You want a thriving, profitable handmade business.


The Thriver Circle will give you step-by-step guidance and support to make it happen sooner.

Hey there, maker. Welcome to the Thriver Circle.

If you've ever found yourself thinking...


  • 'I wish I had a step-by-step guide to everything I need to do to get my handmade business up and running.'

  • 'I really want to be part of a mastermind of makers who are serious about growing their businesses.'

  • 'I want to learn from someone who has done what I am trying to do.'

  • 'My business is doing okay... but I want it to grow faster.'

  • 'I'm willing to work hard - but I'm not quite sure what I should work on next?'

  • 'I want business help and advice that is specific to makers.'

...then you're in the right place.

Join the The Thriver Circle today and become part of an amazingly supportive membership community of hundreds of fellow makers who are serious about building thriving & profitable handmade businesses.

Does this sound familiar?

Failure to Launch...

  • You've been wanting to turn your handmade hobby into a business for ages, but just can't figure out how to get started.
  • You feel a bit lost and frustrated with your progress - you just don't know what do to next to move your business forward.
  • You find the idea of marketing & selling - especially social media - a bit scary and overwhelming.

Analysis Paralysis...

  • You've been trying to make this happen for so long, but keep coming up against your own self-doubt, and this keeps holding you back.
  • You're a bit skeptical about all the expensive courses out there that make big, seemingly unrealistic promises of success.
  • You wish you were part of a genuniely caring community of makers who are supportive, knowledgeable, and uplifting, without the drama and selling you see in so many free facebook groups.

Time Crunch...

  • You want information that's relevant to you right now, that you can consume in your own time, and fit in around your existing commitments. 
  • You want practical, step-by-step strategies that are proven to actually work - not just theoretical, 'you can do it' fluff.
  • You want to learn about more than just how to have a successful Etsy shop. Etsy's awesome, but you know it's only part of the story.

My name's Jess Van Den, and I created the Thriver Circle - this private membership community for makers - to help you create a successful handmade business.

I've run my own handmade business - Epheriell - for 10 years.

In that time, I've made hundreds of thousands of dollars from selling my craft, and I've been fully self-employed since 2010.

I've also helped thousands of makers - just like you - to create thriving & profitable handmade businesses

In the Thriver Circle, I teach you the exact steps to follow in order to craft the business you've dreamed of.

I know how overwhelming, frustrating, and isolating it can be to grow a handmade business.

I've been there!

I want to help you fast-forward your business growth.

I firmly believe that the best way to learn is to tap into the knowledge of mentors and colleagues who have already figured out the what, how, why, and when of what really works.

No matter how you sell your craft, or where you are in the world, the Thriver Circle is for you.

Don't you deserve to see your dream become reality?

"SIGN UP!! Even though I haven't set up a shop yet, the sharing of information from the community is amazing!

I am so happy that I joined the Thriver Circle! You won't see another bunch of talented handmade artists who are so supportive, encouraging and helpful!!"

~ Adeline Tien

"The Circle is here when I need support and encouragement, and it allows me to do the same for others.

I love it when we can 'brain-dump' ideas or thoughts related to our business and have other people who just 'get it'."

~ Donna Duncombe

The Circle will give you step-by-step education and support that will help your handmade business grow and thrive.

When you join, you get access to...

1. 29 video workshops (& counting)

As soon as you join the Circle, you get immediate & exclusive access to 29 handmade business workshops - available in video, audio, and written format.

The workshops cover topics including:

  • How to effectively use Instagram, Facebook & Pinterest to market your biz.
  • How to work out who your ideal customer is and how to connect with them.
  • How to effectively price your creations so they sell - and allow you make a decent profit.
  • Exactly how to set up - and run - an effective email newsletter.
  • How to manage your time so you actually get stuff done.
  • How to improve your SEO... and many more topics!

See the full list of workshops here.

These workshops are not available to the public - they are for Thriver Circle members only.

If I was selling these workshops separately, they would be $75 each.

(Currently over $2,000 value)

2. Your Year to Thrive - a year-long online progam

I have brought together my 10 years of handmade business experience and created a year-long online program, exclusively for Thriver Circle members.

In this course, I'll take you through a step-by-step process that will guide you through what need to know and learn in order to start, grow, or reinvigorate your handmade business!

It is 13 modules, 52 lessons - one lesson a week for an entire year.

You will begin this program immediately upon joining the Thriver Circle - look out for the first lesson via email.

This program is also deliberately designed to fit into your busy life – with one lesson on one topic every week for a whole year, it is at a pace you can actually enact, and will help you to make informed, epic progress on building your business.

Say goodbye to wondering ‘am I missing something’? Or ‘am I doing this right’? Or even ‘is this even possible’?

Yes. It is possible. I did it, and so have many, many others. You can, too.

This is the course I wish existed during my first 5 years in business.

See the full course outline here. 

"Great information! It's so obvious how much work and research you put into your Podcasts and Workshops.

I've actually unsubscribed to all my other similar groups and just do the Thriver Circle now."

~ Elise Butler

"Joining the Thriver Circle has been a real turning point in the development of my business.

I've gained so much insight in the few months I've been a member and love the support and encouragement from the group.

I would recommend it to anyone just starting out or who has been in business for a while as there is always something new to learn and a direction to grow in."

~ Tamsyn Simmonds

As well as...

3. A monthly members-only podcast episode

Since 2015, I've produced the Create & Thrive podcast, which has over 10,000 listeners per month. In it, I talk all things handmade business, as well as interview amazing makers who have crafted successful businesses.

Members of the Circle get an extra, member-exclusive episode each month!

If you enjoy the Create & Thrive podcast, you'll love having access to this episode, which is only available to members of the Thriver Circle.

Not only that... members also get:

  • Early access - TC members can download every episode of the C&T podcast (starting Jan 2018) 1 week before anyone else.
  • Ad-free listening - the episodes available to members will be TC-promo-free. After all - if you're already a member of the Circle, you don't need to listen to me talking about how awesome it is... since you already know!

 4. A positive & supportive community

This community is based in a private Facebook group - so it's easy for you to use and access. We are all ourselves in the Circle - no anonymous members or trolls in here!

If you've been yearning for a safe, private space, full of handmade business owners - both new and seasoned - with whom you can connect, learn from, and share your own discoveries, then the Thriver Circle is what you've been looking for.

It is a place for support, care, positivity and education - it's a Circle for those who are upbeat and serious about growing their handmade business - negativity and pessimism don't help anyone grow.

You are also, of course, able to ask questions, share useful information, ask for feedback etc. from your fellow members in the Circle at any time. This is YOUR space.

"I'm so glad I joined the Thriver Circle.

I figured I'd join and see what it was all about and probably cancel after a month or two. Once I started getting involved though, I decided it was well worth staying on. Not only is Jess a wealth of knowledge, the suggestions and support from the other Thrivers is invaluable.

I wouldn't hesitate to recommend joining the Circle to anyone running (or wanting to run) their own crafting business."

~ Sarina Cunningham

"Loving the Thriver Circle for the community.

It's so great to know that there are others in the same boat. When any one has a question there is always some one with a solution or a suggestion. And I'm really learning a lot from everyone who is further a long in their creative journey than I currently am."

~ Joanne James

And finally...

5. Monthly Projects

Each project is a small, specific task that will improve your business in some way, and that can be completed within the month-long timeframe.

6. A Monthly Live Coaching Call

Once a month, Members will be able to nominate themselves for a live one-on-one Business Intensive with me.

There is also a Q&A session where any member can hop on and chat with me.

7. Live Chats

Every month, I host live events in the FB group - chats and FB lives.

This is an opportunity to connect with me and your fellow Circle members in real-time, and get feedback, questions answered, and have fun!

8. Discounts & Early Access

I regularly run specials for my Thriver Circle members on my many other ebooks, courses, and services.

I also give TC members early access to sign up for live courses. 

9. Accountability Partner

Every quarter, we give members the opportunity to apply and be matched with an Accountability Partner.


"Thrivers, I just want to say THANK YOU.

An interview I did last month was published today, and in it I spoke about the importance of finding your tribe. Well: You're my tribe!

It's great to be able to duck in and out of this group for insight, inspiration, advice and just to feel like I'm not alone in all of this when some days just feel like I'm in struggletown: population zero! It's easier knowing we're all dealing with variations of the same things, and can offer support, guidance and hope. It is SO beneficial on this journey.

I'm only 15 months into my business journey but there's been so much synchronicity, that I know I'm on the right path. Thank you for cocreating this journey."

~ Suzanne Cleary

"I'm so, SO happy to be in this group.

When I opened the email introducing the idea of the circle, I almost cried. Almost. You see I've been bumbling my way along the micro handmade business road for the last 2 year. Good bumbling, learning things the hard way (as is my wont), but I'm weary of it. I'll be 100% honest: I've spent more time trying to figure out how to make it work than I've spent actually making work to sell. Fear of making the wrong move has gripped me so hard. I'm trying to move past it.

I've done more to solidify what I want from this venture in the last few weeks than in the last 2 years, thanks in no small part to the #CT30Q series. Working through that series encouraged me to sign up for this group as seems to stem from a place of abundance rather than a place of fear, while offering real knowledge and growth instead of "all the answers" or a quick fix.

I can't wait to grow and learn with you all."

~ Sara Bistrian-Park

A community and educational resource for makers - created by a maker.

Hey there! I’m Jess Van Den, and I’ve been running my own successful handmade business for 10 years – 8 of them as my full-time occupation.

In this time, I've made over 5,000 sales across various venues (most at $100 per item or more), and hundreds of thousands of dollars from selling my handmade jewellery online.

Before I was a maker, I was a qualified teacher, and I worked in education for a number of years.

I started my handmade business – Epheriell – as a hobby, and through years of intense study and experimentation, I worked out how to make my business a success – so much so that I not only support myself, but also employ my husband full-time.

I’ve been helping makers just like you navigate the waters of handmade business for years via my website Create & Thrive – which features a blog, podcast, ebooks, and courses.

I have spoken at numerous conferenceson the topic of building a successful handmade business – including being invited by Etsy Australia to teach new sellers the fundamentals of selling online through their Etsy Resolution program in both 2015 and 2016.

In January 2015 I started the Thriver Circle – this membership community for makers – which has grown into a vibrant community of hundreds of people from all over the world who have just one thing in common – the desire to turn their handmade hobby into a thriving business.

I have not only taught myself everything I needed to know about running a successful business, I’ve been helping others do the same for many years. Over 4,000 makers from all over the world have taken my courses and workshops, and my mission is to reach as many makers as possible and help them grow thriving businesses.

I want to help you to make your business dreams a reality.


That is why I’ve created the workshops, courses, and podcast episodes available in the Circle - to teach you the things I wish I'd known when I was starting and growing my own business.

My goal is to help you build a handmade business that fits you, your life, and helps you find the success you’ve been searching for – whatever that means to you.

You don't need to go it alone any more.

What's My Investment?

I have deliberately chosen to keep the cost of membership affordable so I can help as many people as possible gain access to this community & knowledge.

That's why membership to the Thriver Circle is just $15 AUD* per month.

No big up-front payment. No lock-in.

Sign up for a month and see if the Circle is for you - if it is, your payments will be automatically deducted each month, and you can stay in our community as long as it is serving you. If it's not for you? You can leave any time. No worries.

There's also ZERO risk to join - I offer a 7-day, no-questions-asked money-back promise.

What did you last spend money on to grow your business? Did it truly provide value?

* $15 AUD is approximately $12 USD | 9 Pounds| 10 Euros

The Circle is for you if...

You believe in collaboration, not competition.

You know that by helping each other out, we can all be successful - there's enough pie for everyone.

You know success takes time and dedication.

There's no such thing as a 'quick fix' when it comes to business - it takes patience and persistence to be successful - and it helps to surround yourself with other positive, proactive people!

You know that no matter where you're at in your journey, you have something to contribute.

We've all taken different paths, and learnt different things - by pooling our knowledge together, we increase our chances of success exponentially!

You've been yearning for a safe space, full of people who 'get' you, to share your frustrations, successes, and 'aha' moments.

We're all in this together!

Ready to grow a thriving business?

Coming Soon to the Circle...


Members-Only Podcast
: Why you Need to Stop Feeling Bad About Charging Money for your Craft

Member Discount: 10% off all shop critiques by Jess booked in February

Project: The #EtsyRenewalProject



Members-Only Podcast: Do's and Don'ts of Goal Setting for your Business

Workshop: How to Plan and Implement a Product Launch

Project: Let's Launch Something! #LaunchParty


Members share their fave thing about the Circle... (spoiler: it's each other!)

Jess Van Den with Thriver Circle Members Sue, Vera and Jayne

Ready to grow a thriving business?

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