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Blair Stocker is quilting enthusiastically (an interview)

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I am so delighted to have Blair Stocker on this week! I had the opportunity to chat with her at Craftcation and after about 15 minutes I said: I want to record every word you say! My listeners need to hear this! So we scuttled off to the podcast lounge and the fantastic Mike recorded (and engineered! so fancy!) our conversation.

Blair was one of the first craft bloggers I became addicted to, way back in 2005 when I discovered the crafty internet, and over the last 10 years I've loved following her quilts (and kids).

In this episode we discuss: 

 

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How to have more time {Podcast}

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How can you have more time to do the stuff you want to do (and all the stuff you have to do?) That's what we're going to talk about in today's episode.

Build a system that works for you, and have more time for work AND fun with my newest class, Wrangle Your TIme.

 

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  • You can subscribe to it on iTunes (If you do, leave a review!)
  • You can listen to it using the player above or download it.
  • Subscribe or listen via Stitcher (or subscribe in whatever you use for podcasts – just search “Explore Your Enthusiasm” and it should pop up!).

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What I’ve learned from 52 weeks of podcasting

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Yay! This is the 52nd episode of my weekly podcast … Explore Your Enthusiasm is one year old! (Tomorrow's exactly one year from the first episode.)

In this episode I share:

  • 3 lessons that I've learned from podcasting, that you can apply to your own creative business
  • What podcasting has done for my business
  • What's coming up next (including big news!)

Top 10 episodes (by downloads) in the first year:

  1. Episode 1: the beginning!
  2. How to Get Stuff Done, Part 1
  3. How to use Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest in your Creative Business
  4. Marketing for Introverts
  5. Navigating an art career, with Claudine Hellmuth
  6. Turn Readers into Buyers: Craft a Customer Path
  7. Reviewing 2014
  8. How to launch anything
  9. How to get stuff done, part 2
  10. What your customers care about

Want to watch the bonus Ask Tara  episodes? Subscribe via YouTube here. 

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You’re invited to get real {Podcast}

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What do other makers actually…make? How long did it take them to make a profit? What works?

Over the last several years I've talked to hundreds of makers and gotten an inside look at what works for them, what they're really making, and how they're making it all work. I've shared their stories with interviews and in lessons learned…but as great as those are, they still don't dig deep enough to the real numbers – traffic, sales, reality.

In this episode, I tell you how I want to share the real numbers with you and how you can help. It's all anonymous and it's all for a good reason – to get real about what works in small crafty businesses. Share your numbers here.

For more information on this project …

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When everything is awful

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Let's be honest: Sometimes, everything is awful. (On the other hand, sometimes everything is awesome and you find yourself singing this song.) When things are awful, it helps if you have a list ready to go, to help you get through it (without giving up). In this episode I'll share the list of things I do when everything is awful and the tricks that work best for my clients.

How to listen to the podcast:

  • You can subscribe to it on iTunes (If you do, leave a review!)
  • You can listen to it using the player above or download it.
  • Subscribe or listen via Stitcher (or subscribe in whatever you use for podcasts – just search “Explore Your Enthusiasm” and it should pop up!).

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The key to your business success

The key to your business success

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Every successful creative entrepreneur I work with has one thing in common. It sounds almost ridiculous, but science backs me up. What matters most to your business growth (and success, however you define that) is … your mindset. Do you believe you can grow or change? Or do you believe everything is stuck?

In this episode you'll learn:

  • The science behind why it matters
  • The two mindsets you can have (and which one gets better results)
  • How it affects your growth and success (and how to get yours right)

How to listen to the podcast:

  • You can subscribe to it on iTunes (If you do, leave a review!)
  • You can listen to it using the player above or download it.
  • Subscribe or listen via Stitcher (or subscribe in whatever you use for podcasts – just search “Explore Your Enthusiasm” and it should pop up!).

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The simplest marketing tool: Listening

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The key to making your marketing effective: Talking directly to your people, about what they care about. But how do you know what they value and what will speak to them? It's super simple: Listen in. 

In this episode you'll learn:

  • How I listened to create my best-selling product
  • How you can listen in (without being a creep)
  • What to listen for

Listening to you, my dear listeners (!), led me to create the Starship, which is now open, just until this Friday. Beam up here.

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What to do with design rejects? Ask Tara #2

Tammy asks:

“I do some design work for the knit/crochet toys I make. What should I
do with my “seconds” or failed design attempts? They are completed,
it's just that I'm not really happy with the way the turned out and
end up making a modified version of the same toy.

Would selling them at a discount at a craft fair devalue my other work?”

In the second episode of Ask Tara – I answer this conundrum with three options.

Don't miss an episode!

To ask your questions, send an email with the subject line “Ask Tara” to vulcan@taraswiger.com, or fill out the form here.

The simplest business tool

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Not everything requires a complex solution. Sometimes, you need to make a decision but you feel stuck. You're not sure what you should do and your head is all swirly. It's time to pull out my favorite business tool: a conversation.

The Starship opens next Monday for only 5 days. Get on the list here to be notified first.

 

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The Time Management Fallacy

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You do not need to get better at “managing your time.” You need to take action. This is not about getting more done. It's about spending the time on the things that matter to you (including your business!).

In this episode I'll share

  • Why “time management” is a terrible goal
  • What you should focus on instead.
  • How to stop wasting time
  • Where to find time if you're too busy already

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