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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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Do you feel overwhelmed with all the hats that you need to wear as a business owner? From creating to shipping, and let's not forget the marketing! What if I told you that today's guest has developed a way of cutting down your social media marketing to just minutes a day and makes posting effective and possible for you daily! I know, it sounds too …
 
It's time to unveil your kryptonite. In short, we're going to talk about not crying over spilled milk and how that relates to cutting your losses. This concept is also known as the Sunk Cost Fallacy. After interviewing a boatload of successful entrepreneurs, I have found that the ones that embraced this concept quickly make it their business to suc…
 
If you're ready to start your business, but you're struggling to find the right resources, you'll want to listen to today's conversation with Meredith. From finding your passion to understanding your niche, you'll have all the tips after this episode! Meredith has an incredible offer for you, too, so be sure to stay tuned in until the end. Show Not…
 
Do you feel overwhelmed because your Etsy shop looks great on the platform, but in the background, your financial numbers are a bit messy? I can completely relate to the feeling of wanting to be creative and have someone else magically do all of my numbers. Today's guest is here to explain that you don't need to be overwhelmed, and frankly, I think…
 
Today's guest Ana is sharing her journey into creating her business Sulf Creative. If you've ever felt like your area of interest is too saturated or you feel like maybe you've exhausted all options, you'll want to hear Ana's tips for finding your corner of the internet. Along with offering some clarity, you'll want to visit the show notes to hear …
 
Believe me; I know what it feels like to be overwhelmed, to want help, but not want to give up control, to be worried about personal information, but know you need to let someone in to help. I was motivated to share this information with you so you feel less burdened. Having help has changed my life and business. Imagine being able to focus on the …
 
Today I'm speaking with the ever so talented Sarah of Slate + Brush. Her story reminds me that it's essential to make a daily effort to learn and grow every single day, especially if you're considering trading your career for a passion project. If you're thinking about making a change in your career path, this episode is for you! Sarah is offering …
 
I feel like we've all had a belief in our life at some point or another that we're just not talented in a specific area. Sometimes we leave that belief unchecked. We continue with life carrying around that label and telling ourselves and everyone that crosses our path that we are challenged at writing, speaking, singing, drawing, math, etc. Today's…
 
As a small business owner or creative entrepreneur, it's easy to lose focus when you're more than likely working from home. In order to kick the motivation back up a notch, I thought I'd introduce you to Workation in the Time of COVID. By taking just a few days and a focused workation, in no time at all, you'll feel that resurgence of ideas, energy…
 
If you've ever felt the overwhelm of launching a new course or marketing yourself on Instagram, Dyiah is here to break it down for you, so it's no longer complicated! Today's episode is not only full of great tips, but it also provides practical steps that you can take to step up your social media game! Show Notes: www.handmadeceo.com…
 
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…
 
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'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…
 
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…
 
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 …
 
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…
 
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 …
 
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…
 
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…
 
Trying to launch a counter-cultural product can be difficult without one thing, advocacy. Holli and Jennifer share their commitment to clean toxic-free living and their journey with Humble Suds. This amazing duo took a common concern and turned it into a business. Holli and Jennifer are offering 10% off of your first order. Check the show notes for…
 
Are you ready to starting a passive income business? In today’s show, Nancy is going to share with us how she took a passive income stream from 20K a year to over 100 K in a matter of a few years. She has so many valuable tips to share and I know you’ll walk away with actionable steps to apply to your business. Click play to hear how you too can cr…
 
Today we are tackling our productivity by breaking the law! Haha...if you know me, you know I'm a pretty big rule follower, but I can promise you that this one rule you'll want to break! Have you ever had a deadline to complete a project that was due months into the future? Somehow this project that could have been done in a day's time took you mon…
 
Thinking about starting an Etsy shop? Is your Etsy shop struggling? I’m so eager for you to hear Elise’s story on how she started her thriving business Desert Accents. Although her business is only several months old, she's had a good amount of sales on Etsy. If you’ve ever struggled to get your shop off on the right foot, be sure to take notes on …
 
Can your trauma become your inspiration? In today's episode, Rachel shares how she's been able to overcome painful events all while growing her new business. Although she is new to her art, she's already making an impact in both her clients lives and in those that hear her story. Visit the show notes to see how Rachel transforms raw wood into beaut…
 
We are officially halfway done with the year! Today's episode is somewhat of a continuation of last week but with a few more actionable tips. As we're gearing up to get back to old routines, there is no better time to take a look at where you were at before COVID-19, where you're at today, and where you want to be in the next six months. Today, I'l…
 
I know what it's like to feel like I'm too busy, like the things that need to get done always take the back burner, and I know what it feels like to just get it done. So what gives? Why do we go between being unstoppable to being the world's best excuse maker? I think there are a few things to blame, and hopefully, after diving into this topic, we'…
 
I'm guessing we've all heard about this mysterious thing called coaching. I know I've had a few burning questions about this topic. Let me know if any of these resonate with you. Do I need a coach? Why can't I figure this out on my own? If this or that person did it without a coach, why can't I? I've always wanted more information about coaching, b…
 
Have you ever met a person that is so aligned with their purpose that they seem to exude gratitude and happiness? In today's episode, we'll hear what it's been like to have a career full of adventure through film. Five years ago, as we celebrated a friend's birthday, I struck up a conversation with today's guest Greg. Although Greg mentions in this…
 
I have a question for you…have you been struggling with your marketing strategies? Or do you feel overwhelmed by all of the options available in terms of social media platforms? In today’s show, Rob will share his marketing tips and explain how he implements his past entrepreneurial experience in his current position as VP of marketing and sales fo…
 
How many times have you felt frustrated and thought, "I could do this better"?! It might seem challenging at first to channel frustration and failure into a money-making adventure. Still, I can assure you that if you pay close attention, you will see how these otherwise annoying situations are a gift in disguise. In this recap, we'll revisit this m…
 
Have you ever been disappointed with your options? I know it's a general question, but truly this is where most ideas are born. In today's show, my guest Megan shares how she created a beautiful site that is rethinking the traditional bridal registry. In our interview, she discusses where the dream for this site was born, and she also gives excelle…
 
Have you found a gap in the market and know that your idea can be the much-needed change to solve it? In this episode, I interview none other than my amazingly talented sister in law Eden. Shortly after giving birth, she discovered that there was an empty space in the market, waiting for her passion and innovation to come to life. She is an expert …
 
Do you have multiple streams of income? In today's episode, you'll hear how Cornelia took her product-based business and created several streams of income. There's no better time to discover new ways for your business to generate more money, how to grow a community, and more importantly, how to pivot to allow your customers to find you, even during…
 
The one tip that will change your business and personal life. I know, I know, sounds a bit dramatic, but it's true! In Ep. 13, I go over some of the changes that I've made to my business and give you tips to help you keep moving in the right direction. If you're still on the fence on whether you should start your small business, I go over some step…
 
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