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Have you thought about turning your hobby into a profitable small business? This podcast shows you how to do just that. Whether you want a side gig for some extra cash or to get out of your 9-5, the handmade products you make for fun can hold the key!

In each episode you'll hear steps and actions to take to start and grow a profitable business. It's created specifically for the handmade product business entrepreneur; a group I lovingly call Gifters, Bakers, Crafters, and Makers.

You're a fabulous unique creative person and I'm here to help you get on the right path to making your vision a reality. There's a lot out there about building a service based business, some about building a product business, but handmade is different. There are specific nuances to handmade that we cover here.

Have you thought about starting a business but not sure what the first steps should be and you're afraid to do it "wrong?"

Have you started your business but it's not progressing as you had envisioned?

Are you confused about Etsy, Amazon Handmade and Shopify platforms?

What about email marketing and Facebook or Instagram ads for attracting sales?

There is so much to know it can be overwhelming and confusing.

I'm your host, Sue Monhait, and I interview business owners who have been where you are. This is combined with over 30 years of experience consulting hundreds of boutique and big brands along with opening two profitable product based business of my own, I'm here to help you realize your dream.

At the end of each episode, you'll walk away with new ideas, tools, or processes that you can apply immediately to get results. Decide on your business. Learn how to get started. Hear what others do to get customers and increase their sales.

A great first step is to subscribe to the show, then you'll automatically get each new episode on Monday morning - ready and waiting for you when it's convenient to listen.

I want you to know that you don't have to do this alone. Find more free resources over at GiftBizUnwrapped.com and if you're looking for a community of handmade makers just like you, join us over in my private Facebook Group - Gift Biz Breeze.

Gift Biz Unwrapped Sue Monhait

    • Leisure
    • 4.9 • 218 Ratings

Have you thought about turning your hobby into a profitable small business? This podcast shows you how to do just that. Whether you want a side gig for some extra cash or to get out of your 9-5, the handmade products you make for fun can hold the key!

In each episode you'll hear steps and actions to take to start and grow a profitable business. It's created specifically for the handmade product business entrepreneur; a group I lovingly call Gifters, Bakers, Crafters, and Makers.

You're a fabulous unique creative person and I'm here to help you get on the right path to making your vision a reality. There's a lot out there about building a service based business, some about building a product business, but handmade is different. There are specific nuances to handmade that we cover here.

Have you thought about starting a business but not sure what the first steps should be and you're afraid to do it "wrong?"

Have you started your business but it's not progressing as you had envisioned?

Are you confused about Etsy, Amazon Handmade and Shopify platforms?

What about email marketing and Facebook or Instagram ads for attracting sales?

There is so much to know it can be overwhelming and confusing.

I'm your host, Sue Monhait, and I interview business owners who have been where you are. This is combined with over 30 years of experience consulting hundreds of boutique and big brands along with opening two profitable product based business of my own, I'm here to help you realize your dream.

At the end of each episode, you'll walk away with new ideas, tools, or processes that you can apply immediately to get results. Decide on your business. Learn how to get started. Hear what others do to get customers and increase their sales.

A great first step is to subscribe to the show, then you'll automatically get each new episode on Monday morning - ready and waiting for you when it's convenient to listen.

I want you to know that you don't have to do this alone. Find more free resources over at GiftBizUnwrapped.com and if you're looking for a community of handmade makers just like you, join us over in my private Facebook Group - Gift Biz Breeze.

    346 – Why You Want a Micro-Weird Business with Denise Blasevick of S3 Agency

    346 – Why You Want a Micro-Weird Business with Denise Blasevick of S3 Agency

    What is micro-weirding? How to define your brand for differentiation and increased sales

    • 49 min
    Welcome to the Gift Biz Unwrapped Podcast

    Welcome to the Gift Biz Unwrapped Podcast

    Welcome to Gift Biz Unwrapped, the twice weekly show that brings you inspiration and direction on how to start and grow your handmade product business.

    I’m your host, Sue Monhait, CEO of Gift Biz Unwrapped where we offer all sorts of support materials over on the website of the same name.

    On Saturdays, I feature a guest who shares their experience and insights as a handmade product creator who is now monetizing their craft. Or I bring on a service provider who gives tips and strategies based on their area of expertise. I follow this up on Wednesday with a solo episode to cover topics you’re telling me are important in the world of handmade.

    I’m excited for you to join me in listening to these episodes and remember to tell your friends who would be interested in small product business development that they too can listen, for free in any podcast app including Apple Podcasts, Spotify … even ask Alexa! You can also access the show on your computer from the website or our YouTube channel. Now go dive in and know that I’m here to support you in your handmade business journey.

    • 1 min
    Tips & Talk 38 - What About All the Social Media Changes ?!?

    Tips & Talk 38 - What About All the Social Media Changes ?!?

    Way back in 1997, this new arena called social media arrived on the digital landscape. Since that time, social media has been a fast and active playground with new platforms emerging, others dying and still others growing and morphing into versions that barely look like their original selves.

    They rise and fall in popularity and target audiences change too. Think of what happened with Facebook - once being for the younger generations who have mostly now abandoned ship for Instagram. And still other social media formats get outright copied like Reels which of course rivals Tic Tok.

    And that’s not all.

    IG offers new features but only to certain accounts

    FB changes it’s page layout causing confusion that requires us to relearn the app

    Privacy issues are forcing significant changes

    Facebook and IG go dark for 6 hours – everyone panics

    Social media is pretty much synomyous with change. That’s a great thing for people who teach us how to use all the various platforms, but not so great when we’re trying to plan for our business visibility, promotional posts or when we want to run ads.

    So what’s the answer? Just give up – abandon social media entirely? My answer to this may surprise you.

    Join my https://www.facebook.com/groups/GiftBizBreeze (FREE Gift Biz Breeze FB Community) where you'll have the chance to learn and hang out with other inspirational makers just like you.

    If you found value in this podcast, make sure to subscribe so you automatically get the next episode downloaded for your convenience. Click on your preferred platform below to get started.

    Also, if you'd like to do me a huge favor - please leave a review. It helps other creators like you find the show and build their businesses too. You can do so right here: https://ratethispodcast.com/giftbizunwrapped (Rate This Podcast)

    • 10 min
    A Pro Speaks Up about Networking, Mentorship and Publicity for Gift Business Growth with Lisa Paden of The Personal Gift Basket Co.

    A Pro Speaks Up about Networking, Mentorship and Publicity for Gift Business Growth with Lisa Paden of The Personal Gift Basket Co.

    How networking, mentorship, and publicity can be amazing tools for growth even for small handmade businesses like yours!

    • 47 min
    Tips & Talk 37 – The Many Faces of Integrity for Personal and Business Growth

    Tips & Talk 37 – The Many Faces of Integrity for Personal and Business Growth

    People with high integrity are known as being trustworthy, dependable and someone you can rely on. Living with integrity is important because it can determine the depth of your relationships and the success of your business.

    When you start showing up as I describe in this episode, you build your integrity muscle. Along with that comes the feeling of achievement and a boost to your self confidence. Not only does the world look brighter and more interesting, YOU are proving to yourself that you have the power to make things happen.

    Let’s dive deeper into a part of what integrity is and how it can affect your personal life and business results.

    Join my https://www.facebook.com/groups/GiftBizBreeze (FREE Gift Biz Breeze FB Community) where you'll have the chance to learn and hang out with other inspirational makers just like you.

    If you found value in this podcast, make sure to subscribe so you automatically get the next episode downloaded for your convenience. Click on your preferred platform below to get started.

    Also, if you'd like to do me a huge favor - please leave a review. It helps other creators like you find the show and build their businesses too. You can do so right here: https://ratethispodcast.com/giftbizunwrapped (Rate This Podcast)

    • 9 min
    A Powerful Lesson We Can Take from Big Brand Strategies Maureen Mwangi of Startward Consulting

    A Powerful Lesson We Can Take from Big Brand Strategies Maureen Mwangi of Startward Consulting

    Good branding is so much more than colors and a logo. Learn how emotional branding for small business can help you create raving supportive fans.

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
218 Ratings

218 Ratings

Emily Kerr-Finell ,

Great podcast… especially as a guest!

It was so fun to join Sue for our conversation. She pours her energy into thought and prep for each episode and it shows in the depth of her questions and quality of presence.

MsTheezyy ,

Best content for small businesses

I love this podcast. It’s full of so many tips and tricks that can benefit all small businesses owners no matter what kind of business you have. Sue is amazing and she brings on wonderful and very inspiring guests.

Ashley in South Carolina ,

Actionable Tips to Help Grow Your Product Business

There are so many podcast for service providers but not many for product business owners. I love how Sue’s podcast provides actionable tips to help grow my home decor business!

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