Emily has had her product-based business, Almanac Supply Co, for one year now! So today we’re checking in on what she’s learned in her first year of business, how fraudy feelings come up even when you’ve had other businesses, the bumps and failures along the way, and some of the habits and routines she’s cultivated […]
Contemporary abstract expressionist painter, Amira Rahim, joins us today to talk about carving out your corner in the market as a visual artist, using tools such as Instagram to share your work and story, and asking for money in exchange for your art.
The secret to a successful product-based business? Make the quality so great that your customers can’t help but be fiercely loyal. At least that’s what Karen Young of Oui Shave did when she decided to take on the women’s razor industry. We’re talking with her about building a quality product, creating lasting relationships with your clients, […]
Candlemaker, Nicole Bisby, shares the importance of starting small and growing slowly as a maker business to stay profitable, out of debt, and be true to your ideals. We’re talking about getting wholesale clients, white labeling your product, and hiring employees + setting up your business to be a successful business owner while being a mother.
Sami Jensen, natural skincare maker at Florapothecarie, joins us to talk about growing a profitable product-based business while working a 9-to-5. We’re talking about the importance of paying yourself from your business (even if you have another source of income), pricing your products, sourcing materials, and some of the challenges of putting yourself out there […]
Today’s episode is for makers and artists. We’re talking with illustrator, artist, writer, and co-founder of Dear Handmade Life, Nicole Stevenson. We dive into pricing your products, making money as an artist, and that when you go into a business as an artist or maker, you’re selling more than just your art.
Today we’re talking with artist and painter, Brenda Mangalore. Brenda was a former client of both Kathleen and Emily, and we were so impressed with her philosophy on taking criticism, selling her work, and being a total boss while doing it, that we had to have her on the show to talk more!
Today we’re welcoming illustrator and author, Becky Simpson, who has just launched Chipper Things, a product line based on her art. So today we’re talking about what it really looks like to make a living creating art, self-doubt, and naming your business.
Today Justin and Audrey Falk of Shop Good OKC are joining us today to offer their perspective on being boss with a brick and mortar retail store. We’re talking about sustainability and ethics in business, meeting product demands and not feeling like a sellout, and translating the feel of a brick and mortar store to […]
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You know we love a good brand story, and as it turns out, a solid brand is probably the number 1 piece of the puzzle that’s lending to the success of Almanac Supply Co. So in this episode of Making a Business, we’re digging into how Emily has established a brand for her business—what this […]
Okay, so if you think building a product-based business sounds super dreamy, we’re here to get real and talk about the darker side of product and retail business. In this episode of Making a Business, we’re digging into consumerism, waste, and the ever-lurking copycat. “If you don’t give up, and you put in the time […]
When you’re a product-based business, one of the biggest hurdles is sourcing materials and managing stock and inventory. In today’s Making a Business episode, we’re digging into what you need to consider when searching for a source for your raw materials, curating a shop and selling other makers’ goods, and ordering and maintaining stock as […]
Even if you have a physical, product-based business, it’s important to play the online marketing game. So in today’s Making a Business episode, we’re talking about how Emily is using social media and email marketing to grow her business while still focusing on building relationships and seeking avenues of growth offline. “I’m not here to […]
What are the most important pieces of creating a new business? We’re talking about the ingredients that make up a product business—from consistently showing up, to tracking your numbers and knowing all the math that goes into your business, to creating an incredible customer experience. “Consistency breeds legitimacy—and I think that’s even more important for […]
We’re back for season two of Making a Business! So to dive in, we’re sharing what’s been going on with Emily’s product-based business, Almanac Supply Co., since season one—including dissolving a business partnership, redefining roles and responsibilities, and making a couple vision shifts to the business. “Whenever you partner with someone communication is key—for real.” […]
We often think of our lives and businesses as two completely separate things, but rarely is that actually the case. In this episode of Making a Business, we’re talking about how working on your “life-hustle” enriches your business. Whenever I step away from work, I can reconnect with my purpose. -E This business is making […]
We’re busting out the numbers and calculations in this episode! We’ve been talking about mindset and boundaries and more of the thinking and planning aspects of a product business. Now we’re going to dig into the specifics of pricing—both for retail and wholesale, figuring out your profit margins, and balancing supply, inventory, and distribution. […]
There’s no way around it: starting a new business means spending time on your business, but that doesn’t mean that you have to spend ALL of your time. In this episode of Making a Business, we’re diving into the habits and routines that help you find order in the chaos so you can dedicate time […]
Building a strong container around your work, your creativity, and your life is really important for achieving your goals and maintaining control of your endeavors. So in this episode of Making a Business, Emily’s sharing how she’s setting up healthy boundaries to ensure she’s making the most out of her time, energy, and money as […]
Starting a new business means getting in the right mindset, so we’re talking about creating a business based on your values, having a long-term vision to make sure your business is really something you want, and how to overcome the fraudy feelings that inevitably arise. Having a business that aligns with your own personal values is a foundational […]
Emily is starting another business, and this time is a product-based business—Almanac Supply Co.! So we’re launching a brand new podcast to follow along with her journey of building this maker/product business from scratch. Welcome to Making a Business. The whole thing is that I want to get back into product business! -E What people […]
How do you find your dream clients when you have a product-based business with a diverse range of people buying your product? We’re sharing tips for how to do some more market research to get most specific about who your clients are and how you can get more of them.