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How do you craft a successful, sustainable handmade business?
Explore your goals, your profit, your marketing and your mission in this podcast with Tara Swiger - maker, author and Starship Captain.
Learn how to craft a business you'll love, meet your fellow explorers and get inspired to keep going.Read more »
Most Recent Episode
211: On my 36th birthday
5 days ago
It's my birthday month, and that means it's time to review my year and share the lessons I learned from another year on the earth. Links I mentioned: Map Your Business EssentialEnthusiasm.com Past Birthday posts: 35 34 33 32 31 30 29 (I opened the Starship!) 28 (I launched this site!) 27 Listen in and get your free transcript at TaraSwiger.com/podcast211Read more »
Rated 5 out of
Excellent Podcast for Creative Businesses
Every Explore Your Enthusiasm podcast I've listened to has been thought provoking, and I found myself taking notes and implementing ideas right away. Tara's podcast helps you focus, make do-able plans, and make progress on those plans.
Date published: 2015-01-26
Rated 2 out of
Questionable Biz Advice But Good Goal Advice
This podcast has some great episodes if you're having a hard time figuring out how to actually get yourself to do the things you know you need to do. There's some good stuff on prioritizing, breaking things down, and managing time.
Where Tara Swiger struggles is with her advice that's more business focused. Her suggestion is to do what you want to do and the right people will find you. And her approach to customer feedback is that people who are unhappy and give critical feedback aren't your target audience. All of that sounds lovely if you want permission to do whatever you want but ignores the fact that actual demand for your product and customer retention are essential to running a business. Her poor attitude towards customer service and insistence that anyone can make a living doing what they love, without mentioning that there isn't always a market for everything that can support every aspiring business, does a disservice to small business owners in need of advice.
And last but not least, Tara is part of a MLM scheme and occasionally mentions it on the podcast. It's hard to trust the business advice of someone who would participate in a MLM scheme, and it also makes me wonder how well her coaching business is doing if she needs this side hustle that clearly isn't a passion project. I've started to question her business expertise, and she offers no real proof of results, so I'm starting to suspect that this may be yet another business podcast that's the blind leading the blind.
Date published: 2018-06-14