129 episodes

With over 20 years of experience running creative businesses, your host, Nicole Stevenson knows the joy and the struggles of being your own boss. Join her and her guests for business insights, life lessons and the stories behind their successes and lessons of their missteps so you can work smart, get creative inspiration, live joyfully and feel connected.

Nicole is the CEO and Creative Director of Dear Handmade Life which produces Patchwork Show: Makers Festival and Craftcation Conference as well as a blog, online learning and this podcast.

If you’re a creative misfit or a passionate small business owner, grab a drink and take a seat because you’re exactly where you need to be!

Dear Handmade Life Dear Handmade Life

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With over 20 years of experience running creative businesses, your host, Nicole Stevenson knows the joy and the struggles of being your own boss. Join her and her guests for business insights, life lessons and the stories behind their successes and lessons of their missteps so you can work smart, get creative inspiration, live joyfully and feel connected.

Nicole is the CEO and Creative Director of Dear Handmade Life which produces Patchwork Show: Makers Festival and Craftcation Conference as well as a blog, online learning and this podcast.

If you’re a creative misfit or a passionate small business owner, grab a drink and take a seat because you’re exactly where you need to be!

    Summer Break

    Summer Break

    • 6 min
    Creativity as a way Through

    Creativity as a way Through

    Creativity as a Way Through with Lisa Bardot. Lisa and I talk about how drawing helped her through a difficult time, the importance of expressing yourself through creativity, the effect the pandemic and its trauma had on making, how to get started tapping into your creativity or a daily practice, courage, vulnerability and how she keeps it all together while juggling her art, business and raising three kids.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Building an Engaged Audience

    Building an Engaged Audience

    Building an engaged audience with writer and artist Nica Tanaka of Kwento by Nica. Nica and I talk about creating an emotional connection with your audience, figuring out your ideal of successful growth and engagement, how your worth is not your work and she shares tips and secrets she’s used to build an audience that always has her back and can’t wait to see what she does next.

    • 55 min
    Three Business-Building Musts

    Three Business-Building Musts

    There’s so much I had to learn the hard way because the resources that we have now just didn’t exist when I started. I want you to learn the easy way, gleaning lessons from my missteps and success. That's why in today’s episode, I'm sharing three things that were instrumental in helping me build several six-figure businesses over the years.

    • 21 min
    Thinking like a CEO

    Thinking like a CEO

    Thinking like a CEO with Mentor Mama Bear and Creative Strategist Ana Manzano of Go Forth and Hustle. Ana and I chat about scaling up your business, the grant she won that changed her business, delegating, working towards a growth mindset and more. P.S. - Ana is teaching a class on scaling your business at the Camp Dear Handmade Life Virtual Summit this summer. Take a tour of Camp DHL here: https://dearhandmadelife.com/camp-dhl/

    • 1 hr 6 min
    How to Make Meaningful Connections at an Online Event & Camp DHL Registration is Open

    How to Make Meaningful Connections at an Online Event & Camp DHL Registration is Open

    With our Camp Dear Handmade Life around the corner, I wanted to share some tips for you to make meaningful connections at virtual events. While we do everything we can to help you grow your community at Camp DHL, we can’t do everything, so here’s my advice to get you from ”what if there’s an awkward moment?” to “I can’t believe we just met, I feel like we’ve been friends forever” that you can use at Camp DHL and beyond!

    • 17 min

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