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3 Non-Intimidating Bookkeeping, Tax, and Financial Resources for Your Handmade Business

There are endless benefits to having a confident understanding of your business finances. Whether you make four figures or six figures, you will certainly want to have clarity on your money in and money out! The more knowledge you have about your business’ finances, the better the decisions you make as a business owner can be! Many creative entrepreneurs feel out of touch when it comes to money...

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How Often to List an Item on Etsy

If you sell on Etsy, you already know there are so many wild suggestions for how to achieve wild things. One of my favorite totally outrageous suggestions to Etsy sellers is to list new items daily or weekly to ‘skyrocket’ your sales. You Do Not Need to List an Item on Etsy Daily, Weekly or Monthly “New items daily” is a phrase that gives me a rash of anxiety. You do NOT need to post new listings to Etsy daily, weekly, or even monthly. Not only is this unsustainable (it’s SO HARD to do...

How Often to List an Item on Etsy | The Merriweather Council

How to Fix an Invisible Etsy Shop

Are you struggling with an invisible Etsy shop? Did your Etsy shop seemingly get sucked into a black hole and disappear for all eternity without a trace? Probably not, but that's how it might feel. If so, don't worry! This is more than likely a very solvable problem. If your Etsy shop has seemingly disappeared overnight, it may have fallen out of the index. What that means is: you did nothing wrong, this is a fixable problem, no one is out to get you, Etsy isn't evil, technology fails...

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Handmade Business Ideas and Inspiration from Billy Joel

It could be because I was born and raised on Long Island that I have a particular affinity for all the Billy Joel classics. It's either that or the fact that he's obviously an incredibly talented performer. In any event, I've found him to be a reliable source of inspiration when it comes to being creative and entrepreneurial. Have you ever considered that most performers are also entrepreneurs? Kind of awesome. We spoke about that on this episode of the podcast, which was focused on the...

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hey, i’m danielle

A maker, craft business ‘biz bestie’ and educator who loves iced americanos and pop music.

My first year in business, I made a whopping $4,000 in revenue from my handmade business (that’s not even enough to support my Starbucks habit). In year two, I earned almost $80,000 in revenue! And guess what? I did NOT make $80K with the same approach that I used to make $4K. Not even close!

Since I saw such a drastic transformation from year one to year two in my business, I know I have to share what I learned about turning a crafty tendency into profits with you (so, if you’re anything like me, you can support your Starbucks habit, too).

Be inspired and supported as a maker through The Merriweather Council blog and podcast where I share insights from my 8+ years experience selling handmade work online and working with hundreds of students to do the same.


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