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Craft Inc. Business Planner Diary – September 9, 2009
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This planner is most useful for someone just starting their craft business it's still very helpful for more established businesses to help bring things into focus. I haven't finished all the sections yet (and a few like tradeshows aren't yet applicable to me) what I have filled out has helped me better organize my business. For someone who organization is difficult laying everything out in the planner is great motivation.
I do have to concede that the use of yellow text on white paper on the section table of contents is quite hard to read it doesn't greatly effect it's usefulness since none of the actual workbook pages have this color combination.
On recommendation for anyone getting this planner is to make sure you fill things out in pencil so you can later update it as things change.
Also, I love the cheery, clean design of the planner! Good design always lifts up the content. The yellow type on white only occurs at the section dividers and is still legible. Look past it and you'll see that the book is an invaluable resource and definitely worth purchasing!
I've been in business for four years and find this planner very helpful for goal making, organizing, and keeping information about shows, suppliers, wholesale accounts, etc.
For beginners, it teaches as you go.
It's even tougher building a SUCCESSFUL business to SELL your crafts.
In 2007, Meg Mateo Ilasco put out a great book called "Craft Inc." (She's since updated it.) In this book, "Craft Inc. Business Planner," she takes you by the hand and literally walks you through the steps she wrote about. She takes the same information you've read in her book (and, I'd bet in a dozen times in other books), but lays it out WITH THE ARTIST IN MIND. My copy is in teal and white.
The book looks like a daily planner; spiral-bound and pages to fill in. However, unlike a daily planner, her pages aren't simply a bunch of lines. Not at all. On the first fill-in page, she has boxes to help you clarify your business name, owner, address and so on. Not lines, but an organizational chart. Now, don't let your eyes glaze over; the way it's laid out is a breeze to fill in. It gets better from there, with the artist's eye toward getting your business on its feet.
She gives tips and illustrations on what to do next and then what to do after that, and so on. Checklists and workpages, places for notes and product ideas (she has you thinking beyond just your few immediate things), through trade shows and talking to retail possibilities, she figuratively gives you the hammer and nails - and with your products as the boards - helps you build your business.Read more ›
I appreciated the content and the overall purpose of the book. It doesn't really provide enough space to fill it out unless you have minuscule handwriting. The content looks useful, so I will likely use it as a guide and type up my answers on the computer. Therefore, as a planner, it offers bare minimum space, just enough to be usable.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm just getting started and greatly appreciate the content , I'll be rereading this many times, it is very helpfulPublished 1 month ago by doug loomis
Okay book, not good condition when bought used. Most of the information can be found online through other sources for free.Published 3 months ago by Olivia
Arrived on time. Easy read. Helps guide you through the steps of a business.Published 3 months ago by kate harris
This book is a must have! The book includes numerous resources for crafters to get their business off the ground! Read morePublished 5 months ago by Danielle
I'm so excited to get started! This book will give me more free hours to do other stuff. Fun design & color combination too! Read morePublished 9 months ago by Lori C.H.
not exactly what I expected but It'll be helpful....pretty good product for the price...fast shipping and delivery!!Published 16 months ago by Vanessa Rabel
Like the other reviewers, the lack of contrast in the type knocked a star off. I used to do book and magazine design and layout and I am scratching my head on how anyone could find... Read morePublished on June 25, 2013 by Kathy Dannel Vitcak
I think the templates will be helpful but not big enough. I will have to transfer them to larger document. The templates are very helpful and easy to understand.Published on June 19, 2013 by rebecca