Business Resources

#244 Financial Aid and Business Resources for Designers, Makers, and Artists

By Tracy Matthews / March 26, 2020

The Coronavirus situation has majorly disrupted people’s livelihoods all over the world, and small businesses have been hit the hardest. It’s a scary and stressful time, but the good news is we’re all in this together – and…

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Financial Aid and Business Resources for Makers, Designers, and Artists During the Coronavirus and Covid-19 Pandemic

By Tracy Matthews / March 25, 2020

Everyone in our community has been asking, “What can I do for my small business during the Coronavirus pandemic?” I get it, we’re in totally uncharted territory right now. The good news is there are plenty of resources…

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#229 How to Know When It’s Time to Do the Work to Ask for Help

By Tracy Matthews / December 10, 2019

There was a time when I didn’t believe that anyone knew how to grow my business better than I did.  In fact, I was so ashamed to ask for help when I was struggling, that I pretended like…

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8 Simple Ways to Sell More Jewelry During the Holidays (and After!)

By Tracy Matthews / December 5, 2019

A few years ago, I got an inquiry on my website from a guy who wanted to buy a piece of jewelry for his wife. She loved sapphires and platinum and he was looking for something to commemorate…

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#222 The 3 Pillars Product Content Strategy with Jacqueline and Minna of the Product Boss

By Tracy Matthews / October 22, 2019

Creating online content for your product-based business doesn’t have to be a headache if you have an effective strategy. I’d like to introduce you to two incredible ladies who have been working with brands just like yours to…

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#221 The Mindset of Strategic Growth with Jess Gebauer and Mary Ann Saville

By Tracy Matthews / October 15, 2019

Running a business is a full-time job. There’s so much to keep track of, and it takes serious focus to stay on top of everything. Now imagine running TWO! Introducing, Mary Ann Saville… Mary Ann owns two different…

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#218 The Biggest Website Design and Conversion Mistakes Jewelry Designers Make and How to Fix Them with Erin Alexander

By Tracy Matthews / September 24, 2019

Have you ever noticed that grocery store layouts are all pretty much the same? The bakery is near the front, where you’re met with the comforting aroma of fresh bread. The dairy is in the back, so you…

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#211 Taking Responsible Sourcing to the Next Level with Meri Geraldine

By Tracy Matthews / July 23, 2019

I am so thrilled about this week’s guest, you guys! She’s the kind of woman who talks the talk and walks the walk. Before getting into jewelry, Meri Geraldine worked as a sustainability consultant. But after having her…

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Is Your Website Helping or Hurting You?

By Tracy Matthews / July 18, 2019

Everyone is crazy about traffic… At least, the kind that happens online. Countless designers have approached me lamenting their lack of website traffic and online sales.  And who can blame them? That’s all anyone talks about. “Run ads!…

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#210 How to Recession-Proof Your Business

By Tracy Matthews / July 16, 2019

Today’s topic is very close to my heart: recession-proofing your business.  If you’ve listened to my story, you know my first business got wiped out by the Great Recession of 2008.  I used to carry a lot of…

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