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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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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.

For full show notes and links mentioned in this episode, visit merriweathercouncilblog.com/35

 

For more free handmade business advice, visit merriweathercouncilblog.com/podcast

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

 

For more free handmade business advice, visit merriweathercouncilblog.com/podcast

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.

For full show notes and links mentioned in this episode, visit merriweathercouncilblog.com/33

For more free handmade business advice, visit merriweathercouncilblog.com/podcast

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!

For full show notes and links mentioned in this episode, visit merriweathercouncilblog.com/32

 

For more free handmade business advice, visit merriweathercouncilblog.com/podcast

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!

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

 

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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.

For full show notes and links mentioned in this episode, visit merriweathercouncilblog.com/31

For more free handmade business advice, visit merriweathercouncilblog.com/podcast

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!

For full show notes and links mentioned in this episode, visit merriweathercouncilblog.com/30

For more free handmade business advice, visit merriweathercouncilblog.com/podcast

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.

For full show notes and links mentioned in this episode, visit merriweathercouncilblog.com/29

For more free handmade business advice, visit merriweathercouncilblog.com/podcast

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!

For full show notes and links mentioned in this episode, visit merriweathercouncilblog.com/28

 

For more free handmade business advice, visit merriweathercouncilblog.com/podcast

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.

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

 

For more free handmade business advice, visit merriweathercouncilblog.com/podcast

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 2, 2017

It may or may not surprise you to know many shops have been dinged for infringement on Etsy. I spoke to two sellers who experienced this first hand and they are sharing their stories on this episode! An infringement notice doesn't necessarily mean your shop is doomed, but you do want to be aware of the various levels of severity and steer as clear as possible - and always always make sure you are not interfering with any copyright or trademark that isn't your own!

For full show notes and links mentioned in this episode, visit merriweathercouncilblog.com/27


For more free handmade business advice, visit merriweathercouncilblog.com/podcast


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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