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Episode 63: Blogging, Taking Risks in Your Business, and Working with Sponsors with Erica Dietz from 5 Little Monsters

Erica Dietz from 5 Little Monsters had been blogging for less than a year when she started working with sponsors. We chatted at the 2016 Snap! conference about blogging, taking risks, how to work with sponsors, and more.

About Erica

Erica Dietz is the crochet, sewing, embroidery, and craft blogger behind 5 Little Monsters. She shares designs and tutorials on her blog and hosts the Creatively Crafty Link Party on Thursdays. Erica is also a stay-at-home mom to (you guessed it) 5 children.

You can learn more about Erica by visiting 5 Little Monsters. You can also follow her online on Facebook | G+Instagram | Pinterest | RavelryTwitter

About the interview

In this episode, I talk with Erica about a variety of topics, including the evolution of her business, how she started working with brands and sponsors, her tips for making connections at conferences, stepping out of your comfort zone, and the importance of follow up. She also shares an inspiring call to action at the end!

Some announcements

  • The Creative Yarn Entrepreneur is now on Facebook. Please stop by and like the pagehere. In addition to podcast episodes, I share links with information that is helpful for small business owners.
  • I’ll be at a The National NeedleArts Association summer trade show on June 11, 2016. Will I see you there?
  • I'll be speaking at BlogHer'16 (August 4-6, 2016 in Los Angeles, CA). If you're in the area, I'd love to meet up! You can register for BlogHer'16 with a 30% discount using this friends and family code.
  • The Creative Yarn Entrepreneur Show is now on Google Play Music. You can find links to the Show on your favorite apps on the Subscribe page.
  • Show your support for the Show by buying through our trusted partners. You can find more information on the Support the Show page.

Share your feedback on this episode!

Has Erica inspired you to "make it happen" in your business? Share your comments in the show notes for this episode at http://creativeyarnentrepreneur.com/episode63. You can also comment in the Creative Yarn Entrepreneurs Facebook group, comment on the Creative Yarn Entrepreneur Facebook page, Tweet me at @cyeshow, add me to your G+ circle and send me a note, or leave a message at 646-713-8973.

You can subscribe to the Creative Yarn Entrepreneur Show on on Google Play MusiciTunesStitcher, or TuneIn.  Please leave an honest review on iTunes or Stitcher and join the mailing list. I’ll let people on the list know in advance about special guests and topics so you can share your questions.

Direct download: CYES063.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00pm EDT

Episode 62: Bootstrapping Your Business While Knowing When To Spend with Lorraine C. Ladish

If you're like most home-based business owners, you're bootstrapping your business and keeping costs low with a DIY approach. In this episode, I interview author, speaker, and digital entrepreneur, Lorraine C. Ladish, about how she bootstrapped her business. We also discuss when to invest and spend in your business, taking risks, taking care of yourself, and more. Show notes for this episode are available at http://creativeyarnentrepreneur.com/episode62.

About Lorraine 

Lorraine C. Ladish is a bilingual author of more than 15 books, and a writer, editor, speaker, and digital entrepreneur. Lorraine is the founder and CEO of Viva Fifty!, a bilingual online community that celebrates being 50+. Lorraine is a contributing writer for NBC News, Huffington Post, AARP, BabyCenter, and Mom.me.
 
You can learn more about Lorraine by visiting her website and VivaFifty! You can also follow her online on Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn | Twitter 

About the interview

In this episode, I talk with Lorraine about a variety of topics, including the evolution of her own business, taking risks and gaining confidence, bootstrapping vs. working with investors, staying true to yourself and your mission, and knowing when to spend on your business. Lorraine also talks about defining success and setting goals for your business, writing a book, and how her yoga practice keeps her pain free and reduces the stress of being an entrepreneur.

Some announcements

  • The Creative Yarn Entrepreneur is now on Facebook. Please stop by and like the page here. In addition to podcast episodes, I share links with information that is helpful for small business owners.
  • I'll be at a The National NeedleArts Association summer trade show on June 11, 2016. Will I see you there?
  • To enter the giveaway for a year of domain.Me domain registration, share your audio feedback with me via email or by calling the hotline by April 30, 2016.

Share your feedback on this episode!

Has Lorraine changed (or confirmed) your views about when to bootstrap and when to invest? Share your share your comments in the show notes for this episode at http://creativeyarnentrepreneur.com/episode62. You can also comment in the Creative Yarn Entrepreneurs Facebook group, comment on the Creative Yarn Entrepreneur Facebook page, Tweet me at @cyeshow, add me to your G+ circle and send me a note, or leave a message at 646-713-8973.

You can subscribe to the Creative Yarn Entrepreneur Show on on iTunes or Stitcher. Please leave an honest review on iTunes or Stitcher and join the mailing list. I’ll let people on the list know in advance about special guests and topics so you can share your questions.

Direct download: CYES062.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT

CYES061: The National NeedleArts Association (TNNA) Membership and Trade Show for Newbies with Beth Whiteside

Have you considered joining The National NeedleArts Association (TNNA)? In this episode, I interview knitting teacher, designer, and tech editor, Beth Whiteside, about the benefits of membership, newly formed Business and Creative Services sector, and power tips for getting the most out of the TNNA trade show. Show notes for this episode, including links to all the resources mentioned, are available at http://creativeyarnentrepreneur.com/episode61.

About Beth

Beth Whiteside is a knitting teacher, designer, and technical editor whose curiosity has led her to visit many countries (stranded color, EPS, k1b, lace, ...) on the knitting-world map. Originally from New England, she now lives in San Francisco, where mountains, ocean, and Haight Street are always good sources of inspiration. She has been teaching locally since 2003, and nationally since 2005. What she loves most about teaching is finding ways to make light bulbs pop on in her students' heads and helping them grow as knitters.
 
You can learn more about Beth by visiting her website,  Beth Whiteside Design. You can also follow her online on Facebook | Instagram | Ravelry | Twitter 

About the interview

In today's episode, I talk with Beth about the evolution of her own business, Beth Whiteside Design, and her involvement with The National NeedleArts Association for the past 10 years. We talk about Affiliate membership, attending the trade shows, and the newly formed Business and Creative Service sector, which focuses on individuals and agencies that offer creative and business services to the needlearts industry including authors, bookkeepers/accountants, copy editors, designers, fiber artists, finishers, graphic designers, illustrators, marketing specialists, photographers, teachers (business­-to-­business and consumer), technical editors, website developers, and those in video production.

 

Resources mentioned in this episode

You can find The National NeedleArts Association online at its website. Follow TNNA on Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest | Twitter.

Links to other TNNA resources we mentioned:

  • You can learn more about membership types here. Most regular listeners will probably fall into the Affiliate member category, with the exception of indie dyers, spinners, and other yarnies (and yarn shop owners). For yarnies who sell directly to consumers, Retail membership is less expensive than Wholesale membership, but doesn't allow you to exhibit at the trade shows. There is also a Student membership option.
  • You can find a list of upcoming TNNA events, including trade shows and webinars, here.
  • Details about this summer's trade show, scheduled for mid-June, 2016, in Washington, D.C., are available here.

I also mentioned a previous episode that you may want to go back and listen to:

Some announcements

  • The Creative Yarn Entrepreneur is now on Facebook. Please stop by and like the page here. In addition to podcast episodes, I share links with information that is helpful for small business owners.
  • I'll be facilitating a roundtable at the Snap Conference for DIY and food bloggers and creators. If you'll be in Salt Lake City, Utah from April 14-16, 2016, I hope to see you there! The roundtable, Podcasting 101: Connect with Your Fans, Spread Your Message, and Build Your Brand Through Audio, will be repeated twice on Friday, April 15 from 1-2:30 p.m.
  • Beth convinced me that there is value in attending a TNNA trade show for one day, so I'll be at the summer trade show on June 11, 2016. Will I see you there?
  • To enter the giveaway for a year of domain.Me domain registration, share your audio feedback with me via email or by calling the hotline by April 30, 2016.

Share your feedback on this episode!

Are you considering TNNA membership, or are you already a member? Share your share your comments in the show notes for this episode at http://creativeyarnentrepreneur.com/episode61. You can also comment in the Creative Yarn Entrepreneurs Facebook group, comment on the Creative Yarn Entrepreneur Facebook page, Tweet me at @cyeshow, add me to your G+ circle and send me a note, or leave a message at 646-713-8973.

You can subscribe to the Creative Yarn Entrepreneur Show on on iTunes or Stitcher. Please leave an honest review on iTunes or Stitcher and join the mailing list. I’ll let people on the list know in advance about special guests and topics so you can share your questions.

Direct download: CYES061.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am EDT

Being a Mompreneur, Staying Positive and More with Elayna Fernandez from The Positive Mom

I interview Elayna Fernandez, author, speaker, and owner of The Positive Mom. Show notes for this episode, including links to all the resources mentioned, are available at http://creativeyarnentrepreneur.com/episode60.

About Elayna

Elayna Fernandez is an author, international keynote speaker, and a key Latina influencer and storyteller through ThePositiveMOM.com. She lives with her loving husband and her three brilliant bilingual daughters (and home school students) in Fort Worth, Texas.

Elayna’s mission is to encourage, empower, and equip moms to have more influence at home, more impact in the world, and more income to make it happen. Elayna is also an award-winning Certified Guerrilla Marketing Master Trainer and the creator of the Guerrilla Positioning System™ (GPS) for mompreneurs or aspiring mompreneurs who want to increase their Credibility, Visibility and Profitability™.

You can learn more about Elayna by visiting her blog, ThePositiveMOM.com. You can follow her online at Facebook | G+ | Instagram | LinkedIn | Pinterest | Twitter | YouTube

About the interview

I had the chance to meet up with Elayna in person at the #WeAllGrow Summit by Latina Bloggers Connect in Long Beach, California. She was part of a very inspiring keynote panel. In the interview, Elayna shares her suggestions for involving your family in your home-based business, talks about how she uses her morning ritual to set herself up for success, gives recommendations for dealing with negative feedback and negative energy, and explains the way she organizes her time so she can be more productive.

Resources mentioned in this episode

Elayna recommends the following:

  • The Four Agreements: A Practical to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz
  • The 5 Love Languages website

Some announcements

  • The Creative Yarn Entrepreneur is now on Facebook. Please stop by and like the page here. In addition to podcast episodes, I share links with information that is helpful for small business owners.
  • I'll be facilitating a roundtable at the Snap Conference for DIY and food bloggers and creators. If you'll be in Salt Lake City, Utah from April 14-16, 2016, I hope to see you there! The roundtable, Podcasting 101: Connect with Your Fans, Spread Your Message, and Build Your Brand Through Audio, will be repeated twice on Friday, April 15 from 1-2:30 p.m.
  • Host your own TurboTax House Party and save 50% on your taxes by registering here by March 31, 2016..
  • To enter the giveaway for a year of domain.Me domain registration, share your audio feedback with me via email or by calling the hotline by April 30, 2016.

Share your feedback on this episode!

Share your comments in the show notes for this episode at http://creativeyarnentrepreneur.com/episode60, in the Creative Yarn Entrepreneurs Facebook group, comment on the Creative Yarn Entrepreneur Facebook page, Tweet me at @cyeshow, add me to your G+ circle and send me a note, or leave a message at 646-713-8973.

You can subscribe to the Creative Yarn Entrepreneur Show on on iTunes or Stitcher. Please leave an honest review on iTunes or Stitcher and join the mailing list. I’ll let people on the list know in advance about special guests and topics so you can share your questions.

Direct download: CYES060.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00pm EDT

Episode 59: An Interview with Kara Gott Warner

Today's episode is a double header. I'm interviewing Kara Gott Warner, host of Power Purls Podcast, and she's interviewing me! Read on for more details and then have a listen to both episodes.

About Kara Gott Warner

Kara is the Executive Editor of Creative Knitting magazine. She began her career in the yarn industry as a knitting designer in 2002. Kara's designs have been published in several magazines, including Creative Knitting, Vogue Knitting, Family Circle Easy Knitting, and Interweave Knits. Kara has also worked as a technical illustrator, working with craft book publishers such as Random House, Lark Books, Sterling Publishing and F+W. Kara joined Annie’s Publishing in 2008 as knitting book editor, and she became the Executive Editor of Creative Knitting and Annie’s knitting publications.

Kara's also a podcast host! Her first show, the Morning Cooldown is a seasonal program that is currently on hiatus. Knitters and yarn industry folks may prefer her latest show, Power Purls Podcast, where she loves to dig deep and ask those burning questions about what turned her guests on to the “two sticks and fiber,” in the first place, and what keeps their needles moving.

You can find Kara online on her website, as well as on Facebook, G+, and Twitter.

About the interview

Kara shares an editor's perspective on the magazine design submission process, along with tips for increasing your likelihood of getting a design accepted, and how to build a strong relationship with a magazine as a freelancer.

We also talk about the importance of networking within the industry, developing multiple streams of income, and using morning rituals to increase your productivity.

Resources mentioned in this episode

Kara recommends the following books:

  • The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod
  • Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Jocelyn Glei's Make Your MarkManage Your Day-to-Day, and Maximize Your Potential
  • Designing Knitwear by Deborah Newton
  • Knitwear Design Workshop by Shirley Paden
  • Sweater Design in Plain English by Maggie Righetti

You may want to listen to these back episodes of the Creative Yarn Entrepreneur Show for more discussion about topics addressed in this episode:

Some announcements

Share your feedback on this episode!

Share your comments in the show notes for this episode at http://creativeyarnentrepreneur.com/episode59, in the Creative Yarn Entrepreneurs Facebook group, comment on the Creative Yarn Entrepreneur Facebook page, Tweet me at @cyeshow, add me to your G+ circle and send me a note, or leave a message at 646-713-8973.

You can subscribe to the Creative Yarn Entrepreneur Show on on iTunes or Stitcher. Please leave an honest review on iTunes or Stitcher and join the mailing list. I’ll let people on the list know in advance about special guests and topics so you can share your questions.

Direct download: CYES059.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

Episode 58: How To Organize and Participate in Multi-Business Collaborations

This episode is all about multi-business collaborations, including blog hops, multi-designer make-a-longs, and in-person events. I share 4 reasons you might want to participate in such a collaboration, 7 tips for organization a multi-business collaboration, and 5 ways for being an ideal collaborator when you're not organizing the event.

First, some examples of multi-business collaborative events (online and offline)

I share several examples in the episode, including...

4 reasons you might want to participate in a multi-business collaboration

There are many reasons you may want to participate in such an event, but here are the four major ones:

  • Introduce your business to a new audience and expand your reach.
  • Network with other businesses and sponsors you may not have access to on your own.
  • Earn more money.
  • Develop friendships with like-minded business owners.

I share more details about each of these in the episode.

So, are you ready to organize one of these collaborative shindigs?

If so, here are 7 tips for successfully organizing a collaborative event.

  • Manage your fear of rejection.
  • Decide who's in charge.
  • Choose to curate or have open invitations.
  • Get organized.
  • Invite and follow up.
  • Reach out to sponsors.
  • Keep your word and thank your collaborators.

I go into more detail about each tip in the episode.

Hmm, that sounds hard. I'd rather participate than organize.

Here are 6 ways to be an ideal collaborator that gets invited back again and again.

  • Join groups.
  • Read and follow directions.
  • Ask questions if you're confused or have concerns.
  • Communicate, especially about problems or delays.
  • Promote the entire event/collaboration, not just your participation in it.

And, for bonus brownie points, offer to help the organizer(s). I share more details on each way in the episode.

Some announcements

  • The Creative Yarn Entrepreneur is now on Facebook. Please stop by and like the page here. In addition to podcast episodes, I share links with information that is helpful for small business owners.
  • I'll be part of the Access Your Audience Through Podcasts panel at the #WeAllGrow Summit by Latina Bloggers Connect in Long Beach, California. If you're attending the Summit from March 3-5, 2016, let me know!
  • I'll be presenting a Podcasting 101 workshop at the Snap Conference for DIY and food bloggers and creators. If you'll be in Salt Lake City, Utah from April 14-16, 2016, I hope to see you there!

Have you participated in a multi-business collaboration before? What have you learned? Do you plan to collaborate with other businesses in 2016?

Share your comments in the show notes for this episode at http://creativeyarnentrepreneur.com/episode58, in the Creative Yarn Entrepreneurs Facebook group, comment on the Creative Yarn Entrepreneur Facebook page, Tweet me at @cyeshow, add me to your G+ circle and send me a note, or leave a message at 646-713-8973.

You can subscribe to the Creative Yarn Entrepreneur Show on on iTunes or Stitcher. Please leave an honest review on iTunes or Stitcher and join the mailing list. I’ll let people on the list know in advance about special guests and topics so you can share your questions.

Direct download: CYES058.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am EDT

Episode 57: Butterscotch Press Business Services for Yarn Industry Indies, an Interview with Polly Hammond

I interviewed Polly Hammond from Butterscotch Press about the business services she offers to yarn industry indies, including pattern support, marketing and social media, website and visual branding services, and coaching.

About Butterscotch Press

Polly Hammond is a former yarn shop owner who launched Butterscotch Press to provide support services to yarn-related businesses (especially knitting designers). You can learn more about her background and the services Butterscotch Press offeres in the interview, and find her online on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Dribbble.

Some announcements:

  • The Creative Yarn Entrepreneur is now on Facebook. Please stop by and like the new page here. In addition to podcast episodes, I share links to information that is helpful for small business owners.
  • I'll be part of the Access Your Audience Through Podcasts panel at the #WeAllGrow Summit by Latina Bloggers Connect in Long Beach, California. If you're attending the Summit from March 3-5, 2016, let me know!
  • I'll be presenting a Podcasting 101 workshop at the Snap Conference for DIY and food bloggers and creators. If you'll be in Salt Lake City, Utah from April 14-16, 2016, I hope to see you there!

Which of these business services do you outsource?

Share your comments in the show notes for this episode at http://creativeyarnentrepreneur.com/episode57, in the Creative Yarn Entrepreneurs Facebook group, comment on the Creative Yarn Entrepreneur Facebook page, Tweet me at @cyeshow, add me to your G+ circle and send me a note, or leave a message at 646-713-8973.

You can subscribe to the Creative Yarn Entrepreneur Show on on iTunes or Stitcher. Please leave an honest review on iTunes or Stitcher and join the mailing list. I’ll let people on the list know in advance about special guests and topics so you can share your questions.

 

Direct download: CYES057.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

Episode 56: 6 Income Streams for Yarn-Related Businesses

I share six different income streams for yarn-related business owners to consider in this episode. Many of us start our own businesses part time and by leveraging our existing skills. As you plan for expansion in 2016 and beyond, consider these different options for earning money for your business.

Six Income Streams for Your Yarn-Related Business

Here are some options to consider. Most successful businesses have a combination of income streams which helps to mitigate risk and to standardize cash flow.

  • Consumer Products: This is a very broad category including...
    • Handmade products you sell directly to the end user (e.g., crochet/knit finished objects, artisan hooks and needles, hand dyed or hand spun yarn),
    • Handmade products you sell via retailers (wholesale or consignment),
    • Items you purchase from a manufacturer/wholesaler and resell,
    • Digital products you sell directly to the end user (e.g., patterns, ebooks), and
    • Services including teaching face-to-face and online.
  • Advertising and Sponsorship: You may work with an ad network (like Google AdSense, Media.net, Rivit, etc.), negotiate your own relationships with brands, or use a service like Passionfruit Ads.
  • Affiliate Marketing: As an affiliate, you promote another company's products and earn a commission when items are purchased through you. You can find a list of companies that I'm an affiliate for here.
  • Business to Business Services: Many yarn-related business owners provide services to other businesses on a freelance or contractual basis. Some examples include writing, designing patterns, tech editing, sample making, social media coordination, and virtual assistance.
  • Membership/Subscriptions: Magazines, pattern subscriptions, and yarn clubs are some examples of yarn-related membership and subscription options.
  • Crowdfunding: Crowdfunding can be used in exchange for product pre-orders through KickStarter, IndieGogo, and other services, or by allowing your fans to support your business on an ongoing basis through Patreon and related services.

Other Resources mentioned in this episode

Some announcements:

  • I'm switching to a biweekly schedule. (The every two weeks biweekly, not the twice a week biweekly.)
  • The Creative Yarn Entrepreneur is now on Facebook. Please stop by and like the new page here. In addition to podcast episodes, I share at least two links every day with information that is helpful for small business owners.
  • I'll be part of the Access Your Audience Through Podcasts panel at the #WeAllGrow Summit by Latina Bloggers Connect in Long Beach, California. If you're attending the Summit from March 3-5, 2016, let me know!
  • I'll be presenting a Podcasting 101 workshop at the Snap Conference for DIY and food bloggers and creators. If you'll be in Salt Lake City, Utah from April 14-16, 2016, I hope to see you there!

Which income streams are you using in your business? Do you plan to add others in 2016?

Share your comments in the show notes for this episode at http://creativeyarnentrepreneur.com/episode56, in the Creative Yarn Entrepreneurs Facebook group, comment on the Creative Yarn Entrepreneur Facebook page, Tweet me at @cyeshow, add me to your G+ circle and send me a note, or leave a message at 646-713-8973.

You can subscribe to the Creative Yarn Entrepreneur Show on on iTunes or Stitcher. Please leave an honest review on iTunes or Stitcher and join the mailing list. I’ll let people on the list know in advance about special guests and topics so you can share your questions.

 

Direct download: CYES056.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00am EDT

Episode 55: Email Marketing 101: Or, Why and How to Set Up an Email List for Your Creative Business

If setting up (or enhancing) an email list for your business is on your list of New Year’s Resolutions, listen to this episode.

In this episode, I talk about why you should start an email list, how to get started, the different approaches you can take to an email list, and how to grow your subscriber base.

Why should you have an email list?

Here are just a few reasons why having an email list by benefit your business.

  • It provides you with a direct connection to your fanbase without another platform as an intermediary.
  • People check their email regularly throughout the day, so you can connect with them on their schedule.
  • Your subscribers will have a direct, individual connection to your emails (rather than the feeling of being "broadcasted at" that comes with social media posting).
  • Business report seeing boosts in sales after sending out emails to their subscribers.
  • When your business faces another disruption (e.g., your website goes down), it's a great way of letting your audience know what is happening.

How should you set up an email list?

The most important thing is to get started, not to develop the most masterful email strategy that ever existed. You can always improve and update over time.

I recommend starting with MadMimi or MailChimp, both of which have permanently free accounts for small subscriber lists. Both offer affordable plans for people with smaller lists, as well, so you can grow your list before spending a lot of time researching different companies and features. MadMimi is a bit easier (more "low tech") to use, while MailChimp offers more features in its free plan.

How should you approach your email list?

There are several simple options to consider for your email list.

  • RSS feed: If you have a website or blog that you update with some regularity, you can set up an RSS feed so that your subscribers are alerted via email to any new posts on your site.
  • Newsletter: You may want to write an email to your list on a regular basis (e.g., weekly, biweekly, monthly, quarterly). This can include links to your latest posts, original content for subscribers, roundups of relevant information you’ve found online, and more.
  • Updates: You may choose to send sporadic emails to your list when something new happens in your business (e.g., a new product is released, you’re teaching a new class, or there’s a sale).
  • Autoresponders: You may choose to set up a sequence of replies that are automatically delivered to your subscribers on a schedule based on when they subscribed. For example, the first email can be sent one day after they subscribe and the second email can be sent two weeks after they subscribe.

Listen to the episode for more details about each approach.

How do you get subscribers?

Once you understand your approach, you can start recruiting subscribers. Consider letting potential subscribers know more about your approach wherever they can opt-in to subscribe.

Here are some other ways to grow your email list.

  • Update your website: Include subscription opt-ins in a sidebar, your About and Contact pages, and even in posts on your site.
  • Update your social media profiles: Use the “sign up” option on your Facebook page, and include a link to your email list on your Ravelry, Etsy, G+, and other social profiles.
  • Update your “thank you” message: Change the automatic reply sent to your customers on Etsy and Ravelry (or other marketplaces) to include a link to your mailing list.
  • Giveaways: Some companies offer giveaways to their subscribers as an incentive to encourage people to sign up.
  • Lead magnet: Offer a free ebook, checklist, or other desirable product “in exchange” for a subscription. Tip: Do not get stuck on this. If you don’t have a lead magnet, you can still start an email list.

Resources mentioned in this episode

Some announcements:

  • I'm bringing back 31 Days to Pod Launch, a 31-day challenge to guide you through a DIY approach to setting up your own podcast, as a free email course in 2016. You can find out the details and sign up here.
  • The Creative Yarn Entrepreneur is now on Facebook. Please stop by and like the new page here. In addition to podcast episodes, I share at least two links every day with information that is helpful for small business owners.
  • Please take a moment to fill out the listener survey and share your feedback for upcoming episodes.

Do you have an email list? What approach(es) do you use? What email subscriber provider do you use?

Share your comments in the show notes for this episode at http://creativeyarnentrepreneur.com/episode55, in the Creative Yarn Entrepreneurs Facebook group, comment on the Creative Yarn Entrepreneur Facebook page, Tweet me at @cyeshow, add me to your G+ circle and send me a note, or leave a message at 646-713-8973.

You can subscribe to the Creative Yarn Entrepreneur Show on on iTunes or Stitcher. Please leave an honest review on iTunes or Stitcher and join the mailing list. I’ll let people on the list know in advance about special guests and topics so you can share your questions.

 

Direct download: CYES055.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:35am EDT

Episode 54: Time Management for Your Part-Time or Side Business

Time management can be more challenging for part-time business owners. Whether you work full time, run another business part time, or rely on several part time jobs or gigs, if your yarn-related business is part time, you may struggle to manage your time and stay productive.

In this episode, I share my time management approach to being a part-time business owner:

  1. Start by setting your short- and long-term goals
  2. Look for "chunks" of time in your schedule that can be devoted to your business
  3. Arrange the activities required to meet your goals into types of tasks
  4. Organize the tasks into your available time slots
  5. Find a time management system that works for you
  6. Don't compare yourself to other businesses (especially those run by full timers)
  7. Find social support

You can hear more details by listening to this episode.

If you struggle with time management, you may also want to listen to Episode 10: Time Management Tips: An Interview with Lindsey Stephens from Poetry In Yarn.

Some announcements:

  • I'm bringing back 31 Days to Pod Launch, a 31 challenge to guide you through a DIY approach to setting up your own podcast, as a free email course in 2016. You can find out the details and sign up here.
  • The Creative Yarn Entrepreneur is now on Facebook. Please stop by and like the new page here. In addition to podcast episodes, I share at least two links every day with information that is helpful for small business owners.
  • Please take a moment to fill out the listener survey and share your feedback for upcoming episodes.

What time management strategies, tips, and tools have worked for you?

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