Maker Vision Podcast

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With social media and YouTube, we can sometimes be encouraged to share things we know and tricks we use to create our work. But how much sharing is too much? In this episode we talk about what information you may want to share and the information that you may want to keep secret.
It’s a new year and a new decade! In this episode we talk about what we’re doing in 2020 and we decided to start something new. In 2020, we are starting our own book club. We decided that we want to read books that are focused on making, entrepreneurship, and business. Join us! This month’s book club book is “Every Tool is a Hammer” by Adam Savage Book Link:
When we first began this podcast, Stephen and Trevor shared a little bit about themselves and how they got started. With the addition of our new co-host Martina, we decided it would be a good time to talk a little bit about how we got started. We hope you enjoy the episode!
Have you ever bought a tool that needed a little TLC? In this weeks episode, Stephen and guest host Martina talk about tool restoration and repair.
When it comes to running a business, doing a hobby, or life in general, there are always things that are outside of our control. From shipments being broken, unforeseen bills, and many other items, it can be tough to control everything. In this episode we talk about the things that have been out of our control lately and what we try to do when they happen.
We all have things we like and dislike about social media. Stephen, Trevor, and our new full-time co-host Martina talk about the things we don’t like about Instagram. We struggle with the algorithm among other things, and we wanted to address what we don’t like and the issues we have had.
When working with clients, it can be difficult to agree on a design, color scheme, or overall look, which begs the questions, is the customer always right? Sometimes, customers may not have the best idea on what colors work together, what size fits their space, among other items. The important takeaway is to work with the client, propose your own ideas for what you think will look good, and work together to create something awesome!
It’s the first book club review of the year! This month we read Every Tool is a Hammer by Adam Savage. Listen in and see what we thought of the book as well as our big takeaways.
Running a business comes with a lot of things that you may not think about starting out. From contracts and deposits to insurance, it is necessary to cover yourself and your business in the event that something doesn’t go as planned. This week we discuss what we do to cover ourselves and things that even we may be missing.
One of the things we all struggle with is finding the time to do things. Whether it be work, our hobbies, our spending time with our families, it never seems like there is enough time in the day. What do we do? In this episode we talk about how we find time to do what we love and how we prioritize our time.
Our good friend Bill and Trevor have both been using laser engraving and cutting machines for a few years. In this episode we cover some basic information about laser machines, what to look for, and some tips on what we like.
Over the years we have made many mistakes, sometimes even repeated the same mistakes. In this episode we talk about some of our biggest mistakes to help you avoid them as much as possible. Enjoy!
Sometimes in business it can be difficult to stay profitable without taking on new challenges. As a business owner, it is important to look for new opportunities and to evolve with the market and to find other ways to grow your business. In this episode we talk about what we are doing to grow as small businesses and what we are doing to evolve with the market.
No matter what we are doing, it is important to have people around you that help bring you up. In today’s world of social media, there can be a lot of negativity and unhelpful feedback. In this weeks episode, we talk about having people help support you, have confidence in your work, and to look on the bright side.
Our businesses wouldn’t exist without our customers. It is important to give our customers the best experience we possibly can. In this episode, we talk about how we each work with our customers to make their experience memorable and positive.
As part of our 2020 goals, we talked about wanting to learn new things. In the spirit of learning new things, we would like to hear from you! What would you like to learn? Please reach out and let us know so that we can all help each other!
We are kicking off 2019 by coming up with our top goals for 2019 for both our businesses and our shop. This year we are going to work hard to achieve our goals as well as help others achieve theirs. Join us and share your goals!
This week we were able to sit down with Josh from Om Sweet Ohm and get to know a fellow maker a little bit better. We love hearing about other small makers and what they do! This was the perfect opportunity to get to know them better and share what they do with all of you. Enjoy!
This week we had the pleasure of talking with Ethan Carter. Ethan does some amazing leather work and loves creating. Go give him a follow and see what he’s up to!
-A little background of Trevor Wanamaker and Stephen Ellis Why we are makers Why we decided to make a podcast about making and why our podcast is different Overcoming your hurdles 5 Key Areas to advance your making career Networking – Finding a Mentor and building your Tribe Marketing – Assist with Social Media based sales or content creation Design/Digital Media Everyday Solutions for the Shop – Tips, tricks, and gear to make your shop more efficient CAM and CAD Design Contact us Stephen Ellis Instagram @Oldsouthwoodcraft Email: Trevor Wanamaker Instagram @Makerexperiment Email: Podcast Instagram @Makervisionpodcast Email: Websites
Are conventions worth attending? This week we were able to attend AWFS which is a woodworking and finishing convention in Las Vegas. From small tools for the every day woodworker to massive machines the size of a house, we saw it all. The question is, is it worth attending if you don’t live in the same city as it’s being held? Enjoy our take on it and what we think.
This week we are getting ready for Workbench Con 2020. In this episode, we are going to talk about what we are doing to prepare for WBC and how we are managing our businesses while we are out of town.
This week we sat down with Martina and her wife Amanda to continue our discussion on customer interaction. Customer interaction can make or break your business. Sit back and relax while we continue our discussion.
As makers we try our best to do everything we can to be self reliant. Whether it be fixing something in a house, designing our own items, or doing our own electrical, we try to be self-reliant. In this episode we talk about what we do to be self-reliant as well as when we know to outsource.
One of the best investments that you can ever make, is in yourself. Whether it be reading books, learning new skills, or taking time to collect yourself, investing in yourself is invaluable. Choose something to invest your time and energy in this holiday season!
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Jul 19th, 2018
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Mar 11th, 2020
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