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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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Nov 9, 2017

Hey remember when Etsy went ahead and opened the ability for sellers to upload an extra five additional images to each listing? That made a total of ten images available on any listing! So cool right? Well it was, until people starting getting nutty with themselves.

Let's be sure you didn't get carried away - far away - from what you want to be doing with your listings and the photos within them!

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Nov 7, 2017

Today's episode is a slow down and chill session. I know you need one. If you don't need it now, you will at some point in the next 8 weeks so here it is. Come back to it as needed!

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Nov 2, 2017

I'm so excited to share this episode with you! Not only have I reunited with Jen in podcast form (some of you will remember She Percolates!) but we are sharing insights on influencer marketing.

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Oct 31, 2017

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Bonus Episode 9: A Very SCARY Thing That Could Happen to your Small Biz (+ how to get resilient)

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Oct 26, 2017

There is a chill in the air that whispers ... "60% off"... can you hear it? Okay maybe if you're in Australia it's a warm breeze.

Either way, the season during which we can truly differentiate ourselves as handmade sellers is here.

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Oct 24, 2017

Bonus Episode 7: Chatting about Instagram with Tyler J. McCall

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Oct 19, 2017

Bonus Episode 6: An Intro to The Pricing Workshop

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Oct 18, 2017

Bonus Episode 5: is Free Shipping a Good Idea or no?

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Oct 17, 2017

Bonus Episode 4: Should You "Vacation Mode" Post-Holiday? Or Extend Lead Times?

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Jun 20, 2017

Friends, can you believe another season of merri podcast has come and gone? I'm so thankful to my faithful listeners and in this episode I'm sharing some facts and stats on season 2 that you helped make possible! Thank you so much for listening and sharing. Can't wait to get to work on season 3 for you!

For full show notes and links mentioned in this episode, visit merriweathercouncilblog.com/41

 

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Jun 15, 2017

Episode 40: How to Be on Your Phone Less / Manage Social Media Better | The Merriweather Council Podcast

It's almost a little TOO easy to manage biz on the go these days. And that means we are spending a lot of time on our phones and mobile devices even when we don't want to be. I struggle with this, too, I almost feel a little fraud-y to share some of these tips with you because I don't adhere to them all the time, but in today's episode I'm sharing some stuff that has worked for me in reducing phone time and increasing management via automation. But there are limits to automation, so I'm chatting about that as well!

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Jun 13, 2017

Sometimes, as amazing creative people, we have two specialties we want to share with the world and that's awesome. Sometimes we just get confused. In this episode I'm sharing my short and long answer to the question "should I open a second shop?" Tune in and find out what criteria I suggest you evaluate when reaching a decision on this!

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Jun 8, 2017

Allow me to cut to the chase: we are INUNDATED with information. You go on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook… links, blog posts, videos galore, right? Information is everywhere and it’s so so overwhelming. This information is coming from all different sources, of course, and sometimes even straight up conflicts. It’s a lot, you guys. How do your make your way through all of this?? My friends, that is the subject of this episode! I will be discussing how to avoid info overload and begin actually learning things!

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Jun 6, 2017

Social media is - obviously - a huge thing right now. And we tend to rely on it pretty heavily for business promotion. In this episode I'm basically just sharing a smattering of thoughts regarding social media, specifically Instagram. Join me for this emotional roller coaster.

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Jun 1, 2017

Listen up, peeps: those bargain prices aren't helping you and they aren't helping anyone else either. In fact they might be hurting you. Today's episode is a tough love tour de force. Please listen and take note. Be honest with yourself here, it could make or break your business!!

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May 30, 2017

One of my favorite nerd-pastimes is observing big businesses and percolating on how their tactics and strategies can translate to smaller businesses. It's just a thing I do. In this episode I am chatting about some observations I made during two trips to Disney World as an adult that I think all small businesses can learn from.

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Disclaimer:

*This content is published by The Merriweather Council. The Merriweather Council is not affiliated with Etsy Inc. Etsy is a trademark of Etsy Inc. We write about Etsy, from our own experiences, not for Etsy.

 

May 25, 2017

Etsy's website builder Pattern has evolved quite a bit since it was first released - but has anything REALLY changed as far as your business using it is concerned? That's what I'm chatting about on this episode.

For full show notes and links mentioned in this episode, visit merriweathercouncilblog.com/34

 

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Disclaimer:

*This content is published by The Merriweather Council. The Merriweather Council is not affiliated with Etsy Inc. Etsy is a trademark of Etsy Inc. We write about Etsy, from our own experiences, not for Etsy.

May 23, 2017

I'm so fired up about this, y'all. This episode is tough love central. I'm discussing the REALITY of what happens when you offer a so-called "thank you coupon" or a discount on a second order. As my good friends the Backstreet Boys would say, "tell me whyyyyyeeeeee". Please, really, do. Why? Why? I'll be honest: I just don't get it. Why would you do this?!! Listen to this episode to find out why I'm so not on board with this and why I think you should discontinue your "thank you coupon" immediately. For real.

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May 18, 2017

The Council is your chance to get fresh Merriweather content each month plus a sweet sweet community of makers in business who are just as invested in their business as you are in yours!

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May 17, 2017

A biz bestie is a huge asset to your business. And I think you should definitely have one or a couple!! Today I am chatting all about why a biz bestie is so important and some ways in which they benefit you and your biz. Listen in a get jazzed about finding your biz bestie if you don't have one yet!

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May 16, 2017

Hey maker friend! On this episode I am going into the deep dark abyss of time management. Why is it do elusive? Well, i'll tell you. I'll also be sharing a few ideas that might actually change your work-life.

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May 11, 2017

If you've ever tried to price your handmade produce properly, which I sure hope you have, you may have encountered a pricing calculator or a formula. These can be really helpful but you shouldn't just take whatever it spits out at you and run. There are so many other considerations for pricing and I'm going over some of them in this episode. Seriously give it a listen and apply any that you can to your products!

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May 9, 2017

Summer slow down is real, but it’s okay. Listen in to hear me explain why I think summer is your most important season and how to make use of it!

I’m so excited let you know all about this new program I’ve developed for you- online handmade shop owner! You can either slump or U.N.S.L.U.M.P. This summer.

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May 4, 2017

Shipping from home will change your life guaranteed. But the way you do it might stand to be improved. In this episode, I'll explain the benefits of shipping from home and how to maximize your time and money savings with a  relatively simple swap in your office!

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May 3, 2017

Getting flagged for infringement is one thing but actually getting sued for it is a whole other ballgame. Unfortunately, Lisa of Lisa's Little Monsters experienced this firsthand and suffered through the troubles associated with having to actually take listings down and cease business, which at the time was indefinitely. I'm glad Lisa was so willing to share her story so that we may all learn a bit more about this process and the consequences of this reality many sellers have faced - even when they weren't doing anything that they felt was wrong or questionable or using licensed characters.

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Disclaimer:

*This content is published by The Merriweather Council. The Merriweather Council is not affiliated with Etsy Inc. Etsy is a trademark of Etsy Inc. We write about Etsy, from our own experiences, not for Etsy.

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