Friday, May 29, 2015
I love that we live in a time where there's so much information available in so many different formats all hours of the day. Podcasts are one of my favorite ways to learn about new things and hear about other people's lives and work. Fortunately, there are a bunch of great podcasts around that are focused on creative small business. I listen to at least one of those podcast during my average work day. They enrich the time spent doing otherwise menial tasks (folding and packaging greeting cards, anyone?) and keep me inspired in my own business and interested in the work of others.
And coincidentally, I've had the pleasure of meeting all of these ladies in person at Craftcation. Happy accident!
Raise Your Hand. Say Yes. by Tiffany Han
"A podcast about the creative adventures of (extra)ordinary people." I love Tiffany's no-nonsense approach to creative work and her podcasts never fail to inspire - whether it's to get off the computer to get some real work done or to tell those negative inner voices that everything will be fine. Really.
Favorite episode: Crazyfaith. Tiffany's interviews with creative businesswomen are so interesting and super inspiring, but I especially loved this episode with just Tiffany talking about something called crazyfaith.
While She Naps by Abby Glassenberg
"I talk with designers and makers about what it really takes to build a creative business. Then we recommend great stuff we're loving right now." Abby's interviews are so engaging. She asks the best questions, but also lets the dialog flow so it feels like a casual chat.
Favorite episode: It's a tie between the interview with Heather Moore of Skinny LaMinx and with Steve Fraser, Co-founder of Spoonflower. I'd want to be Heather when I grow up and Spoonflower has opened a lot of doors for me and my small business, so, enough said!
"A City Planner Making Crafty Things" I love the relaxed feel to Sandi's interviews. I always feel like I really get to know the guests just by listening in on the conversation.
Favorite episode: Interview with sewing pattern designer Christine Haynes. I got to chat with Christine in a long fabric cutting line at Super Buzzy right after Craftcation and she is so sweet! I enjoyed hearing about her work and the workspace she's created in her home.
Explore Your Enthusiasm by Tara Swiger
"I lead adventures for makers (like you!) who want to explore your best work, your most-right people, and your own definition of success." Tara's business tips and tricks are so helpful!
Favorite episode: What to say when "networking." The best advice for knowing when to hand a business card to that person you just met.
Dear Handmade Life
"Drinks and discussions on creative business, DIY, craft and design for entrepreneurs and makers" It probably isn't much of a surprise but the ambitious ladies behind Patchwork Show and Craftcation also have a podcast!
Favorite episode: Wheels to Bricks with Carlos Salgado. I'm not involved with the food scene, but it was really interesting to learn about one guy's experience transitioning from food truck to brick and mortar restaurant.
So those are my current faves. Do you have any that you'd recommend? I'm always looking for new ones to listen to, so I'd love to hear your suggestions! Just let me know in the comments.
Have a great weekend!