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The Merriweather Council Podcast

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 profits, tune in every Tuesday and Thursday.
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Aug 30, 2016

Talking about what you do when you're an entrepreneur is hard. You do so many things! And sometimes the people around us aren't as familiar with the field we work in - sometimes they don't even know it's "a thing" so we have to be even more choose-y with our words. Lots of times, we end up just rambling. We sputter off a bunch of words because we feel like their lack of understanding will translate to them thinking we aren't doing much or that what we are doing isn't going to amount to much and we feel ashamed by that... so we meet them there.

For full show notes and links mentioned in this episode, visit merriweathercouncilblog.com/10

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Aug 25, 2016

OMG shut up about the photos already.

No. I cannot. I'm sorry. You've read a hundred articles that mention "good product photos" as a key to success in selling online, I know. However, many of these articles skip over the truth about what that means. They don't tell you what all goes into a great product photo - so you're stuck just figuring it out on your own which is no fun. So let's chat about what actually contributes to a great product photo. That's what this episode is about.

For full show notes and links mentioned in this episode, visit merriweathercouncilblog.com/9


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Aug 23, 2016

It's true. Product sellers solve problems.

If you've ever encountered an ideal customer avatar exercise, you have been faced with the question: "what problem do you solve?"

And then you probably stopped doing that exercise because that's a hard question for many handmade sellers to answer. But, no more! Today we move beyond this hurdle.

For full show notes and links mentioned in this episode, visit merriweathercouncilblog.com/8


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Aug 18, 2016

The only think worse than bad, public feedback is bad, public feedback that would have been avoided.

If you are selling on Etsy or other platform that allows buyers to leave feedback, then you have probably experienced the anxiety of waiting on the page to load to see your latest review. Generally things go smoothly and buyer and seller are both happy with the transaction and everything is peachy. Other times, not so much. We all make silly mistakes from time to time, especially as soloprenuers trying to do it all on our own, extra especially when times get busy!

Of course you are doing everything on the front end to make sure all your customers are happy, but there is one place many sellers overlook that can be used to insert one final attempt at mitigating feedback drama - in this episode, I will explain what space that is and what to put in it!

For full show notes and links mentioned in this episode, visit merriweathercouncilblog.com/7

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Aug 16, 2016

In this episode I share some thoughts that I just KNOW you will get on board with. Throughout my life I have felt drawn to art, design and craft and my experience in my BFA program was a little bit weird for me. I'll share with you why and what my personal take on the connection between art, craft and design really is. I'll also talk about validity in your creative career and why I don't think you need a degree. Tune in now to hear it all!

For full show notes and links mentioned in this episode, visit merriweathercouncilblog.com/6


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Aug 11, 2016

Price is one thing, value is another.

We often associate price and value, but they are two totally different things. Price is a fixed, factual amount. Value on the other hand is more fluid - we all have different values and considerations on what is important to us. Value is a variable and you can't decide the value of something to someone else - don't let this influence your pricing.

For full show notes and links mentioned in this episode, visit merriweathercouncilblog.com/5

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Aug 9, 2016

Observing big business can teach us a lot!

But not all big business strategies translate to small business and especially to handmade! In this episode I will chat about one tactic big businesses use all the time that works just fine for them but if you mimicked it in your business, you'd be buried. Heed this warning! Listen to this episode to find out which tactic you should avoid in your handmade business.

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Aug 4, 2016

Lots of things look like fun but actually are pretty crappy once you are experiencing them, like... ballet. Ballet looks fun but if you aren't trained, and if you aren't serious about doing it well, then you are just sort of dancing spastically in a leotard. It's exhausting. Which is fine, but you're not gunna make it to any big ballet company like that. Again, exhausting ... if you are trying to make it to the big time and consistently getting nowhere, that is very tiring. Same with business. If you're just doing it nelly-skelly without any direction or skill, that's fine, but you aren't going to make it very far.

So if you ARE trying to be in legitimate business, then you want to be aware of the factors that might be contributing to your stagnation or inability to profit, grow or develop - that is, the signs you are playing business. I'm cover sign of them in this episode!

For full show notes and links mentioned in this episode, visit merriweathercouncilblog.com/3

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