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Do you have big ideas… but struggle to make them happen?

I can’t count the number of projects I’ve never started, or not done properly, or been up at all hours trying to finish by a deadline!

Why does this happen?!

Because we don’t project manage properly, that’s why.

Today’s guest is here to save us from all of that! Kate Hutcheson of the Efficient/Creative has turned her years of project management experience to helping creatives like you and me work out how to get big things done.

She outlines a super-simple method for you to follow in order to plan and execute your next project… properly!

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In short – it helps to cover the time and financial costs of putting together a free weekly show to help you grow your handmade business.

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Quotes and highlights from this episode:
  • It is possible to be creative and organised by using project planning.
  • When working on a project, you can reach a point of resistance when a task becomes challenging or you don’t know what to do next. 
  • Project management assists in combatting resistance.
  • To begin, write down the tasks that have to be done to reach your goal. 
  • Making decisions are actions so include these in your brain dump of tasks. Not making decisions halts your project and creates resistance.
  • “You see the decisions you have to make as actions you have to take” {Kate}
  • Making a decision that is good enough for now is better than waiting to make a perfect decision. You can always change your mind or refine your decision later.
  • After completing your brain dump, take all of your tasks and shuffle them around to create a rough chronological order.
  • As you order tasks it is likely you will identify other tasks that are missing. Add these in.
  • After you have all your tasks ordered, estimate time for each task. 
  • “People have a tendency to under estimate the amount of time tasks will take them” {Kate}
  • Be realistic with your time and include a buffer. This is especially relevant if it is something you have never done before, something you are not very familiar with or something you hate doing.
  • Now you have your plan keep it somewhere handy where you can see it all the time.
  • “Mark your progress as you go so you get those little wins” {Kate}
  • If you get stuck on a step, break it down even further until there is a small enough task that you are confident you can complete.
  • “If you are creative and scatter brained all is not lost. You can be organised and creative!” {Kate}
  • Jess and Kate recommend the book The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
  • Find Kate at The Efficient/Creative.
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Etsy Free Shipping Update July 219: Fingers Crossed they do This 1 Thing... - YouTube
Let’s talk about the latest Etsy announcement about free shipping.

I’m going to quote from the email that went out, with my responses below, then discuss some further implications. All of the quotes are from Josh Silverman, Etsy CEO, July 9, 2019. 

“Starting on 30th July 2019, we’ll give priority placement in US search results to items that deliver for free and to shops that guarantee free delivery to US buyers on orders of $35 USD or more.”

The question is – how important will this priority placement be? What will it look like? Will EVERY listing with free shipping rank higher than EVERY listing without it?

Of course, this isn’t really new – Etsy have been telling us since their search update in September 2018 that items with free shipping are getting a boost in search results.

And that’s not all…

“We’ll also begin to prioritise these items wherever Etsy advertises in the US — in email marketing, social media and television ads.”

So, you’re also more likely to have your items feature in Etsy marketing promotions if you offer free US shipping. Not a huge deal day-to-day, but sometimes these marketing features can skyrocket a shop’s success.

“To simplify the process for you, we created a tool that lets you guarantee free delivery to US buyers when they spend $35 USD or more in your shop. The tool will be available in the next week”

We don’t know exactly what this looks like yet – we need to wait and see.

“For shops with items $35 USD or more, we also created a way to bulk edit listings so you can adjust your item prices to recover your postage costs. Keep in mind that how you determine and set prices is up to you. This tool will be available in August and we’ll be sure to update you as soon as it’s ready.”

Would have been nice if they’d made this available BEFORE July 30th, so sellers could have everything updated and ready to go before the change, but at least it’s coming.

“We know that many of you have buyers from countries other than the US. You may want to consider how much of your business comes from the US when deciding if a free delivery guarantee for shoppers based there is right for you.”

Okay, so as an international seller, this stood out to me. The bulk of my buyers are in the US.

Now, I already offer free shipping store-wide, and have for quite a while – but I can afford to, because I ship small, light items.

I suspect that Etsy is going to release a tool that will allow international sellers (well, all sellers, hopefully) to set DIFFERENT prices for the US and elsewhere.

This will allow you to roll your shipping costs into your item price for US buyers, BUT keep the item cost and shipping cost separate for buyers outside of the US.

I have heard on the grapevine that this tool was available to the test group for this change – so that gives me hope that this will be happening, which will ease the minds of a lot of international sellers.

The last thing we international sellers want to do is to have to put international shipping costs into our prices and force our local customers to pay for it!

Let’s talk about a few other issues around ‘free’ shipping.

First – I think it’s important to note that Etsy have confirmed that shipping upgrades are not affected.

So if you – like me – offer free economy shipping, but also offer shipping upgrades (tracking, express etc.) this will still be the way it was, and won’t impact your search ranking. 

So long as your default shipping option is free, you’re fine.

Second – let’s talk about competition.

Everyone is in the same boat.

Your competitors have the same issue. Their items are the same weight, size, and shipping cost to you (apart from people in different countries – this is where some people in countries with cheaper shipping may have an advantage).

You (and they) have 2 choices for each product. 

1. Change to free shipping and include the price in the item cost.

2. Keep shipping costs separate.

Your (and their) search rankings will be dependent on the choice made. But we ALL have to make the choice – increase our prices and rank higher, or keep the prices separate – and therefore look cheaper in search… if people find us. 

But any customer doing a direct comparison of 2 products will work out that the cost is pretty much the same IF you both have similar product costs and shipping costs.

Third – let’s talk about diversification.

You do NOT have to have free shipping on EVERY item in your shop!

The items that you DO offer free shipping on will rank higher for their particular search terms in their particular niche, and get all the benefits listed above.

But – don’t think all or nothing. Yes, Etsy is going to release a tool that:

“…lets you guarantee free delivery to US buyers when they spend $35 USD or more in your shop. The tool will be available in the next week.“

However, from what I’ve read, this tool will simply be a setting you turn on in your shop so that all future listings default to free shipping. That said – I don’t know for sure exactly what this will look like, so we need to wait and see for sure.

Even so – I believe you will still be able to choose which listings are free shipping and which are not, so keep that in mind.

Make your lighter, smaller products free shipping, and keep charging a shipping cost on the larger, heavier ones. 

Fourth – returns. If someone wants to return something, will you will have to refund the whole shipping AND postage costs?

This one came up in my Thriver Circle community – and the answer is… yes.

I cannot see any way that you can separate out the costs ‘officially’. However, anyone already offering free shipping has already come to terms with this.

It’s just one of those costs we have to bear. Keep in mind, if you accept returns, this should only happen very, very occasionally, so it shouldn’t put too big a dent in your bottom line – it is a business loss.

This might be a good time to review your returns policy to ensure it’s not TOO generous. 

In summary – don’t panic!

This is just another in a long line of changes that Etsy has made in the 10+ years I’ve been selling on the platform – and there will be many more in future.

Most of you WILL be able to find a solution that works – especially if Etsy DO release a tool that allows us to set different product and shipping prices for US and other destinations.

That’s the big fly in the ointment right now for me – and for many of you, no doubt. So let’s hope they make that happen. If they don’t… I’m not going to be impressed.

Because it will impact sellers.

Either you decide to not offer free US shipping and know that US sales will likely drop, or you do, and our customers in other countries may drop a bit due to the increase in price (and, if you’re a seller outside the US, you may as well offer free shipping to all international destinations at this point). 

But in that case, it will be our domestic customers (here in Australia, or wherever you sell outside the US) that will suffer the increased costs.

To come back to this quote again: “We know that many of you have buyers from countries other than the US. You may want to consider how much of your business comes from the US when deciding if a free delivery guarantee for shoppers based there is right for you.“

That is – he’s saying to choose the option that will impact the LEAST number of buyers. Do remember, however, that in this quote he’s referencing the new ‘free shipping guarantee’ tool – which we don’t know the details of yet.

Finally, one point I did see a seller make – and that stuck with me – was this.

Is it fair for Etsy to be charging the same fees to all sellers, and then prioritise some over others due to offering free shipping… or not?

Food for thought.

But at the end of the day – Etsy is a publicly listed company, and they’ll make the best decisions they can for their shareholders. That means bringing in more buyers, who purchase more goods.

So they’re going to continue to make changes that make buyers lives easier – which sometimes, makes the lives of us – the sellers – harder.

If you’d like to share your thoughts on this – come on over to this instagram post.

Keep thriving,

Jess x

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Can you be ‘successful’ in handmade business AND have a day job?

The question of ‘should I quit my job?’ is not an uncommon one.

Answering this question is a tad tricky as there are variables, and the answer will be different for different people.

However, there are three points that are key to remember as you ponder this.

  • One, there is no rush! Don’t just quit rashly and end up regretting it.
  • Two, you can hold a day job and run a successful business.
  • Tnd three, perhaps most important, do not compare yourself to anyone else! You can be a successful handmade business owner AND hold down a day job – the two are not mutually exclusive.

In this episode I cover a number of key points that you need to consider before you chuck in the day job.

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Quotes and highlights from this episode:
  • Building a business is not going to happen overnight.
  • It takes time to develop a business.  You must work hard and be dedicated.  The growth will happen over time.
  • Set goals for yourself.  Allow wanting to quit your day job be the driving force behind the energy you put into your business.
  • We all have life essentials, such as food, rent/mortgage, and medical expenses and those MUST get taken care of.  Having a job to provide is something we all must do.
  • You don’t need to go the all or nothing route.  Think in steps.
  • Can you switch your day job from full-time to part-time?
  • TRY BEFORE YOU BUY!
  • You don’t know if a business will be a success until you try it.
  • Having your day job during these early stages offers support.
  • Consider if you even want to run your business full-time.
  • There is nothing wrong with having multiple sources of income.
  • ‘Success is whatever it means to you, there is no right or wrong here.’ {Jess}
  • Having a day job also allows you the opportunity for your business to gain momentum.
  • Again, things take time to grow.
  • Grow a customer base before you dive in completely.
  • Also, you absolutely must build a safety net in the form of a savings account.
  • Have at least 3-6 months of expenses saved and stored in an account you can’t be tempted to touch.
  • Consider Parkinson’s Law, ‘work expands so as to fill the time available.’
  • If you do your business say in the two hours after your day job, you will be ultra focused to get your work done.
  • If you quit your day job and have all the time, you may lose productivity.
  • Ultimately, do what is best for you!
  • But be smart, consider if your business can support you, do you have a back up line, what is your safety net?
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At what point do you make the leap to quit your job and run your business full-time?

For Katherine DaSilva, that point came not too long ago. Since then, she’s been running her business – The Handmaker’s Bag – full-time.

In this episode we discuss how she made the decision to quit; the challenges of convincing family and friends that what she’s doing is a ‘real business’; some of the challenges that come along with having a boss telling you what to do – to being solely in charge of your time; the joys and freedom that comes from making the leap to be your own boss.

Katherine is a member of the Thriver Circle – my private community for makers. Huge thanks to all the members of the Circle – without them, this podcast wouldn’t exist!

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Each donation helps cover the cost of hosting, show-note writing, research, interviewing, recording, editing, etc. etc.

In short – it helps to cover the time and financial costs of putting together a free weekly show to help you grow your handmade business.

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  • Join the Thriver Circle – without the members of the Circle, this podcast would not be possible. You’ll also get access to an extra members-only episode every month.
Quotes and highlights from this episode:
  •  After joining a local knitting group, Katherine started creating project bags for her knitting projects. Members of the group then started ordering their own bags from Katherine and orders continued by word of mouth.
  • These orders inspired Katherine to set up a Shopify store to sell her project bags online. Her store offerings expanded when she included a line of hand-dyed yarns developed by Katherine and her daughter.
  • Keeping focused and motivated when you work from home can be a challenge.
  • “If you don’t make yourself get up and do it, it won’t get done” {Katherine}
  • Katherine uses routines to focus her work hours including dedicated planning time each evening and set work hours in her studio.
  • “One of the key things I worked out early on is having a routine – if you leave it open ended it is a recipe for disaster” {Jess}
  • When Katherine was looking to leave her day job and take The Handmaker’s Bagfull time, she and her husband took time to scope out the different elements of this change including finances.
  • “I’d been selling these bags on the side but trying to take this to a fulltime business was really scary” {Katherine}
  • Katherine has found Instagram very helpful for growing her business. She uses it each day to engage with people to build relationships rather than simply to promote her business.
  • “There is no one right way to do it (use Instagram) – it’s what works for you and your audience” {Jess}
  • There will never be a perfect time to start on a new endeavour.
  • “Just start it” {Katherine}
  • Check out Katherine’s business – The Handmaker’s Bag
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Is your to-do list a hot mess?

Do you find yourself wasting time because you don’t know what to focus on next?

Do you over or underestimate the time tasks will take, and continually push things off your list to ‘get to later’?

Do you feel like you’re on an endless treadmill – never moving forward, but sometimes even falling off the end?

I know how that feels – and over the last 10 years, I’ve designed a planning system and organised to-do list that keeps me on task and – more importantly – sane.

In this episode I outline my own day-to-day planning system, and share 6 tactics you can use to organise your epic to-do list into something that will help you move forward and feel accomplished at the end of the day/week.

This is a premium episode, available only to members of the Thriver Circle.

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Create & Thrive by Amanda Adams, Jess Van Den - 1M ago

I’m thankful to be able to share this story with you today – the story of how craft – specifically, jewellery-making and metalsmithing – helped SuzAnne Taylor to find new purpose in her life.

SuzAnne was a combat medic in the US Army, and after a tour in the Middle East, returned home with a severe case of PTSD.

I’ve known SuzAnne online for a few years now, but when I finally learnt the details of her story, I knew I wanted to bring her on the show to talk about her experience, and how finding a craft literally saved her life.

This is an incredibly moving episode – SuzAnne is an open book and we dive deep into her experiences over the years since her tour of duty.

I want to thank SuzAnne for sharing her experience with us – and sharing her journey towards healing. 

P.S. the Thriver Circle – my membership community & educational hub for makers – is open to new members right now – from June 13 to June 16 2019. Click here to find out more about how the Circle can help you grow your handmade biz… faster.

Support the show

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Each donation helps cover the cost of hosting, show-note writing, research, interviewing, recording, editing, etc. etc.

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Quotes and highlights from this episode:
  • SuzAnne joined the army straight out of secondary school and spent over a decade serving her country.
  • After discharging from the military as a combat medic, SuzAnne was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
  • Her clinician advised SuzAnne to find a hobby as part of her treatment plan. 
  • This led to SuzAnne signing up for a workshop at a bead store where she was hooked by the repetition, focus and attention to detail required to create her first beaded bracelet. 
  • “Whether it is metalsmithing or basket weaving, art is healing and it definitely saves lives” {Suzanne}
  • SuzAnne was keen to learn more metalsmithing and jewellery making, however, a workshop triggered her PTSD.
  • The workshop instructor provided out of hours opportunities to learn and provided SuzAnne with support and guidance as she further developed her skills.
  • SuzAnne started selling her jewellery through shows then created an online presence which she has consistently developed over time.
  •  “It was really slow at first but then you learn a little bit and you put that to work. It is a constant learning process and you’re never done” {SuzAnne}
  • Metalsmithing and jewellery making is an important element of SuzAnne’s management of PTSD. 
  • “This is where the jewellery making came into play – it gave me a sense of purpose to busy my hands and to busy my mind” {Suzanne}
  • As SuzAnne spent more time developing her art and business she 
  • “I am no longer a combat medic, I am a metal smith, and that did amazing things for my mental health” {SuzAnne}
  • Go check out SuzAnne’s beautiful work – Taylor Metal Designs.
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    In 2016, Catie Miller started listening to the Create & Thrive Podcast.

    Fast-forward to 2019, and she now has a full-time, growing ceramics business! She listened to the show from the start, and used it as a ‘roadmap to success’.

    I was so excited to chat to someone like Catie who has actually used this podcast to find success in her handmade business – and she has a fabulous story to share!

    Not only has she managed to grow a thriving business – she’s done it all while having babies, building a house, moving studios… not to mention dealing with a broken kiln right when she had a big order to produce!

    Catie is a trained artist who chose to focus on ceramics as her canvas – though she’s done other artwork, too – including a large public piece in her hometown of Fargo.

    You’ll love this interview with Catie – she’s super down-to-earth, open and honest about the struggles of crafting a handmade business… don’t miss this one!

    P.S. Exciting news – the Thriver Circle – my membership community & educational hub for makers – is opening to NEW members next week! Click here to find out more about how the Circle can help you grow your handmade biz… faster.

    Support the show

    You can make a secure donation (of the amount of your choice) via the Paypal button below.




    Each donation helps cover the cost of hosting, show-note writing, research, interviewing, recording, editing, etc. etc.

    In short – it helps to cover the time and financial costs of putting together a free weekly show to help you grow your handmade business.

    You can also:

    • Leave a review on the C&T FB page.
    • Leave a review on Apple Podcasts.
    • Join the Thriver Circle – without the members of the Circle, this podcast would not be possible. You’ll also get access to an extra members-only episode every month.
    Quotes and highlights from this episode:
    • Catie went to school to study art education and at the end of her degree applied for, and won, a two-year artist residency interstate. 
    • After her residency, she moved back home to Fargo, North Dakota and started working at a museum and selling her works on the side. After a year Catie made the decision to become pursue her art full time.
    • “It always feels like now is the perfect time and then when you do it you think – why did I do this?!” {Catie}
    • Finding the balance between making work that engages you and making a living can be a challenge.
    • “I want to make work that excites me. I could make work that is quicker but I don’t do something I don’t love” {Catie}
    • Consider strategic ways to preserve your creative energy and time. As her initial artistic work can be extremely time consuming, Catie has created a bank of designs that she is able to use across the different range of products she makes including plates, mugs and bowls.
    • With wholesale designs, Catie streamlines her product range to best use her production time. For example, the design on mugs is limited to one colour.
    • “I love the idea of my work outlasting me” {Jess}
    • Invest time to build strong relationships with your customers. Catie develops strong engagement and community on Instagram by answering questions (no matter how repetitious they may be!) and replying to comments.
    • “Set some time restraints for the work you are trying to do” {Catie}
    • Don’t let the idea of perfection stop you from starting a task. Remember you can always come back to edit and refine!
    • Catie’s current favourite quote – is this an opportunity or is this a distraction?
    • Check out Catie’s work – Catie Miller Ceramics.
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      Do you have an intentional brand for your handmade business that draws in your ideal customer – and actually repels those who aren’t?

      People make a split-second decision about your business the moment they see your branding – whether that’s your website, instagram feed, business card, market stall… any touchpoint they have with your business.

      Are you sending the right message?

      Are you engaging and enticing your ideal customers with your branding? Or are you making one of many branding blunders that will turn them away?

      In this episode, I talk to my friend and branding expert Julie Gibbons about all things branding. We discuss:

      • why branding is more about emotion than logic
      • how you might be fading into the noise through haphazard branding
      • the most important first step you need to take in order to craft a compelling brand
      • and much more!
      ANNOUNCEMENT!

      Brand Your Craft – the self-study e-course that Julie wrote for Create & Thrive – has had a full update!

      BYC 2.0 is now available – with completely updated guidance, new recommended software, and updated tutorials.

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      Each donation helps cover the cost of hosting, show-note writing, research, interviewing, recording, editing, etc. etc.

      In short – it helps to cover the time and financial costs of putting together a free weekly show to help you grow your handmade business.

      You can also:

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      • Join the Thriver Circle – without the members of the Circle, this podcast would not be possible. You’ll also get access to an extra members-only episode every month.
      Quotes and highlights from this episode:
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      Are you ready to harness the Power of Pinterest?

      The #PinterestChallenge is happening again in June in the Thriver Circle, so I have recorded a podcast episode to help you get set up for success!

      If you are new to Pinterest, this episode will help you set up all the important elements of your account. If you’re not new, it will be a great refresher!

      This is a premium episode, available only to members of the Thriver Circle.

      Support the show

      You can make a secure donation (of the amount of your choice) via the Paypal button below.




      Each donation helps cover the cost of hosting, show-note writing, research, interviewing, recording, editing, etc. etc.

      In short – it helps to cover the time and financial costs of putting together a free weekly show to help you grow your handmade business.

      You can also:

      • Leave a review on the C&T FB page.
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      • Join the Thriver Circle – without the members of the Circle, this podcast would not be possible. You’ll also get access to an extra members-only episode every month.
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      Jill from For Strange Women works with natural ingredients to make perfumes. Which she sells – with wild success – on the internet.

      Jill started on Etsy in 2009, and today, she not only sells online, she also has her own store in downtown Kansas City. With over 35,000 sales in her Etsy shop alone, Jill’s business is incredibly successful – and all based on selling something – scent – that people can’t even smell until they’ve bought the product. Jill formulates all her perfumes, and even today, it’s just her and one assistant running the whole business.

      So – how has she grown such a successful business? I believe it’s been via the power of her branding and storytelling – and the fact that she’s remained true to herself, even when she was surrounded with doubters.

      In this episode, we discuss the importance of being true to you in your business, and the way Jill’s business has naturally grown to where it is today.

      If you would like to hear a beautiful and peaceful approach to running a handmade business, don’t miss this one.

      {This is a replay of a classic show from the archives}

      Support the show

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      Each donation helps cover the cost of hosting, show-note writing, research, interviewing, recording, editing, etc. etc.

      In short – it helps to cover the time and financial costs of putting together a free weekly show to help you grow your handmade business.

      You can also:

      • Leave a review on the C&T FB page.
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      • Join the Thriver Circle – without the members of the Circle, this podcast would not be possible. You’ll also get access to an extra members-only episode every month.
      Quotes and highlights from this episode:
      • Jill runs a successful online store selling her scents and also offering custom perfume.
      • Jill makes her products descriptions mean something concrete – that relates to memory and place – which is important for selling scents online.
      • The product photography style Jill uses has developed naturally through her experiences.
      • Jill was working full time but felt she wanted a change so she took a leap of faith towards For Strange Women
      • ‘It was a game, it took off, and it was good!.’ {Jill}
      • Jill has been resisting pressures to expand her business which can be a challenge.
      • ‘Success can be it’s own challenge.’ {Jess}
      • Writing down the hundreds of ideas helps Jill to decide which ones to work on and which ones to put aside.
      • ‘If you don’t take your idea and go with it then that idea is going to find another person.’ {Jill}
      • Some of the perfume names have been trademarked to protect her ideas.
      • Jill and her assistant work in the studio three days a week but her business it flows into her everyday.
      • There is a shop-front at Jill’s studio which means some of her customers have the opportunity to interact with her products.
      • Expressing herself creatively and personally through social media is one of her favourite marketing avenues.
      • Jill uses shopify and Etsy to sell her products. Many of her customers originally found her through Etsy and it continues to be her biggest sales platform.
      • ‘Don’t compare yourself to anyone else and don’t look around and try to be anything else.’ {Jill}
      • You can’t expect support from the beginning, and you can’t try and be like anyone else.
      • ‘If you can grab onto that uniqueness that is you and you business, it’s like magic. You will know it when you find it.’ {Jess}
      • Jill is going to try and let go of some aspects and trust other people in their abilities to take her brand and run with it.
      • Knowing when to ask for help is important.
      • ‘The beginning of freedom is he realisation that you are not the possessing entity, the thinker’ {Eckhart Tolle}
      • You can find Jill and For Strange Women at her website, on Etsy, or Instagram.

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