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If you’re looking to grow your YouTube this is the episode for you! 1 Million subscribers is a huge milestone and not many people get there. Today we’ll talk about how it’s possible and how Brad recently hit 1,000,000 on his channel Fix This Build That. We’ll also talk about how John has been driving growth on his channel and focusing on his avatar…
 
We’re in the midst of an unprecedented time in our economy with the corona virus and covid-19 putting us in lockdown and shutting the doors of countless businesses. We don’t know exactly where this thing is going but we thought it was a great chance to talk about getting scrappy when times are tough and how to survive this downturn. LINKS (May cont…
 
We’re two months into the new year and hopefully you’ve been able to stay with new year resolutions or business practices you put into place this year. But it’s easy to fall back into old habits if you don’t have good systems in place. John and I just recently got back from Workbench Con where we did a presentation on business systems and we want t…
 
We’re stoked about today’s guest who honestly shared some of what I think is the most valuable content we’ve had to date. Tim Schmoyer is one of the premier YouTube experts, but the knowledge you’ll get in this episode goes way past YouTube. He talks about finding your perfect customer, weaving your brand story, and finding and filling the needs of…
 
Welcome to 2020! We’re teaching a class at WorkbenchCon this year and one of you will get a chance to attend for free! Well at least get the ticket for free. You’ll still have to cover travel, lodging and Bud Lights. Enter down below and if you are a current or former Patron be sure to click on the bonus entry. If you aren’t then don’t do it…you’ve…
 
Whew…2019 has been a whirlwind of awesome opportunities and new beginnings for John and I. The biggest of course was John getting married, but also this year my wife Susan came on full time with FTBT. John brought on his full time editor, Sam, and we’ve both take on loads of new work and opportunities that have had us travelling and getting involve…
 
Okay, it’s time. We’ve been teasing and talking about TikTok for a while now across a few different shows and after shows. Today we’re going to dive in and do a full episode on this up and coming social media platform. John and I are both on the platform and we’ll share a few things we’ve noticed and how we’re feeling about the platform right now. …
 
Today John is still out and I’m talking with one of my oldest friends in the online woodworking community. Andrew Bacon started Field Treasure Designs back in 2012 making rustic pallet clocks and hand stenciled signs. He grew his side hustle and tested and produced dozens of new products along the way. He’s sold products into all 50 states as well …
 
John just got married this week. So I (Brad) gave him a break to take care of all the fun last minute wedding planning. But I thought this would be a great chance to talk about an awesome opportunity I recently had. I spent a full day with Gary Vee and his team, okay he was really only in the room for about 75 minutes, but it was a really insightfu…
 
Today we’re talking with one of the hottest up and comers in the woodworking YouTube community. Chris from Third Coast Craftsman is easily one of the most talented woodworkers in our community. Where he emphasizes the use of traditional tools and joinery, with a new age and modern twist. He recently went full time as a content creator and talks abo…
 
Working with other makers that have complementary skillsets to your own is a great way to learn new skills and grow your business. And we’re not just talking about content creators here. As a product maker collaborations can take different forms like working with designers or artists. We’ll talk about some ways we’ve collabed in […] The post MFP 11…
 
Today we’re talking with a creator who’s had more YouTube experience than anyone else we’ve had on the show. Aaron Massey has been running his own Mr. Fix It DIY channel for over 6 years, but also has been a producer for an almost 9M subscriber channel for 10 years that has over 1,300 videos […] The post MFP 116: Diversifying Your Business with Aar…
 
Today we’re diving into the murky world of influencer marketing and the different ways that companies might be reaching out to you. That Amazon seller offering you a free wireless eggbeater might sound killer, but is it worth it? And what about these Influencer agencies like VYRL Collective, IZEA, Upfluence, and RevFluence? Today we’ll talk […] The…
 
Today we’re talking with a guy who’s been working the trades his whole life. Mike Farrington cut his teeth in construction working his way through school. And after a quick stint working a desk job he went back to his love for building. He’s built a successful custom woodworking business over the last 15 years […] The post MFP 114: Building Systems…
 
Things were going great. It was 2013, pallet wood and rustic furniture was so hot. You were killing it and backlogged for months. Now it’s 2019 and unless you’re Paul Jackman the pallet wood trend is dead in the water. And if you’re business was heavily focused on that trend then you’re either scrounging for […] The post MFP 113: When To Pivot Your…
 
We’re jumping back into the metalworking side of making with today’s guest. Jason Radcliffe is a custom metalworker who’s been building his business for almost 20 years. He has a unique setup where he’s actually still working a day job but one that compliments his metalworking. Jason talks to us about how he balances both […] The post MFP 112: Find…
 
Some of you are on that grind trying to get to 5 or 10,000 followers on IG before you reach out and work with brands. On the other hand it’s a bit of the wild west out there right now and we’re seeing and hearing more and more folks who’ve got 50 or 100 followers […] The post MFP 111: Are You Worth Free Product? appeared first on MADE FOR PROFIT.…
 
We’ve got a fun interview today with our favorite maker husband and wife duo, Evan and Katelyn. They’ve been running heavy as full time content creators just over a year now. They ran a small goods business selling wholesale into West Elm before going all-in on content. It’s a great conversation on the transition from […] The post MFP 110: Finding …
 
To grow a successful business it takes dedication, hard work, consistency, a good business plan, new customers, and about 50 other things. And when you do it right it’s a wonderful thing and your business can take off. But one day you might look up and have an amazing business and realize you’ve gained 20 […] The post MFP 109: Planning for the Futu…
 
Today we’re talking with one of friends who has been taking big steps in learning to build as well as her YouTube channel. Tamar from 3×3 Customs isn’t afraid to try new things and today she shares with us some great tips on just starting and not being afraid to fail. Tamar has really built […] The post MFP 108: Don’t Be Afraid to Fail with Tamar f…
 
To grow a successful business it takes dedication, hard work, consistency, a good business plan, new customers, and about 50 other things. And when you do it right it’s a wonderful thing and your business can take off. But one day you might look up and have an amazing business and realize you’ve gained 20 […] The post MFP 107: Work Life Balance app…
 
We’ve got an oversized episode for you today, or should I say, Jackman sized. Paul Jackman has built a strong YouTube and online following in the maker space in an unconventional way. He was educated in the skilled trades, but found his passion in a more artistic approach to building. And the results are Paul […] The post MFP 106: Putting in the Ti…
 
We’re already in July which means Q2 is behind and it’s time for another quarterly Q&A. Every week we do an after show for our Patreon supporters and we answer their questions they submit. Once a quarter we pick a few that really resonated with us and share them on the main show. The sponsor […] The post MFP 105: Quarterly Q & A – Q2 2019 appeared …
 
Today we’re talking with a guy who’s been playing the long game in the woodworking content space. George Vondriska is the managing editor of Woodworkers Guild of America. He’s been helping grow that site and provide high quality video content and tutorials while also contributing to basically every woodworking magazine there is. We talk with […] Th…
 
It’s time for another quarterly update on Instagram and man do we have a lot to share. Between new features and a big slow down this last quarter has been an interesting one. LINKS (May contain Affiliate Links) Instagram Creator Account blog post GROW YOUR BUSINESS Join the MFP Patron Tribe: http://www.patreon.com/madeforprofit Facebook Group: http…
 
Today we’re interviewing two OGs in the DIY building space. Ashley Turner and Whitney Gainer are the sisters behind Shanty 2 Chic and have been running their DIY furniture and home decor website for almost a decade now. What started as a fun hobby has turned into a full fledged massive brand. They walk us […] The post MFP 102: Staying True to Your …
 
John and I just got back from a trade show and it sparked an interesting show topic. John and Jory Brigham had a build off setup right in the middle of the show floor. Building out of your comfort zone and normal space is just one example of adversity. You might be dealing with a […] The post MFP 101: Overcoming Adversity appeared first on MADE FOR…
 
Cue the trumpets and release the doves. Thank you for being with us and supporting Made for Profit to get to 100 shows. For 100 we thought we’d bring you something new and special. Recently we were with a bunch of other makers in Cleveland Ohio for Spring Make and we decided to record an […] The post MFP 100: Maker Roundtable Discussion appeared fi…
 
As we’re at the doorstep of our 100th episode we thought the topic of podcasting would be a perfect tie in. There’ve been a ton of new podcasts hitting the scene lately in the woodworking space and podcasting seems to be the next wave of hot media. Today we’ll talk about the power of podcasting […] The post MFP 099: The Power Of Podcasting…and the …
 
Our interview today is with a full fledged business owner who also happens to be a blogger. Scott Sidler runs Austin Historical, where he and his team restore and preserve old buildings. He started out fixing up his old home and fell in love with historic preservation. When he realized there was a gap in […] The post MFP 098: Creating Systems with …
 
I can’t believe we’re at 97 episodes already! I tell you what, we’re giving away free fanny packs to celebrate episode 97. Just repost this episode to your feed, follow us on YouTube, Instagram, MySpace and Tinder, and tag your 10 best friends and enter your social security number for entry. Good luck! Giveaways….love em […] The post MFP 097: Shoul…
 
This week we’re talking with another artist turned woodworker. Ashley Harwood started off as a graduate from Carnegie Mellon university and an installation artist, but soon found her way into woodturning to make some extra money. She started off in the farmer’s market and craft fair scene selling products. As a way to stand out […] The post MFP 096…
 
Consistency is the key to performing at a high level week after week, month after month, and year after year. Today we talk about how we stay consistent and things that have helped and hurt us along our journey. The sponsor of today’s episode is Woodcraft. Woodcraft is one of the nation’s oldest and largest […] The post MFP 095: Staying Consistent …
 
We’ve got a great interview today with a woodworker who went from the verge of homelessness to having a thriving customer furniture business. Donnie Galli runs Designs by Donnie out of Destin, FL and has found a niche in building huge over the top pieces. He has differentiated himself in a saturated market and figured […] The post MFP 094: Going Hu…
 
It’s time for another quarterly Q&A. Every week we answer questions for our Patrons on the After Show and each quarter we like to pick a few and share them the broader audience. We’ll have a mix of voicemail and written questions on some great topics. The sponsor of today’s episode is Woodcraft. Woodcraft is […] The post MFP 093: Quarterly Q & A – …
 
We’re continuing to branch out with the makers on our show and today we talk with another artist but in a different medium. Jenny Bower runs a custom engraving business where she specializes in her own style of embellishment on anything made of metal. From old tape measures to custom hand planes, she’s been making […] The post MFP 092: Unnecessary …
 
As you start becoming a legit business you start dealing with more and more clients and transactions. And every transaction is a chance to delight your customers and give them everything they wanted…or a chance for miscommunication, false expectations, undelivered promises, and two parties left playing he said/ she said. We’d all like the first […]…
 
We’ve got another great interview with a start up furniture maker today. Jason Hibbs has been running his woodworking business, Bourbon Moth, for the last 4.5 years. He’s got an extraordinary hustle and has built his business on building just about anything the customer wants. He’s also found a niche in social media which has […] The post MFP 090: …
 
We like to give a quarterly update on our favorite social platform, Instagram. And this time it’s a special one. I recently taught a class on Instagram growth at Workbench Con down in Atlanta and I was asked for the slides over and over again. But the slides don’t really tell the story without the […] The post MFP 089: Instagram News, Updates & Str…
 
Today we’re talking with another creative maker and true artist in our field, Jon Peters. He’s a unique combination of a painter and woodworker. Jon talks with us about owning his own art gallery before moving his business online and finding YouTube while trying to share his videos with his family and friends. He shares […] The post MFP 088: Combin…
 
John and I just got back from Workbench Con down in Atlanta and today we’re going to recap some of the learnings we took away. We’ve talk about it before but Workbench Con is a conference for makers to help grow their business through networking, specific classes on social media, video editing, blogs and more. […] The post MFP 087: Workbench Con 20…
 
Today we have an interview with our favorite German maker, Laura Kampf. Laura’s builds are born out of pure creativity as she repurposes and reconfigures old and new items alike into amazing creations. She thrives on the challenge of coming up with new ideas and keeping the pureness of creativity front and center. She talks […] The post MFP 086: Th…
 
To drive your Instagram you’ve gotta post daily…and two times a day is even better. Make sure you’re engaging with all your comments. Answer your DM’s, don’t forget to do Stories, and man IGTV is really taking off so you better be doing that too….I mean seriously, who has the time for this stuff? I’m […] The post MFP 085: Social Media Burnout appea…
 
Today we have an interview with someone who we’ve hung out with on Saturdays for the over a decade. Kevin O’Connor has been the host of This Old House and Ask This Old House since 2003 and has helped guide many aspiring DIYers and woodworkers, including myself, through home repairs, construction, and remodeling projects with […] The post MFP 084: F…
 
Have you ever been scrolling through your social media feed and see that awesome video you published last week. And after a moment of excitement that your content is getting good reach you realize it’s not your post but from @WoodworkingViralz5000 and they’ve not credited you at all. This is a small example of the […] The post MFP 083: Protecting Y…
 
We are launching a “brand” new series today with our interviews. As a compliment to our talks with awesome makers and content creators we’re flipping it to the other side of the table and interviewing leaders from the brands themselves. We’re starting off our Brand Talk series with our friend Craig Coffey who is the […] The post MFP 082: Brand Talk…
 
It’s the new year and a great time to take a step back and look at your business. One of the biggest hurdles to any business is being organized, both in your production and in the back office so to speak. Today we’ll talk about some things we’re doing personally to tune up our businesses […] The post MFP 081: Getting Organized appeared first on MAD…
 
We’ve got an awesome interview today with a guy who started with a few used tool in his parent’s basement and turned it into a full scale custom furniture and sawmill operation. Paul Lemiski is the man behind Canadian Woodworks and he talks with us about picking his own path and growing his business with […] The post MFP 080: Picking Your Own Path …
 
It’s time for another quarterly Q&A. Every week we answer questions for our Patrons on the After Show and each quarter we like to pick a few and share them the broader audience. And we’re excited about this quarter as we debut our voicemail questions so you can hear direct from our Patrons. Links: (May […] The post MFP 079: Quarterly Q & A – Q4 201…
 
Happy New Year to everyone, we are officially in 2019 now! 2018 was a great year for so many of us and for Made for Profit. Today we’re going to take a look back at some of the big changes in social media as well as what happened on MFP. Links: (May Contain Affiliate Links) […] The post MFP 078: 2018 Year End Wrap Up appeared first on MADE FOR PROF…
 
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