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The Merriweather Council podcast, hosted by Danielle Spurge, is all about celebrating the reality of gainful self employment through craft. This is a podcast for art and design entrepreneurs - makers, etsy sellers and shopify users! Featuring tips, insights, advice and tough love for handmade business owners in concise format. Focused on sharing realistic ideas and personal experiences with the nuances of handmade business in mind. If you are working to turn your crafty tendencies into profits, tune in every Tuesday and Thursday.

The Merriweather Council Podcast Danielle Spurge

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    • 5.0 • 16 Ratings

The Merriweather Council podcast, hosted by Danielle Spurge, is all about celebrating the reality of gainful self employment through craft. This is a podcast for art and design entrepreneurs - makers, etsy sellers and shopify users! Featuring tips, insights, advice and tough love for handmade business owners in concise format. Focused on sharing realistic ideas and personal experiences with the nuances of handmade business in mind. If you are working to turn your crafty tendencies into profits, tune in every Tuesday and Thursday.

    Season 6 Finale + Advice for Your Handmade Business this Summer

    Season 6 Finale + Advice for Your Handmade Business this Summer

    Welcome back to season 6 of The Merriweather Council Podcast.
    ► If you are listening to today’s episode, screenshot and tag us on IG @merriweatherc!
    I truly hope you enjoyed this season of The Merriweather Council Podcast. It is such an honor for me and my team to be a small part of your business. We appreciate you tuning in!
    Today i am leaving you with a bit of advice for the summer months - whether it is actually summer where you live or not, the next three months are critical if you want to be positioned and ready for the holiday season!
    Here is a list of the links and resources I mentioned!
    ► Our free SLUMP Framework class : http://www.slumpframework.com
    ► Our free Facebook group : http://www.clhl.club
    ► The blog : http://www.merriweathercouncilblog.com
    ► Catch up with us on Instagram @merriweatherc
    ► Come watch me figure out TikTok @merriweatherc
    ► If you enjoyed today’s episode subscribe to The Merriweather Council in your favorite podcast app + share it with a friend!
    Thank you so much for being here today + always! See you on season 7!

    • 10 min
    Benefits of Etsy offsite ads that many sellers missed

    Benefits of Etsy offsite ads that many sellers missed

    Welcome back to season 6 of The Merriweather Council Podcast.
    ► If you are listening to today’s episode, screenshot and tag us on IG @merriweatherc!
    There are two brackets of sellers to be aware of when it comes to offsite ads. Sellers who haven't generated more than $10,000 in revenue in the past twelve months, and sellers who have. Those who have not can opt-out of these ads (not participate). Those who have cannot turn the ads off in their shop (must participate). HOWEVER, we will discuss how sellers above this threshold can 'opt-out' in this episode too.
    Early on, I formulated the opinion that the offsite ads are an asset to sellers. A perk, if you will, to selling on Etsy. I think you should opt-in!
    Please do your own research on this to make the best decision for you. That might mean raising your prices, it might be waiting and seeing what happens. Be thoughtful there, though and see the bigger picture.
    ► Learn more about our philosophy and approach to Etsy in our free masterclass! Register to attend an upcoming session to learn the 4 step process to unlocking the unique power of Etsy at WWW.YOURETSYMASTERCLASS.COM so you can learn how to leverage the power of Etsy for your own benefit to have a more visible, profitable and enjoyable Etsy experience!
    ► If you enjoyed today’s episode subscribe to The Merriweather Council in your favorite podcast app + share it with a friend!
    ► Join our free Facebook group at www.CLHL.club
    ► Read our blog merriweathercouncilblog.com
    ► Catch up with us on Instagram @merriweatherc

    • 18 min
    Career change + new handmade opportunities with Debora from The Timeless Crane

    Career change + new handmade opportunities with Debora from The Timeless Crane

    Welcome back to season 6 of The Merriweather Council Podcast.
    ► If you are listening to today’s episode, screenshot and tag us on IG @merriweatherc!
    On this episode I interview our Etsy Training Course student and current Council Member, Deobora from The Timeless Crane all about her maker story. I find it to be very inspiring and is such a testament to the wonderful opportunities makers can receive when they take the chance on themselves! I hope this inspires you.
    Visit Debora on IG @thetimelesscrane or at thetimelesscrane.com
    ► Want to learn more about The Council? Debora is just one of the many success stories we’ve been witness to and small part of! We would love to meet you and get to know you better and help you grow your business in whatever ways you’d like! Visit www.thecouncilwaitlist.com to find out what we do and how we do it, take a tour and hop on the waitlist so you can join us the next time we open to new members!!
    ►www.thecouncilwaitlist.com
    ► If you enjoyed today’s episode subscribe to The Merriweather Council in your favorite podcast app + share it with a friend!
    ► Join our free Facebook group at www.CLHL.club
    ► Read our blog merriweathercouncilblog.com
    ► Catch up with us on Instagram @merriweatherc

    • 40 min
    My maker biz! Chereen of Smeeny Beanie Knits interviews me

    My maker biz! Chereen of Smeeny Beanie Knits interviews me

    Welcome back to season 6 of The Merriweather Council Podcast.
    ► If you are listening to today’s episode, screenshot and tag us on IG @merriweatherc!
    I was so excited when Chereen from @smeenybeanieknits asked to interview me on her IGTV series! Today’s episode is THAT interview! So fun to have someone else interview me.
    Please visit Chereen for the full audio visual experience of this interview and to see the other interviews in her series as well as her GORGEOUS work and beautiful instagram feed. Thanks, Chereen!! www.instagram.com/smeenybeanieknits
    ► ATTN Etsy sellers (newbie and veteran!) : Register to attend an upcoming session of our Free Etsy Masterclass: the 4 step process to unlocking the unique power of Etsy at WWW.UNLOCKETSY.COM so you can learn how to leverage the power of Etsy for your own benefit to have a more visible, profitable and enjoyable Etsy experience!
    ► If you enjoyed today’s episode subscribe to The Merriweather Council in your favorite podcast app + share it with a friend!
    ► Join our free Facebook group at www.CLHL.club
    ► Read our blog merriweathercouncilblog.com
    ► Catch up with us on Instagram @merriweatherc

    • 50 min
    You do not need a big audience in order to see success on Etsy

    You do not need a big audience in order to see success on Etsy

    Welcome back to season 6 of The Merriweather Council Podcast.
    ► If you are listening to today’s episode, screenshot and tag us on IG @merriweatherc!
    If you feel intimidated by the size of your audience and how that is going to impact your successor etsy - this one is for you!
    If you've been putting off opening shop on Etsy until you have a big audience, don't! I'll explain why.
    Many would be Etsy sellers, and quite a few already-sellers - feel that they cannot be successful on Etsy because they don't have a large following. There are lots of ways this manifests. It might sound like, "I don't have many instagram followers" or "I don't have a mailing list."
    Basically it boils down to a general malaise of “I don't have an audience to sell to yet so I’m waiting for that before I open my shop" and / or “I don't have an audience to sell to so i cannot be successful on Etsy."
    Thankfully though, those thoughts are actually completely incorrect!
    You do NOT need a big, organic audience in order to have success on Etsy! You don't need any audience at all, actually.
    ► ATTN Etsy sellers (newbie and veteran!) Please don’t let other silly rumors slow you down and keep you from the opportunities of Etsy! Watch our free myth busting video lesson at www.etsywithmerri.com to learn some other NON TRUTHS about Etsy that get passed around the internet as facts. Avoid rumors and you’ll have a happier Etsy experience.
    ► If you enjoyed today’s episode subscribe to The Merriweather Council in your favorite podcast app + share it with a friend!
    ► Join our free Facebook group at www.CLHL.club
    ► Read our blog merriweathercouncilblog.com
    ► Catch up with us on Instagram @merriweatherc

    • 14 min
    Realities the maker community needs to normalize

    Realities the maker community needs to normalize

    Welcome back to season 6 of The Merriweather Council Podcast.
    ► If you are listening to today’s episode, screenshot and tag us on IG @merriweatherc!
    This entire episode is a tough love alert! Friends, we need to come together and normalize these realities of handmade business. Once we do, we will all be much happier and probably more successful!
    ► Another thing I want to make sure we are all on board with is not falling for silly Etsy rumors. The most common ones sound like truth if you don’t know any better so we made a video to break down the popular and widely believed but still completely untrue Etsy myths and rumors we see most often! Come watch, it’s free! >> www.etsywithmerri.com We don’t want you to miss out on the great opportunities of Etsy just because you heard something that scared you off that wasn’t even true!
    ► If you enjoyed today’s episode subscribe to The Merriweather Council in your favorite podcast app + share it with a friend!
    ► Join our free Facebook group at www.CLHL.club
    ► Read our blog merriweathercouncilblog.com
    ► Catch up with us on Instagram @merriweatherc

    • 14 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

Life_of_Thread ,

Finally a business podcast for handmade sellers!!

It's like sitting down with your bestie to have a chat about your business :) Danielle is amazing and gives concise, actionable advice to help you achieve your business goals. She has the best guests on the show, who offer another point of view and expert advice on a variety topics. Honestly, the best part is that it's so inspirational to hear from others who have handmade business into their career. I've made so much more progress on my business since listening to the podcast. I'm definitely not going to stop listening anytime soon! (Please keep making them!) <3

LINDSEYHOPKINSART ,

Making me a better Maker!

This is my go to podcast for inspiration and drive to keep going in my etsy business! She hits all of the key points with her guests and I often go back to older posts to refresh my memory ! Love it so much!!

Amhwh ,

Fun and informative!

I always look forward to listening to Danielle’s podcasts - she shares so much helpful information to those of us selling our handmade items. Worth going back to listen to episodes over and over in between seasons!

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