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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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Sep 26, 2019

If you Google “Etsy success" a bunch of articles about tips, hacks and tricks will likely show up. Some of that is probably helpful (particularly if its from merriweathercouncilblog.com wink) but these things actually are only useful or relevant AFTER the FIRST, TRUE and surprising keys to Etsy success.

It's true that being successful on Etsy DOES include strategy in listings, photos, etc. (We can teach you all of it in our Etsy Training Course merritrainingcourse.com ) But that stuff won't get you very far if you haven't gotten on board with thed first essential 3 keys to Etsy success.

For full show notes and links mentioned in this episode, visit merriweathercouncilblog.com/90

 

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.



Sep 24, 2019

It was so wonderful to chat with Grace of Maker Mountain Fabrics about hew sewing shed. What is a sewing shed you ask? Well, for Grace, it is her workspace - a separate structure she built on her property to run her business from. But it is also a symbol of all the things she hopes and works hard for in her business. The shed is literally a physical representation to the dedication Grace has to her business and her commitment to the work she does - also to the confident decision she made to invest in herself.

For Grace the decision to build the shed was a "now or never" moment. I spoke with her about how she felt facing this large investment, what her motivation was, how she overcame the fear and what's happened since she has had the shed!

This episode addresses something all business owners will face at one point or another: having to decide to go all in or stay status quo.

In Grace's case, building her sewing shed meant saying yes to her business and its future. I'm excited for you to hear from Grace about how this investment of time, effort and money was a family affair and a true commitment to her business.

For full show notes and links mentioned in this episode, visit merriweathercouncilblog.com/89

 

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

 

Sep 19, 2019

What an honor to have the incredible Sarah K Benning as a guest on season 5 of the Merriweather Council Podcast! I have admired her work as an embroidery artist and small business owner for years now and she is so inspiring.

On this episode we are chatting about so many things. I loved hearing her journey from art student to business owner and now, co-author! And you will hear all about it as well.

If you have spent any time on Instagram or in maker communities you are likely familiar with Sarah's hand embroidery work. It is details and intricate and whimsical. Of course, we spoke all about her work, her inspiration, process and struggles not only with her work but with social media and running a small business. We also spoke about her incredibly successful pattern program and why she's decided to end it (for now!) There is so much to learn from in this episode.

For full show notes and links mentioned in this episode, visit merriweathercouncilblog.com/88

 

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

 

Sep 17, 2019

I work with amazing creative people every single day - yay for me! - and i'm so incredibly lucky to know Audrey from Hey Be Fab.

Audrey's tag line is so wonderfully crafted: Embrace your Inner Spunk. And I think Audrey has done, and continues to do, an excellent job helping her followers and students do just that.

She is a true free spirit and a creative powerhouse. When she agreed to be on the show, I yelped with delight. Literally, if memory serves me correctly.

Audrey is a textile artist who believes that you can find freedom from the mundane with one stitch at a time. She hosts art workshops (or parties) where (mostly) women come together to build friendships and connect with each as they create art.

I asked Audrey if she would be willing to share more with us about how she got to where she is in her creative career. She is running such a fun, diverse and dynamic handmade business that includes a subscription box, workshops and finished pieces.
The story Audrey told me during out chat was so real and raw and I know many of you will relate to things she shared. I can't wait for you to hear this one.

For full show notes and links mentioned in this episode, visit merriweathercouncilblog.com/87

 

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

 

Sep 17, 2019

Welcome back to season five of the Merriweather Council Podcast!
Thank you so much for being so patient while we prepped this EPIC season for you!

On this intro episode I’ll be reintroducing myself to those of you who’ve been around a while - clarifying some things, updating you on who I am and what we do here at the Merriweather Council! I’ll also be sharing a bit about season five and what’s to come but no spoilers.
I know that your business is one of the most important things in your life and so I do not take it lightly that you trust us to advise on it.

That’s why I always like to introduce myself and the Merriweather Council at the top of each season - so you know who the heck I am and what the heck we do.

For full show notes and links mentioned in this episode, visit merriweathercouncilblog.com/86

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

To learn about our handmade business community visit the jointhecouncilnow.com

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