Many creatives dream of turning the items they make into a profitable business that can support their lifestyles so they are free to do work they love from wherever they desire. For one lady, this dream is an ongoing reality and she strives to help other makers profit from their talents and live a life that’s true to them too.
Jess Van Den, my latest guest on The Freedom Seeker Chronicles Podcast, is a silversmith from Australia who makes beautiful jewellery from her solar powered studio north of Brisbane. She’s the founder and editor of Create & Thrive & the Thriver Circle, supporting creatives turning their handmade hobby into a full-time business and together with her husband Nick, she has built a life for themselves centred around freedom and flexibility.
[3m 15s] How Jess came to discover the heart and soul behind her business and understand her ‘why’ in business
[6m 0s] The moment Jess decided to make her hobby her business
[10m 30s] What Jess’s day to day life looks like, her creative routine and how she balances business + life commitments
[13m 40s] Why Jess lets go of business priorities at weekends to create headspace
[15m 20s] Jess + Beth’s thoughts on managing social media as a small business owner – and the importance of showing up as your whole self [not to fill gaps in your social schedule]
[17m 0s] How Jess balances time, finances and energy for 2 businesses
[21m 0s] Jess explains the different revenue streams that come from her businesses and how they support her
[23m 05s] The challenges Jess is currently facing and how she differentiates urgent vs. important tasks
[26m 15s] Jess highlights the common challenges creative business owners face and how to overcome them
[29m 30s] Overcoming confidence issues and fear when you’re starting a creative business
[31m 0s] The power of finding a community to support you
[32m 20s] What Jess has learned in interviewing lots of entrepreneurs and changemakers for her podcast
[35m 10s] Jess explains her very own definition of Freedom