200 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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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.

    [225] 9 Steps to Name your Handmade Business

    [225] 9 Steps to Name your Handmade Business

    • 20 min
    [224] 24 Years & Counting with Christine Tenenholtz

    [224] 24 Years & Counting with Christine Tenenholtz

    • 1 hr 7 min
    [223] COVID-19 & Your Handmade Business (Coronavirus)

    [223] COVID-19 & Your Handmade Business (Coronavirus)

    • 30 min
    [222] How Branding Shapes the Story of your Business with Katie Saunders

    [222] How Branding Shapes the Story of your Business with Katie Saunders

    • 40 min
    [221] What’s the point of your biz – and why should people care?

    [221] What’s the point of your biz – and why should people care?

    • 9 min
    [220] Weaving a Business with Jen Duffin of Nova Mercury

    [220] Weaving a Business with Jen Duffin of Nova Mercury

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

alkxan ,

Great Podcast for Handmade Businesses

Jess offers lots of great advice and strategies for artisans looking start a handmade business. Jess has many years of experience as a successful online jeweller. Thank you, Jess, for being so generous with your tips and strategies. I eagerly wait the release of each new episode.

Mingjewels ,

Project planning 197

Hi,
I recently discovered your podcast and had been going back to the archive listening to old episodes. So my review is bit behind the time.

Many episodes resonate with me. However, ep 197 on project planning is particularly special close to my heart.

See, I’m trained as a computer engineer and jewelry making is my second art.

I’ve always interested in handmade crafts and can safely to say I’ve try many. I often told people that I’m a engineer because it is my highest paying hobby.

When I started my jewelry business, I took the same approach as I did before; started an engineering log book and the project management process. My handmade buddies mystified why I carry my engineering log book around. Didn’t she retired from her day job?

The process gives me structure and helps me progress forward, one little step at a time.

I’ve been selling my work for over 12 years and online on Etsy for the last 5 (Mingjewelschic is my store name). Currently, I’m working on starting my website, and all the associated tasks around it. Again, my trusted engineering log book is back by my side.

Enjoy your podcast and look forward to each new ones.

Ming

jghalifax ,

Have a listen! You won’t be disappointed!

If you are a crafter that sells your products in person or on-line, then you need to be listening to Jess’s podcast. It’s fantastic!! So much useful and relatable information. You won’t be disappointed. Check out Create & Thrive also on FB and Instagram.

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