Your Handmade Business
By Academy of Handmade
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Your Handmade Business is a podcast for makers about the big picture of your business brought to you by the Academy of Handmade—helping you to do what you love and love what you do. 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.
||CleanEpisode 21: 5 Tips for Awesome Linesheets||This is a replay of a recent YHBTV episode where Sharon and Isaac dive into five tips for creating awesome linesheets. They cover function over form, the path of least resistance, avoiding perfectionism, consistency, and sticking to the facts.||3/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 20: Perfect Packaging and Working with a Printer||This is a replay of a recent YHBTV episode on working with a printer. Between Isaac's own background as a design project manager and Sharon’s experience in marketing and PR, they have tons to share for those less familiar with the industry.||3/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 19: Zig When They Zag||As the first official episode of 2018, Isaac welcomes everyone back with a re-introduction to Academy of Handmade and addresses our tendency to follow trends—sometimes to our detriment.||2/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBonusode: Just My Type Webinar||It’s time for a bonusode! In this special edition of Your Handmade Business, Isaac replays the Just My Type webinar we hosted last Fall in preparation for the relaunch of our signature program, Jumpstart Your Handmade Business.||1/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 18: When Self-Criticism Becomes Self-Destruction||Isaac shines some light on the risks of letting self-criticism degrade your ability to make progress, and dives into the season 1 archive for tidbits of advice and lessons learned from previous podcast guests.||12/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 17: Driving in the Rearview||Isaac examines a few different ways you can stay nimble with your review process and not let it suck you dry, and artist and jewelry designer Jen Crowe shares a number of her own experiences over the years looking deeply at her own business and...||12/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 16: Put the Self Back in "Treat Yo Self"||In this episode, Isaac looks at the ways that “treating yourself” can actually undermine your well-being and a few things you can do to amp up taking care of yourself without a lot of investment of time or resources. Later on, he talks with...||12/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 15: Stressing Out About Self-Care||Isaac dives deeper into how the holidays are uniquely stressful for the maker community, how our desire to compare ourselves to others can backfire, and talks with Dr. Samantha Brody about how we can balance our stress with what we actually need most.||11/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBonusode: October YHBTV||It’s time for a bonusode! In this special edition of Your Handmade Business, Isaac recaps our brand new video series, YHBTV, with 3 lessons related to our monthly theme with your hosts, Sharon and Isaac.||11/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 14: If At First...||Isaac draws encouragement from one leader’s persistent actions and looks at how failure and rejection are not the end of your efforts. Michelle Baines (Four Letter Word Cards) joins with her thoughts on predicaments, persistence, and perfectionism.||10/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 13: Do Quit Your Daydream||Isaac addresses the idea that there’s one path to success as a handmade business, encourages taking action on your dreams, and interviews Nicole Stevenson from Dear Handmade Life about her own unique journey as a maker, artist, and community organizer||10/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 12: Know Your Numbers||Isaac emphasizes the benefits that come from knowing your numbers, from pricing to inventory to finances. He then talks with Tina Rodas of Hi Tree about how she tracks her numbers in her own unique way.||9/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 11: The Price is Right?||And we're back! Summer hiatus is over and Isaac's coming at you with an update on changes at Academy of Handmade's programs, some thoughts about pricing, and wise words from Kristen Pumphrey at P.F. Candle Co.||9/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10: It Gets Worse Before It Gets Better||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 projec||5/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9: The Perfect Fail||Isaac talks about those experiences in every business where no matter what you do to prepare, things can just go south. He also interviews two very experienced women who have encountered major failures in their businesses—Jenny Hart and Lela...||5/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8: Friendpreneur Over Solopreneur||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.||4/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7: The Myth of the Solopreneur||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...||4/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6: Less Info Is More||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”.||3/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5: Art Needs Practice, So Does Your Business||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.||3/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4: It's OK to Be Bad at Some Things||In this episode Isaac covers the importance of letting go of your perfectionism, the perils of the do-it-all-yourself mentality, prioritizing what to work on. He talks to Dawn Ambuehl-Sadek about the ways that she’s acknowledged her own...||2/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3: Stop it with the Gym Membership Mentality||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.||2/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2: Don't Set It and Forget It||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.||1/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1: Everything Starts with the End||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.||1/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 0: A New Beginning||Host Isaac Watson and Academy of Handmade founder Sharon Fain discuss how they got here and what's to come with "Your Handmade Business".||1/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
So glad it's here!
I'm really excited about this podcast! Isaac is a maker, community organizer, and voice of inspiration all in one. With those qualifications, he's the perfect spokesperson to guide you (and me too) in the sometimes confusing process of operating a creative business. I've subscribed and I eagerly await Episode 1. Makers gonna make!
Real advice with actionable tips & real world experience!
I recommend this podcast to everyone that owns a creative business. Isaac offers real world advice and backs it up with interviews of small business owners. There's always actionable tips and excellent insight in each episode. Academy of Handmade is out there helping small businesses everyday and this is such an excellent addition to their resources. Highly recommend!
Little Snippets of Awesomeness
While many podcasts stick to the hour-long, interview-style experience, Isaac strips down all the fluff and gets down to the nitty gritty (good and bad) when it comes to running a handmade business. I love the NPR-esque format where it tells a story, in some instances it's a cautionary tale, and provides clarity to things that can get murky when running a handmade business.
I love to listen to podcasts while I sew, and sometimes I finish an hour-long podcast and don't have the energy or time to start up another hour-long podcast. Isaac's episodes are short, sweet, and to the point. Plus they use far less cliches than this entire review. :)