! And...also potentially the LEAST sane time of year. If you are dreading the holiday season and busyness and scramble, I wanna help you get you ready to have a killer season and fantastic good time. As we leap into Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas, I hope this collection saves a bit of your own sanity. How to deal with your family and maintain Holiday SanityHow to Enjoy the Holidays as a MakerHow to Enjoy the...

Duration: 00:17:28


183: How Emotions are Made (and how that impacts your business)

11/15/2017
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Think about all the decisions that are impacted by your emotions: Doing a scary thing, you feel fear - is this a sign you shouldn't do it? Getting a grumpy email from a customer - do you react with anger? Or with shame? How does that impact the email you send in response? Emotions are part of a healthy life, and I'm a big believer in FEELING your feelings, not just shoving them down or ignoring them. They can shine a light on what's going on and what you need to do or stop doing. Because...

Duration: 00:20:50


182: Fear of disapproval: get over it

11/8/2017
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Are you unsure of your next step, because you’re afraid of the reaction you’re going to get? Are you avoiding rejection, because you want to have the approval and acceptance of your customers and audience? Yeah, me too. Links I mentioned: Episode 171: How to get more rejection & grow your biz Listen in and get your free transcript at TaraSwiger.com/podcast182

Duration: 00:09:03


181: Your Questions answered!

11/1/2017
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On this episode of Explore Your Enthusiasm, I answer listener questions! Listen in and get access to a whole library of transcripts at TaraSwiger.com/podcast181

Duration: 00:26:11


180: How to be great at sales (without being sales-y)

10/25/2017
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Your business relies on sales. That means YOU need to get good at sales. Yes, you need to be a salesperson. But did hearing that sentence just totally freak you out or turn you off? We have some gross connotations with that word.... and it may be impacting the sales you make and the health of your business. Links I mentioned: http://bit.ly/Grow_With_Podcasting Listen in and get your free transcript at TaraSwiger.com/podcast180

Duration: 00:13:26


179: My most-effective marketing tool (and how you can use it too)

10/18/2017
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In April of 2014, I completely changed my business, because I made one small, spur-of the moment decision to follow my enthusiasm. It took me less than a week to kick-off what would become my best-ever tool for reaching new right people, building trust and loyalty, and increasing my sales at least 50% every year since. I started this podcast. And I've seen podcasts do the same thing in makers’ and artists’ businesses. Links I mentioned: My upcoming CreativeLive class on Podcasting for...

Duration: 00:18:39


178: How I found time for a whole new business

10/11/2017
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In April of 2017, after 8 years of self-employment, shifting my business focus a few times and having my best year ever in 2016, I started an entirely new business...while keeping my current business almost exactly the same. I record a weekly video and audio podcast, hold live weekly chats, teach classes around the country and started a whole second business, based in collaboration. How the heck did I find the time for it? Links I mentioned: How (and why) my business has changed over the...

Duration: 00:14:51


Mindfullness: our favorite tools with Kara Gott-Warner

10/4/2017
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In today's episode I talked with Kara Gott-Warner of The Power Purls Podcast, we talked about mindfullness, and some of our favorite mindfullness tools including apps and of course essential oils. Kara is a knitter, podcaster, business coach, and also a certified nutritional consultant. She focuses on working with individuals who wish to create a holistically - balanced life and business that converges creativity with mindful living, - "knitting together" creativity, body, mind and...

Duration: 00:30:05


Habits make the business

9/27/2017
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If you read any business book, it all comes down to the same things: your business is built from your beliefs, which affect your actions, and the most important of those actions need to become habits. Habits are what you consistently do day after day, and, as we talked about in last week’s episode, those habits build up to create success (or failure). Links I mentioned: The Slight Edge by Jeff OlsonTools of Titans by Tim Ferriss7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R....

Duration: 00:23:37


Are you limiting yourself?

9/20/2017
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I'm not the kind of person who.... makes a lot of money has a super successful business would ever be good at sales could ever be self-promotional How many times have you caught yourself saying a version of this: "I'm not the kind of person who...." I know I do it all the time, and my recent experience is the inspiration behind this episode. We'll talk about why it's true that you really aren't that kind of person and how to become the kind of person who reaches your goals and lives...

Duration: 00:22:12


How to apply the Slight Edge

9/13/2017
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There is no shortcut to success. To be a success, which is just another way of saying, to reach your goals and dreams, there isn't a secret sauce. There isn't something special that successful people know that you don't. It's super simple: You do the same habits, the same things you know to do, day after day. Over time, they build upon each other into a successful business, succesful relationships, and a successful life. That's the premise of the Slight Edge by Jeff Olson and in today's...

Duration: 00:11:36


How to fix YOUR relationship with money

9/6/2017
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After my episode about healing MY relationship with money, I got so many replies saying, I REALLY NEED TO DO THIS: HOW?! Today, we’ll dive into the how of healing your own relationship with money. Links I Mentioned: How I changed my relationship with money. Lost and Found by Geneen RothYouNeedaBudgetPay YourselfHow Joeli uses AffirmationsBrad Yates’s YouTube channel Listen in and get your free transcript at TaraSwiger.com/podcast173

Duration: 00:34:20


Inside the Starship: Who, What and How we build stellar businesses

8/30/2017
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The Starship. You may have heard me mention that in the past, but judging from your emails… you have no idea what I’m talking about. In today’s episode I’m going to take you behind the scenes of my private online community. Links about Community and Accountability: How do YOU Get Stuff Done? Getting Accountability + SupportThe Secret of Reaching GoalsWhy your business needs community The grounding rhythm of review 3 reasons your crafty business dreams aren't coming trueThe Starship Links...

Duration: 00:24:03


How to get more REJECTION & grow your biz

8/23/2017
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Today I want to talk about something that is so vital for your business success, but so very unpleasant: Rejection. We're gonna talk about why it matters and why you need to focus on getting MORE rejection in order for your business to grow. Links I mention: Map Your Business Map Your Business on AmazonTara Swiger on Facebook Listen in and get your free transcript at TaraSwiger.com/podcast171

Duration: 00:17:28


Your Questions Answered: Pricing, Quitting Your Day Job, and more

8/16/2017
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How do you go full-time? How do you avoid perfection while still continuously improving? How much time should you spend marketing vs making? How much is “too” much? Today I’m answering your questions from my recent Instagram post! Links I mention: Episode 1 - the story of how I startedPay YourselfMy previous CreativeLIVE classesStarshipValue: How to get what you’re worth Listen in and get your free podcast transcript at TaraSwiger.com/podcast170/

Duration: 00:35:27


The social media tools I use and why

8/9/2017
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Why and how do I share so much content on so many different channels? Today I'm answering your question about my own marketing plan. Links I mention: Your questions answered: making friends, failed launches, and why you need a business profileInstagramFacebookTwitter Listen in and get your free transcript at TaraSwiger.com/podcast169/

Duration: 00:26:45


How (and why) my business has changed over the years: an inside look

8/2/2017
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I started my first business in 2006. 11 years later, it’s changed a lot on the outside, but the overarching themes and my own Mission have remained surprisingly cohesive. Today, we’ll look at how the message and intention have remained the same while the delivery has changed. Links & Resources Mentioned: Market YourselfCraft Your MarketingThe StarshipPay YourselfBiz Confidence ChallengeEssential Enthusiasm@EssentialEnthusiasm on Instagram#ExploreYourEnthusiasm on Instagram Listen in and...

Duration: 00:42:07


Happiness and Radical Responsibility

7/26/2017
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Let’s talk more about happiness and work - how to shift your perceptions, so that you can get more done. A grumpy person doesn't get much work done. A person who is focused on all the reasons something WON'T work doesn't make much progress towards making it work. The good news is: you're in charge of this. You are responsible for your perception and your attitude. And that, in turn, affects how smart and hard you work, and that affects your results. Links Mentioned: Happiness Advantage...

Duration: 00:22:42

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