Christine is a small business owner, designer and mom. She enjoys helping people customize signs for their homes or business that fit their style and needs. Christine started her family business, Heartfelt Giver in 2006 as a part-time business and now it has grown into a full-time family affair.
Kimberly has been a furniture artist for 5 years, transforming quality vintage furniture into modern day pieces. At Born in a Barn Boutique, her painted furniture pieces meet her clients shopping needs to fit everyone's lifestyle.
These ladies are here today to share their journey of becoming a creative business owner and how they are helping other creative business owners along the way.
My guest today is Melanie Ferguson with Southern Crush at Home. Melanie’s story is a bit different. She started her creative entrepreneurship journey with the full intent of creating a business and not just a hobby. It only took her three years, after college, working in a corporate position to figure out that cubicle life was not for her.
After discovering a niche for DIY home decor, she decided to lean into the idea and grow her audience. Today she has a multiple six figure following across different platforms. In this episode, she shares with us how she went from a real-estate agent to a creative business owner.
My guests today are, Donna Mullins and Ashely Smith. Donna is the owner of On A Whimm Wreaths and Decor by Dona. She started her business a little over a year ago, completely on a whimm and hasn’t looked back since.
Ashley is the owner of Icing & Aprons, a home buttercream icing bakery. She also creates online tutorials about cake decorating skills that she plans to monetize in the future.
These ladies are here today to talk about their business journeys, how they got started and the impact their creative businesses had on themselves and their families.
Decorating and crafting has always been Ashley's passion. She remembers moving furniture around in her bedroom as a child because, even back then, she liked change. Making something pretty that is enjoyable for you and your friends and family when they visit your home is what she really enjoys the most about not only decorating, but wreath making.
Being a creative business owner has afforded Donna...
Jenny is a creative business owner who started her business a little over a year ago. Her biggest sellers are her glitter tumblers. She loves working from home and showing her kids that she can do things her way and that there is more than one way to bring in income.
Leslie is a mom of four, creative business owner and, as of recently, a homeschool teacher. She creates children embroidery and custom baby gifts and outfits. In 2010 she got a sewing/embroidery machine as her Christmas gift and that is how it all started.
They are here today to share their business journey and the impact it had on their families.
We have some changes happening around here! Starting next week, we are kicking off a 4-week series where I have amazing creative entrepreneurs come in and share their stories. That got me thinking. If I am asking all of these other creative entrepreneurs to be vulnerable and share their journey, then I should probably be the first one to do the same.
This is not going to be the content that you guys see here every week, but I want to share with you over the next four weeks is how owning a little craft business, or a side hobby, or a little Etsy store, whatever you might call it, can truly have an impact on you and your family.
So, here I am. Sharing my journey as a creative entrepreneur. I’m so excited to bring you my story today!
For me, owning a creative business truly brought me back to who I was. Truly built me into the person that I am today and I think in a small way, probably saved me.
- Katie Fisher
Joining me today is Kendra Swalls. Kendra started as an elementary school teacher, but has built a successful photography business in the last few years.
Today she is a host of the Girl Means Business Podcast, where she gives business & marketing advice and has conversations with the top female entrepreneurs. In today’s episode we talk about her amazing career pivot, changing your plans and being flexible with your business.
My name is Kendra Swalls and I am a serial entrepreneur (admitting it is the first step!)
In 2012 I had the crazy idea to start a photography business, while I was teaching full time AND 6 months pregnant! I would love to tell you that my business took off like a rocket, but that couldn't be farther from the truth.
In reality my business took a...
Today on the show we have Marcella Hill, owner of The Love Woolies, and we are talking about the struggles and growing pains of creative entrepreneurs. How she built her business from the ground up and everything she learned along the way.
In 2016, we were audited both personally and for our business. This is a long process and it can get really stressful. Today, I’m going to share with you my personal experience and lessons I learned from being audited.
Hopefully, this will help you get ready and make this process as painless as possible.
Today on the show, we have Lucy Farmer from Lucy Inspired, and we are talking about how to wholesale your products. Lucy started out by making one of a kind jewelry and later discovered how to mass produce her products and sell at wholesale prices.
Want to build a profitable and sustainable business? Feel that having a tax advisor is scary and expensive? Having a financial planner is SO important. Not only so you can plan what's going on in your business but for future plans, like buying a home. Knowing what you want to accomplish in your personal life helps you work with your accountant to set smart business goals. Financial advisors are here to make our lives easier by setting you up for success.
Today I’m talking with Nedra Cale of Cale’s CPA on how to set goals and plan for a profit in your business. She helps us understand why it is important to pay taxes and how to work with a financial advisor. You can also hear her speak at the Ashlee Fay Designs Conference coming in June 2021!
Nedra encourages us to not let frustration derail us and to not cheat ourselves. It's important to invest in the kind of people that are going to partner with you to build a sustainable, profitable business...