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Host, Kathy Cruz is a retail store owner and a retail business coach. She knows firsthand that running a retail business, both online and in a brick and mortar has its challenges. Kathy is passionate about teaching independent retailers how to work less, profit more and grow.

Savvy Shopkeeper Retail Podcast Kathy Cruz

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 98 Ratings

Host, Kathy Cruz is a retail store owner and a retail business coach. She knows firsthand that running a retail business, both online and in a brick and mortar has its challenges. Kathy is passionate about teaching independent retailers how to work less, profit more and grow.

    141. Poor Planning Polly (An Excerpt From The 2022 Savvy Shopkeeper Retreat!)

    141. Poor Planning Polly (An Excerpt From The 2022 Savvy Shopkeeper Retreat!)

    The 2022 Savvy Shopkeeper Retreat is over, and I have SO much to share with you! I’ve only been home a few days, and I’m still processing all of the magical moments from this year’s retreat at Frügthaven Farm.
    One thing I am ready to share with you, though, is a recap of my presentation about retail planning. Listen in to learn about Poor Planning Polly, what her year looks like, and the solution to her woes. 
    For show notes, including links to the resources mentioned throughout this episode, visit https://savvyshopkeeper.com/episode141.
    Learn more about Kathy Cruz and Savvy Shopkeeper at Savvy Shopkeeper
    Follow Kathy on Instagram (@savvyshopkeeper) 
     

    • 31 min
    140. A Plan(ner) is a Commitment to YOU

    140. A Plan(ner) is a Commitment to YOU

    Finding a planner that meets the needs of independent retailers has been a struggle for far too long.
    I’ve heard countless shopkeepers tell me that they’ve tried planners only to find out they don’t offer what they need…and then the planner ends up in the garbage, with both money and paper wasted. 
    Thankfully, the search for the perfect planner is finally over! The Savvy Shopkeeper DIGITAL Planner is here to help you grow as a person, a small business owner, and a retailer for the next 12 months. 
    Listen in to learn all about this detailed, multi-faceted business tool made just for shopkeepers. For show notes, including the direct link to buy your copy of the planner, visit www.savvyshopkeeper.com/episode140.
    Learn more about Kathy Cruz and Savvy Shopkeeper at Savvy Shopkeeper
    Follow Kathy on Instagram (@savvyshopkeeper) 

    • 24 min
    139. Five Things Independent Retailers Aren't Taught About Planning

    139. Five Things Independent Retailers Aren't Taught About Planning

    When your store is brand new (or still just a dream!), it’s challenging to think about the future because you’re focused on the now.
    During my Aspiring Retailer and Savvy Starter stages, knowing how to plan would have been incredibly helpful. And now that I’ve learned about planning, it’s a key part of my journey as a shopkeeper!
    Listen in to the five things indie retailers aren’t taught—but should know!—about planning. 
    For show notes, including links to the resources mentioned in the episode, visit www.savvyshopkeeper.com/episode139.
    Learn more about Kathy Cruz and Savvy Shopkeeper at Savvy Shopkeeper
    Follow Kathy on Instagram (@savvyshopkeeper) 

    • 16 min
    138. Six Reasons I Switched From Paper to Digital Notes

    138. Six Reasons I Switched From Paper to Digital Notes

    I can’t tell you how many times I’ve said just grab a “good old pen and paper” on the podcast. Not only am I a fan of getting things out of my head, but I’m also a fan of writing things down, so I don’t forget them.
    But after five years of paper piling up on my desk, I was beyond frustrated. I never felt I could find what I was looking for, and my notes overwhelmed me! 
    So this year, I switched from paper to digital note-taking, and it’s been revolutionary for me. Listen in to learn why I love taking notes digitally, what hardware I’m using, and how you can make this switch for yourself. 
    For show notes, including links to anything mentioned in this episode, visit www.savvyshopkeeper.com/episode138.
    Learn more about Kathy Cruz and Savvy Shopkeeper at https://savvyshopkeeper.com/
    Follow Kathy on Instagram (@savvyshopkeeper) 

    • 22 min
    137. Find the Joy With Julie Wurr of Heart 'N Home

    137. Find the Joy With Julie Wurr of Heart 'N Home

    Julie had always loved to craft as a hobby. After the loss of her newborn son, Julie needed something to do with her hands—and from there, her business bloomed.
    Now, with 25 years of retail business ownership under her belt, Julie’s business is blooming once again. Attending the 2021 Savvy Shopkeeper Retreat changed Julie’s perspective and helped her step into her role as CEO.
    Listen in to hear Julie’s incredible story, how her business has blossomed this year compared to last, and her three pieces of advice for retail store owners after 25 years of experience.
    Heart ‘N Home on the web, Instagram, and Facebook Explore the Savvy Shopkeeper group memberships Learn more about Kathy Cruz and Savvy Shopkeeper at Savvy Shopkeeper
    Follow Kathy on Instagram (@savvyshopkeeper) 
     

    • 30 min
    136. A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats with Brittany Taylor of Redoux Home Market

    136. A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats with Brittany Taylor of Redoux Home Market

    As a people person with a passion for numbers, Brittany had always dreamed of owning her own business. With five years of experience as a certified public accountant in hand, Brittany was ready for a new challenge: purchasing an existing vendor shop. 
    Listen in to learn Brittany’s best tips for running a vendor market, how she keeps her financials clean, the key employee that contributes to her store’s success, and what she’s learned from being in Master Shopkeepers.
    Learn more about Kathy Cruz and Savvy Shopkeeper at Savvy Shopkeeper
    Follow Kathy on Instagram (@savvyshopkeeper) 

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

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98 Ratings

98 Ratings

La Petite Amanda ,

The guru

Kathy is the real deal. I’m a believer!

gathering girl ,

Knowledge

I am finding so much information on this podcast. This shopkeeper loves how you explain the issues we face. And the follow up of asking questions makes this a fan friendly podcast. Great job!

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So glad I found this podcast!

I'm so grateful that I've found Savvy Shopkeeper Retail Podcast! I also own a small retail business that offers furniture and home décor. It's wonderful to learn from someone who has the same type of business and has walked in the same footsteps I walk now.

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