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Hi! I’m Lucy.
Chardonnay and vintage finds lover, founder of the handmade jewelry brand bel monili *and* your new guide to making your handmade business WORK online.
I think podcasts are one the best ways we makers can learn and grow. Listening to podcasts for makers, while actually making things – it’s the perfect combination!
An inspirational podcast episode can get me fired up and give me a little push to keep going. Not to mention all the tips and tricks I learn that help boost my business.
Here’s a list of podcasts that I think are the best for makers and handmade sellers as of today. They offer a ton of information and advice on running a successful handmade business.
Grab your headphones and let’s get started!
A monthly talk show that caters to fiber artists, The LoveCrafts Show covers many topics related to makers. Hosted by Merion and Jamie, they are two pleasant British co-hosts that talk about mindset, news, community the joy of making, and more.
The LoveCrafts Show is lighthearted and easy to listen to, produced well, and the topics are interesting, especially if you are a fiber artist.
If you work with clay, this podcast is for you! Over 800 episodes covering every aspect of pottery and ceramics.
Host Paul Blais is wonderful to listen to and is very good at interviewing his guests.
There is so much information covered in this podcast! Not only does Paul discuss design and the process of pottery, he also covers the business side of things, including inventory, websites, and more.
The nuts and bolts of running a handmade business are discussed in this informative podcast for makers.
Host Katie Hunt brings in experts on every aspect of running a handmade business. Topics such as business insurance, search engine optimization and opening a brick-and-mortar shop.
Production value is high and Katie is a good host. She does talk a little fast, so if you’re someone who usually listens to podcasts at 1.5x, you may want to slow this one down a bit.
Host Emily Thompson has a cool voice and finds unique topics in the world of creative entrepreneurship.
One highlight is her focus on trends, including trends in social media and podcasting. Since she covers a larger base of creative businesses, you can find tips and advice on topics such as writing, marketing and creativity in general.
If you’re a mom trying to get your business going, take a listen to Beth Anne’s podcast. While the production quality is not as high as some other podcasts, she is focused on the small business, and has many episodes dedicated to Etsy sellers.
She interviews moms who started their own creative businesses, and they share how they got to where they are today.
It looks like Emily hasn’t created new episodes since May 2021 but there is a lot of good information to listen to as she has podcasts for makers going back to 2017!
If you’re looking for pure inspiration that’s fun and upbeat, the Craft Hangout podcast is for you!
The Craft Hangout brings a ton of different artists, crafters and makers in to chat with. Don’t let the opening “jingle” dissuade you from listening. This is definitely a fun atmosphere!
If you have a small business and you also want to give back, this is the podcast you need to listen to!
Host Lauren Tilden guides her listeners through all the steps a small business needs to take in order to be successful.
On top of her business advice, Lauren also chats about philanthropy and using your small business to make an impact. It’s a lovely combination and can inspire you to create a heart-based business that is incredibly fulfilling.
Host Amy is a photographer and teacher and knows a lot about running a creative small business. Amy is based in Canada but most of her topics are relatable for anyone running a creative business.
Amy talks a lot about mindset and being confident and…bold! I really like how she focuses on topics such as time management and going beyond just being a maker. She’s got episodes about starting your own classes online, and when it’s time to leave your day job.
Overall I think she touches on relevant topics that go beyond the basic “start a handmade business” conversation.
Host Allison Coutts interviews creative people who come from all walks of life.
Allison and her guests explore what it means to be creative, the challenges that come with being an artist or maker, and what it takes to become a successful “creative entrepreneur”.
I was honored to be a guest on Allison’s podcast! If you’d like to listen to my episode, you can find it here: S1E13: From Hobby to Six-Figure Business with Handmade Business Coach Lucy Kelly of Bloom By Bel Monili
I hope this list inspires you to pop on your headphones and enjoy these informational podcasts as you work through your day. I’ve been so inspired by the success stories and comforted by the shared struggles.
If you’re looking for even more community, come check out my free Facebook group, especially created just for handmade and craft business owners!
After running bel monili (my handmade jewelry business) for 10 years, I launched Bloom in 2019 to create a community where handmade business owners could learn, grow, and support each other in this wild venture of small business ownership. Welcome to Bloom!