podcast encouragement for the small creative business owner
There are a few podcast episodes that I heard in the past few days that have encouraged me and ministered to my business-owning heart. The world of entrepreneurship is ever-changing and it some days are harder than others. If you need a word of encouragement and 30 minutes to listen to someone who knows where you’re at, then keep reading as I recommend a few good podcasts to you!
the mary marantz show
The Mary Marantz Show is a relatively new podcast that I only heard about a few days ago. I noticed that Natalie Franke was being interviewed on the show and instantly tuned in (because I love all things Natalie Franke)!
Mary had a podcast episode about how to pivot well in life and in business. She spoke about making small changes over time and how important it is to make sure those changes suit you and your family’s needs. It was SUCH a breath of fresh air to hear someone talk about the practical side of starting a business and how you probably shouldn’t jump in with both feet without a plan. Too often, I feel we’re fed the messages of “follow your dreams” and “just go for it” and “hustle ’till you make it”. In reality, the decision to start a creative business or tweak an existing one should be a thoughtful one that comes with a lot of research and planning.
She also emphasized the value of growing slowly. She said that slow growth builds strong roots, and we shouldn’t undervalue the pacing of slow growth over time. Again, it seems to me that the pace of small business ownership that’s promoted on social media is relatively fast.
“Grow your following by 1,000 people in a week!”
“Here’s how I made over 3 figures in a year!”
The pervasive message seems to be a constant stream of faster, more, increase, strive and hustle. I can’t tell you how refreshing it was to hear someone address a slower pace of growth let alone acknowledge that’s probably more normal than not.
The Mary Marantz Show only has a few episodes at the moment, but the episode on pivoting well is a must-listen if you too are feeling the pressure behind the messages of growing fast.
the creative exponent
The focus of this podcast is to encourage other creatives to uphold and own their creativity. The podcast episode for this week was centered around the mindsets of scarcity (there’s not enough) and abundance (there’s plenty).
In this scarcity vs. abundance episode, Marian and Shaunna discussed how difficult it is to be happy for other creatives who are experiencing the success you wish you had in your own business. Someone is starting their own shop while you can’t seem to grow beyond your antique booth space. Another got picked up by an incredibly well-known product line and is now licensing their artwork across the world. And yet another creative is posting every other day that they’ve sold furniture while your pieces have yet to find the right buyer.
That struggle is VERY real, my friends. If we’re honest with ourselves, our tendency can sometimes lean towards wondering if there’s any room for us and our creativity in the world. Have we become obsolete?
This mindset hit home for me personally, because it seems like everyone is painting furniture these days. It’s in every shop, on every Facebook page and Instagram post. It’s no longer special and unique. I honestly wonder if painted furniture has run its course. Is there any room for my work in the world anymore?
I won’t spoil the episode for you, but I do encourage you to give it a listen if you struggle with the same thoughts. It’s definitely an honest conversation and an encouraging one at that!
natalie franke’s doodles
I’ll end my list with a non-podcast recommendation, and that is Natalie Franke’s doodles on Instagram.
Natalie is one of the co-founders of The Rising Tide Society and a former wedding photographer. Her little graphics and doodles on Instagram encourage the pants off of me because she truly “gets” what it’s like to run a small business. When I read her messages and look at her images, I instantly feel validated.
I hope these podcast episodes and doodle recommendations will encourage you in your small business journey too. And for my readers who aren’t entrepreneurs, I hope this list will help you understand our world a bit better and give you some insight into how we all work to live out our creative passions.