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This podcast helps creators, brands, and online entrepreneurs confidently grow and scale their modern businesses -- navigating the business side of content creation, influencer marketing, social media, e-commerce, online courses, in-person events, and digital products. Host Brittany Ratelle, an practicing business attorney shares action items, founder stories, and biz/legal tips to help you confidently OWN your business. If you are a creator, maker, artist, designer, speaker, coach, eCommerc ...
 
How do I turn favorites into sales? How do I get people into my Etsy shop? How do I get found on Etsy? How can I stand out in such a saturated market? And perhaps the biggest question of all-- Can I REALLY earn a full-time income selling on Etsy (oh my heavens, YES YOU CAN!) Welcome to the Simplify Your Sales podcast where your host, Morgan Nield, takes your most pressing Etsy marketing questions and dives deep into the tips, tricks, and step-by-step strategy to get you from where you are no ...
 
The Merriweather Council podcast, hosted by Danielle Spurge, is all about celebrating the reality of gainful self employment through craft. This is a podcast for art and design entrepreneurs - makers, etsy sellers and shopify users! Featuring tips, insights, advice and tough love for handmade business owners in concise format. Focused on sharing realistic ideas and personal experiences with the nuances of handmade business in mind. If you are working to turn your crafty tendencies into profi ...
 
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Hey everyone and welcome to another episode of the Simplify Your Sales podcast! Today I’m here with one part of the amazing duo that is Gold City Ventures-- Cody Berman-- to talk about a topic that I get asked A LOT about--printables! Cody along with his business partner, Julie, have taught over 9,000 students how to create wildly profitable printa…
 
Today I’m here with Amanda Genther who is a flippin’ GENIUS when it comes to creating consistent passive income in your business. Her speciality? Fast, imperfect action and low-ticket offers. She is all about making your business feel FUN + SIMPLE again-- which is TOTALLY a mission I get behind 1000000%. Amanda also helps female entrepreneurs creat…
 
Join me and seasoned entrepreneur Sara Urquhart as we share stories (good and bad) about business partnerships and give you the tips you need to make smart business partnership decisions. Sarah spells out the critical questions that you should ask yourself when you are deciding whether to go solo, bring on a partner, and how to navigate changing ro…
 
Welcome to another episode of the Simplify Your Sales podcast! This is part 2 of a 5-part series of bite-sized solo podcast episodes where I’m going to get real with you about what goes into creating a digital course-- the practical elements like time commitment, revenue scalability, that sort of things vs. other digital products… And today we’re t…
 
Courtney Brown is the CEO and founder of Cents of Style and Be Fulfilled, two multimillion-dollar Utah-based eCommerce companies. Cents of Style aims to bring the latest in clothing and accessories in an accessible and affordable way while Be Fulfilled aims to help influencers develop, source, ship, and service their own product lines. In this epis…
 
Worried about recession rumors? Want to get your online or creative business as resilient as it can be? Business attorney Brittany Ratelle guides you through the most important things you can change in your business to help set up business boundaries and protect your profits and peace. In this episode: what do you actually need in your website foot…
 
Today I’m SO excited to be here with Kate Hayes who is an absolute Etsy genius + rising star on Youtube. Her claim to fame? Earning over $70K in just 30 days on Etsy and being a Top 1% seller on the platform. Even better? She’s also just about the most genuine, kind person you’ll ever meet, so I KNEW I had to get her on the show to spill her secret…
 
Do you ever have those days when you just don't want to work? Me too! Well, I think I may have found the secret to getting past that feeling. Today I’m here with Sadie Smiley who is all about learning how to make full-time money through part-time work. She’s got a no B.S. attitude about getting stuff done that I absolutely LOVE and I’m so excited t…
 
Welcome to another episode of the Simplify Your Sales podcast! This is part 1 of a 5-part series of bite-sized solo podcast episodes where I’m going to get real with you about what goes into creating a digital course-- the practical elements like time commitment, revenue scalability, that sort of things vs. other digital products… …. and hopefully …
 
Mom guilt--it’s a VERY real thing for so many of us trying to raise babies AND businesses! So, how in the world can you deal with that while running a successful online business? Well, today I’m here with digital product expert and amazing mother of two, Monica Froese. Monica is a digital product coach for women business owners and host of the popu…
 
Hala Taha joins attorney Brittany Ratelle on the Creative Counsel podcast to share macro podcasting trends and reveal how Hala used battle-tested skills (and perseverance) to grow a 7-figure business podcast and podcasting agency from the ground up. Hala Taha, dubbed the “The Podcast Princess,” is the host of Young and Profiting (YAP) Podcast, freq…
 
Do you ever get a little overwhelmed with numbers? Me too! In this I’m here with one of my long-time business friends, Janet LeBlanc over at Paper + Spark. She’s the CPA brains behind ALL things creative business financials-- I recommend her to EVERYONE I know whenever they have a tax question-- and she is passionate about helping online biz owners…
 
Today’s episode answers the question I get A LOT from aspiring course creators: “I’ve created a digital course, slapped it on my website….but nobody is buying it!” And I get just how frustrating it can feel when you have spent a ton of time + energy creating a really great product but feel like nobody wants it. So in today’s episode I want to troub…
 
You ever have those days where there are so many things going on with your kids and family that you don't even know how to find time for your business? Me too! Today I’m here with Lani Jackson who I am SO excited to have on the podcast because this is a girl that knows the definition of BUSY-- because not only does she host the Mompreneurs podcast …
 
Kristen Ley, founder of Thimblepress® shares her wholesale secrets from being in the stationery businesses for more than a decade. Thimblepress is an international lifestyle company that encourages kindness and inspires fun, through her artisan cards, Push-Pop Confetti, and viral hits like the "Your butt looks great in those jeans!" card. In their …
 
Want to avoid the 7 biggest legal mistakes that physical product and eCommerce companies make? Attorney Brittany Ratelle walks through the most common mistakes that land modern product companies in legal hot water and how you can avoid these headaches as a small business owner. Here are the top 7 mistakes: 1. No operating agreement or business “pre…
 
Serial entrepreneur Sierra McCleve, founder of two successful Utah-based food businesses, Thirst and Dottie's Kolaches shares on the Creative Counsel Podcast how created a positive team culture in the challenging food industry. She shares her wisdom as a baker, manager, owner, mom, wife, garage gym fitness enthusiast and now an investor in other pr…
 
Have you ever thought about someone pre-selling your course? What about pre-selling your course idea BEFORE you create any of the content? Well, this strategy just happens to be one of the smartest things you can do when it comes to creating a profitable online course in your business, and something I recommend ALL of my paid students do because it…
 
From corporate to freelance with an abundance mindset with content marketer Carina Wytiaz Carina Wytiaz joins the Creative Counsel podcast to share how having an abundance mindset allowed her to pivot as a content marketer working in tech, to her time as a solo freelancer, and then how she rolled that experience back to corporate leadership. Carina…
 
Do you ever just want to do something you're passionate about and make money while doing it? Morgan dives into this concept with the fabulous Eden Fried in this week's podcast. Eden teaches women how to turn their passions into digital products they can launch online. She's the host of the Rebel Boss Ladies podcast, the founder of Rebel Boss Univer…
 
Do you ever have those times when you just want to give up on your business? Hey—you’re not alone! In this episode, guest, Kaitlyn Kessler walks us through how to blend spirituality, strategy, and a whole lot of self-love and trust together to ditch feeling overwhelmed with your business. Morgan and Kaitlyn discuss the questions: I know that your b…
 
Why is it that sometimes even the very best marketing advice doesn’t generate results? If you have tried the best marketing advice you can find, and it just didn’t work for you, I’m going to explain why that probably is in this episode! As you likely know, marketing is all the ‘stuff’ that you do that generates interest or traffic to your shop. Thi…
 
Today I am diving into the quandary of consistency in your handmade business. So elusive! What does “consistency” in business actually look like? What does it mean when we say we want more consistency? And why does it sometimes seem unattainable or frustrating to accomplish that at times? We are ALL always looking for consistency in business, usual…
 
Does it ever feel like no one else struggles quite as much as you do to identify or define their ideal customer avatar? There’s a reason for that… What if I told you that the key to finding your ideal customer avatar is your product seller profile? Let me explain. In the past 11 years, I’ve done plenty of my own ideal customer avatar build-outs and…
 
Pricing your handmade products sucks… That’s just the truth. It makes the impulse to do some of these things very real! It is true that pricing is hard, and it inevitably involves math which, for me, makes it even worse. There are lots of best practices for pricing your handmade products, I’ll point you in the direction of our top pricing resources…
 
The idea of launching handmade product lines usually brings up one of two emotions: YAY or UGH. (Both are entirely valid!) If you feel more UGH than yay, I get you. I, too, dislike using the launch model in my own business. The handmade product lines launch model I am referring to is one you are probably familiar with. It starts with teasing out a …
 
Today, we are joined by my sweet friend Heather Fujikawa! We are so excited about the arrival of her little girl and reminiscing on our journeys as wives and mothers who are also busy in their careers! Heather, my friend since college, started her company and entrepreneur journey as an interior designer in Los Angeles. She was drawn to the fashion …
 
Hitting a sales goal is a milestone, hitting a revenue goal is a milestone. Revenue is not purpose, and neither is a number of sales. You did NOT wake up this morning just to make progress on hitting a milestone. Ask yourself why you’re working toward that milestone. That’ll get you closer to knowing what your purpose really is. We work for a bigge…
 
As you know by now, my team and I support and encourage a small handmade business structure that makes use of one marketplace and one autonomous off-Etsy website. Specifically, we recommend Etsy as the marketplace and Shopify as the platform for building your independent domain shop. Whenever I speak about Shopify, inevitably, the question of other…
 
Today’s episode is not about disliking the social media algorithm or marketing platform algorithms. I know that many people have issues with algorithms, particularly Instagram’s algorithm, and trust me, I’ve done my fair share of complaining about it. However, this episode is about something much more sinister: the culture surrounding those algorit…
 
FIRST STEPS WHEN SALES SLOW DOWN Remind yourself, it’s normal, and it happens. Next, consider this a bit of a gift. We are all continually trying to find time for things, aren’t we? I think most people are looking for some extra time on most days. Consider a slow spell, an opportunity to catch up on something that’s been lingering, or a chance to e…
 
Of course, when we say Etsy SEO, that means Search Engine Optimization specific to Etsy’s native search engine. Etsy SEO is a common focal point for Etsy sellers, maybe even to a fault. Here are three things I want you to know about Etsy SEO off the top to get this started: 1. The factors that go into Etsy SEO and how it is calculated and achieved …
 
I’ve posted about this on Instagram before, and it always seems to ignite a little fire. No one cares about your Etsy sales number besides you. Etsy is not a perfect platform, but it is a damn good one. We believe it is the best marketplace handmade business owners have right now. Sellers (and some buyers) often gripe about Etsy changes, but for me…
 
Today I'm sharing with you some big news. Probably the biggest news I've ever shared here. I've always tried to keep the podcast timeless and evergreen, so I haven't shared much "news" here. But I digress. This is the last new episode of The Merriweather Council Podcast. Not for the summer, not for this season - but actually forever. First, I want …
 
Etsy shop audits. What are they? Is that the same as a shop critique? Should you invest in one? And why I don't offer them! Years ago, I DID offer this as a service. I have done hundreds of Etsy shop audits. I did shop audits for sellers at all levels, in all different niches, for all different types of products – handmade, vintage digital- all of …
 
Worried you might be you are underpricing your handmade product? I’m glad it’s on your mind because pricing properly is the foundation on which you build a sustainable business. Regardless of your niche, style, medium, or experience level, pricing properly is key to having a handmade business that can endure, grow, and thrive. To put it simply: if …
 
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