Your Handmade Business Podcast
Your Handmade Business is a podcast for makers about the big picture of your business brought to you by the Academy of Handmade. Each episode we tackle an important (and sometimes uncomfortable) topic about running a handmade business and feature perspectives and experiences from Academy of Handmade members, as well as the greater maker community.
But this isn't your average podcast! First off, each episode is short—15 minutes or less. Second, each month is centered on a theme that dovetails with the maker's business cycle. Third, the Your Handmade Business newsletter will complement each episode with a special message from Sharon Fain addressing the same topic. In your ears or in your inbox (or both!), however you like it, we're coming to you.
YOUR HOST: ISAAC WATSON
Isaac is a community organizer, event planner, and a creator of business education and support networks for the maker community. He’s passionate about finding your people, building lasting relationships, and thinking about the big picture for your small business.
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In this episode, Isaac illustrates how it can get worse before it gets better when you’re in the throes of failing, but that’s okay! It’s normal, even. He also talks introduces the power of a pre-mortem exercise when you're working on a big project.
Every business experiences points where no matter what you do to prepare, things can just go south. Isaac talks to two members—Jenny Hart and Lela Barker—about their failures and how they keep calm and carry on.
Isaac defines the best type of maker friends, jumps back to the first days of having his own handmade business, and pays homage to a woman who was a huge influence on his business and work in the community.
There’s no such thing as going it alone when you’re a maker. Isaac stresses the importance of finding others to help with your journey, and talks with Brianne Mees, co-owner of Tender Loving Empire about the family she’s formed over the last 10 years.
Isaac has recuperated from being sick and pops back in this week to talk about the importance of trusting what you already know and listening to yourself instead of getting sucked into “education desperation”.
In Episode 5 of Your Handmade Business, Isaac talks about the value of building your business skills just like they were your craft, and how that can help you build confidence as a business owner. Then he recaps his recent experience The Makers Summit.
In this episode Isaac covers the importance of letting go of your perfectionism, the perils of the do-it-all-yourself mentality, and prioritizing what to work on. He talks to Dawn Ambuehl-Sadek of Maman Sucre about the ways that she’s acknowledged her own limitations in life and business, how she seeks help, and what she’s chosen to let go.
Signing up for a gym membership won't magically get you in shape—you need to focus on what’s really important for your business and follow through. TeDi Jansen joins Isaac to talk about how her business is simplifying in the new year.
Planning for your business at the beginning of the year is great, but there's more to be done than just setting it and forgetting it. Jill Evans of Hapertas & Co also talks about what it's like to have a catastrophic shift in her business vision.
Every handmade business needs a vision. Isaac shares a cautionary tale, some great questions to ask yourself, and interviews Holly Marsh (MarshMueller) and Melissa Wert (Print therapy) about their own goals.
Host Isaac Watson and Academy of Handmade founder Sharon Fain introduce themselves, discuss how they got here, and what's to come with the "Your Handmade Business" podcast and newsletter.