Episode 118 – Finding Your Niche with Kit Cronk

As product makers, artists and designers, we often start out trying to make something for everyone, but there is a lot of power in niching down. Enter Kit Cronk. After finding her niche, Kit has created a flourishing brand with an active customer base. We are so excited to have her on the show to share her journey and the value she has found in taking the time to discover her true niche.

About Kit

Kit runs Kit Cronk Studio, where she designs products for book nerds and fangirls.  Her products have been featured by companies like Etsy, GoodReads, Buzzfeed, and more. If you’re a total reading addict like Kit, then you need to check out her hilariously relatable mugs, cards, pins, and other awesome stuff! When she’s not working, you’ll probably find her reading ANOTHER fantasy book or watching superhero movies.

Connect with Kit

Website | Instagram

Links

Episode 60 – Shop Talk with Jordandene

Episode 72 – Nailing Down Your Target Audience

Episode 103 – Creating a Brand That Lasts

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Introducing the Creative Rebel Base: THE place for Creative Rebels to collaborate, learn, and support each other! THE place to go online if you want to connect with, learn from, and support other product-based business owners, artists, and makers. We created this community to help you along your journey, but also to give you a safe place to learn with and interact with other like-minded business owners whether you are just starting your biz or have been doing this a while, let’s all move forward TOGETHER!

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Episode 117 – Manufacturing and Designing a Product with Nicole Ketchum

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Taking a product from idea to the shelves can be daunting especially if it has to be manufactured. We wanted to talk to someone who has been in the trenches so on today’s episode we are chatting with Nicole Ketchum of Hey Girl Decor. Nicole tells us all about how her chandeliers came to be and the process it took to get them manufactured overseas.

About Nicole

Hi I’m Nicole, Founder and Designer of Hey Girl Decor, formally Chandelier By NK. Hey Girl Decor is a modern acrylic decor company — founded in 2014.

It started as an idea to create an easy, chic chandelier without lights. The idea of making a chandelier and then flipping it on it’s head and redefining it was so much fun!

Our mission statement is simple: We take designing seriously — but don’t think decor should be serious.

We are currently scaling our brand, with the goal of retailers for licensing opportunities, and rolling out a new name and logo next week.

Connect with Nicole

Website | Instagram | Pinterest

Links

Episode 56 – Simplifying Manufacturing and Business with Emily Ley

Episode 99 – Shop Talk with Meg Sutton of Belle & Union


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Introducing the Creative Rebel Base: THE place for Creative Rebels to collaborate, learn, and support each other! THE place to go online if you want to connect with, learn from, and support other product-based business owners, artists, and makers. We created this community to help you along your journey, but also to give you a safe place to learn with and interact with other like-minded business owners whether you are just starting your biz or have been doing this a while, let’s all move forward TOGETHER!

For more info and to join today, head to www.creativerebelbase.com

WANT TO CONNECT WITH CREATIVE BIZ REBELLION?

SUPPORT the podcast. Become a Patron today!
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Episode 111 – Cultivating a Teaching Mindset with Rebecca Tracey


Have you thought about teaching but just don’t know if you should do it? Today we are tackling the teaching mindset and how to start believing in your abilities to teach. To help us out with this, we have Rebeca Tracy from The Uncaged Life. If you have ever thought about teaching, this is such a great episode to give you the boost you need.

Links:

Episode 108 – Out of the Box Revenue Streams

About Rebecca:

Rebecca Tracey is the head/only honcho at The Uncaged Life where she works with online business owners to get clear on their brand message, create packages that sell, and helps them learn what it actually takes to get and keep clients in this crazy online world (all while working from home with no pants on). Rebecca runs a free online community of over 10k solopreneurs. She started her business while living in a van, and loves rock climbing and riding her bike around Toronto with her dog Rhubarb on her back.

Connect with Rebecca:

Website | Instagram | Facebook

Introducing the Creative Rebel Base: THE place for Creative Rebels to collaborate, learn, and support each other! THE place to go online if you want to connect with, learn from, and support other product-based business owners, artists, and makers. We created this community to help you along your journey, but also to give you a safe place to learn with and interact with other like-minded business owners whether you are just starting your biz or have been doing this a while, let’s all move forward TOGETHER!

For more info and to join today, head to www.creativerebelbase.com

WANT TO CONNECT WITH CREATIVE BIZ REBELLION?

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Episode 109 – Customer Service with Catherine of Kitty Meow Boutique


Customer service is SO important but often overlooked. Today on the podcast, we are chatting with Catherine of Kitty Meow Boutique all about customer service: why it’s important and how you can provide amazing customer service without breaking the bank. Be sure to download Catherine’s Customer Service 101 Hacksheet here!

About Catherine:

Catherine Hildner is the creator, designer and heart and soul behind Kitty Meow Boutique. At Kitty Meow you can shop beautifully designed paper & party goodies based on your mood, witty or sweet. Whether you’re looking for something witty and even a little rude, or prefer sweet sentiments, she’s got you. You can snag these products on the KMB site or at an ever-expanding list of retail shops nationwide. Catherine is also a wife, momma to two gorgeous little ladies, anchor-loving philanthropist, and self-proclaimed Customer Service Queen. She’s dedicated to bringing a little personality to the party and sharing what she knows with other creatives.

Connect with Catherine:

Website | Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest |

Introducing the Creative Rebel Base: THE place for Creative Rebels to collaborate, learn, and support each other! THE place to go online if you want to connect with, learn from, and support other product-based business owners, artists, and makers. We created this community to help you along your journey, but also to give you a safe place to learn with and interact with other like-minded business owners whether you are just starting your biz or have been doing this a while, let’s all move forward TOGETHER!

For more info and to join today, head to www.creativerebelbase.com

WANT TO CONNECT WITH CREATIVE BIZ REBELLION?

SUPPORT the podcast. Become a Patron today!

JOIN our Facebook Group!

FOLLOW us on Instagram and use #creativebizrebellion. Tag us in a photo of you listening!

LEAVE us a review on Itunes or on your favorite podcast app. We will give you all the virtual fistbumps!

SIGN UP for our email list and be the first to learn about workshops, rebel sessions and more

CONNECT WITH KELLY on her websites here, here, and her Etsy shop.

CONNECT WITH CAROLINE on her website and Etsy shop.

* Some links may be affiliate links! Thank you!

Episode 102 – Choose Wonder Over Worry with Amber Rae


After we read Amber Rae‘s book “Choose Wonder Over Worry”, we had to have her on the podcast! On today’s episode, we chat with Amber about worry and how that relates to our creative lives. If you have ever had a doubt or fear to work through, this episode is for you!

 

About Amber:

Called “A Millennial Motivator” by Fortune and “The Brené Brown of Wonder” by Mind Body Green, Amber Rae is an author and artist that advocates for creativity, personal growth, and emotional wellness.

Her book, “Choose Wonder Over Worry: Move Beyond Fear and Doubt to Unlock Your Full Potential” (Macmillan) is a guide to navigate life’s challenges—projects that fail, imposter syndrome, feeling envious or anxious or stuck—all of those, “Am I good enough? Who am I to do this? What if I fail?” moments.

Her writing and speaking blends raw and relatable stories with actionable aha! moments, and has reached over 5MM people in 195 countries. She’s motivated audience at companies like Kate Spade, Lululemon, and charity: water to create beyond fear, and she’s advised leaders at companies like Adobe, IDEO, Google, Facebook, and Apple.

As an artist, she uses art as a vehicle to normalize emotions and help us feel less alone. She’s created interactive and public art exhibitions in twenty countries across the globe.

Formerly, as Seth Godin’s “Chief Evangelist,” she helped him launch six best-selling books, and worked with brands like Apple, Dove, and Kimberly-Clarke on their global marketing campaigns.

Her work has been featured in The New York Times, NY Mag, ABC World News, Forbes, TIME, Fast Company, Fortune, Inc., BBC, Mind Body Green, and Tim Ferriss’s blog. She lives in Brooklyn, New York (and around the world) with her fiancé, Farhad.

 

Connect with Amber:

Website | Book | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter

 

Have you joined our Facebook group yet? We’ve worked hard to create an awesome space for Product Based Biz Owners who are ready to rock! We don’t bite so come join us!

 

Want to dive deeper? Head to creativerebelbase.com for workshops and much more!

 

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YOU CAN FIND KELLY ONLINE AT:

www.helloworldpaperco.com
www.kellyparkersmith.com
www.helloworldstamps.etsy.com

YOU CAN FIND CAROLINE ONLINE AT:

www.carolinecreates.com
www.carolinecreates.etsy.com

Throwback – Episode 12 – Discounts, Black Friday, & Cyber Monday Oh My!


In this episode, Caroline and Kelly talk all about discounts-Should you or should you not give them and if so, what types of discounts should you offer?

Caroline and Kelly share their ways of how they use discounts, what types of discount codes they use and who they offer them to!

 

Percentage discounts

Caroline and Kelly talk about the different types of percentage discounts they give to their customers!  Etsy shop owners, this can be set up automatically for your customers! Caroline and Kelly talk about the all the ways they offer discount codes for repeat buyers, new orders, holidays, anniversaries and through newsletters!

 

What’s better??? Free Shipping or discounts?? Find out what Kelly has learned about free shipping and why it may be better than offering a discount!  I mean, who doesn’t love free shipping!

 

I think when you offer discounts too much it devalues your product-Caroline

 

For small businesses it is not a good strategy-Caroline

 

Make it a treat, make it special-Kelly

 

Just be careful on how you are using them and how your customers perceive them.

 

Advantages for using them:

So what are the advantages of using them?  Think about ways how you can use it to upsell or increase your cart!  Maybe if they buy a certain amount of a product, they get something for free??  You need to do what works for you! Find out how Caroline and Kelly take advantage of using discount codes!

 

Giveaways:  

Caroline and Kelly talk all about whether or not you should be doing giveaways.  Giving away a product for free gets people to your shop, but most importantly, you must keep it brand related.  Ever try loop giveaways??! Maybe now is the time! Just make sure it all ties in with brand, vision and mission of your company.  Find out what big giveaways/discounts Kelly and Caroline plan on doing this November!

 

Giveaways can be really fun-Kelly

 

One of Kelly’s Favorite Podcast: Sean McCabe

 

Exclusives:

Something special for those certain lines of people that follow you to get them more involved in your company.

 

Holiday Giveaways:

What types of discounts are you going to do for your biz?!  Caroline and Kelly talk about what they plan on doing for their holiday giveaways for their shop!

People love free!  Think about your discounts and how to use them effectively!  Try some new things!

 

Have you joined our Facebook group yet? We’ve worked hard to create an awesome space for Product Based Biz Owners who are ready to rock! We don’t bite so come join us!

 

Want to dive deeper? Head to creativerebelbase.com for workshops and much more!

 

If you have a second please jump over to iTunes and leave us a review! Click on the link and then click on “view in iTunes” to leave us a review. We give you all the virtual fist bumps. Thank you!

 

YOU CAN FIND KELLY ONLINE AT:

www.helloworldpaperco.com
www.kellyparkersmith.com
www.helloworldstamps.etsy.com

YOU CAN FIND CAROLINE ONLINE AT:

www.carolinecreates.com
www.carolinecreates.etsy.com