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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 as it releases - ready and waiting for you when it's convenient to listen. The main show becomes available on Saturday morning with a short Tips & Talk episode on Wednesday.

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
    • 5.0 • 222 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 as it releases - ready and waiting for you when it's convenient to listen. The main show becomes available on Saturday morning with a short Tips & Talk episode on Wednesday.

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.

    BASH – 4 Reasons Why Your Products Aren’t Selling

    BASH – 4 Reasons Why Your Products Aren’t Selling

    4 reasons why your products aren't selling and what you can do to turn things around!

    • 36 min
    Tips & Talk 68 – 7 Business Best Practices You Should Know

    Tips & Talk 68 – 7 Business Best Practices You Should Know

    A few weeks back I was at a podcasting conference called Podfest. Seriously one of the best events I’ve ever attended in terms of learning timely and relevant new things and meeting the most incredible people.

    How does this apply to you? You're not a podcaster (most likely) but, I see applications that most definitely apply as a handmade product maker. If you aren't doing them already, adding them in will strengthen your business and thereby improve your results. Hold out for the last one - it's a doosy and one I didn't know before.
    Be part of the newest Gift Biz Opportunity!
    The https://go.oncehub.com/GiftBizBash (Gift Biz Bash) offers you the chance to get added visibility for your business - for free. Who can't use that?! But seats are limited. To see the dates and times and to grab your spot, go through the link above.
    Join our community of handmade product makers
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/GiftBizBreeze (Gift Biz Breeze) is an active and inspiring group of creators at all levels of business development. Ask questions, see what others are working on, learn new things, it's all there and we're waiting for you to join us!
    Finally, would you please leave a review? Thanks!
    It helps other makers like you find the show and build their businesses too. You can do so right here: https://ratethispodcast.com/giftbizunwrapped (Rate This Podcast)

    • 13 min
    Thoughtful, Generous and Personal Selling with Kat McCoy of Best Kept Jewelry Concierge

    Thoughtful, Generous and Personal Selling with Kat McCoy of Best Kept Jewelry Concierge

    Uplevel your selling experience AND set yourself apart in the handmade product market with thoughtful, generous, and personal selling style.

    • 51 min
    Tips & Talk 67 – How a Blog Grows Your Product Based Business

    Tips & Talk 67 – How a Blog Grows Your Product Based Business

    Maybe you’re like most … defaulting to the idea that blogs aren’t meant for your handmade product-based business. My aim in this episode is to help you see this differently by sharing 5 Ways a blog can benefit and grow your business.

    Am I here to convince you to start a blog tomorrow? No. But I want you to understand the many ways a blog can be an asset and then you can make your own decision from there.
    Be part of the newest Gift Biz Opportunity!
    The https://go.oncehub.com/GiftBizBash (Gift Biz Bash) offers you the chance to get added visibility for your business - for free. Who can't use that?! But seats are limited. To see the dates and times and to grab your spot, go through the link above.
    Join our community of handmade product makers
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/GiftBizBreeze (Gift Biz Breeze) is an active and inspiring group of creators at all levels of business development. Ask questions, see what others are working on, learn new things, it's all there and we're waiting for you to join us!
    Finally, would you please leave a review? Thanks!
    It helps other makers 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
    BASH - How to Start an Email List

    BASH - How to Start an Email List

    Today we're talking about how to start an email list for your business.

    Now, more than ever, it's important to https://giftbizunwrapped.com/episodes/email-marketing-process (put email marketing into place). I know it can seem daunting but when you know the steps to getting started, you'll see it's not that difficult at all.

    The subject of https://giftbizunwrapped.com/episodes/email-marketing-plan (email marketing) has been coming up more and more. More attention is being given to this than ever, everywhere I look!

    https://giftbizunwrapped.com/episodes/social-medias-role-in-your-business (Social media) is changing and people are wondering what's going on. Email marketing is becoming known as the platform where you have the most stability.

    That's what we talk about in this episode - specifically how to start your own email marketing program.
    What's In This Bash Party?

    Free Training on How To Start An Email List:

    why email marketing is so important and how it adds value to your business

    how to start an email list for your business

    plus tips on what NOT to do





    QandA on the topic with Bash attendees

    Showcases - attendees share new https://giftbizunwrapped.com/episodes/host-your-own-handmade-craft-show (collaborations), upcoming events, and even discount promo codes. Listen now to grab these deals + get ideas for your own business!



    Tune in to this FREE training to learn how to start an email list AND hear about new promotions and exciting announcements!
    Resources Mentioned:

    https://giftbizunwrapped.com/episodes/5-gift-biz-growth-stages (Bash #1 - 5 Gift Biz Growth Stages)

    https://suemonhait.lpages.co/content-for-makers/ (Content for Makers)

    https://giftbizunwrapped.com/shop/ (Gift Biz Unwrapped Merchandise Shop)



    Interested in being part of the next Bash Party?
    https://go.oncehub.com/GiftBizBash (See upcoming Gift Biz Bash parties and grab your spot today!) Don't delay - spaces are limited.
    Join Our FREE Gift Biz Breeze Facebook Community
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/GiftBizBreeze (Become a Member of Gift Biz Breeze)

    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.

    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/gift-biz-unwrapped/id986323267 (Apple Podcasts) | https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cDovL3d3dy5naWZ0Yml6dW53cmFwcGVkLmNvbS9mZWVkL3BvZGNhc3Q=andinf_contact_key=f00b9b282a6156da6dc2e642eb167c2f680f8914173f9191b1c0223e68310bb1 (Google Podcasts) | https://open.spotify.com/show/380HmeoVquMHRzOepaoF0s (Spotify)

    Thank you so much! Sue

    • 56 min
    Tips & Talk 66 – The Wrong Way to Start a Business

    Tips & Talk 66 – The Wrong Way to Start a Business

    It’s easy to start a business. What’s hard is to stay in business! There are a variety of reasons why businesses fail at such a high rate. And of course, nobody takes actions intentionally that will set them back. But that’s exactly what’s happening to most business startups. In the end, their initial actions never gave them a fair chance of survival right from the start.

    When you first learn about a new business in town, you hear the name, perhaps see their logo, take a look at the products they offer, things like that – right? These are the first things intuitively you would put in place for your new business because they are the things you know and see about a business from an outsider perspective.

    Yet there is a critical step that should be taken before doing any of these things. It’s missed because people just don’t know. And it’s this most-important first step that, when not taken, leads to many many handmade product businesses closing down.

    Let’s get into the details of what to do first so your business is set up for success.
    Be part of the newest Gift Biz Opportunity!
    The https://go.oncehub.com/GiftBizBash (Gift Biz Bash) offers you the chance to get added visibility for your business - for free. Who can't use that?! But seats are limited. To see the dates and times and to grab your spot, go through the link above.
    Join our community of handmade product makers
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/GiftBizBreeze (Gift Biz Breeze) is an active and inspiring group of creators at all levels of business development. Ask questions, see what others are working on, learn new things, it's all there and we're waiting for you to join us!
    Finally, would you please leave a review? Thanks!
    It helps other makers like you find the show and build their businesses too. You can do so right here: https://ratethispodcast.com/giftbizunwrapped (Rate This Podcast)

    • 7 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
222 Ratings

222 Ratings

Ccwaege ,

Five Stars!

It was such a pleasure getting the opportunity to be a guest on Sue’s podcast! Her conversations are fun, informative, and actionable. I highly recommend this podcast to other creative business owners getting started or growing their business. Thanks again for having me on! Hopefully I’ll be back again in the future!

Meredith in Miami ,

A Host Who Brought the BEST out of me

I love Sue! Keeping it real, I was accidentally booked on her podcast (my agents mistake, not hers) but instead of turning me away, or even showing one bit of annoyance, she spent time with me before we recorded to brainstorm the way my experience could serve her listeners! The result? A dynamite episode that provides great value! What a rockstar who made her guest feel so special and keep service for her listeners the top priority!

mrsahuff ,

Loved the Made Easy Episode 348!

Sue did an amazing job interviewing the impressive nine year old Riley and Paisley. The conversation presented foundational business principles for any age. Such a great episode for any inspiring entrepreneur.

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