126 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

    • Arts
    • 4.8 • 151 Ratings

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!

    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
    Discovering & Loving Your Style

    Discovering & Loving Your Style

    Discovering and loving your style with painter and sewist Katie Kortman. Katie and I chat about discovering and embracing your style, dealing with criticism, sourcing inspiration without copying, motherhood, how to be an example of self-love for your children and her mother’s mantra, “Weird is different and different is good.”

    • 1 hr 6 min
    My Goal-Getting Secrets (Bonus episode)

    My Goal-Getting Secrets (Bonus episode)

    In this solo episode I’m sharing four secrets to goal-getting that have helped me make big and small but meaningful transformations in my life and business. I’m also sharing about some highlights of Camp Dear Handmade Life, our six-week at-home craft, business, goal-getting and community-building virtual summer camp experience for creatives. In just a few hours a week, you can start working towards your next bold beautiful transformation at Camp DHL.

    • 19 min
    Embracing Fear

    Embracing Fear

    Embracing fear with artist and author Meera Lee Patel. Meera and I talk about using fear as a tool & teacher and embracing it, what it’s like to be a first-time mama, living with anxiety and OCD, how to push past fear in your creativity and business and more.

    • 1 hr 13 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
151 Ratings

151 Ratings

PG Craft Cottage ,

So much creative inspo!

I love so many things about this podcast and Nicole! She delivers great material- relevant, informative, inspirational, and entertaining - for creative people, small business owners, and makers. I love her friendly, conversational style of delivery and her honest and relatable personality. I take so much away from each episode and look forward to the day when I can meet her and many of the other guest speakers at a Craftcation or other DHL event. Thanks for such a sunny, well-rounded and inspirational podcast!

Veggie Head ,

Loving all the encouraging tips!

I’ve been binging these episodes while I work and I’m loving it! Each episode has something super relevant to me and/or my business that I can think about and apply. Can’t wait for more and super excited when craftcation opens back up! Really would love to attend that!

EmileeKF ,

Perfect for small business owners!

Nicole is a wealth of knowledge on all things creative small business. Not only that, but she brings on the best guest experts! I love how this show goes beyond biz strategy and covers all of the mindset and life pieces you need to run a successful business.

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