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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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.
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.
Isaac's back after a summer hiatus with an update on changes at Academy of Handmade, thoughts about pricing, and wise words from Kristen Pumphrey at P.F. Candle Co.
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 project.
Every business experiences points where no matter what you do to prepare, things can just go south. Isaac talks to two members—Jenny Hart and Lela Barker—about their failures and how they keep calm and carry on.
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.