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Episode 26: Eco Conscious Knitting & Niche Marketing with Lindsay Lewchuk from Knit Eco Chic - The Creative Yarn Entrepreneur Show You can subscribe to the Creative Yarn Entrepreneur Show on iTunes or Stitcher! And, of course, you can listen to today’s episode from within the post. This Week’s Episode This week I share an interview with Lindsay Lewchuk, the owner of Knit Eco Chic. Lindsay was previously a guest in Episode 12, where I interviewed the organizers of the Indie Design Gift-a-Long. […]
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Category:Creative Yarn Entrepreneur Show -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

Episode 25: 8 Tips for Contracting with Your First Tech Editor - The Creative Yarn Entrepreneur Show In this week's episode, I share 8 tips for contracting with a tech editor for the first time for your indie patterns. Even if you have worked with tech editors in the past when your work was third-party published, you may find the experience of finding and hiring a tech editor for your self-published patterns daunting. 8 Tips for Contracting with Your First Tech Editor Ask yourself why are you getting your patterns tech edited and what you expect from a tech editor Always check references Find out what the rates mean Choose someone who responds promptly Get an estimate Start with one pattern Check your pattern before sending it out Review the experience before contracting again These tips will help make the experience of working with a tech editor for your self-published patterns more manageable and will minimize the costs as well. For more detailed show notes, visit http://creativeyarnentrepreneur.com/25 Do you have other tips (or questions) about contracting with a tech editor for the first time as an indie? Or, are you a tech editor with suggestions of ways designers can work with you more closely? Leave a comment below, Tweet me at @cyeshow, add me to your G+ circle at +mariesegaresundergroundcrafter and send me a note, or leave a message at 646-713-8973.
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Category:Creative Yarn Entrepreneur Show -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

Episode 24: Using Live Facebook Chats to Connect with Your Audience with Lorene Eppolite from Cre8tion Crochet and Kathy Lashley from ELK Studio Handcrafted Crochet Designs - The Creative Yarn Entrepreneur Show In this week’s episode, I interview Lorene Eppolite from Cre8tion Crochet and Kathy Lashley from ELK Studio Handcrafted Crochet Design about the weekly Crochet Business Chat Live event they co-host on Mondays at 12 noon Eastern in the ELK Studio Crocheters Facebook group. We also talk about connecting with your audience and the crochet industry as a whole. You can find show notes at http://creativeyarnentrepreneur.com/24. Have you have connected with your audience live? What do you think about Lorene and Kathy's perspective on the yarn industry? Leave a comment below, Tweet me at @cyeshow, add me to your G+ circle as https://plus.google.com/+MarieSegaresundergroundcrafter and send me a note, or leave a message at 646-713-8973. If you enjoyed the show 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. You can find the sign up form at http://creativeyarnentrepreneur.com/contact/.
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Category:Creative Yarn Entrepreneur Show -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

Episode 23: Diversifying Your Income and Boosting Your Blogging with Tamara Kelly from Moogly - The Creative Yarn Entrepreneur Show In this week’s episode, I share an interview with Tamara Kelly from Moogly. Tamara’s crochet and knitting business is quite varied, and I talk to her about how she got her start, how she diversifies her income, and her tips for blogging and time management. You can find more details in the show notes for this episode at http://creativeyarnentrepreneur.com/23. I'd love to hear your feedback and questions. Leave a comment on the show notes, Tweet me at @cyeshow, or leave a message at 646-713-8973. If you enjoyed the show, please leave a review on iTunes or Stitcher. It helps the show become more discoverable to others! Thank you and have a great week.
Direct download: CYES023.mp3
Category:Creative Yarn Entrepreneur Show -- posted at: 5:58pm EDT

Episode 22: Google+ Hangout with Forensic Coach, Carlota Zimmerman - The Creative Yarn Entrepreneur Show This week's episode is a recording of a Google+ Hangout I hosted with forensic coach, Carlota Zimmerman. We talk with the participants about time management, productivity, budgeting, and social media. You can find more details in the show notes for this episode at http://creativeyarnentrepreneur.com/22. I'd love to hear your feedback and questions. Leave a comment on the show notes, Tweet me at @cyeshow, or leave a message at 646-713-8973. If you enjoyed the show, please leave a review on iTunes or Stitcher. It helps the show become more discoverable to others! Thank you and have a great week.
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Category:Creative Yarn Entrepreneur Show -- posted at: 6:39pm EDT

Episode 21: 10 Habits for Successfully “Owning” (or Working) from Home - The Creative Yarn Entrepreneur Show Happy New Year! In response to feedback from the listener survey I shared with the email list, I'm sharing 10 habits for successfully 'owning' from home. I've been a full-time solopreneur for about 15 months, and I had to learn some new habits and modify others. Owning a home-based business has some interesting challenges and isn't quite the same as working from home. The habits I rely upon for maintaining focus and staying productive are: Shower and dress Prioritize weekly (or more frequently) Establish work areas for different tasks Structure the schedule Minimize distractions Find and use appropriate audio and visual aides Stay hydrated Eat regularly Schedule time with peers Don't forget to take days off You can find more details in the show notes for this episode at http://creativeyarnentrepreneur.com/21. I'd love to hear your feedback and questions. Leave a comment on the show notes, Tweet me at @cyeshow, or leave a message at 646-713-8973. If you enjoyed the show, please leave a review on iTunes or Stitcher. It helps the show become more discoverable to others! Thank you and have a great week.
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Category:Creative Yarn Entrepreneur Show -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT

Episode 20: Thank You Card Challenge Update and Happy New Year! - The Creative Yarn Entrepreneur Show In today's episode, I share an update on my thank you card challenge and wishes for 2015. You can find the show notes for today's episode at http://creativeyarnentrepreneur.com/20. I'd love to hear your feedback and questions. Leave a comment on the show notes, Tweet me at @cyeshow, or leave a message at 1-646-713-8973. If you enjoy the show (or even if you don't!), please leave a review on iTunes or Stitcher. It helps the show become more discoverable.
Direct download: CYES020.mp3
Category:Creative Yarn Entrepreneur Show -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

Episode 19: The Failures Episode! - The Creative Yarn Entrepreneur Show In today's episode, I talk about the importance of failure for small business owners and share a major failure I experienced in my business in 2014, and what I learned from it. 
You can find the show notes for today's episode at http://creativeyarnentrepreneur.com/19. I'd love to hear your feedback and questions. Leave a comment on the show notes, Tweet me at @cyeshow, or leave a message at 1-646-713-8973. If you enjoy the show (or even if you don't!), please leave a review on iTunes or Stitcher. It helps the show become more discoverable.
Direct download: CYES019.mp3
Category:Creative Yarn Entrepreneur Show -- posted at: 9:36am EDT

Bonus Episode: Interview with Knitting Designer, Ashwini Jambhekar - The Creative Yarn Entrepreneur Show I’m sharing an interview today with Ashwini Jambhekar as a bonus episode! I temporarily misplaced the recording (gasp!) while organizing files and, since I also skipped a week of podcasting this year, I thought I’d add this interview back into the fold as a bonus. We talk about how her background as a scientist has informed her knitting design, and specifically, how she approaches style sheets and grading. You can find show notes for today's episode at http://creativeyarnentrepreneur.com/ashwini. I'd love to hear your feedback and questions. Leave a comment on the show notes, Tweet me at @cyeshow, or leave a message at 646-713-8973. If you enjoyed the show, please leave a review on iTunes or Stitcher. It helps the show become more discoverable to others!
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Category:Creative Yarn Entrepreneur Show -- posted at: 1:00am EDT

In this week’s episode, I share the 8 best investments I made in my business in 2014. While the topic may seem oddly personal, I talk about why each investment added value to my business and what you might take away from the list to support your yarn-related business in 2015. 8 Best Investments I Made in My Business in 2014 1. (Improved) Web hosting 2. A (more reliable and faster) computer 3. Comfort tools 4. Monthly massage therapy 5. A (multi-functional and higher quality) tripod 6. (New) tools and training for business expansion 7. Conference (or face-to-face event) attendance 8. Time for networking with other solopreneurs You can find show notes for today's episode at http://creativeyarnentrepreneur.com/18. I'd love to hear your feedback and questions. Leave a comment on the show notes, Tweet me at @cyeshow, or leave a message at 646-713-8973. If you enjoyed the show, please leave a review on iTunes or Stitcher. It helps the show become more discoverable to others!
Direct download: CYESInvest.mp3
Category:Creative Yarn Entrepreneur Show -- posted at: 4:30pm EDT