100 episodes

Two Chicago-based small business owners - Michelle (Michelle Starbuck Designs) & Emily (OrangeBeautiful) - meet each week for breakfast to discuss the perks and problems with running your own company, and the everyday life stuff that happens in between.

Pancake Town Podcast Emily Wentz + Michelle Starbuck Amos

    • Society & Culture

Two Chicago-based small business owners - Michelle (Michelle Starbuck Designs) & Emily (OrangeBeautiful) - meet each week for breakfast to discuss the perks and problems with running your own company, and the everyday life stuff that happens in between.

    Episode 98 - People Are The Worst

    Episode 98 - People Are The Worst

    Part 2 of 2: Emily and Michelle continue their 2019/2020 conversation and segue into some of their favorite rants topics like pricing and dealing with difficult customers.

    • 50 min
    Episode 97 - Give The People What You Want

    Episode 97 - Give The People What You Want

    Part 1 of 2: Emily and Michelle review 2019 - focusing on the new habits and attitudes they've adopted over the last 12 months.  They’re both ready to be done with this decade and start 2020 with the same energy and drive that they had 15 years ago.  

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Episode 96 - (Not) Drunk Business Advice #2

    Episode 96 - (Not) Drunk Business Advice #2

    For this week's episode, the listeners asked Emily and Michelle to go back 10 years and think about what advice they would give themselves - and what advice they'd give to other small business owners - just starting out.  They take a trip down memory lane to remember successes along the way, as well as decisions they regret.
     
    Spoiler alert: One of us is risk taker and the other... not so much.

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Episode 95 - The One With The Pivot

    Episode 95 - The One With The Pivot

    Does your business just need a pivot or is it actually time to throw in the towel?  In this week's episode, Emily and Michelle research how to read the signs that your business needs a change and get into how to pull that change off.  Also, there may be a bit of a rant about removing the stigma surrounding quitting.
     
    Articles cited:
    -https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbescoachescouncil/2018/03/06/12-clear-signs-its-time-to-pivot-your-business/#2da533a638e7
    -https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/277285
    -https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/319294
    -https://smallbiztrends.com/2017/05/signs-that-you-must-pivot.html

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Episode 94 - Get Some Sleep + Go to SHOW of HANDS

    Episode 94 - Get Some Sleep + Go to SHOW of HANDS

    OMG It’s the week of SHOW of HANDS so Emily and Michelle answer your questions about selling at in-person events.  They share their favorite dos and don’ts for having a successful show and an important reminder that taking care of yourself should be at the top of your list.
     
    Get more info about SHOW of HANDS here:
    www.showofhandschicago.com

    • 1 hr 24 min
    Episode 93 - We All Made It Look Like It's Fun

    Episode 93 - We All Made It Look Like It's Fun

    This week, Emily and Michelle are thrilled to welcome special guest, Jen Farrell from Starshaped Press, to talk about the many ways in which the handmade world has changed since starting her letterpress business back in 1999 (that's 20 years ago)!  Jen shares the ways she’s been keeping her ship afloat amidst personal and professional setbacks, including a successful pivot from wholesale to fine art.  Spoiler alert: Mimosas were had during the recording of this episode.

    • 1 hr 44 min

Customer Reviews

LH762392 ,

Love This Podcast!

Emily and Michelle are honest and hilarious! Great podcast to listen for any entrepreneur/freelancer!

Just a few areas of improvement after listening to all 14 episodes:
+ The sound quality on episode 13 was horrible. I couldn't listen to it because there was way too much background noise compared to other episodes.
+ Emily needs to stop interrupting Michelle and speaking over her. It's kind of getting frustrating to listen to as it happens a lot.

yojolistenstostuff ,

Fun times with useful stuff tucked in!

Michelle and Emily are super fun to listen to, despite all the times they wonder aloud if they’re fun to listen to (pssssst! You’re hilarious!!!😂). I’m learning something each episode, something I didn’t really expect, and sometimes stuff I’d never considered about being a maker and a seller.

As I wrestle with questions and ideas about how I run my business and where should I be going, they always grant me a new perspective or have more info on something I had “known” but not really examined before.

Pancake Town is far more comfortable and useful than the typical “Small Bidness Sheboss Craft WooWoo Hour” podcasts. Check it out

Veggie Shark ,

Business and dead bodies, what's not to love?

I love this podcast, its like sitting and having a nice frank conversation about small business and being a maker over a cup of tea, accept you don't have to do any talking. Michelle and Emily discuss particular topics such as wholesale and craft shows from both a shop owner, and maker's perspective. You will gain advice on things such as: should I sell wholesale? am I a serial killer? what is a good way to support local business? Episode 6 is my favorite so far, give it a listen!

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