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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 profi ...
 
What does it take for you to start your own small business? Where can you gather inspiration and information to get you started on the right foot? Can you make a living from selling handmade items? After 10 (official) years of handcrafting my business, Willow and Bee, I have gathered every tip you'll need to get started on your hand made business. Armed with the knowledge of running a small business, and a mountain of side hustles later, I'm here to share everything that it takes to get You ...
 
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Do you ever feel like you know how to do a lot of things and how much knowledge you have from your years of random online learning and freebie gathering and yet… still struggle to make progress in your business? I've been there!! (I do not feel nostalgic for it, but because I learned some vital lessons, I will revisit those wayward years today for …
 
Thank you for tuning in to episode 71! I have to admit that branding is by far one of my favorite topics! Today's guest is a branding expert, and I think that our conversation will have you re-evaluating your current branding strategy. Stay tuned in until the end to hear Henry's special offer! www.handmadeceo.com www.instagram.com/_handmadeceo…
 
It’s no secret that as a business owner you will, at some point, usually multiple points, have unhappy customers. While unhappy customers are less frequent than happy customers or customers we never hear from, either way, customer service is a daily activity in any business. It is true that customer service exists at every turn, but the part of it …
 
The idea of launching a product line usually brings up one of two emotions: YAY or UGH. (Both are entirely valid!) If you feel more UGH than yay, I get you. I, too, dislike using the launch model in my own business. The launch model I am referring to is one you are probably familiar with. It starts with teasing out a new product line for a few week…
 
I'm so excited for you to hear all about the journey that guided Kellie into becoming a coach. She's an expert at all things Alaska and has a gift for making a connection between overcoming struggles and achieving growth with the help of nature. If you've been looking for a coach that's an expert at adventure, you're in for a treat! www.handmadeceo…
 
Today I am diving into the quandary of consistency in business. So elusive! What does “consistency” in business actually look like? What does it mean when we say we want more consistency? And why does it sometimes seem unattainable or frustrating to accomplish that at times? We are ALL always looking for consistency in business, usually, that means…
 
Here at The Merriweather Council, we are VERY pro-Etsy. That is probably pretty obvious by now. However, we are also huge proponents of having your own standalone eCommerce site in addition to Etsy. (We recommend Shopify for building that standalone site!) We wholeheartedly suggest handmade business owners have both! We love Etsy and believe it’s t…
 
Have you ever heard experts or coaches tell you to embrace your failures or pitfalls but then wondered what that meant or, better yet, how do you do that? I'll admit it isn't always the easiest thing to do, but it is by far the quickest way to get a more profound meaning out of every bad situation. www.handmadeceo.com www.instagram.com/_handmadeceo…
 
Every year I make an effort to deliver this message regarding the summer sales slump to help you get proactive and manage expectations during this time so you can turn your slump into your most valuable season. This is about using summer wisely to avoid a lack of focus and preparing for a successful holiday season! My hope is to make this summer sa…
 
I don’t work for an algorithm. I understand that every platform has best practices and things it’s good to be aware of. I’m okay with basic rules and guidelines, but I’m not okay with being told I shouldn’t even bother unless what I want to do will make an invisible robot happy. That is so discouraging and toxic. I don’t have any issues with the ex…
 
Have you ever wondered if you should trademark your business name? Or if your products should carry a warning or disclosure? Today's guest will answer all of your legal questions, and the best part...she is soooo down to earth and approachable! If you've ever felt intimidated to contact an attorney, I think Nuzayra will put your worries to rest, an…
 
At one point or another, I believe all makers will receive a message requesting information related to HOW they make their products and with what materials exactly. I know this is a moderately controversial topic in the maker space, and as always I want to remind you that we do not have to agree on this at all. Everyone gets to choose how they run …
 
The ever-popular topic of Etsy SEO is on the docket for today, so let’s chat! What is Etsy SEO? Of course, when we say Etsy SEO, that means Search Engine Optimization specific to Etsy’s native search engine. Etsy SEO is a common focal point for Etsy sellers, maybe even to a fault. What I really wanted to highlight in today’s episode is the reality …
 
It's not often that you meet someone that genuinely follows their heart and takes the leap of faith in pursuit of a dream. Today's episode is full of so many amazing tips surrounded by a love story that starts in Italy and ends in Mexico. If you're still questioning your passions, I think this episode will have you convinced to take action today! w…
 
If this is your first time joining us for an episode of The Merriweather Council Podcast, well, you’re diving into the deep end today. I’m okay with it if you are!! ⚠️ Just a fair warning: this is one of my soapbox topics, and I get so fired up about this! Today I am doing an extended rating of the coupon types makers in business tend to offer. I d…
 
✨ If your product went viral tomorrow, would you be ready? Small business owners are so lucky to have an abundance of tools at our disposal for creating and sharing content right now, such as Youtube, Instagram, and TikTok. I know that can be overwhelming at times, but it is a good thing overall. There are so many ways to create content and places …
 
Have you ever thought about writing a book? It's mind-blowing to think that there are so many great book ideas floating around the world that are yet to be written down. Today I'm having a conversation with International Best Selling Author Ashley Mansour that you won't want to miss! And stay tuned until the end to hear Ashley's special offer. www.…
 
Pricing handmade products is so challenging, but this is a critical topic (obviously.) Today I’m recapping some of my top pricing reminders for handmade business owners because I know the struggle is very real, and I need to hear these things more than once, too! If you are a long-time listener of The Merriweather Council Podcast, you have probably…
 
⚠️TOUGH LOVE ALERT ⚠️ I’ve posted about this on Instagram before, and it always seems to ignite a little fire. No one cares about your Etsy sales number besides you. Etsy is not a perfect platform, but it is a damn good one. We believe it is the best marketplace handmade business owners have right now. ⁣ Sellers (and some buyers) often gripe about …
 
What problems do non-essential, luxury, handmade products solve? Great question, maker! Oh, you’re only asking because it showed up on some ideal customer avatar worksheet? There’s a reason you keep bumping into this question. It can be hard to answer. You might think of other issues people regularly seem to seek to fix like weight loss or better h…
 
I’m excited to dig into the big sometimes-scary topic of investing in your business today. For the past ten (nearly 11) years, I have been operating and making financial decisions about my businesses. I have spent about half that time working with small business owners full time, so I am very familiar with all the hesitations and concerns of making…
 
Just curious, are you working at a job that you formally went to school for? I think in my entire life, I have met only a few...like THREE, that knew what they wanted to do from the time they were in high school. The rest have found themselves in a job that became their career, and a few have carved their own space in their small business. Today As…
 
Season 8 of The Merriweather Council Podcast has landed! I cannot believe this is the start of our 8th podcast season!! If this is your first time listening to The Merriweather Council Podcast, welcome! The Merriweather Council is a female-owned and operated small business that provides support resources for makers in business. Our mission is to le…
 
Today I'd like to share a story that was submitted through email. Dilyana is from Bulgaria, and she shares her story of how she started selling her handmade dolls online. If your journey has had a bumpy start, I think you'll find Dilyana's story encouraging. Visit the show notes for Dilyana's offer! Show Notes: www.handmadeceo.com www.instagram.com…
 
Do you feel overwhelmed with all the hats that you need to wear as a business owner? From creating to shipping, and let's not forget the marketing! What if I told you that today's guest has developed a way of cutting down your social media marketing to just minutes a day and makes posting effective and possible for you daily! I know, it sounds too …
 
It's time to unveil your kryptonite. In short, we're going to talk about not crying over spilled milk and how that relates to cutting your losses. This concept is also known as the Sunk Cost Fallacy. After interviewing a boatload of successful entrepreneurs, I have found that the ones that embraced this concept quickly make it their business to suc…
 
If you're ready to start your business, but you're struggling to find the right resources, you'll want to listen to today's conversation with Meredith. From finding your passion to understanding your niche, you'll have all the tips after this episode! Meredith has an incredible offer for you, too, so be sure to stay tuned in until the end. Show Not…
 
Do you feel overwhelmed because your Etsy shop looks great on the platform, but in the background, your financial numbers are a bit messy? I can completely relate to the feeling of wanting to be creative and have someone else magically do all of my numbers. Today's guest is here to explain that you don't need to be overwhelmed, and frankly, I think…
 
Today's guest Ana is sharing her journey into creating her business Sulf Creative. If you've ever felt like your area of interest is too saturated or you feel like maybe you've exhausted all options, you'll want to hear Ana's tips for finding your corner of the internet. Along with offering some clarity, you'll want to visit the show notes to hear …
 
Believe me; I know what it feels like to be overwhelmed, to want help, but not want to give up control, to be worried about personal information, but know you need to let someone in to help. I was motivated to share this information with you so you feel less burdened. Having help has changed my life and business. Imagine being able to focus on the …
 
Today I'm speaking with the ever so talented Sarah of Slate + Brush. Her story reminds me that it's essential to make a daily effort to learn and grow every single day, especially if you're considering trading your career for a passion project. If you're thinking about making a change in your career path, this episode is for you! Sarah is offering …
 
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