Tara is creating handmadebiz podcasts and videos
18

patrons

$34
per month

I'm Tara Swiger, the author of Market Yourself (2012, Cooperative Press), and I help makers and artists build sustainable, love-able business.

My podcast, Explore Your Enthusiasm, provides (free!) weekly lessons to handmade business owners. We discuss how to get stuff done (with the workday you have), how to talk about your work (without feeling gross), and how to do more of what you love (and less of what you don't). Every episode comes with a transcript and many have  worksheets, checklists, or Resource Guides.  

There are over 125 free episodes of Explore Your Enthusiasm, along with nearly two hundred videos on YouTube: all if it aimed at creating sustainble maker-based businesses. I make all of this pragmatic business encouragement available for free because I love you, and I want your business to succeed. 

I've also created over a dozen online courses, both for my own site and for CreativeLIVE, and I lead an an online community for makers dedicated in building the business they really want (it's called...The Starship. We are nerds.). 

If you enjoy the podcast, YouTube videos, Periscopes and blog posts, and you'd like to have more of it in your life, this is the place to tell me. 

As a Patron, even at the $2 level, you're going to get more behind-the-scenes stuff, including contributing to the podcast and the classes I create! Basically, you're going to tell me what would help you most, and I'll make it! :)

At the higher levels, you're going to get more biz encouragement, like weekly texts where I prompt you to take a biz-building action. At $33/mo you'll get cold, hard, physical goods: A signed copy of my book right away and more goods inthe mail as the Patreon grows (check out my goals!)


My goal is simple: I want to create more helpful stuff, for more makers, as sustainably as possible (so I can keep doing it for a long time!). Your patronage makes that happen. 

I'm gonna level with you - my current biz model (lots of free stuff, with applicable, highly valuable clases available only to those who can afford a $200+ class) has been very successful. I pay all of my bills. Both my husband and I work full-time in the business (i.e,. we don't have any outside income). I've traveled the country (and soon, the world!) teaching makers how to become their own business expert. 

But I'm ready for the next adventure. Instead of making increasingly expensive classes for a few people, I want to make even more small fun things for more people (like my Month of Biz Love (free!) or the 6 week Biz Confidence Challenge (also free!).

Why? 
Because I believe YOU are the best expert in your business. 
That's right. I'm not the expert. You are. 
I know some things, after building my own handmade business (I sold handspun, handdyed yarn, since 2006!) and after working with hundreds of crafters, designers and artists. But I'm unwilling to create a "brand" that has to convince you that you are NOT the expert, in order to make more money or seem fancier or earn more prestige.
Instead, I want to find the most sustainable way to build your biz confidence. I want to make things that remind you of what you already know, that help you take what you know and put it into practice. 


To do that, to help more makers and artists, at every stage of business (and financial means), I need your help. 
Yes, you're going to get fun behind-the-scenes stuff and not-available-anywhere-else stuff. 
But alo, you're going to be supporting me and the work I do. You are going to be directly supporting my personal Mission: to spread sustainable, love-fueled businesses, run by artists and makers with integrity, throughout the world. To let every woman know: your work is valuable and you can build the life you want, with hard work and experimentation. 

It comes down to this: If you become my patron, you're helping me create more goodness for you and other tiny creative businesses who can't afford to spend money. You're supporting me in making something that will hopefully inspire you to become more adventurous and share your handmade goodness with more people. 

We are working together to tell makers and artists and designers: You can create the business you want. You are the best expert in doing that. 


My first few goals for the Patreon include: 
  1. Getting a video lighting set-up, so I can make brighter, better videos throughout the colder months. (Winter is coming!)
  2. Creating a Map Making Quarterly Planner - a real, printed book. Eep! 
  3. Expanding to 2 (or more!) podcast episodes a week! 


If this sounds like the thing you wanna support and be a part of, choose a level that works for you, and click the button below it to sign up! You can stop at any time, so don't be shy about coming (and going) depending on your own biz success! 


Tiers
Patron
$1 or more per month 7 patrons
You're officially a PATRON and will receive one very thankful virtual squeeze.
Also, you'll get access to my patron-only feed, which includes
  • every podcast episode, PDF, workbook, and podcast "extra" I create (You won't have to do anything extra, it'll show up in the feed!)
  • little notes, recordings, and photos, not shared anywhere else. 
Producer
$2 or more per month 9 patrons
YOU! You are now a PRODUCER on my podcast! 
You will get 
  • input on my next podcast episodes, videos and classes. I'll show you my content calendar and ask for your votes on what to record next!
  • early access to all of my online classes and live events around the country (they often come with Early Bird discounts or bonuses!)
You'll also get the PATRON feed, which includes: 
  • every podcast episode, PDF, workbook, and podcast "extra" I create (You won't have to do anything extra, it'll show up in the feed!)
  • little notes, recordings, and photos, not shared anywhere else. 
Back Stage Pass
$7 or more per month 3 patrons
This is your Backstage Pass!
You will get

  • Shout out online! Send me a message with your preffered social media platform and handle, and I'll thank you publicly and point my people towards you! 
  • We'll get coffee!
    I'll announce my travels Patreon stream & will take all  patrons at this level (and above!) out for a beverage whenever I travel for work! (And if you're local to me, we'll grab a coffee soon!)
  • Texts from me! Get a boost of enthusiasm, be reminded to prioritize your week, or get challenged to do a confidence-building tasks via text!



Plus everything from the PATRON and PRODUCER Level

  • Access to my patron-only feed
  • Input on my next podcast episodes, videos and classes. I'll show you my content calendar and ask for your votes on what to record next!
  • Early access to all of my live events around the country (and world!)
Real Mail
$33 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons
Yay! Thank you! You get The REAL MAIL! 

Join by January and you'll get TWO books! This extra book is only available in January!


I will send you

  •  a signed copy of BOTH my books: Market Yourself + Map Your Year
  • A postcard! You'll get a real-mail postcard from my next adventure! 
  • I'll thank you and mention your biz on the podcast (Tell me your biz name when you join!)
  • You will get all new physical products I create, like planners, journals, and coffee mugs (to keep you on-track and fueled up.) If you're this level when it's funded (see funding goals). 


And alllll of the other rewards from the early levels!

  • Early access
  • Encouraging texts
  • Coffee in your town! 
ROCKSTAR
$55 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons
It's official: You are a Rockstar and I love you.

Here's what you can expect:

  • I'll send you my quarterly Map Making Guide, Map Making e-course and Monthly Review questions to keep you on track towards your goals(for as long as you stay at this level)
  • You get Early Boarding privileges to the Starship (they often sell out, but you'll be guaranteed a spot) & $50 off your membership. 
  • An invitation to my monthly private live Q+A : ask your questions and I'll answer them! (Currently this is exclusive to Starship and Lift Off members)


  • I will send you a signed copy of my book!
  • A postcard! 
  • I'll thank you and mention your biz on the podcast (Tell me your biz name when you join!)
  • You will get all new physical products I create.
  • Early access
  • Encouraging texts
  • Live recordings of the podcast
  • Coffee in your town! 
BEST FRIENDS FOREVER
$99 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons
We are officially best friends!
To solidify it, I'll
  • Follow you on IG & Twitter! 
  • Take you out to dinner (my treat!) when we're near each other. 
  • Give you free access to one of my online classes (as soon as you pay your first month): Craft Your Marketing ($199 value) Pay Yourself ($199 value) or Wrangle Your Time ($99 value)



Plus:  

  • Quarterly Map Making
  • Monthly check-ins
  • The REAL MAIL
  • Texts
  • Coffee!


 And everything else listed on this page! Dude! 

Goals
$34 of $100 per month
Celebrate with me! 
We'll hold a celebratory live chat - it'll be available to all Patrons! You can ask me your biz Qs and I will answer them!
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I'm Tara Swiger, the author of Market Yourself (2012, Cooperative Press), and I help makers and artists build sustainable, love-able business.

My podcast, Explore Your Enthusiasm, provides (free!) weekly lessons to handmade business owners. We discuss how to get stuff done (with the workday you have), how to talk about your work (without feeling gross), and how to do more of what you love (and less of what you don't). Every episode comes with a transcript and many have  worksheets, checklists, or Resource Guides.  

There are over 125 free episodes of Explore Your Enthusiasm, along with nearly two hundred videos on YouTube: all if it aimed at creating sustainble maker-based businesses. I make all of this pragmatic business encouragement available for free because I love you, and I want your business to succeed. 

I've also created over a dozen online courses, both for my own site and for CreativeLIVE, and I lead an an online community for makers dedicated in building the business they really want (it's called...The Starship. We are nerds.). 

If you enjoy the podcast, YouTube videos, Periscopes and blog posts, and you'd like to have more of it in your life, this is the place to tell me. 

As a Patron, even at the $2 level, you're going to get more behind-the-scenes stuff, including contributing to the podcast and the classes I create! Basically, you're going to tell me what would help you most, and I'll make it! :)

At the higher levels, you're going to get more biz encouragement, like weekly texts where I prompt you to take a biz-building action. At $33/mo you'll get cold, hard, physical goods: A signed copy of my book right away and more goods inthe mail as the Patreon grows (check out my goals!)


My goal is simple: I want to create more helpful stuff, for more makers, as sustainably as possible (so I can keep doing it for a long time!). Your patronage makes that happen. 

I'm gonna level with you - my current biz model (lots of free stuff, with applicable, highly valuable clases available only to those who can afford a $200+ class) has been very successful. I pay all of my bills. Both my husband and I work full-time in the business (i.e,. we don't have any outside income). I've traveled the country (and soon, the world!) teaching makers how to become their own business expert. 

But I'm ready for the next adventure. Instead of making increasingly expensive classes for a few people, I want to make even more small fun things for more people (like my Month of Biz Love (free!) or the 6 week Biz Confidence Challenge (also free!).

Why? 
Because I believe YOU are the best expert in your business. 
That's right. I'm not the expert. You are. 
I know some things, after building my own handmade business (I sold handspun, handdyed yarn, since 2006!) and after working with hundreds of crafters, designers and artists. But I'm unwilling to create a "brand" that has to convince you that you are NOT the expert, in order to make more money or seem fancier or earn more prestige.
Instead, I want to find the most sustainable way to build your biz confidence. I want to make things that remind you of what you already know, that help you take what you know and put it into practice. 


To do that, to help more makers and artists, at every stage of business (and financial means), I need your help. 
Yes, you're going to get fun behind-the-scenes stuff and not-available-anywhere-else stuff. 
But alo, you're going to be supporting me and the work I do. You are going to be directly supporting my personal Mission: to spread sustainable, love-fueled businesses, run by artists and makers with integrity, throughout the world. To let every woman know: your work is valuable and you can build the life you want, with hard work and experimentation. 

It comes down to this: If you become my patron, you're helping me create more goodness for you and other tiny creative businesses who can't afford to spend money. You're supporting me in making something that will hopefully inspire you to become more adventurous and share your handmade goodness with more people. 

We are working together to tell makers and artists and designers: You can create the business you want. You are the best expert in doing that. 


My first few goals for the Patreon include: 
  1. Getting a video lighting set-up, so I can make brighter, better videos throughout the colder months. (Winter is coming!)
  2. Creating a Map Making Quarterly Planner - a real, printed book. Eep! 
  3. Expanding to 2 (or more!) podcast episodes a week! 


If this sounds like the thing you wanna support and be a part of, choose a level that works for you, and click the button below it to sign up! You can stop at any time, so don't be shy about coming (and going) depending on your own biz success! 


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Tiers
Patron
$1 or more per month 7 patrons
You're officially a PATRON and will receive one very thankful virtual squeeze.
Also, you'll get access to my patron-only feed, which includes
  • every podcast episode, PDF, workbook, and podcast "extra" I create (You won't have to do anything extra, it'll show up in the feed!)
  • little notes, recordings, and photos, not shared anywhere else. 
Producer
$2 or more per month 9 patrons
YOU! You are now a PRODUCER on my podcast! 
You will get 
  • input on my next podcast episodes, videos and classes. I'll show you my content calendar and ask for your votes on what to record next!
  • early access to all of my online classes and live events around the country (they often come with Early Bird discounts or bonuses!)
You'll also get the PATRON feed, which includes: 
  • every podcast episode, PDF, workbook, and podcast "extra" I create (You won't have to do anything extra, it'll show up in the feed!)
  • little notes, recordings, and photos, not shared anywhere else. 
Back Stage Pass
$7 or more per month 3 patrons
This is your Backstage Pass!
You will get

  • Shout out online! Send me a message with your preffered social media platform and handle, and I'll thank you publicly and point my people towards you! 
  • We'll get coffee!
    I'll announce my travels Patreon stream & will take all  patrons at this level (and above!) out for a beverage whenever I travel for work! (And if you're local to me, we'll grab a coffee soon!)
  • Texts from me! Get a boost of enthusiasm, be reminded to prioritize your week, or get challenged to do a confidence-building tasks via text!



Plus everything from the PATRON and PRODUCER Level

  • Access to my patron-only feed
  • Input on my next podcast episodes, videos and classes. I'll show you my content calendar and ask for your votes on what to record next!
  • Early access to all of my live events around the country (and world!)
Real Mail
$33 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons
Yay! Thank you! You get The REAL MAIL! 

Join by January and you'll get TWO books! This extra book is only available in January!


I will send you

  •  a signed copy of BOTH my books: Market Yourself + Map Your Year
  • A postcard! You'll get a real-mail postcard from my next adventure! 
  • I'll thank you and mention your biz on the podcast (Tell me your biz name when you join!)
  • You will get all new physical products I create, like planners, journals, and coffee mugs (to keep you on-track and fueled up.) If you're this level when it's funded (see funding goals). 


And alllll of the other rewards from the early levels!

  • Early access
  • Encouraging texts
  • Coffee in your town! 
ROCKSTAR
$55 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons
It's official: You are a Rockstar and I love you.

Here's what you can expect:

  • I'll send you my quarterly Map Making Guide, Map Making e-course and Monthly Review questions to keep you on track towards your goals(for as long as you stay at this level)
  • You get Early Boarding privileges to the Starship (they often sell out, but you'll be guaranteed a spot) & $50 off your membership. 
  • An invitation to my monthly private live Q+A : ask your questions and I'll answer them! (Currently this is exclusive to Starship and Lift Off members)


  • I will send you a signed copy of my book!
  • A postcard! 
  • I'll thank you and mention your biz on the podcast (Tell me your biz name when you join!)
  • You will get all new physical products I create.
  • Early access
  • Encouraging texts
  • Live recordings of the podcast
  • Coffee in your town! 
BEST FRIENDS FOREVER
$99 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons
We are officially best friends!
To solidify it, I'll
  • Follow you on IG & Twitter! 
  • Take you out to dinner (my treat!) when we're near each other. 
  • Give you free access to one of my online classes (as soon as you pay your first month): Craft Your Marketing ($199 value) Pay Yourself ($199 value) or Wrangle Your Time ($99 value)



Plus:  

  • Quarterly Map Making
  • Monthly check-ins
  • The REAL MAIL
  • Texts
  • Coffee!


 And everything else listed on this page! Dude!