299 episodes

Do you want to turn your creative hobby into a thriving business?



The Create & Thrive podcast exists to help you do just that, with the help of host Jess Van Den - who has been running her own full-time handmade biz since 2010.



If you're ready to get serious about growing your handmade business, join Jess and hundreds of other makers from around the world in her membership community for makers - ThriverCircle.com. Members also get an exclusive extra podcast episode each month, plus early access and promo-free episodes of the show.

The Create & Thrive Podcast Jess Van Den

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    • 4.9 • 41 Ratings

Do you want to turn your creative hobby into a thriving business?



The Create & Thrive podcast exists to help you do just that, with the help of host Jess Van Den - who has been running her own full-time handmade biz since 2010.



If you're ready to get serious about growing your handmade business, join Jess and hundreds of other makers from around the world in her membership community for makers - ThriverCircle.com. Members also get an exclusive extra podcast episode each month, plus early access and promo-free episodes of the show.

    Etsy Fees Explained [259]

    Etsy Fees Explained [259]

    • 22 min
    How to manage your money when you’re self-employed [258]

    How to manage your money when you’re self-employed [258]

    • 28 min
    Should you bother posting daily to Instagram? [257]

    Should you bother posting daily to Instagram? [257]

    • 16 min
    5 Books That Will Make you More Productive [256]

    5 Books That Will Make you More Productive [256]

    • 28 min
    Pivoting from Markets to Selling OOAK Online with Upswitch [255]

    Pivoting from Markets to Selling OOAK Online with Upswitch [255]

    Michael Hanley of Upswitch has had a lifelong fascination with old ‘stuff’ that has been made redundant by ever-changing technology and been condemned to the scrapheap.⁠

    With Upswitch, he has turned this fascination into a passion: reclaiming otherwise unloved items and giving them new life, in the form of lamps and lighting.⁠



    In this interview, I ask Michael to share why he started selling his creations; how COVID has affected what was a primarily market/show-driven business model; how he balances work and a young child; and what marketing channels have worked best to grow his business.⁠

    • 1 hr 5 min
    10 Etsy shop tweaks for more sales (that you might not have thought of). [254]

    10 Etsy shop tweaks for more sales (that you might not have thought of). [254]

    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
41 Ratings

41 Ratings

Sj1233 ,

Best podcast for makers

I have been listening to Jess’s podcasts for the past few years and every time I walk away with a brilliant idea or strategy that I can apply in my business. Jess has a wonderfully clear, concise and helpful way of delivering business strategies that are simple to action for maximum impact.

Katrrak ,

Inspiring

I've been listening to Jess' podcast for a couple of years now, and early on it inspired me to move in the directions of my dreams. After listening to the podcast, I joined her membership community, started on some workshops, popped into the Facebook group and it really started to bring everything together for me. I'm a stay at home mum who was going barmy not doing any 'outside work'. I feel now that I can make my handmade business a real success, and navigate through all the obstacles that come my way with the help of someone who has been here before.

MichellevdHout ,

Stellar

Create and Thrive is the perfect podcast for anyone with a handmade business or who is starting their own business. I love hearing from other small business owners who have had the same issues – and their success stories, inspires me with what is possible. It is also an endless source of motivation! Thanks Jess.

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