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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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Dec 27, 2018

Outsourcing is a word that I've noticed stirs up a lot of mixed emotions in the maker community. Some people are A-OK with bringing in someone to help them make their products, other people feel strongly that they need and want to be the hands that make their product. Of course there are multiple ways in which to outsource that don't include you handing off the making element of your handmade business.

 

In this episode, I am speaking with Jaqueline and Minna of The Product Boss about manufacturing and the different ways in which makers and small product based businesses could potentially work with manufacturing partners. Together, Jaqueline and Minna have launched their own product lines as well as thousands of product lines with clients and have experienced the ins and outs of the factory world and today they are passing some of these insights on to you!

Full Show Notes >> http://merriweathercouncilblog.com/72

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Dec 25, 2018

Merri Christmas, makers!!

Whether Christmas is of religious or personal significance to your or not, I hope you are spending time today doing something you love, relaxing and taking care of yourself or others!

As the holiday season winds down, I encourage you to reflect on your successes and take time to recuperate after this hectic time. (Before you know it, you'll be back at it for Valentine's Day! ha.)

Today's episode is a big thank you to YOU! Listeners, students, followers, supporters ... you all made this a better year! I appreciate your support so so much.

Have a wonderful day and don't forget to rest!

With gratitude,

Danielle

 

Full Show Notes >> http://merriweathercouncilblog.com/71

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

Dec 20, 2018

Ahh, the internet. An ever-changing landscape!

 

Today's episode is a throwback Thursday kind of a thing because there are a few things from past episodes of The Merriweather Council podcast that have changed since their airdates.

Nothing to panic about! Just a few things that would be good to know as the facts relayed to you are now out of date

. I recommend Shopify exclusively >> https://www.shopify.com/?ref=the-merriweather-council

. But Squarespace is a great option

. Heads up about an episode that is forthcoming

 

Today's episode is sponsored by Amazon Handmade where you can get your product in front of 250 million customers worldwide. Amazon Handmade has the best of both worlds: the convenience of shopping on Amazon while supporting small, local businesses. Click for more details on how to get started with zero upfront costs and no monthly fee. >> https://services.amazon.com/handmade/handmade.html?ld=POUSHNDDMWC

 

It's probably clear by now that staying fresh and up to date on the internet is a never-ending job! That's why The Council provides ongoing support. Join us for fresh content monthly and real-time discussions about all the things! You never have to worry about being out of the loop when you've got a hivemind like this in your corner! >> thecouncilwaitlist.com

 

Full Show Notes >> http://merriweathercouncilblog.com/70

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

Dec 18, 2018

You've heard over and over that identifying and reaching your target customer will be a huge part of your success as a business owner. Hopefully by now you know I've had some things to say about it, too! Like THIS >>

http://www.merriweathercouncilblog.com/2016/08/product-seller-marketing/

and THIS >> http://www.merriweathercouncilblog.com/2016/09/saturated-market/

 

But I digress.

 

So you've heard that... a lot. On today's episode I am speaking with Paula Hoss, the founder of CLN and DRTY natural skincare about how she identified, connects with and serves her target audience and how this (and other things!) helps her to stand out in a crowded market.

 

For full show notes and links mentioned in this episode, visit merriweathercouncilblog.com/69


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

Dec 13, 2018

I've made it my mission this year to share this important message with makers in business. I'm committed to sharing this as many times and as many ways as I can.

This important message is one I believe ALL makers in business need to hear during the holiday season especially.

 

I don't want to ruin it for you, so no spoilers here! You'll have to listen to today's episode.

For full show notes and links mentioned in this episode, visit merriweathercouncilblog.com/68


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

Dec 11, 2018

If you've been around Merriweather Council in any capacity for the past year you likely know I get very riled up (in the best way possible, of course) about encouraging makers to use their summertime wisely.

 

It's one of my favorite things to talk about actually.

 

And while that is definitely true: that the summertime is so valuable and you can use it to prep yourself for the busier times of year, it's also true that tracking things THROUGH that busier season of the holidays can help you prep even better in the following year ... and make even better use then, of your summer!

 

On today's episode, I'm giving you a guided lesson of sorts - in what to track this holiday season while you're in it! Honestly, you will NOT remember this stuff next year. So it's important to track it now, that's what I want to help you do!

For full show notes and links mentioned in this episode, visit merriweathercouncilblog.com/67


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

Dec 6, 2018

Friends, today's episode is hopefully going to set your mind at ease about some things Etsy did in 2018 that set sellers ablaze with anxiety.

In September 2018 Etsy released a link to “The Ultimate Guide to Etsy Search”

And then sellers immediately tweaked out. Which is fair.

But I am here to tell you, again, that you do not need to panic about this.

 

Hear me?

 

You do not need to panic about this.

 

And truthfully, most Etsy updates and changes are not worth panicking over.

For full show notes and links mentioned in this episode, visit merriweathercouncilblog.com/66

 

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.

Dec 4, 2018

 

It's definitely no secret that I love branding and marketing chat. You've probably caught on to that by now!

 

Today's episode features a discussion I had with one of my Council Members who has spent the past several years growing and evolving a deeply personal, meaningful brand. I have been so inspired by her work and mission for most of that time!

 

Lindsay Joy Taylor is the creator of Joyful Jewelry Box - her brand and business that sells jewelry but that also does so much more! Her story is so much a part of what she does that it's only fair you hear it from her directly. That is part of what's in store for you to hear about on this episode!

 

For full show notes and links mentioned in this episode, visit merriweathercouncilblog.com/65


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

Dec 4, 2018

Today we are kicking off season 4!

It's a real honor and privilege to have the opportunity to produce this show and connect with so many handmade business owners. I truly enjoy creating these episodes and delivering them to you!

 

I thank you so much for listening and for sharing the episodes you enjoy with your friends and followers, too! If you consider that a rising tide lifts all ships, you sharing the episodes you have learned from impacts the entire community positively. And that's great for all of us! So please continue to share!

 

For full show notes and links mentioned in this episode, visit merriweathercouncilblog.com/64


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

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