Two Chicago-based small business owners - Michelle (Michelle Starbuck Designs) & Emily (OrangeBeautiful) - meet each week for breakfast to discuss the perks and problems with running your own company, and the everyday life stuff that happens in between.
In this week's episode, Emily and Michelle discuss the viral story about an influencer with 2.6 million Instagram followers who couldn’t sell 36 t-shirts. Well, technically it was 252 t-shirts, and the t-shirts weren't even t-shirts, but you know how the internet is...
They dig into all of the reasons this poor girl's new business venture didn’t work and how it’s not so easy to transition your audience from simply giving you a‘follow’ to giving you cold hard ca$h.
Emily and Michelle intend to discuss the viral story about an influencer with 2.6 million Instagram followers who couldn’t sell 36 t-shirts, but then they end up ranting about politics, religion, reproductive rights, and guns instead. *of course*
This week, Michelle and Emily welcome special guest, Jamie Tubbs of Jamie Tubbs Studio and try to answer the age old question of‘can you making a living as an artist?’. Even though the internet, social media, and the handmade community are making art more accessible than ever before, it’s still tricky to find the right balance between the retail world and the art world.
This week, Emily and Michelle look to their unofficial life coach, Emily McDowell, for advice on how to decondition yourself from an addiction to chaos. Michelle finally turns off the Shopify cha-ching notification and Emily shares a major breakthrough she had at work last week.
Check out the "Addiction to Chaos" posts on Emily McDowell's Instagram here and here.
In this week's episode, Michelle and Emily research email marketing platforms for possible replacements for MailChimp since they no longer have an integration with Shopify. They compare the programs based on price, template designs, automation and reporting, ease of use, and the absurdity of their names.
Emily and Michelle get right back to business after a busy weekend at Show of Hands... just in time to react to Instagram’s newest potential change: hiding "likes". Is this really for our benefit to make the app more fun/genuine or is there an ulterior motive?
In addition to going to local craft fairs, they talk about the importance of supporting small businesses year round.
Vendor SHOUT-OUTS include:
E.Lo Ceramics, Jamie Tubbs Studio, Paisley Paper Co, Ponnopozz, Grace M. Gaynor, The Sunday Standard, Hungry By Nature, Geek Chic Fashion, Cago Supply Co., Alapash, AND Studio, The Willary, Ella Calas Jewelry, Everand, Locked and Layered, Long Dog Dandy, Hunter Labs, Wildship Studio and more!
If you're in Chicago, see us (and all of the vendors we shout out in this episode) THIS WEEKEND:
Show favorites, Sarah deHebreard (Bonnie™) and Julie Madison (Long Dog Dandy), join Emily and Michelle on the podcast after they spent the afternoon at the new Markets for Makers event. Besides the obvious critiques like narrow aisles and bad lighting, it was impossible to ignore the fact that a large number of vendors weren’t actually "makers". Despite having lots of negative feelings about the event, they end the discussion on a positive note with shout outs to the vendors that they loved and made purchases from.
WARNING: Many drinks were consumed before, during and after the recording of this episode!
In this week's episode, Emily and Michelle revisit one of their favorite topics to rant about: Dropshipping. Since their first dropshipping episode (Ep. 45: Drop Ship Rosé), it really seems like these businesses have started to infiltrate the handmade world. They talk about the ways they have learned to identify a dropship store and the things we should all be doing to make sure it’s clear that our shops are handmade.
BONUS:Listen 'til the end for our rave review of The OA: Season 2.
Michelle and Emily chat with Sarah deHebreard of Bonnie™ about a brand refresh for the 10 year anniversary of her Chicago-based, natural skincare business. They talk about simplifying and elevating her packaging by having boxes cut and printed, adding custom labels with a new color scheme, and a whole lot more!
Mandy Adamick of Madcanvases joins Emily and Michelle for a brainstorming session. Mandy is looking to quit her full time job and she wanted to get an outside perspective on how to accomplish her goals. They focus on adding to her product line, updating wholesale listings, and promoting her custom work.