I want to help you build a sustainable, profitable handmade business that makes you consistent income and sales. I only ever teach or recommend marketing, social media, pricing, production and branding tips that I’ve personally used successfully in my own 7-figure handmade businesses.
I'm Mei, from Los Angeles!
starting a business
get more traffic
running a business
make more sales
growing a business
mindset & productivity
pricing & money
selling on etsy
selling on amazon
Six months ago, my assistant, Brittany Dunlap sent me this text:
“I’m on my way back to Ohio for a few days and thought of a podcast idea for you!”
It’s taken this project a lot of time to put together, but I’m excited to finally launch The Business Buzz Podcast today.
I share more about what you can expect in the first episode, but for now, let’s celebrate!
I’d like for you to join me in a giveaway.
I asked about prize ideas in the Creative Hive VIP Facebook group and almost everyone wanted a 1:1 session with me or membership to A Sale A Day Business System!
We’re going to do that, but I’ll also throw in some of my favorite books from 2016!
Here’s how to subscribe on your computer:
Click this link to head over to iTunes.
Click the button that says “View in iTunes”.
Then click the “Subscribe” button when iTunes loads up.
Here’s how to subscribe on your iPhone/iPad/iPod:
Grab your phone or device and go to the iTunes store and search “The Business Buzz Podcast”.
Click on “Subscribe”.
Here’s how to subscribe on your Android or other podcast app:
Search for “The Business Buzz Podcast” or enter in this URL if it asks for the podcast feed: https://www.creativehiveco.com/podcast
Click on “Subscribe”.
On February 13, I’ll be selecting five random winners from the comments below (and I’ll check to make sure you submitted a review!)
That’s it! Good luck!
Here’s the first episode:
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I wanted to share with you a kind of funny, kind of ironic, but kind of interesting story.
When I started my business Creative Hive Co, I told myself two things.
One, that I will never write a book and two, that I will never start a podcast.
But here I am today, hosting my own podcast.
It was mostly because, at the time, I had friends who have written books and who are published authors and writers and who do run podcasts and I got some insight as to how tedious and how time consuming writing a book or running a podcast can be.
Then you get to see the return on investment of either of these types of projects and it’s usually not very good.
My podcast got started because my assistant Brittany was on a road trip one day.
As you know with all road trips, especially if you’re not driving you start to think about things kind of like when you’re in the shower and some really good ideas come to you.
She sent me a text message with a really good idea and I was sold.
I thought it was a really good idea and over time I got convinced that a podcast was something I really wanted to do.
The reason I am doing it, the reason I started the Business Buzz Podcast, is not because of the money and I don’t ever intend to have sponsors, but I just want another way other than workshops, online webinars, and through my blog, to teach you and share with you what I know and you get to know how my brain works as well.
What is my podcast all about?
Throughout this entire show, I want to be sharing with you everything I know, marketing tips and strategies on how to build a stand out, online brand with your handmade business.
Now, I want to define what a brand means in my mind, but I think that the best way to define it is to contrast it with an Etsy shop.
We all know what Etsy is and what the landscape of an Etsy shop is like.
My missions for you is to build a brand that is long lasting and that can grow and live with you over 5 years, 10 years, 15 years or however long you want to be running your business. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have a lot against Etsy.
I have my own Etsy shop, I love it, and I get sales from it, but running an Etsy shop by itself and not having your own website is in my opinion not a recipe for long term business building.
Etsy can change their layout overnight, they can take your shop down without any notice, they can change the layout of how Etsy looks and where you were once making tons of sales every day you might start seeing your traffic drop and all of that is outside your control.
My goal for you is to help you build a brand where you are like the house name brand that every family out there knows about, where you have insane brand awareness, and people are googling your name because everyone and their friends are telling everyone about your shop.
Having said that, here’s a little bit more about me just so you can get a glimpse of who I am as a person and a little bit into my life as well.
For those of you who don’t know, I am a total foodie.
I love cooking, I love baking, and most of all I love eating.
I love trying out new foods, trying out new restaurants, and I can bet you that I have probably eaten the craziest and weirdest things that you would either never want to touch with a ten-foot pole or that you have never heard of before.
I’m very adventurous with what kind of stuff.
I also love playing video games and board games.
I’m a total nerd and I’m really goofy.
I love making jokes, I’m a very positive and bubbly person, and I’m all about the positive stuff.
I hate watching TV shows that are super dramatic and make me want to cry and feel all tense inside – that’s really not what I’m all about.
One thing also that you may or may not know about me, is that I did not grow up in America.
In case I mispronounce a name, a thing, or if completely mess up saying an English or American proverb, idiom or slang, let’s just laugh about it and you can send me an email telling me how it should be said.
I would kind of identify as an entrepreneur.
I’m always coming up with product ideas and I actually run multiple businesses.
The most notable is Tiny Hands.
I started it in 2006 and this is where I design super cute scented food jewelry.
Think little cupcakes, waffles, doughnuts and I make necklaces, earrings, bracelets and best of all, they smell like what they look like.
Waffles smell like maple syrup, strawberry cupcakes smell like strawberries and so on.
I have done virtually every form of marketing that is out there revolving around running a handmade business.
I have tried so many different things, I’ve made mistakes, I’ve gone through failed projects, and I have seen a lot of success and I know what works and what doesn’t work and that is what my podcast is about.
It’s about me sharing my experiences and what I’ve found to be the best things that work to get you more traffic and more sales to your online brand.
Some of the really cool things that I’ve been able to accomplish with Tiny Hands:
You can go check this out yourself, but as of now I’ve got 30 thousand Facebook fans, about 32 thousand Instagram followers, I’m approaching 20 thousand Pinterest fans, and about 7 thousand email list subscribers.
I’ve also had a ton of experience working with brick and mortar stores, done a lot of wholesale, I’ve done trade shows, worked with sales representatives, and I do a lot of PR and publicity as well.
I have hired agencies and I’ve done it on my own, I’ve got Tiny Hands into some really huge TV shows like Parks & Recreation, and some other really small regional segments.
Some of the magazines Tiny Hands has been in: In Touch Magazine, Rachael Ray Every Day, Girls Life Magazine, and just a ton of other large online websites. I also have a small team of helpers. I have two production assistants and one of them also helps me do packing and shipping and I also have a virtual assistant that helps me manage all of the online stuff. I started Creative Hive Co in the fall of 2014 and this is where I help other makers, artists, and designers make a consistent income with their business online so they can spend more time with their family and do more of what they love.
The reason I started Creative Hive Co was, as I was learning the different ways that I could grow Tiny Hands, I took so many e-courses, I consulted with coaches and gurus, I read books, I attended so many webinars, and I was a part of so many forums and online communities just learning everything I could to grow my jewelry business.
Along the way, through my journey of exploring and learning, I came to realize that a lot of the marketing education that was available out there does not specifically address people who run handmade businesses.
Yes, a lot of the marketing concepts are the same, but people who run a handmade business have very specific and particular nuances that make it either more challenging or just different how you market your business.
There are topics and things that come up with a handmade business owner, that don’t come up for someone else’s product or someone selling an information product.
I recommend you listen to my podcast if you are a maker, artist or designer.
You might create something with your bare hands, you might sell a physical product like soap, jewelry, or children’s clothes or even if you’re an artist and you paint or illustrate online and you print your product on mugs or phone cases.
My podcast is for you if you want to build a long-term brand on your website and you want to get more traffic and more sales, so you can make a full-time income running your business.
Having said that, it doesn’t mean that if you have an Etsy shop the tips and strategies I have to share will not be relevant to you.
They absolutely still will be, but just so you know this will be my focus for the Business Buzz Podcast.
I want to give you an idea of what you can expect in future episodes.
We will be talking about things like raising prices, the differences between social media and PR, what are the three most important things you need for social media, how to run a subscription product for your business, how to track your numbers and why that’s important, blogging for your handmade shop, and outsourcing.
If all of that sounds interesting to you, what I would love for you to do right now is to head on over to BusinessBuzzPodcast.com and subscribe and please leave a review as well.
Thanks for hanging out with me today! If you have any thoughts, ideas or feedback, feel free to leave a comment below.
If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons above and below this post.
And if you love what you’re hearing, go ahead and subscribe to the Business Buzz Podcast on iTunes.
While you’re there, could you leave an honest review? It’ll take two minutes, tops. Ratings and reviews are extremely important – help me refine the content of the podcast and they also help it reach more makers and creatives like you!
If you have a question or guest suggestion for the podcast (it could be you or someone else!), head on over to BusinessBuzzPodcast.com. There’s a box for you to ask your question.
Talk to you again soon!
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I’m really excited about this Mei! This will actually be my first podcast I’ve ever subscribed too! Whether I win or not the information you share is invaluable! ❤️
Love everything you do for us ????❤????
I’ve subscribed. This is great for me to listen to in between jobs and projects. Thank you Mei!
Loving the personality and the tips :D
???? love the info. Thank you. I’m so happy for this info
Love the always insightful tips Meigs! Great job!!
Sorry for the typo Mei… dumb auto correct ????????
This is the best podcast I’ve ever listened to! It makes multi tasking even easier :)
I hope this is where I can enter. Thanks for the opportunity.
Mei, I am so excited you have expanded into this! Your passion inspires us and hearing it instead of just reading it makes me feel such a connection to you. Super to get to know you better. Very inspiring.
Thank you Mei, love to learn from you, already subscribed.
Subscribed! Can’t wait to learn more from you. I love your personality.
I’m looking forward to listening to more podcasts as I like how the information you share is easily relate able to my handmade business.
This is an awesome idea. I find it difficult to read content these days even though I prefer reading as I don’t have too much time, and with your podcast, I was able to listen to it while cooking so, it’s a win-win on maximizing my time! I rated your 1st podcast through the Android App I downloaded so I’m not sure if that counts as a review as it didn’t look anything like what your picture shows. I also subscribed to it.
YYYYAAASSSS! I have been waiting for this day. I’m a podcast junkie, it’s not feasible for me to gather all of my info via reading these days, where did the time go!?
Thank you so much for putting together this giveaway and sharing your knowledge Mei!
First time I’ve subscribed to a podcast. Glad you decided to do podcasts! I’m looking forward to what you have to share.
Subscribed! I love listening to podcasts while working and I love the way you share biz tips ❤️ Looking forward to your podcast!
What a great addition to my podcasts! Thanks for making one, it’s always nice to hear your voice and the tips you share are always useful.
Hey Mei! I just listened to the your first podcast & left a review – I’m hooked! :)
Subscribed and listening to you now! Thanks for this opportunity to learn.
I’ll leave a review here since I listen through RSS – if you’re wondering if Mei can help you, she can. She’s exactly as open and friendly and knowledgeable as you might guess from this podcast and her site. The Creative Hive Community is a positive and helpful environment with no drama – so rare these days! If you’re a maker and wanting to grow your hobby into a business, this is the place for you.
I am so excited you are doing a podcast Mei you are awesome and have such good insight and ideas for handmade businesses!
Love every opportunity to learn!
Yay! Podcasts are awesome! Subscribed and review posted!
I’m absolutely loving The Business Buzz! Great job Mei!
Just did all of the above! I’m SO excited for this podcast and I cannot wait to listen to all your recordings! =)
Subscribed Mei! I wanted to share that I’ve signed up for a bunch of online business/marketing/e-commerce courses and what I love about you is your honesty, sincerity and it feels like you genuinely want to help us all to succeed :) Please keep doing wonderful things!
I really look forward to hearing these podcast! They are perfect to listen to when I’m working on my products!
I just listened to the first one! I’m differently going to listen to the next one now! :)
I already suscribe, leave a review and listened to the first two episodes and love them!! Hope I win any of the amazing prices!! Wish you all the luck with this new project!! <3
A podcast and a giveaway?! You’re spoiling us! Keeping my fingers crossed to win these amazing goodies.
Very excited for a new podcast to listen to!
Love the new poscast Mei! I love listening to podcasts and yours is so bubbly and fresh! I know i’ll find some very useful info.
If I would put it in the foodie terms, your podcasts are just like the yummy icing on the awesome sauce cake! I love listening to you. I have been listening to many podcasts, but the way you tell it, i have never ever heard before. You just have all my attention. I look forward to many many more such wonderful info from you for budding creative entrepreneurs like many of us here! Can’t thank you enough for all your help ????????
Mei! I am really excited for your Podcast… I listened to the first episode and it is so great to hear you. I found you on Creative Live and have followed you since. Looking forward to learning from you. Congrats on your new endeavor.
Mei, I loved the podcast and ended up listening to them all in one go…..please make more soon ! They were really helpful (glad to hear I’m not the only one with low confidence when it comes to business!) and great to listen to while I’m working at home. Thanks :)
Wow! Great podcast! I’ve been listening to podcasts on the way to work for 2 years. Your episodes have given me more value already ( listened to 3 so far) than most of the ones I’ve heard. Keep it coming!
Hi Mei, With a new phone and your new podcast I will be able to learn on the go. love your delivery and all that you teach, it is always clear and to the point!
I love this podcast Mei! I hope you do more. I love listening to inspirational and educational podcasts while I”m working and this is DEFINITELY one of my favourites! Thanks for doing this!
Yayyy, subscribed and reviewed! This is so awesome, really excited for this Mei. I love listening to podcasts, thank you so much for this…Good Luck!
Just did all of the above! I am LOVING the new podcast, Mei! I don;t know about everyone else, but I’m hoping to win #5! It’s the best thing on the list of prizes! :) Good luck to everyone, and good luck to you, Mai, with you new endeavor!
I totally love the length of the shows. So over long shows.
Glad you’re doing a podcast, it’s really good! I subscribed and left a review. It’s now on my podcast rotation that I listen to while sewing. Thanks!
so I’m not sure if I did it right, but I may have subscribed from one Itunes account and reviewed from another. Love the podcast, Mei!
I’ve been a fan ever since I caught you on a Shopify podcast. Thanks, Mei!
Than ks Mei! Really love your sharing, learnt so much from you! Just subscribed. Frankly, this is my first Podcast subscribed. So silly that it took a while to complete. Hope it work! Haha~~~ Can’t wait to hear your other Podcasts!
Thanks Mei for giving this platform. Its so rare to get valuable content that is targeted towards handmade items, more so this is audio so no stress on my eyes. For me, this is totally awesome!
I loved the podcast Mei! Just left a review – my first review ever! It’s packed with great advice and look forward to the next episodes :-)
Done! I’m so excited you decided to start a podcast Mei! :)
Can’t wait to hear all the episodes!!
Done, listed to all of them and left a review. Thanks for your effort on this, this is no easy task your are undertaking.
I love Mei’s down-to-earth approach with no fluff and no sales push. She’s knowledgeable and real.
Brilliant! Short, to the point and giving us another angle on very important subject!
Thank you <3
(subscribed and reviewed)
It is amazing to read your blog. Thank you for this update
Mei, I loved the podcast and ended up listening to them all in one go…..please make more soon! They were really helpful (glad to hear I’m not the only one with low confidence when it comes to business!) and great to listen to while I’m working at home. Thanks :)
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