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Pancake Town Podcast

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In this week's episode, Michelle and Emily are here for your Election Day distraction!  They share their somewhat apathetic holiday sales plans for this year and why they’re not putting too much pressure on themselves to make up for lost income
Is it possible for a business to quit social media?  This week, Emily and Michelle react to a handmade jewelry business’ decision to leave all social media platforms.  While the idea of deleting Facebook and never posting on Instagram ever agai
Last week was Amazon Prime Day and the small business community showed up to encourage their customers to spend their money thoughtfully, and to remind them that small businesses have been hurting this year while Amazon is profiting off of the
After a bit of a hiatus, Emily and Michelle are back! They dive right into the hottest topic of the moment: How to respond when you're told to “stick to {your business}” and leave politics out of it. This year has demanded that we - small busi
In this week's episode, Michelle and Emily dive into the topic of "maker guilt," or, more specifically, the current trend of small businesses like ours feeling like they need to apologize for advertising their products and trying to make money.
After they get some feelings about non-maskers out of their system, Emily and Michelle spend this episode talking about ways to prepare for this coming holiday season.  With in-person events potentially being canceled well into next year, how c
After a quick break for migraines, flash sales, and fireworks, we're back with a brand-new Quarantine Chat!  This week, Emily and Michelle talk about the craziest thing going around social media lately: cancel culture.
After a long hiatus, Emily and Michelle are back with another Quarantine Chat episode. This week, they share some Black-hosted podcasts that they've been listening to... Podcasts we review in this episode: The Stoop, Pod Save the People, Highe
As we enter a full month of the 'stay-at-home' order here in Illinois, Emily and Michelle record another Quarantine Chat episode from the safety of their respective homes.  This week, they talk about the divisive and problematic issue of labeli
As stay-at-home orders are extended in Illinois, and across the country, Emily and Michelle continue to record their Quarantine Chat series from the comfort of their separate homes...  In this week's episode, they try to bring a little positivi
It's the 100th Episode of Pancake Town!  And it’s the first in a new series we're calling Quarantine Chats...  Emily and Michelle record this episode via phone in order to maintain social distancing during the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.  They b
We're baaaaaccckkkkk! In this week's episode (our first of 2020!), Emily and Michelle quickly get caught up on how the new year has been going and then they finally get into a topic that’s been on their minds for a while.  We’ve all been given
Part 2 of 2: Emily and Michelle continue their 2019/2020 conversation and segue into some of their favorite rants topics like pricing and dealing with difficult customers.
Part 1 of 2: Emily and Michelle review 2019 - focusing on the new habits and attitudes they've adopted over the last 12 months.  They’re both ready to be done with this decade and start 2020 with the same energy and drive that they had 15 years
For this week's episode, the listeners asked Emily and Michelle to go back 10 years and think about what advice they would give themselves - and what advice they'd give to other small business owners - just starting out.  They take a trip down
Does your business just need a pivot or is it actually time to throw in the towel?  In this week's episode, Emily and Michelle research how to read the signs that your business needs a change and get into how to pull that change off.  Also, the
OMG It’s the week of SHOW of HANDS so Emily and Michelle answer your questions about selling at in-person events.  They share their favorite dos and don’ts for having a successful show and an important reminder that taking care of yourself shou
This week, Emily and Michelle are thrilled to welcome special guest, Jen Farrell from Starshaped Press, to talk about the many ways in which the handmade world has changed since starting her letterpress business back in 1999 (that's 20 years ag
Alternate Title: "That's Gross" In this week's episode, Michelle and Emily discuss the constant internal struggle that a lot of makers have when designing new products: Do I give my customers what they want, or do I tell them what they should
This week, Emily and Michelle react to an article on thecut.com written by Natalie Beach > a ghostwriter for Instagram influencer, Caroline Calloway.  Natalie's side of the story reveals that Caroline created a social media persona with the sol
GET READY FOR SOME REAL TALK: In this week's episode, Michelle shares her strategy to deal with a recent drop in wholesale sales and enlists Emily’s help to brainstorm new ideas.
This week, Emily fills Michelle in on her (very rainy) weekend vending at Andersonville Arts Festival...  but not before the two rant about the aftermath of an Instagram post that unexpectedly went viral the day before.
In this week's episode, Michelle and Emily investigate the new free shipping strategy implemented on Etsy and how it’s affecting not only Etsy shop owners, but potentially all small businesses with online shops.  Since Emily and Michelle no lon
This week, Emily and Michelle attend Renegade Craft Fair’s flagship summer event in Chicago which prompts ranting about one of their favorite topics: Shopping Local!  They share their purchases from the show (which means LOTS of shout-outs!) an
In this week's episode, Michelle fills Emily in on the results from her 9-to-5 work week experiment, which ended up being more about getting over the addiction to “the hustle” than about keeping a regular schedule.  They end up stumbling upon s
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