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The Merriweather Council podcast, hosted by Danielle Spurge, is all about celebrating the reality of gainful self employment through craft. This is a podcast for art and design entrepreneurs - makers, etsy sellers and shopify users! Featuring tips, insights, advice and tough love for handmade business owners in concise format. Focused on sharing realistic ideas and personal experiences with the nuances of handmade business in mind. If you are working to turn your crafty tendencies into profi ...
 
What does it take for you to start your own small business? Where can you gather inspiration and information to get you started on the right foot? Can you make a living from selling handmade items? After 10 (official) years of handcrafting my business, Willow and Bee, I have gathered every tip you'll need to get started on your hand made business. Armed with the knowledge of running a small business, and a mountain of side hustles later, I'm here to share everything that it takes to get You ...
 
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In today's episode, I'm going to focus on a topic that never gets old...goal setting! If you set goals but tend to lose interest in them or get distracted, I'm going to break down a few simple ways to stay on track. Today's episode will break down my approach on how to effectively create a vision boards! Click on the show notes link to find your fr…
 
Today's guest creates unique hand-made cards centered around grief, heartache, or depression. Her strong faith has guided her mission and brings a community together when they feel the most vulnerable and alone. Kari's work and community are shedding hope to those in pain. In today's episode, we dive into everything from being an introvert to Faceb…
 
Today I'm featuring the most downloaded expert episode. If you missed episode 27 the first time around, you're in for a treat! Nancy shares her tips on taking her digital download business into a soaring 100K+ per year. She's not shy about giving you the details and tips so you too can create a digital download business. Visit the show notes to lea…
 
Although I officially wrapped up season 1 last week, I wanted to share the most downloaded episode of season 1 in the creative small business category. Episode 5 was one of my first interviews with the very talented Priya. After finding herself with more time on her hands as an empty nester, Priya and her husband dove headfirst to create their succ…
 
Today will officially mark the end of Season 1 of the Handmade CEO podcast. I have had an amazing time interviewing talented artists and experts for the past 11 months. The next two weeks will feature the two most downloaded episodes of the season. I'll be back on January 6th with more inspiration and all-new episodes! Visit the show notes for toda…
 
We’ve made it to the end of another season of the merriweather council podcast! It is always bittersweet for me to end a season but I truly hope you enjoyed this one as much as I enjoyed making it! To end this unexpected year, I thought it would be fitting to look ahead. Has a new year EVER been more anticipated?! (Probaby, but I’m not old enough t…
 
There are so many things that shape our self-doubt, one of them being past trauma. If having a mindset that keeps you from achieving your best self is the biggest obstacle you face, you'll want to hear this amazing story. Today's guest shares how she overcame her past trauma and mindset to create the life she always wanted. Show Notes: www.handmade…
 
Today, I want to explain myself. I want to tell you why I've been holding out on you. We have shared a lot of information with you since 2015, when we started focusing on the education side of the business. I've shared A LOT. Over 120 podcast episodes, countless Instagram posts, videos, and other pieces of content… I've shared a lot! There is one t…
 
This is an essential message to the person who steers the ship in your small business: you. The C.E.O. C.E.O. Y-O-U. We get lots of emails and messages here at MWHQ from small business owners looking for advice, guidance, and support. We have noticed that many are not in the correct place, mindset-wise, to really receive and make use of even the be…
 
Today's episode is full of great tips with a much-appreciated dose of honesty. Paulina shares her success story in selling her business for seven figures, just three years after she had created it. We talk about everything from being productive to ways to keep the so-called work-life balance in check! She also includes a valuable pricing tip at the…
 
Overwhelm is everywhere. Things 'to do' pop up everywhere - TikTok lists, IGTVs, Pinterest pins, posts in Facebook groups… everywhere you go that entrepreneurs hang out, you will hear and see people talking about things you absolutely MUST DO to be successful. It's impossible to avoid seeing them, and it's tough not to let these things take hold an…
 
In this episode, I wanted to focus on fear. Yup...fear! c You might be thinking of finally starting that business, or maybe you're still trying to convince yourself to create a website, a podcast, or start showing your face more on social media. Whatever decision is currently on your plate, I'm sure that today's episode will shed clarity on how you…
 
In the past TEN years (oh my goodness, y'all), I've filled thousands of custom and personalized orders – and I've learned a ton! It's a whole different ball game to do that kind of work than it is to batch produce something and ship it once it's ordered, as I am sure you can imagine. That sort of work has a it’s own set of pros, cons, challenges an…
 
No matter what niche you are in, no matter what kind of product you sell... sales becoming sluggish or stalled sometimes is normal. ALL businesses have slow times. Just like all businesses have busy times! One of our goals here at Merriweather is to empower you to weather storms, deal with challenges and make progress even when things feel hard and…
 
I'm so excited to share today's interview. I first saw Angela's post on Facebook in a business group. Her message was positive, encouraging, and her joy was infectious. If you've ever felt like you're not exactly where you want to be in life, take note of the tips that Angela shares in this episode. Tune in until the end to hear where you can find …
 
If you feel drained and overwhelmed by social - you are not alone, and there are plenty of reasons that might be the case. One of them is merely feeling clueless about what your audience wants to see from you. I know for a fact that this one question creates a ton of anxiety and lots of hurdles for handmade business owners who use social media with…
 
Your business needs more than an Etsy shop the same way it needs more than an Instagram account. Every business owner who uses Etsy should also build their own branded domain eCommerce shop. Full stop. That is one of the VERY FEW must-do things that universally applies. I say things like that a lot, in a variety of ways. I believe it is my thesis s…
 
Today’s episode features the youngest guest that I have ever had on the show. At just 13, Nathan created a woodworking business that he started perfecting when he was just 9 years old. Tune in until the end to hear a few important lessons learned from the ever so talented, Nathan. Show Notes: www.handmadeceo.com…
 
We know that Etsy can be a powerful tool in your business, but only if you feel okay enough to give it a try and use it. That is, of course, the first step to making it work for you! Many Etsy sellers, would-be Etsy sellers or Etsy curious folks have heard loads of stories about Etsy that have thrown them off and discouraged them from trying. Many …
 
Getting out of our comfort zone is a choice. We can choose whatever we want. Comfort or discomfort. Go out and get it or not. There is no wrong choice! We just have to accept what comes with that choice. If you apply this to your business, you can see the connection. You can choose to stay in your comfort zone or NOT. You can choose to push yoursel…
 
Today's guest is here to simplify that mysterious thing we call SEO. In simple terms, it means search engine optimization, but what was never clear to me in the past became crystal clear in this interview. If you're thinking of hiring someone to optimize your site, or maybe you'll go at it alone, be sure to listen to John's tips to be certain that …
 
Business There is a post on my blog from several years ago that gets so much traffic. It's honestly a little silly. By the way, this is also a shout out to the power of Pinterest. 90% of the traffic that post gets comes from Pinterest, and Pinterest is sending a lot of traffic to this post every single day for years. So, thank you, Pinterest. That …
 
2020 threw us a lot of curveballs. Like, a LOT of curveballs. Ups and downs were happening faster than I think most of us prefer. Everyone's experience this year was different. But today, I want to chat about what it means if this was a good year for your business. If your business did well in 2020: own it. If your business did well this year, it's…
 
Do you know what steps you NEED to take to start your small business? When I first started my business, it felt more like a happy accident. I enjoyed selling my jewelry in person but knew I would soon be transitioning to an online business. I had a lot of learning to do along the way, and today I'll share some steps that you can take to be sure tha…
 
Everyone wants to make sales, but no one wants to sell. That's the short and sweet summary of what I have observed. It has also been told to me many times: "I hate selling; I feel salesy." Before moving forward, I want to preface this by explaining when I say "selling" in this episode, I am usually referring to the act of selling, the advertising/ …
 
Welcome back to season 7 of the Merriweather Council Podcast! We are so excited to be back for another season of realistic and concise advice for makers in business! Everything we do here at Merriweather Council supports makers in turning their crafty tendencies into profits. To learn more about me and my maker's story, and how we can help support …
 
Thank you for tuning in to episode 38! As we start to inch our way closer and closer to the holidays, you'll be glad that I shared today's guest with you. Sidney is a talented woodworker, and in this episode, he shares his transition into small business. I love Sidney's practical tips for small business owners and, most importantly, the passion tha…
 
If you’ve been plagued with reasons why you can’t start your small business, you’ll love the reality check that this episode has to offer. Cinthya from Baby Bella Art not only started her small business while working a demanding job, but she was also pregnant! Now two years later she talks to us about her thriving Etsy business and her new adventur…
 
I just know you’ll love today’s guest Annie. Her story is not only inspiring, but it’s also a testament in trusting God and the power of faith. If you've ever struggled to find your path, you'll find comfort and inspiration in Annie's journey. Be sure to visit the show notes for 20% off of your purchase at The Vintage Sparrow. Show Notes: www.handm…
 
Although Cynthia’s creative talents stretch far and wide, she has developed an incredible business centered around bringing others joy. Through whimsical kits featuring the cutest stuffed animals, I'm sure you'll fall in love too. It’s impossible to visit her site and not smile. You need to promise to check the show notes on this episode! Cynthia i…
 
Can you create the recipe for success? In today's show, Robby shares his journey into the specialty liqueur business. His creativity and desire to produce superior products have paved the way for all of his endeavors. From sourcing local ingredients to serving the community, Apologue is carving out space in the liqueur industry in a way that hasn't…
 
If you've been kicking your goal from one list to another, maybe a simple breakdown is the solution! We are three-quarters of the way through the year, and although this episode will be relevant during any time of the year, I would love to focus on making one last final push in achieving some final goals before the year's end. I'll have a couple of…
 
Are you plagued by Solomon's Paradox? My guess is that you are...to some degree. In today's episode, you'll learn two steps that'll help you break away from Solomon's Paradox. Visit the show notes to recommend a handmade business and don't forget to leave a review! Your review helps others find this show, and it gives potential listeners the reassu…
 
Today’s guest is a true lifesaver! Juhee has been showing women paper skills in India as a way to provide a steady income for their families. A huge proponent of not taking loans, she also mentors these women in the value of living within their means and of long term savings. I love it when a guest makes me look at ways that I too can grow! Visit t…
 
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