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Podcast: A Pioneering Craft Business, with Jan DiCintio
In this podcast, I talk with Jan DiCintio, who designs, produces and wholesales her own organic cotton fabric line under the name Daisy Janie. Jan is a great example of what I'd call a "pioneering business" – she's doing something not a lot of other people have attempted, and she's had to hike a lot of learning curves to figure out how to do it.
What interests me about Jan and creative entrepreneurs like her is that the internet has provided us with many "just add water" business options. You can fire up, say, an Etsy shop in just a few minutes. You can create an online T-shirt store just as easily with services like Zazzle. And these entry-level opportunities do give so many of us a way to dip our toes into doing what we love for a living, but I think Jan's story represents the next step in creative entrepreneurship: identifying something that hasn't been done by lots of others, and then doing all the learning necessary to bring that to life.
What's your ultimate dream of a creative business? I think you'll find some useful tools for getting there in Jan's interview.