The Business Buzz Podcast For Makers, Artists & Designers: Helping Your Handmade Business Make A Consistent Income
By Mei Pak
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The Business Buzz Podcast is a short and straight to the point, 10-minute show with me, Mei Pak, around building a thriving handmade business online. My ultimate goal is to help you make a consistent income selling your handmade products. Each episode addresses one topic as it relates to handmade business and will give you actionable, practical and easy steps to starting, growing and running your successful business. This is a fresh and new podcast style based around the 80/20 Rule, delivering you no fluff, effective lessons that can make a positive impact on your business in a big way. We'll talk about social media, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, blogging, selling wholesale, doing PR and publicity, getting featured in magazines, blogs and influencers, Facebook advertising, email marketing, Shopify, Etsy, finding confidence, outsourcing and hiring help, growing and scaling up your handmade business and a whole lot more.
||Clean#42: Two Month Review: Hiring My First Customer Service Rep for My Handmade Business||Two months ago I hired my first customer service rep. It's changed my life! Here’s how.||5/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#41: Building Resilience in Your Business Through Your Why||Knowing your why's for running your own business helps you find focus and builds up your resilience and perseverance when times get tough. What are YOUR why's?||4/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#40: Three Top Reasons Why I Love Shopify||I've tried many platforms for selling my handmade jewelry in the last 10 years. Shopify has been the best and I regret not using them sooner. Here are my top reasons why I love them and recommend them to everyone!||4/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#39: All About Wholesale Pricing in Your Handmade Business||What happens when someone asks you for your wholesale prices? What's the difference between wholesale and retail pricing? This episode's got your wholesale pricing questions covered!||4/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#38: Why You Should Never Take a Break from Your Business||Taking a break from your business is one of the worst things you can do to it. Here's why you should avoid it like the plague.||4/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#37: How to Make Passive Income in Your Handmade Business||What is passive income and is it really passive? I talk more about scaleable income and how you can create your own streams of revenue that grow without you having to do extra work!||4/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#36: My Top Three Favorite Money Making Shopify Apps||It's no secret that I LOVE Shopify. In this episode, I talk about the three apps that I can't live without because they make such a huge difference to my bottom line!||4/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#35: Which is More Important? Sales or Profit?||Sales, revenue, profit, income. These can all be confusing business terms. What do they actually mean, and what should you be prioritizing?||4/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#34: Pros and Cons of Doing Craft Shows||Thinking of doing a craft show? Listen to this episode first on the pros and cons! Even if you've done many before, I talk about why you might want to rethink your strategy.||4/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#33: How to Stop Comparing Yourself to Other Makers||It's a slippery slope when we start to "'research" what other shop owners are doing. It makes us feel bad about ourselves and lowers our morale. You might feel like giving up. Here's what to do instead.||4/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#32: Facebook Advertising for Handmade Shop Owners||I've been using Facebook ads for many months now and it's made such a HUGE impact in my business. I share with you exactly how big of an impact and a few tips for you if you're considering doing ads for your own shop.||4/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#31: How to Make it Easy for Wholesale Buyers to Shop from Your Handmade Store||Selling your products wholesale is a different world to navigate! When an interested store owner comes your way and asks for wholesale information, how do you make it easy for them to buy from you?||4/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#30: Should You Have a Shopify or Etsy Store?||One of the biggest questions I get asked a lot - should I set up a Shopify store or an Etsy store? We go through a few scenarios that hopefully helps answer your question!||4/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#29: Should You Get a Loan for Your Handmade Business?||There comes a time when you need some extra cash for new equipment, a trade show, an advertising opportunity or to buy inventory. When is it smart to take out a loan or a line of credit to do so?||3/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#28: Are Conferences and Trade Shows Worth Doing for Handmade Business Owners||Attending live events like crafty conferences, trade shows and other networking events are huge investments that cost a lot of money. But are they really worth doing for a handmade business owner?||3/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#27: How to Start Your Handmade Subscription Product||What are the first steps and few things you need to start your handmade subscription product? Listen to this episode to find out!||3/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#26: Pros and Cons of Handmade Subscription Products||Want to start your own subscription product? Listen to this episode for a list of pros and cons first, so you know what you're getting yourself into!||3/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#25: A Sneak Peek Behind Two Successful Handmade Subscription Products||Want to start a subscription product in your handmade business? Stacey Trock and I share some insight into our own subscriptons, how we got started, what failed and what worked.||3/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#24: Branding Question – Should You Be The Face Of Your Brand?||Not every business has the business owner or designer be front and center on social media and other marketing platforms. Most people don't even know who I am, but they know Tiny Hands. The opposite is true for Creative Hive. So what about you?||3/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#23: How to Position YOU in Your Business||Stacey and I expand on the topic of filtering yourself again in this episode. This time, we ask: is your product your product or are YOU the product? Every business is different and how you brand and position it could mean you need to be at the front a.||3/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#22: Should You Share Political/Religious Views in Your Business?||For some people, politics and religion is a big part of your brand. For others, we have to be careful about what we choose to share with our potential customers. You could risk alienating your audience or you could build up an even stronger brand.||3/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#21: Blogging For Ecommerce Business Owners||This episode is about blogging for those of us who are in the business of ecommerce (jewelry, bath and body, clothing, accessories, toys... anything that doesn't really involve teaching and where you would usually have inventory for).||3/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#20: How To Blog For Your Business Today||Why blogging isn't what it used to be and how you should really approach blogging for your biz today.||3/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#19: How Do You Know What You Do Will Be Successful?||This is a question we ALL ask ourselves all the time before we try anything new. How will you know what you've built or created will be successful?||3/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#18: Income Limits and Customer Lifetime Value with Full Time Handmade Businesses||In this episode, Stacey Trock and I talk about other considerations with running your handmade business full time: is there really no income limit? And what is customer lifetime value and how does it affect our businesses?||3/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#17: What’s It Really Like Running Your Business Full Time?||Running your business full time is hard. Stacey Trock and I talk about what we love about being in business for ourselves.||3/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#16: Outsourcing Help for Handmade Business Owners||There comes a time when you can't do it all yourself. I was in the process of hiring a customer service person for Tiny Hands as this was recorded and I talk about some of the scary things we face when we go through the hiring experience and what I've .||3/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#15: How To Get Your Personal Life In Order For Business Success||Your personal life bleeds into your business more than you think. Who you hang out with, your health and what you eat will affect your energy levels and the decisions you make for your business.||2/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#14: How Creatives Can Be More Organized And Focused||Struggling to get organized? That may not be the real problem we need to fix. Having focus and knowing what to prioritize helps you be more organized and here's how.||2/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#13: Why You Should Send Influencers Free Products||Influencer marketing is one of my favorite ways to kickstart and grow a business, but not everyone understand the process or why they should send free product to bloggers and reviewers. Listen to this episode for my take on it.||2/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#12: Is The Customer Really Always Right?||I'll share with you a few of my own experiences with dealing with angry and upset customers, customers who might be taking advantage of you, and how to respond to them.||2/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#11: Jaimee Newberry from Picture This Clothing on Building a Viral Business (Part 3)||Join Jaimee Newberry and I on a quick three part series on how she brought a five month old business to 8 employees, millions of views from PR features and tons of happy customers.||2/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#10: Jaimee Newberry From Picture This Clothing On Building A Viral Business (Part 2)||Join Jaimee Newberry and I on a quick three part series on how she brought a five month old business to 8 employees, millions of views from PR features and tons of happy customers.||2/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#9: Jaimee Newberry From Picture This Clothing On Building A Viral Business (Part 1)||Join Jaimee Newberry and I on a quick three part series on how she brought a five month old business to 8 employees, millions of views from PR features and tons of happy customers.||2/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#8: What To Do When You’re Just Starting Your Business||Most makers and creatives start their business with the wrong foot forward. Learn what you should reallly be doing instead so you can hit the ground running with your biz.||2/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#7: Social Media Algorithms and Why They Exist||In this episode, I chat about social media algorithms (Facebook in particular), why it exists and how this affects your business.||2/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#6: Pros And Cons Of Using Social Media Scheduling Apps||Social media scheduling apps can help you spend less time on social media. There are pros and cons with these apps though, so give this episode a listen to learn more about them!||2/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#5: How Low Confidence Manifests In Your Business||Having low self esteem or lack of confidence bleeds into your business and the way you run it. Here are a few examples of how you can identify if your problem is having low self esteem and what you can do to cope with it.||2/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#4: Finding Confidence To Run Your Business And Sell Your Products||In this episode, I talk about how low confidence affected my business and life. You are not alone with this struggle! Here are three ways to build up your confidence so you can run your business with more success.||2/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#3: Working With Instagram Influencers||How do scope out Instagram influencers to pitch to? How do you know they're big enough to make your time worth while? We cover answers to these questions and some of the big reasons why most makers fail with pitching their products to influencers.||2/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#2: How To Translate Instagram Followers Into Sales||What you need to do to turn your Instagram followers into sales, the two most important metrics, how to increase those metrics and alternatives to sales.||2/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1: Welcome To The Business Buzz Podcast!||Learn more about the Business Buzz Podcast, how it got started and a little bit about me, Mei, your host! I share some topics for upcoming podcast episodes so you can get a sense for what this podcast will be all about.||2/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Love this series!
Mei!!! I love your podcasts. I just listened to all 6 again- I started this morning but they were so informative I had to listen to them again. Do you think you could one on social media? Specifically on where should you start as far as friends and joining groups then how to convert those friends to followers. If you already have something like this please direct me to it.
I wanted to say also about the podcast series that your voice is so clear it doesn't have the many distractions I often hear in other podcast and your tone- I love that your tone is much like if you were standing right in front of me in a conversation. I often write in that style. Thank you for the pods!!💖💃🏽
Perfectly Sized Nuggets of Biz Wisdom!
First, I love the shorter length - I tend to unconsciously tune out when it comes to really long podcasts.
And then the information, wisdom and ideas Mei shares I've found to be so helpful/practical/applicable.
Thanks so very much for this awesome podcast!
I absolutely love this podcast!
Thanks Mei for sharing your story and business insights with the creative colony! I especially love how you deliver your tips in tiny doses per episode. It makes for the perfect pick-me-up listening experience every time. — Patrick Ng