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—usually 20 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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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.
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 adapting along the way.
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 Arrowyn Craban-Lauer of Little Gold Fox Designs about running a creative business with an auto-immune disease and how important her self-care practice is to staying productive AND healthy.
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.
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.
Isaac draws encouragement from one leader’s persistent actions and looks at how failure and rejection is not the end of your efforts. Michelle Baines of Four Letter Word Cards joins as this episode’s guest with her thoughts on predicaments, persistence, and perfectionism