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The WyzGuy Radio Show is dedicated to Educating and Inspiring through conversations with todays top-talents in the world of glass. Along with Artists, Host Jason Michael shares conversations with experts in areas pertaining to law, health, and business in hopes to bring light to areas of concern. Whether its heavy metal toxins, paying taxes, or how to properly set up a glass studio, we have a ton of fun in store for you.
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Dec 31, 2015

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BEpisode 69- Happy New Years and Big hugs for all the love during the first 6-months of the show. First and Foremost  and huge thank you and love to my Wife and Kids whom without your support none of this would be possible.  Thank you to all my guests whom without you the show wouldn't be.  Thank you to GreenFlash Glass and Mountaim Glass for the sponsoship and support allowing me to grow the show.  This has been an exciting year full of growth and new adventures. Tons of experimentation and learning.   

Hope you enjoy
This best of with Adrienne Ladd @glasshappy where we discuss her glass adventure and her health issues that have been exasperated due to lampworking.  She's an amazing talent and human.   Her wisdom needs to be heard and it was an honor to have her on and give her a platform to share her story.  


As promised in the show here is the link to a public drop box of downloadable pdf forms that will
Help you organize your studio and business side of your art. Much love and hope that is 2016 is truly a blessing.  Let's all make a difference and please share this show with your friends and family. 

 

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Dec 23, 2015

YOU ALL ARE ROCKSTARS

    I have to start off with a big Thank You!!! Thank you for listening to the shows, for the feedback and for the support over the last 6-months of this show. It has been an adventure to say the least. Making every possible mistake when it comes to recording, editing, and saving these shows, I have learned a ton through trial and error. . Just like in life, as we begin new journeys, a lot of time we walk into them with no skill set and have to learn on the fly in order to be successful. As a business owner and artist its quite the same and this year has been no different. While continually pushing myself to develop skills in areas of business and my glass ,it has given me a unique opportunity to share this adventure with you inn hopes that you the listener can learn from my mistakes and grow as a professional artist.

      Setting goals this year was a huge catalyst to my achievements and even though some goals were set with a plan when it actually was achieved it has been huge to see these ideas come to reality. Between this show, getting into a new studio, cutting back my time at Disney as a glass artist and truly focusing my time away from all that on my family its been a ton of hard work, dedication and perseverance. Taking what ive learned this year I want to begin the next year on the right foot with a clear direction and a st of goals that also have a clear picture. That why starting in January we will be focusing on goal setting, accountability partners and mastermind groups. Three areas of significance that will lead you on the path you've always dreamed of. Start thinking about what you'd like to accomplish next year whether its to learn new techs, increase your revenue, sell at a trade show, build a website, or build a new studio space. Anything you can think is possible as long as you have a clear organized plan of action. 

       Stay tuned to the next few weeks as we will be discussing how to create a set of goals, keep on top of them and watch them come to reality. Its only possible if you are organized and have a great work ethic. 

  Lets get the ball rolling now so we aren't playing catch anymore.........

much love and Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from all of us at WyzGuy Media...

J.Michael

Dec 19, 2015
For starters.  Pardon the few yawns....I recorded this super early and missed a couole
in the edits ......
 
    when it comes
to the end of every year all we hear about is new years resolutions abut losing weight, quitting the cig habit, cutting back on drinking, etc. instead of setting resoutions or goals that are meant to stop a bad habit or even crreate new good habits why dont we think about what we can start doing to improve our lives, businesses and relationships with those who are most important to us. 
 
we all have areas of our live that could use improving, its the fabric of what makes us human. BUt istead od tying to stop something lets actually start something.   in this episode i want to dicuss 3 areas that we should focus on when it comes to growing our business's and the relationships around us.    think of the areas of your business that you are struggling in. is it keeping your books up to date?, is your studio space clean and organized? are you leaving any hours in the day to socialize outside of the studio environment, or even at home?   lets focus on these 3- areas and create ways to make the answera to all thre questins YES!!!   so how are we gong to do this..well its starts with planting the seed. once the seed is planates it has to be nurtured and taken care of otherwise if it sprouts you may have a plant that withers and dies,or grows in a unhealthy manner. but if you pay attention to the seed, focus your efforts to not forget about it and keep it watered your seed will grow into a beautiful, sustaining tree that will bare fruti for yers to come.  much like our business and relationships we oftne get so "busy" that we tend to forget about everything around us and theose areas being ignored tend to fall apart and die.   if we create habits and routines that involve the details of the busniess and spend time nurturing our relationships the true success of our business shines brighter then any star inthe sky.  havng a organized, clean studio space, up to date books and heathy relationships will allow yu to focus with a clear mind while being a creative rockstar which in the ned will bring in more moeny and allow you to finish orders on time, give you a clear vision of where your business is growing and could use improvemnet, and have yoursef surrounded by a loving support group of friends and family that will always be there for you.  so lets break down each area and focus on the steps we should take  to improve on these areas and keep them in check at all times.
 
1- clean and organized studio- this is the first area of importance as it will be the foudation to your success in every other area of your business and life. as crazy as it sound if your studio is an unorganzied, filthy mess then the rest of your life is as well..your work space is a direct reflection of you and your mindset.  How can yu seriously have a prodcuove day of your glass is everywhere and paper work is piling up all over the place. I suggest taking one full day off of the torch and focus on this area first.  Having an oranized, clean space will allow you to start your days off with a clear picture of what you need to get made ofr the day as well as what other appointments you may have too.  
 
heres a short example and actionable plan of attack that will help get and then keep you organized including items that you hould have to help in these areas.
 
  • buy 10 small shoebox plastic tubs($10.00). Designate 2 bins to paperwork. 1 for receipts for business purchases and the other for orders/invoices. this will help you keep track of your daily/weekly profit and loss. each Friday (or which ever the last day of your week is) and imput these numbers into your bookkeeping. these 2-bins should be empties at the end of each week. Now use the other 8 for inventory for small items and label each container accoringly.(there is a link to a form you can download and print to put and tape to the top of each lid wthat will show how much invenory is in stock.) this will not only keep you u to date with your stock for when irders come in but also keeo the glass wrapped tight and put away and safe.
  • buy 6-10 2' sections of 1-1/4'"diameter pvc(approx. ($3.25 each.)  cut these in half an use these to store your color rods. theres many ways of building a rack or creating a make shift one which i will have a link to direct you to plans for buildog a small box for these. its also a great place to store your frit containers. if you have a little higher budget thers are many varienatios you can work with to organize and keep you color put away. 
  • create a shipping a receiving area. at any bigbox home suply store you can by a 4-piece sheving unit for around ($65-75.00) that will make a great organizing space for your shipping and receiving area. these units genrally come with 4 shelves and are 4-6' long dependng on model. use these for your desk and shipping space..this will ge you a clean and organzed area to store bubble wrap, packng peanuts, shipping boxes, etc. along withthe shelf get a small desh organizer to keep your tape, labels, stamps, etc. if you have wifi in your studio space i suggest also buying a air printer which will allow you to print invoices, shiipping lables, recepits,etc. They cost around($65.00) and are a great investment. tis will pay for itself alone inthe time you send running to the post offcie and havng to wait in line to ship your work. you will need a digital scale and i recomend one that can weigh ounces and pounds. these can be a little pricey so shop around. there will be some links to amazon where you can purchase all of these items mentioned.
  • find an area in your space as well to store your clear rods and tubes and makie it easily acceable. i also recomend printing out the invenotry slip and keep it postd and updated so yu are always aars of your stock of material and can order accordingly when needed. 
  • small shop vac ($40.00)  this is a versatile tool that will keep yr floors and bench clean and well be used for vac-stacks.  its healthier to vaccum them to sweep the most important part of the vaccum is the filter so invest on a small particulate vac and also a dust mask for small particulates.  this will keep your lungs heathy and your aras clean. depending on the surface of your bench i also recomend using windex and a cloth to wipre your areas down. 
if you follow these steps and make this investment inot yourself and studio and use practice this a end of the day routine your stuio will look profesional, keep you and your glass oganized and give you a clear vision to your days activities every day you walk into it.  this space should be made and kept sacred.
 
 
 
2- up to date book keeping- Now that you have an organized, proffesional looking studio you will now be able to keep your books up to date.  Having up to date books will give you a clear site of ho your business is doing financially and allow for easy budgetting this year and allow for projections.  when paying quartery taxes it is imperatie tht you have a clear vision of your estimated revenue. each quarter you will need to make a small payment based on the estimated taxes owed for that time period. by having an up to date book your numbers will speak for themselves and help you to plan your quarterly payments. 
 
By using the small bin methos of capturing and continig your receipts tll make it easier to organzize and then enter your expenses and income weekly. if you are selling daily then keep a daily ledger, otherwise o your numbers weekly(dont forget to weigh out your waist and write down the estimated cost) there is a link attached for a weekly P-and-L statement which includes a spot to write down this number. Stay on top of this area and you will always know what is comng and going and generally after the first 90-days of doing htis yu will be able to set budget, see which customer ordered what when and on what date, which then yiu can tae that info and use it to yur advantage whe nyou call your shops for follow ups on their inventory of yours. then you can find out what hey truly need instead of just taking a shot in the dark and end up with a smaller order then yu had hoped for. having an organized book will also make it easier for your accountant to finalize your quarterly and anunua tax bill which in the long run saves yiu mney. the more work the accountant the more it will cost you for their services. Stay pro-active....
 
theres a variety of companies that offer services for online cloud accounting. One that I highyl recomend is FreshBooks. I have been using them for 3-years now and its a simple, professioal looking platform that aloows you to print invoices, track time, import your bank info and keep track of all expenses.  theres are other brands like quicken, quick books, GoDaddy accounting,etc.  each brnd has its pros and cons and fees. I recomend FreshBooks because its what I use and am familliar with.  
 
 
 
 
3- healthy relationships- Get out of the studio and go play. Hang with friends and family. If you can create a work schedule for yourself you can then schedule your time with friends. 
 
Get organized and everything else will fall into place. You dont have to implement every detail as we all have our own needs and unique space. But the general concepts are universal in the studio and organizing a small business. As the end of the year approaches we will get into more detais of these areas like book keeping, organizng our studios and scheduling our play time. 
 
much love and happy melting.
 
Jason....
 
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Dec 14, 2015
Episode 66- ITS MY BIRTHDAY...behind the curtain and insights into my career, goals, and future dreams
 
Hey guys and gals..This is a Special episode featuring my good friend Michael Sharkey, host of The Talent Show podcast and my personal podcasting coach. I had the idea for my birthday this week to have him interview me and share parts of my story that I haven't discussed with you yet. We cover many areas of my life, current happenings and what I see for the future of the glass world and for myself as well. I hope you all enjoy the insights that I share giving you some behind the scenes of the podcast and my glass life.. The past year has been one hell of an adventure and its been a ton of fun taking you along for the ride. Thank you for all the support and feedback and look forward to what 2016 will bring us. 
 
GO CHECK OUT MY DUDE SHARKEY  WWW.ZENSHARKMEDIA  AND HIS SHOW ON ITUNES  THE TALENT SHOW http://www.zensharkmedia.com/givingthanks/
 
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December Holiday Closing Information
Mountain Glass will be closed from 12/24/2015 - 1/03/2016 so we can spend time with our families and friends during the holiday season. Wednesday, 12/23/2015, will be the last day we are open in 2015. We will re-open for business on Monday, 1/04/2016. Please plan your orders accordingly, and thank you for your understanding.
 
Delivery Times
UPS and USPS are overloaded during the holiday season and are closed for some of the same days that we are. The ship times during this time period could be longer than usual because of this. UPS doesn't guarantee that ground packages will arrive in the normal delivery days during 
November 29th - December 31st. Overnight, 2 day and 3 day service still have guaranteed delivery. Plan ahead so that you are not out of essential materials.
 
 
GREEN FLASH GLASS.   RECIEVE 10% off ALL ORDERS THROUGH THE END OF DECEMBER 
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Dec 12, 2015
episode 65- 3 areas to begin prepping for the inevitable.....TAXES!!!!  UHHHHG...
 
Well Folks, I hate to be a Grinch but its time to talk taxes. Yep........Already. 
 
In this episode I give 3 areas to start focusing on as we start preparing the transition fro 2015 to 2016.  These areas will begin the process of getting all your years tax stuff together. Now if youve kept track on a month to month basis this is going to be less stressful. If you haven't its time to get everything together but for now lets cover 3 areas: raw material, waste, and vehicle milage.
 
By getting these three areas in check you will have established a good foundation for organizing all your paperwork in preperation to seeing an accountant. Before I go any further, GET AN ACCOUNTANT!. This minor investment will save you time and a shit ton of money. Only if youre organized will you save money. The more work you can do the less money itll cost by saving your accountant time.
 
all 3 areas of discussion will be on downloadable PDF that will include a worksheet, inventory slip, and a glass trash log. Closer to the end of the month I will have my accountant on to discuss in detail this very topic. 
 
 
 
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Boro Sale - AccuGrind™ Joints 15% Off
Soft Glass Sale - Jewelry Making Essentials 25% Off

 

December Holiday Closing Information
Mountain Glass will be closed from 12/24/2015 - 1/03/2016 so we can spend time with our families and friends during the holiday season. Wednesday, 12/23/2015, will be the last day we are open in 2015. We will re-open for business on Monday, 1/04/2016. Please plan your orders accordingly, and thank you for your understanding.
 
Delivery Times
UPS and USPS are overloaded during the holiday season and are closed for some of the same days that we are. The ship times during this time period could be longer than usual because of this. UPS doesn't guarantee that ground packages will arrive in the normal delivery days during 
November 29th - December 31st. Overnight, 2 day and 3 day service still have guaranteed delivery. Plan ahead so that you are not out of essential materials.
 
 
GREEN FLASH GLASS.   RECIEVE 10% off ALL ORDERS THROUGH THE END OF DECEMBER 
JUST MENTION YOUNHEARD IT ON THE SHOW
 
WWW.GREENFLASHGLASS.COM
 
 
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LEAVE ME A MESSAGE AT INFO@wyzguyradio.com
 
 
 
Dec 10, 2015

Luke and I sit down via SKype and discuss the topic of Trademark. Whether your protecting your brand or staying away from copying another trademark this episode is note taker. 

Dec 8, 2015

rnEpisode 63- Mongo. Aka @theorionglass on Instagram  

Mongo is a 20- yr OG lamp worker who has learned from the likes of Bob Snodgrass, Jason Harris, and many others in the early days of the functional art scene. He's traveled from the U.S. To Amsterdam and back during his journey including touring with several big label bands before settling down and starting a family in California.  We cover all facets of the glass scene and have many good laughs. He's a funny dude and has a great big personality. Hope you all enjoy my conversation with Mongo.


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Mountain Glass Arts.  Check out their site for up to date info and sales. 

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Boro Sale - AccuGrind™ Joints 15% Off
Soft Glass Sale - Jewelry Making Essentials 25% Off


December Holiday Closing Information
Mountain Glass will be closed from 12/24/2015 - 1/03/2016 so we can spend time with our families and friends during the holiday season. Wednesday, 12/23/2015, will be the last day we are open in 2015. We will re-open for business on Monday, 1/04/2016. Please plan your orders accordingly, and thank you for your understanding.
 
Delivery Times
UPS and USPS are overloaded during the holiday season and are closed for some of the same days that we are. The ship times during this time period could be longer than usual because of this. UPS doesn't guarantee that ground packages will arrive in the normal delivery days during 
November 29th - December 31st. Overnight, 2 day and 3 day service still have guaranteed delivery. Plan ahead so that you are not out of essential materials.


GREEN FLASH GLASS.   RECIEVE 10% off ALL ORDERS THROUGH THE END OF DECEMBER 
JUST MENTION YOUNHEARD IT ON THE SHOW

WWW.GREENFLASHGLASS.COM


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Dec 5, 2015

Hey yo. What the hell is going on?   

 

I've decided to put a cabosh on my review of The 4-hour work week.  Everyone I've gone to record the episode it sounds like I'm reading the book and that isn't what I want to accomplish.  This book is so good and life changing.  So what I'm gonna do is share my journey as I take on this powerful read and then when it's all over share with you the dirty details and hopefully some of you have read/listened to it and taken action to change your life's trajectory..... 

 

In in the meantime I've given some insight into future shows including Tax season and Goal Setting for 2016...   Sit back and enjoy as I share with you a reading from my Wife in her British Accent which always makes me laugh... A bit of a peak behind the curtain of my life with this amazing Woman and my kids.   The poem is called "The Voice" by Shel Silverstein.   One of my favorite poets.   Much love everyone.  

 

Have a Wyz Day!!!!!

Dec 1, 2015

3-ways to promote and sell during the holidays

 
 
1- what the hell to sell- This time of the years gives artists alike many outlets for creativity and the ability to sell their created work. With Black friday kicking off the holiday sales theres no better time then now. Starting at least a month in advance for planning the new items and beginning the promotonal side as well is recommended and often can be quite confusing. With so many ways to sell, promote, and market your art its getting easier to sell but alos easier to get lost in the sea of other artists. If you are consistant before, during and after the holidays with marketing your work, you will find that you will begin to grow a following and these fans are the ones you truly want to keep in mind when coming up with new ideas.  
     This year I decided to start an annual ornament sale, creating a unique onrament yearly in hopes to bring collectors back seeking out these items annually.  What kind of unique ornamnet would you create?  Make these items limited to a small amount made.  Maybe the first year youo nly make 10..then the following year make 15-20...each year if you have any left overs you can also add those to the sales and offer an even bigger disount or sell it as a set wth the current years ornament. Most ornamnets that I have found that are glass and or hand made run between $15-50.00 depedning on brand and material used.  In episode 58 I discussed the different items to make that arent the typical icicles, even though they are a great staple and have been for years, there are hundreds if not thousands of glass artists that make these annualy. This type of classic item should be left to sell at the art/craft show where you could sell a pair for $20.00 . but the again could be one more item to add to your shop.......... just a thought. 
 
 
2-outlets:
  • ETSY-  myself personaly uses etsy but becauseIi am very new to it I figured it would be best to share this link that is a great reference to selling on etsy..its not easy  to just figure out but once you get setup and the hang of it its a breeze. 
http://theabundantartist.com/how-to-sell-art-on-etsy/
  • EBAY  
  • AMAZON- newest and seemingly one of the most popular onlne sites period.
  • BIGCARTEL- i dont use but a lot of artsists in the community do
  • LOCAL ART/CRAFT SHOWS
most local municipalities will have a website that posts their upcoming shows in advance giving you the opportuity to get signed up and a spot. Depeding on your city along with the size and popularity of these show,  you may be required to send in photos of your work and booth as it would look set up. Tthese are easy to take care of especially if you setup the same way everytime. BE PREPARED
  • SOCIAL MEDIA
 FACEBOOK,-RUN A FACEBOOK ADD FOR ONLY $5.00  THIS GIVES YOU A CHANCE TO PROMOTE A PRODUCT OR SALE TO A SPECIFIC (CHOSEN) GROUP OF POTENTIAL CUSTOMERS 
 
INSTAGRAM-  PROMOTE IN ADVANCE ON INSTAGRAM FOR SALES AND ITEMS FOR SALE THAT ARE POSTED ON OTHER OUTETS..SUCH AS ETSY AND BIGCAFRTEL
 
TWITTER- TWEET LINKS AND PICS THROUGHOUT THE DAY FOR A WEEK AHEAD OF A SALE..QUED POSTS MAKE THIS EASIER https://hootsuite.com is a great company and tool to use for promoting and pre-posting on all your social feeds..becaus eof the new algorythms and the amount of traffic on these sites its ver easy to et los in the sea of posts so post alot and throughout thenday..some of my favorite podcasters and profesionals post every hour on the hour everyday..dont be afraid to repost something after on a week.. sales and content are crucial to bring traffic
to yourwork.  
 
with a little trial and error you will find what works best for yo and your work. it may take an entire year of promoting and investing a little on adds. set a monthly bduget and do the math to see if its profitable..a facebookadd can be as low as $5.00 
 
  1. pricing-  Think of the majority of the items that you would potentially sell as stocking stuffers. i do recommend however that you also have several items in a higher price point ($50.00 and up) as this will not only make your pages attractive but also show you have variation in your work.  try holding 1- day sales where an item or all items are a certain percentage off..typically 15-4-% off is great..dont give your work away but make the enticement enough where customers are more apt to purchase the day of the sale and also more likely to purchase more items. Try running a Black Friday sale on the customers entire purchase and run the sale till SUnday. Then on Cyber Monday run a sale exclusive to that day and offer 1 or 2 items at a big discount to move volume.   sites like ETSY allow for coupon codes and discounts added to purchases that can be set to expire on a specific day..(this is an area Im till learning about)  the goal is to not give yur work away but to make it sellable and profitable. Staying abpve wholesale is key.   
 
heres an example-  Offer an Ornament CYBER MONDAY SALE for $15.00   in the post make sure to include that The following day it will go up to $25.00. maybe even throw in free shipping.
 
now do the math...make an item that you can produce 3-4 an hour
 
  ornament cost to make $3.00 (include material and time)  *i estimate it costs an average of $10.00/hour to manufacture anything im making.. this includes materials, gases, rent,electricity*
 
shipping approx $4.00
time to post item plus small fee  15-min @$10.00/hr (if your are posting 1-item but are offering 10 as available its cheaper..do the math)
 
est totals:   manufactures costs $3.00
                  shipping/handling   $4.00
                   time to post/fee     $2.00
                est total cost            $9.00
 
if you can make 3-4 and hour and sell 20 at $20.00 its a decent profit for a little bit of work...
 
20-@$9.00each costs $180.00 from start to shipping
If retailed for $20.00 and all sell its $400.00 in sales
 
      $400.00 retail sales
    - $180.00 man/sell
profit $220.00 
 
    Not bad for approx 6-8 hrs of work.     thats around $30.00/hour before taxes.
 
speaking of taxes one more note... if retailing at a show make sure to charge your local sales tax to all debit sales.  cash sales not necessarily(cash is cash ;P)   and put the sales tax aside for your quarterly taxes. 
 
 
heres the link to my ETSY SHOP   WWW.ETSY.COM/SHOP/WYZGUYRADIO
 
 
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