Bettie is a business lawyer and lifestyle photographer living in Portland, Oregon. An avid thrift shopper since she was 15 years old, Bettie loves all things vintage, red and polka dotted. She has two beautiful, sassy daughters, two tiny, ridiculous dogs, a small flock of urban chickens and one incredibly patient and supportive husband. With one half of her professional life, Bettie counsels businesses ranging from solo creative ventures to large corporations on all issues from start-up to dissolution. She spends the balance of her work time shooting portrait sessions (and the occasional wedding) with an emphasis on real moments and unique stories. You can visit her at bettienewellphoto.com.
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Rebel-raiser, online retail & marketing geek – championing handmade and independent retail in the UK. Founder of TFI Monday! and co-founder of Handmade Horizons.
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Clare Yuille is a shopkeeper, writer and retail coach for creative people.
If you’re interested in selling your work to shops, download her free Indie Retail Starter Kit.
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Deanna Mullican is an artist and designer and is co-founder of Spark Retreat (and if you register before Nov. 15 you’ll reserve your free spot in our May 2014 online group coaching program!), which is for creative women who are looking to reignite their soul’s fire. This year at Spark, she’ll be leading a workshop called “Free Your Creativity Through Visual Journaling,” which will expand on some of the techniques in this series — helping you find your personal brand of creativity by Living More Orange. You can find Deanna at applesandorange.com.
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Geri Jewitt is a designer gone rogue from Corporate who now owns The Languid Lion, handmaking eco-friendly invitations + stationery, paper decorations & illustrated art prints in her Paper Boutique as well as helping those who are in need of fresh design! She is also the editor of The Lion’s Den, a blog where she writes about love, life, design, colour + handmade.
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Julia Sydnor is the geeky gal behind Pixel Frau, providing WordPress training for Etsy sellers. Need a website for your creative business? Check out her Website in a Weekend online course.
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Kristen Kalp is a (ghost)writer who believes people should have fun being in business. She blogs at Brand Camp for like-minded folks.
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Lisa Jacobs writes Marketing Creativity for fellow creative spirits who aim to build a career with their own two hands. She leads group webinar programs and offers one-on-one coaching designed to help you get paid to be … you.
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Vanessa is a fulltime copywriter and webmarketer with a passion for art, creativity, and thrift. She writes about thrifting, creating, and saving money every weekday on her blog, Thrift Core. She’s plotting with artist friends to open a combination Cafe and Vintage Shop in Jacksonville, Florida. Robots, dinosaurs, and kitsch send her into a sublime vintage seizure of joy. (A vintage-gasm.)
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Ashley is the creative force behind the After Nine To Five blog and shop. She’s a self-employed consultant/blogger/graphic designer that is determined to live the life that she used to believe would always be just a dream. You can follow her journey along with her husband’s journey as they make their transition from being Wisconsinites to Floridians on And a DIY Life.
She is also the founder of The Better Blogger Network – a community dedicated to helping each other grow as a person and even more so, as a blogger. She is also the founder of RevolutionizeHer – a project that is dedicated to encouraging and inspiring women to live the life they dream of living, especially through self-employment.
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I spent a decade as a body-centered therapist and earned a master’s degree in psychology before founding the Conscious Bookkeeping method and organization in 2001.
The business started as a one-woman operation and then grew into a cross-functional Alliance Team that included a half dozen other accounting, psychology, coaching, and investment professionals. We’ve had the honor of supporting thousands of students through our 3 Doorway Method: Financial Therapy, Values-Based Bookkeeping, and Life Vision Planning.
In 2008, when I had my son, Noah, I successfully evolved back into a one-woman rockin’ show as a mommypreneur. I updated my business model in order to honor the importance of spending lots of time with my husband and son. In 2011, I launched the Home Study Program. This program is based on a decade of teaching this work via live workshops, telecourses, and private sessions.
I currently offer the Conscious Bookkeeping Method: tools for financial transformation (TM) — via my Home Study Program, Private Financial Therapy, Mentor Coaching, and Wake Up With Mint Course.
These services and tools are designed to help you transform your relationship to money, body, mind and spirit.
And, I’m excited to support you!
p.s. Check out my blog for more great resources!
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Bianca Filoteo is all about getting entrepreneurs to embrace online video and that’s why she created Video For Shy People. She combines her acting & filmmaking background with her passions for business & technology to help entrepreneurs with all the aspects of creating their online videos. From concept to execution, Bianca is an online video editor, coach, and videographer whose mission is to amplify her clients’ online web presence.
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Holly Jackson is the owner of The Full Figured Chest Copywriting, along with being a fashion blogger and columnist. She lives in Mississippi with an artist, two dogs, and a whole bunch of mystery novels.
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Irene Zuccarello is an independent artist based in Italy with a strong passion for art, craft and creativity. She’s working and studying hard to realize her two biggest projects – creating her own handmade brand and grow a site, ImaginativeBloom.com, that supports the best handmade, and that can give a concrete help to all creatives and small entrepreneurs that like Irene, dream to turn their passion into a job.
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Isa Maria Seminega has been working with creative business owners since 2009 when she launched her communications agency, Noisette Marketing
. Since then she has helped countless creatives grow their business using authentic marketing, PR and branding. Isa’s work and business advice has been featured on popular sites such as Design*Sponge and Babble.com and she also spoke on PR at Etsy’s first ever business conference held in Berlin, Germany in 2011.
Isa recently founded Noisette Academy
a learning community providing e-courses and mentoring services. Noisette Academy aims to empower creative business owners by teaching the skills they need to market, brand and develop their passion into a profitable business.
Jen Kiaba is a photographer whose work has been featured in national magazines, book covers and blogs. She has taught numerous workshops and online courses on photography, and has had photography articles featured on Etsy Success.
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I was an elementary school teacher for 9 years. I’ve been a stay at home mom with my 3 teenage daughters since my 3rd daughter was born. I have always been a crafter… starting with princess drawing at age 5, to cross stitch, beading, quilting and now knitting. My motto is “Make something special every day” and “Make every day something special.” I have been married to my high school sweetheart for 20 years and I have 2 spoiled scottie dogs. I hope you will check out my blog Vintage Umbrella.
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Jessica Swift is a full-time artist and surface pattern designer (a one-woman show!) who believes that our childhood dreams and obsessions are the key to knowing the work we’re meant to do as adults. She remembers creating posters as a kid, filling large bubble letters with vibrant, hand-drawn patterns and decorating every surface she could get her hands on.
Twenty some years later, Jessica’s childhood fascination with color and pattern continues. From licensed products to objects made in her own studio, Jessica’s eponymous brand of surface designs and vibrant gift/home products is centered around her daring use of color and quirky & fun pattern sense. Her aim? To elicit happiness, play, and light-heartedness in the world through her work.
Jessica grew up in Boulder, Colorado, earned a BFA from Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY, and currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and 2 cats. Her work can be seen on her website, in her Etsy shop, and on her blog.
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After obtaining a degree in English Education, I taught high school English for nearly fifteen years before leaving teaching to care for my young son. Shortly thereafter, I discovered the world of blogging, and my family blog Corbett Capers was born. My blog On the Dot Creations came next, where I combined my love of polka dots with my admiration for all things handmade. I scour the web for the cutest polka dotted items I can find, and I also enjoy posting tips for handmade sellers, especially in the areas of product photography, item descriptions, and communication with customers. I hope to share my passion about effective communication with Handmade Success readers.
I live in North Carolina with my childhood sweetheart Jon, my six-year-old son Mason, and my dog who thinks she’s a human, Daisy. Hobbies are taking photographs, singing in church, dabbling in graphic design, and reading books with my son.
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A biz illuminatrix who hears between the lines, Laura Simms helps creative entrepreneurs discover their unique value & communicate that in a fun & profitable way. Think clarity + service + style = cash. She’s the author of Roadmap to Action, the guide that’s helped hundreds of creatives learn to work smarter. Laura vlogs weekly from her bird’s egg blue chair at createasfolk.com.
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Marlo Miyashiro — Creative Arts Consulting
Marlo has been in the retail and wholesale handmade craft industries for over 20 years, creating and selling her line of hand-fabricated sterling silver jewelry to over 200 stores across the country and abroad. She enthusiastically shares the knowledge she has gained along the way by helping artists learn how to make jewelry, grow their small businesses and improve their small object photography.
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My name is Martha Latta and I own the small business Sunday Afternoon Housewife. I am a handmade artist who creates Scrabble tile pendants, glass tile pendants and silk screened tees. I‘m also the author of the new e-book The Blogging Adventure: Tips and Prompts for Crafters by a Crafter. On my blog, Sunday Afternoon Housewife I regularly write about crafting, running a craft business, and taking a craft business on road. I am also a writer for Handmadeology, I’m the Regional Craftologist for Indianapolis, Indiana on Unanimous Craft, and I’m thrilled to be a guest writer here on Handmade Success!
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Mayi Carles is a super passionate artist + eco-friendly designer + creative biz coach with T-Rex sized dreams + a severe cupcake addiction + a funny Panamanian accent. Mayi’s on a mission to empower creative hearts to dream bigger + imagine better + achieve more + embrace all the beautiful messiness in-between. Come join Mayi over at heartmade & follow her tweets @mayicarles.
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Meagan Visser is a wife, mother, & creative entrepreneur. She lives in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains of East Tennessee with her family where she enjoys building her own creative business, Baby Swank, as well as teaching other moms with families how they can do it too on her website, MeaganVisser.com.
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You can read more articles on marketing, branding, public relations, search engine optimization, product packaging, and other topics of interest to online small business over at Meredith’s site Smaller Box.
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My love for the holidays gave me the inspiration to start my fresh wreath business, Sandra Began Holiday over 10 years ago. I started in my garage, and grew my business to make a move to a studio, then on to a warehouse and I now license my designs to The Wreath Factory in Wisconsin. I now focus solely on the marketing of my product and love helping others market their products during the holidays. I love the opportunity the holidays hold for handmade designers. It is the biggest buying time of the year! I share my holiday marketing tips and advice on my blog, Holiday Marketing Guides.
I love the holidays and enjoy running, crafting, photography and volunteering in my community. I live in Appleton, Wisconsin with my husband Patrick and 2 young boys, Jack and Charlie.
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Shelly Kerry is the founder of the program Creating Space, Mindful Living – motivating and inspiring people to run their businesses more efficiently. She helps others look at their personal and professional lives and explore what is and isn’t working. As a jewelry designer she has spent many years testing and honing the skills and discipline needed to run your own creative business while still having time for friends, family and fun. She puts her wealth of experience to use in the Creating Space service – healthy living advice to help keep you motivated and make the most out of your already busy schedule. She will help you find both the physical and emotional space so you can pursue your dreams and she’ll always insist there’s time for yourself.
Shelly writes guest posts on living your best life on well-known blogs such as Kanelstrand, Handmade Success and Awfully Grand and is pursuing a Core Strengths coaching certificate through San Francisco State University.
You can now find Creating Space on Facebook.
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Tara Gentile empowers passion-driven entrepreneurs to find the profit in producing the work of their true spirits. She is the author of the digital guide, The Art of Earning: Because Making Money Should Be Beautiful. To find out more & read her musings on building the New Economy with you at the center, visit her blog.
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Tara Swiger crafts independence, pilots a Starship and wants to help you make your own map to success. If you’re craving some free business-smarts for your craftastic adventure, get free SparklePointers delivered right to your inbox.
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