You want a successful handmade business -
The Thriver Circle can help you Make it happen.
The Thriver Circle is a membership community of makers who are committed to building thriving, profitable, handmade businesses, led by Jess Van Den - who has run her own successful handmade business since 2008 - and still runs it to this day.
When you join the Circle, you join a passionate, positive, private community of makers from all over the world.
You also gain access to:
- The Your Year to Thrive course
- Members-only podcast episodes
- A library of almost 30 video workshops
- Monthly projects
- Live calls and chats (including the chance to work one-on-one with Jess)
- And many other experiences designed to help you make huge leaps forward with your creative business.
"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
"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
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Meet your Mentor
My name is Jess, and I've been running my own successful handmade business since 2008.
Epheriell began as a hobby in 2008. In 2010, it became my full-time gig, and I left behind teaching to make a living from my own two hands. My husband Nick has since joined the business, and we enjoy working together in our solar-powered home studio every day, making jewellery to send all around the world - and making a good, profitable income from it, too.
I'm also the founder and editor of Create & Thrive, a website & podcast that helps people turn their handmade hobby into a full-time business. I created the Thriver Circle because I saw the need in my community for a positive, private place to connect, learn and grow.
This is a Circle - and as such, we're all equal here. We're all learning, growing, and facing challenges every day with our handmade businesses. I'm not only teaching you how to run a successful handmade business, I'm still running one, learning as I go from my own experience, and sharing that with you.
Within the Circle, I share my best teachings in the form of member-only podcasts, workshops, monthly projects, live calls, and projects, and my job is to be your Chief Mentor and guide. You'll find me hanging out in the Circle whenever I can, helping my fellow makers.
"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
"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
1. 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.
All members must agree to abide by our Community Charter when they join - and anyone found to not have followed those guidelines will be asked to leave the Circle. 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.
3. A monthly members-only Podcast episode
I publish a free fortnightly podcast. Members of the Circle get an extra, members-only episode each month.
If you enjoy the Create & Thrive podcast, you'll love having access to an extra episode each month, which is only available to members of the Thriver Circle.
"Jess I managed to listen to the first 2 workshops today and I had to say this publicly. This is amazing of you.
There is something very special about people who share in an unconditional way and pass on all they have learnt in order to lift other people up. There is no doubt in my mind that I'm on the right path and that I came across your sharing in order to keep going and learning along the way.
What I'm experiencing connecting with your info & Circle has boosted my drive even more & led to many a realisation that this is where I'm meant to be going. So thank you for the boost & the beginning of my wings!"~ Tanya Reeder
5. Monthly Projects
Each month, we undertake a project - each person working individually on their business, and being supported by me and the other Circle members.
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.
Examples of projects:
- Create 3 new products and get them into your online shop.
- Clean up your email inbox and streamline your subscriptions.
- Overhaul your About page.
- Update your Facebook Business Page & keep it active.
- Pitch your business to 3 media outlets.
Members can suggest future projects, too!
7. Regular Community events
Each 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!
Most chats focus on the topic we cover in that month's project, but any business topic is up for discussion.
"I love that there's a community of like-minded makers at my fingertips who are always there to support each other.
No question is too big or too silly to ask! Someone has always been in the same position and is so happy to help."~ Jaime Nuske
2. Your Year to Thrive - A Year-long Online Progam
I have brought together my 9 years of handmade business experience and created a year-long online program, exclusively for Thriver Circle members.
It is 13 modules, 52 lessons - one lesson a week for an entire year.
I'll take you through everything you need to know and learn in order to start, grow, or reinvigorate your handmade business! You will begin this program the Monday after becoming a member of the Thriver Circle.
Find out all the program details here.
"I am very happy that I decided to join the Thriver Circle.
It gave me the courage to register my business and confidence that I can do this! Even though I am in the very early stages of setting up my business, the information Jess provides and the support within the Circle have been invaluable."~ Vera Brinkel
4. 29 Video Workshops (& Counting)
As soon as you join the Circle, you get exclusive access to 29 handmade business workshops - available in video, audio, and written format - that you can access at any time.
All members retain access to the workshops as long as they remain in the Circle.
You can also request workshops on specific topics!
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.
There are currently $2,175 worth of workshops available inside the Circle... and you get access to ALL of them for a small monthly fee. See the workshop details here.
"The workshops & group have been invaluable to me in learning things that are vital to a successful business.
Without Jess's help I wouldn't be using email to promote my business, I wouldn't have a clue about planning my year & seeing how that translates into daily task that are very easy to manage. Also the group as been great in helping me deal with awkward customers."~ Angela Pyke
6. The chance to work one-on-one with me
Once a month, Members will be able to nominate themselves for a live Business Intensive with me.
Each member chosen for a Business Intensive will have 30 minutes with me and the other Circle members on the call focussed on them and their business. The recipients of the Intensive will be drawn randomly from those who have put themselves forward that month - pledging that they will be attending the live call & filling in a questionnaire.
I rotate the time of these calls each month so people in different timezones will be able to attend at least once every few months.
8. Early Access & Exclusive Discounts
Whenever I launch a course or program, you'll get early notification. And when it's a NEW course - you get a special launch discount.
That means, if there are limited spots, you get first dibs! I also run specials exlusive to Circle members.
"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
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!
How Much Does it Cost?
I'm a maker - just like you - so I know you don't have oodles of money to invest in your business. Chances are you're bootstrapping it as it is!
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. I have deliberately chosen to keep the cost super-affordable so I can help as many people as possible gain access to this community & knowledge.
For the price of a good magazine and a hot beverage at your fave cafe once a month, you can be part of a thriving community, learning together and supporting each other.
You don't need to go it alone any more.
More Feedback from Members
"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
"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