Business Resources

#259 How to Crash Your Business to Reach Your Goals with Jason Ayers

By Tracy Matthews / July 7, 2020

Crashing your business is probably the last thing you want to think about right now, yeah? But what if I told you that understanding how to tank your business could actually be your ticket to reaching your goals?…

Read More

#258 Birthday Episode – Change Your Story with Jason Ayers

By Tracy Matthews / June 30, 2020

Happy Birthday to Flourish & Thrive Academy! 8 years ago Robin and I committed to demystifying the jewelry industry and helping designers find their spark and build businesses that support their creativity. Since then, F&TA has undergone a…

Read More

#253 Mind-Blowing Success Stories to Inspire You with Robin Kramer

By Tracy Matthews / May 19, 2020

What’s the most important tool to set yourself up for success? A good support network. Here at the Flourish and Thrive Academy, we aim to create antifragile businesses that can survive anything. Robin Kramer is my dear friend…

Read More

#251 How to Host Your Own Virtual Art Fair with Ana Maria Andricain

By Tracy Matthews / May 5, 2020

People are doing amazing things with their businesses right now!  Many designers have actually increased their sales during this uncertain time by pivoting their business models and utilizing creative strategies to sell online. Adaptation, creativity, and collaboration have…

Read More

#248 6 Online Sales Strategies that Are Working Now

By Tracy Matthews / April 14, 2020

I want to tell you something: it’s OKAY if you’re feeling overwhelmed right now. The changes we’re experiencing are causing a lot of fear and uncertainty and I understand how that might paralyze you and keep you feeling…

Read More

#246 Simple Jewelry Bench Tips with Corkie Bolton of Metalsmith Society

By Tracy Matthews / April 2, 2020

Breaking news: double-sided tape is about to rock your world. At least, that’s what happened to me when I sat down with Corkie Bolton for a second round of podcasting! It’s so great to meet other jewelers with…

Read More

#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…

Read More

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…

Read More

#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…

Read More

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…

Read More