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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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If you've wanted to scale your business but have been unsure where you should start, today's show is specially made for you! Maureen has over ten years in the industry and works with several impressive brands like L'Oreal and Dove. Visit the show notes to connect with Maureen! www.handmadceo.comBy Maria Laurin
 
Thank you for tuning in to episode 119! Today's guest shares a wealth of information that was gathered on a 20-plus year journey. You'll hear a perfect mix of advice for the small business owner looking to hire their first employee to a large business owner who wants to cut down the time it takes to hire the best candidate. I hope you're ready to t…
 
Worried you might be you are underpricing your handmade product? I’m glad it’s on your mind because pricing properly is the foundation on which you build a sustainable business. Regardless of your niche, style, medium, or experience level, pricing properly is key to having a handmade business that can endure, grow, and thrive. To put it simply: if …
 
If you've been through job after job and have yet to land the one that fills all the boxes, you'll have to hear today's story. After working at a few large and impressive companies, Katie discovered that the path to being an entrepreneur was most fulfilling. Along the way, she created an attainable and helpful program for her community. www.handmad…
 
Today's short and sweet solo episode is centered around conflict resolution. Have you heard of the two tokens theory?? You don't need to be a business owner to benefit from this one, this episode will help when dealing with an unsatisfied customer or even an upset friend. Choose your token wisely! www.handmadeceo.com www.instagram.com?_handmadeceo…
 
Does it ever feel like no one else struggles quite as much as you do to identify or define their ideal customer avatar? There’s a reason for that… What if I told you that the key to finding your ideal customer avatar is your product seller profile? This is my theory about how the way that you become a seller of original products impacts how you det…
 
Thank you for tuning in to episode 116! Today's guest will put all of your social media stress at ease! If you feel like you can't make any progress on platforms like Instagram, I know you'll love this episode. Be sure to listen until the end to hear how you can get a copy of Allison's 3-Part IG Makeover! www.handmadeceo.com…
 
The absolute best way to find customers for your Etsy shop will probably surprise you. As you know, I am a huge proponent of Etsy and I think it’s a powerful tool that all craft-based business owners would be smart to make use of. I also believe that you should not send prospective buyers to your Etsy shop. It might sound like those two statements …
 
This episode goes out to all of my fellow entrepreneurs that cringe when they hear that they have to sell! Oddly enough, we get into owning our own business to be in business, and yes, that requires some level of sales! But what if we've been looking at sales completely wrong? Stay tuned in until the end to hear Annies amazing tips for you and her …
 
This short and sweet solo episode will change the way that you look at obstacles. This tiny little change to your mindset will open up a world of possibilities. Make sure to share this episode with a friend because sharing is caring, and seriously, there's not a person alive that wouldn't benefit from today's tip! www.handmadeceo.com…
 
I’m excited to share with you what happened when I deleted 3000-4000 Instagram followers from my @merriweatherc Instagram account! This episode covers my own experience and what happened when I deleted followers. I hope that it can provide some insight that you can benefit from if you also use Instagram as a marketing tool in your handmade business…
 
Thank you for tuning in to episode 111! Today's show is dedicated to a topic that I seldom hear much about until it's too late! I, for one, have always found that it's way better to prevent a problem than it is to react to it. So much personal information is stored and exchanged online, and today's guest is here to explain the importance of protect…
 
As you know by now, my team and I support and encourage a small handmade business structure that makes use of one marketplace and one autonomous standalone site. Specifically, we recommend Etsy as the marketplace and Shopify as the platform for building your independent domain shop. Whenever I speak about Shopify, inevitably, the question of other …
 
Thank you for tuning in to episode 110! Raise your hand if you're struggling with doing all the things! From social media posts to SEO to photography and graphic design, it's a lot for a small business owner to juggle. Today's guest is here to help you get back into your purpose and less into running a mini social media juggling act. www.handmadece…
 
Thank you for tuning in to episode 109! I'm not sure if I told you, but I used to be a banker in my past life. It's funny that although I was in banking, I still had a hard time walking into a bank to open up a small business checking account. I think you'll be just as surprised as I was to learn that there are so many options in banking through a …
 
Etsy Predictions for 2022 and 2021 Recap At the end of 2020, I wrote a blog post about 3 things I predicted Etsy would do in 2021. I went back to check in on them, and at first, it was a little murky deciding on if my predictions materialized or not. Conservatively, we saw half-correctness of 2 of my 3 predictions. I had another prediction that I d…
 
Thank you for tuning in to episode 108! Today's short and sweet solo show will primarily focus on the hidden truth behind a powerful list. If you're listening in real-time, you know we are one month away from finishing up the year's first quarter, and it's a perfect time to look over the past couple of months to analyze what is working and what we …
 
Thank you for tuning in to episode 107! Are you still juggling your small business tasks and all of your social media accounts? If you've been searching for a solution but are unsure where to turn, today's interview is full of answers! I'm sure this conversation will leave you inspired! www.handmadeceo.com…
 
Have you ever wondered where some of those gorgeous tumblers and coffee cups that you see celebrities using are created? Today's guest discovered her passion for making the most incredible tumblers during the pandemic, and she's continued to grow her business ever since! Stay tuned in until the end to hear Danielle's special offer. www.handmadeceo.…
 
Have you been dreaming about earning passive income? Maybe you've thought about being location-independent? Today's guest will answer all of your questions on the benefits of taking your current skills and creating income from any place on earth! Visit the show notes to connect with Noah! www.handmadeceo.com www.instagram.com/_handmadeceo…
 
Thank you for tuning in to episode 102! Whether just starting a business or if you've been at it for a while, today's guest will shed light on the important things that tend to fall to the wayside. Bob and I covered every topic from taxes to love languages in this conversation. I think you'll enjoy this episode, especially Bob's down-to-earth appro…
 
If you've been making big plans for the year, you'll want to listen to today's conversation with Crista. I'm not kidding when I say that I already listened to this episode 3 times! I love how Crista simplifies and explains solutions to the many issues that we face as small business owners. Her Lean Out Method is so simple to understand, and she eve…
 
Thank you for tuning in to episode 100!! I didn't plan this out, but I just love that the year's final episode ends with episode 100 AND that the most downloaded solo episode of the year was episode number 50! This week also wraps up the end of season 2, and in this month, I featured the most downloaded program in each category. I'll be back to sha…
 
We are quickly making our way towards the end of 2021, and this month I'm recapping the most listened to episode in each category. Today's most listened-to innovator episode takes us back to episode 76! The mascot for this business is sure to put a smile on your face, and with the help of his owner, you'll soon be able to post across all of your so…
 
Thank you for tuning in to episode 98. In keeping with the 2021 most downloaded episodes, today I'll be sharing the most downloaded artist episode. Last week I shared the most downloaded expert episode, and in the final two weeks, I'll reveal the most downloaded innovator and solo shows! Today is all about an incredible artist that stole my heart w…
 
Thank you for tuning in to episode 97!! If you're listening in real-time, you know we are quickly inching our way to 2022! As you might already know, I have four main categories that I like to share with you in this podcast. They are Meet the Expert, the artist, the innovator, and solo shows. This week I'll be sharing the most downloaded expert sho…
 
Thank you for tuning in to episode 96!! Are you still wondering if you have what it takes to start your own business? Or maybe you're considering a side hustle but not exactly sure if you're ready to build an online community? Today's guest will show you how selling on Amazon can be the perfect entry into owning a small business. www.handmadeceo.co…
 
Thank you for tuning in to episode 95!! If you're listening in real-time, you know we're getting ready to celebrate Thanksgiving here in the US. AND after being away for three weeks exploring Cancun, Oaxaca, and Puebla, I bring you back a timely lesson that I learned in a small Zapotec village in Oaxaca. www.handmadeceo.com www.instagram.com/_handa…
 
I am beyond excited to bring you today's guest. Ben not only has the most interesting money-making online business but he's also developed an incredible platform that helps solopreneurs find vetted workers for their team. He's taken the work out of finding the right candidate through his platform Jobmofy. Tune in until the end and visit the show no…
 
Do you have a feeling of being overwhelmed in your small business? Maybe you've created a product or finally developed that perfect service only to find that there is so much to do in your day, and you don't know what steps to take to get results. In today's show, Erin shares her secrets for organizing and untangling the daily tasks that keep us ru…
 
Thank you for tuning in to episode 92! I'm going out on a limb here, but I'm guessing that we've all experienced an amazing working environment, and then we've had those that have made us want to run for the hills! Today's guest is sharing the secrets to creating a culture in your business that fosters belonging, value, and commitment. www.handmade…
 
Thank you for tuning in to episode 91! If you're listening in real-time, you know we have about two months left before we ring in the new year. It's the perfect time to reflect on our lofty goals, what we did this year, and what we wish we would have done differently. In this short and sweet solo episode, I'd like to look at the 3 tips that can giv…
 
Thank you for tuning in to episode 90! Have you been thinking about creating video ads for your brand? Today's guest shares her secret to stopping the scroll and how you can increase your revenue in just 3 seconds! I know you'll get the video bug after this conversation! www.handmadeceo.com www.instagram.com/_handmadeceo…
 
Do you struggle with shiny object syndrome? You know that feeling of wanting to join every new platform out there because it might just be the new best thing for your business. Today's guest has some incredible insight on creating a marketing plan to keep your focus where it belongs. Stay tuned in until the end to hear Tim's special offer for the l…
 
In today's solo episode, we'll take a look at perfection and the trouble with being EVER so perfect! This little word robs us of so much, and it isn't just in business. It bleeds into every aspect of life and even gives us a great excuse to bow out of relationships, partnerships, and entrepreneurship. So if you feel like things are almost perfect, …
 
There's a time to embrace DIY projects, and then there's the time to hand it over to the experts! Today's guest gives you the option of doing either. Eric's knowledge of SEO and his simple way of explaining it gave me a whole new perspective on the importance of hiring an expert. More importantly, it made me realize it isn't just about using the co…
 
Thank you for tuning in to episode 85! Are you curious to know what it takes to have a successful rental property business? Today's guest will explain what it takes to have a reliable and profitable business in rentals. I love that Anthony shares his trials and teaches the fundamentals of being a landlord through leadership. www.handmadeceo.com www…
 
After finding herself in a dire financial situation and a broken marriage, today's guest decided to turn her fortune around by learning everything she could about finances. Along the way, she discovered her passion for helping couples through their financial woes. Make sure to stay tuned in until the end to hear LeeAnn's special offer! www.handmade…
 
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