Learn with Pickles

Welcome to Learn with Pickles! I have learned so much running this small side business of mine in the last few years, and have gotten countless emails requesting calls for advice and questions.

I love talking to creatives starting small businesses and seeing such awesome products that come from these new companies, so I wanted to offer a more structured format for sharing my experience and resources. I have previously mentored UX bootcamp students through Thinkful (a program I graduated from), as well as mentored interns at various companies in my career!

Questions? Topic suggestions? I'd love to hear from you! Email hello@ajarofpickles.com.


Creative Coaching Calls

Learn With Pickles: Creative Coaching Call A Jar of Pickles
Learn With Pickles: Creative Coaching Call A Jar of Pickles

What to expect between the formats:
3 chats about anything, anytime*, in two formats

3 20-Minute Phone Calls:

For businesses and people with questions that can be answered via phone. I recommend this if you have a ton of quick questions you need answers fast to, or would like to hear a second opinion on something you're pretty close to deciding already!

3 45-Minute Video Calls:

For businesses and people who need more in-depth look at your business: brainstorming 5 to-do's to grow your business, a second pair of eyes for your product line or website, or an actionable to-do list coming out of every meeting.

Some examples of topics we can chat about:

  • Website / shop feedback review
  • Building a cohesive visual brand
  • Which marketing strategies to focus on
  • Finding motivation & working through imposter syndrome
  • Narrowing down ideas to focus as much as possible
  • Ways to organize your ideas, tasks, and time
  • Breaking down big ideas 
What I won't be able to help with:
  • Giving you an exact roadmap to grow:
    Everyone's journey is different and the most important thing is spending time working on it instead of following some magical formula!
  • Giving you my exact sales / expense numbers:
    I am happy to share with you my %'s! I'm quite open with them on my blog posts. But there is a limit to my openness; please don't ask me super personal numbers! 
  • Giving you the contact info of my manufacturers / partners:
    Finding partners is a truly a long process, and I like the way my shop owner friend put it: "Asking a store for their sources is like asking your favorite restaurant for a recipe." However, I am more than happy to walk you through how to find partners and what to look for and consider when searching! 

After purchasing, you will be emailed a confirmation within 24 hrs where you can book your first session. I will be opening up spots on a (roughly) quarterly basis. If you'd like to be notified when the next sessions open up, please fill out this form here.

*Disclaimers: All 3 sessions must be used within 6 months, and must be at least 2 weeks apart. 24 hour notice required for any cancellations. Sessions can only be redeemed by the same business / individual, cannot be redeemed for store credit.



Disclaimer: These are testimonials from previous phone chats with small businesses that reached out, not in consultation format! I'll update this page with testimonials from consultations after I launch :)

"Kirstie's transparency and willingness to share her process and learnings is super generous and obviously appreciated by many. Her advice has been really helpful because she has been growing her business herself through a lot of trial and error, so she's able to give insights on varying stages of a small business whether thinking of starting or wanting to grow an existing shop."

—Ann, Ann Sun

"I appreciated how Kirstie was so willing to take time out of her busy day to chat with me. I had a lot of questions before starting my greeting card business, and she answered all of them and gave me a ton of helpful advice, including tips for product photos and packaging." 

—Katherine, Whimsy & Friends

""Kirstie is amazing! She has grown her Etsy card store into a brand through her creativity, authenticity, and marketing skills. She took the time to share her learnings from her years of experience including the mistakes she had made with me. Kirstie has lots of great business strategies and all the information has been very helpful and practical."

—Koyun, Sticky Rice Stickers


Blog Posts


Resources for Small Businesses

Courses & Podcasts:
Proof to Product by Katie Hunt
The Product Boss by Jacqueline & Mina

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
Creative, Inc by Joy Cho
Obsessed: Building a Brand People Love by Emily Heyward

Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator
Trello (with Planaway plugin)
Ship Pirate
Google Sheets