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!
Passion to Product to Profit
If you’re a maker who is just starting your business, this episode is for you. Business owner, podcast host, educator and bestselling author Sue Monhait shares insights from her 30+ years in business to help early stage creative business owners shorten the learning curve to having a successful business. We talk about how to know if there’s a market for what you make, the common things makers miss when starting a handmade business, how to find your focus, how to know if your business is successful and more.
Common Mindset Spirals & How to Crush Them
Even the most successful business owners deal with impostor syndrome, negative beliefs, limiting mindsets and other underlying issues that can sabotage their path from where they are to where they want to be. On today’s podcast we talk with Topsie VandenBosch a Mindset & Emotional Intelligence Coach & Consultant about these common mindset spirals and how to crush them.
Wealth, Living Authentically and Spirituality
What does a happy and abundant life look like? How do you know if you’re wealthy? What does it mean to be semi-retired? How can you plug the plug leaks of time, money and energy? These are some of things Nicole and life and wealth coach Alyssa Blackwell-Hammond talk about during this episode. This episode has a bit more woo-woo talk (think sacred spaces and spirit guides) than usual. Grab a drink, open your mind and hit play.
Being Authentic & Impactful on Instagram
How can you be authentic and impactful on Instagram for your creative business without spending all your time planning content, mastering every new feature and feeling overwhelmed? KatieMac our online operations director joins Nicole for this special episode where they sit down with Instagram strategist Manu Muraro, the founder of Your Social Team and answer that question and more. They talk about the benefits of being salesy on Instagram, time management, new features, what metrics you should analyze, how to know if a post is successful, reposting guidelines, the question you need to ask yourself before every single post and much more!
Transitions in Business & Art
Creative and entrepreneur, Margo Tantau and Nicole talk about the lifecycle of trends, forecast what’s next in design trends, how creatives can determine where to focus, when it’s time to push and when it’s time to rest, how to define what you do, what the creatives who meet their goals have in common, productivity culture and more.
Showing Up as Your Unapologetic Self Online
If you've ever wondered how some people seem to have this fearless authenticity online, this episode is for you. Nicole talks with business mentor Erica Reitman about how to live a life that’s true to yourself, Erica’s evolution from interior designer to coach, how creatives can uncover and embrace their uniqueness, how to tackle social media without any dancing or pointing and more.
Nicole’s energy is contagious
I love finding a matching passion for the handmade product community. That happened with Nicole. She’s so full of spirit and support for all those she serves. Listening to this show is such a joy and full of great info!
Such a great podcast!
Nicole is so down to earth and really brings the lessons with the hope of helping crafters live a happier, more balanced life. Love this show!
So much creative inspo!
I love so many things about the DHL podcast and Nicole! She delivers great material- it’s 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. Thank you Nicole for such a sunny, well-rounded and inspirational podcast!