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 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
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.