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Grow Your Handmade Business: How to Envision, Develop, and Sustain a Successful Creative Business [Kindle Edition]

Kari Chapin
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Book Description

Are you ready to make a living from your craft? Applying her trademark "you-can-do-it" coaching style to the nuts and bolts of business planning, Kari Chapin covers all of the issues involved in turning your creative hobby into a successful business--from mapping out a business plan to expanding production and distribution, finding funding, and addressing legal matters. With this definitive guide, you'll discover how to grow your business beyond the dining room table and finally quit your day job.


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Carefully defining such differences as “goals” versus “intentions” and “business” versus “personal,” Chapin draws the reader up through successive layers of consciousness, moving steadily toward that crucial juncture where what you do and how you think are absolutely in harmony. It is right at this point where you can “grow your business,” just as if you were tending a garden. There’s no mystery to the process, just a vigilant management of many tasks, all of which work together toward simple sustainability.

(BookPage)

Crafters and artists or those thinking about turning a hobby into a career will find sound, practical advice here.

(Library Journal)

Kari has cut through the puffed up, polysyllabic language and posturing that most business books spin that makes it all seem like some secret society.  She makes the big stuff all seem doable. Plus if you are still stuck, she introduces you to a whole bunch of people who can help.

(Knitty.com)

Kari Chapin covers a variety of essential business areas such as mapping out a business plan, expanding production and distribution, finding funding, and addressing legal matters. Ms Chapin's marketing background and her "can do" attitude provides craftsmen the tools to grow their hobby into a successful business. Easy to read and well organized, this book provides practical advice for getting started or how to grow an established business. If your goal is move your creative business out of your dining room, then let this be your guide.

(Handweaver’s Guild of America)

The style of this book is crisp and refreshing. Chapin’s thoughts are invitingly readable and each chapter includes sound, practical advice from the Creative Collective as well. If you have ever wondered if you could actually make a living at your creative craft, Chapin has a wealth of answers for you.

(Northshore Women’s Lifestyle)

Thiswonderful book cheers you on and coaches you on how to make a livelihood from your passion, including stories from other creative people, their struggles, successes, and advice.  That’s not all, she also covers the business side, including developing budgets, strategies, and also funding.  If you’ve always dreamed of having your own craft business, or already have one and are looking into the next step, this is definitely worth checking out.

(Living Crafts)

This book will help take your business from the kitchen table to fulfilling your individualized dream of a fulfilling, meaningful, and lucrative creative business.

(San Francisco/ Sacramento Book Review)

It's an essential addition to an indie biz owner's bookshelf!

(Miss Modish)

Whether you sell your art out of a swanky studio, populate your Etsy shop with stuff you make at your kitchen table, or just dream about doing something along those lines, Kari Chapin has a word of advice: plan. As is a business plan! In Grow Your Handmade Business, you’ll learn what creative people like yourself need to plan for in turning a hobby into a business. The book is readable, approachable, and supplemented by tips, tricks, and confessions from 24 other entrepreneurially minded folks.

(Bead & Button)

If you’ve decided to make 2013 the year you turn your crafting passion into a moneymaking venture, be sure to add Kari Chapin’s Grow Your Handmade Business to your required-reading list.

(Hobby Farm Home)

Review

Countless crafters have turned to The Handmade Marketplace for advice on selling their goods. Now Grow Your Handmade Business helps creative entrepreneurs achieve their long-term business goals. Kari and her contributors talk frankly about budgeting, licensing, marketing, time management, loans, taxes and even the law. Whether you are new to the handmade business world or attempting to grow your business, this book will be valuable.

(Lisa Congdon, artist, illustrator, author of A Collection a Day)

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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like Miracle-Grow For Your Creative Business June 30, 2012
Format:Paperback
I loved Kari Chapin's first book, The Handmade Marketplace, so I immediately got the follow=up, Grow Your Handmade Business. While the Handmade Marketplace was more general, this second book is much more specific, with information on subjects ranging from identifying your dream business to writing business plans to marketing to budgeting..... and a whole lot more. I found the chapter on time management particularly helpful.

In this book, Kari has a brand new Creative Collective....a team of industry professionals who share their experience on all aspects of running a creative business. Jessica Swift's section on crowd-funding was timely and informative, while the Q&A with Michael Elliott on accounting and taxes was a real eye-opener. Same with business attorney, Bettie Newell. That tax and legal stuff is what we normally gloss over, but here they drive home the importance of it. It was super fun to see Jay, the season one winner of Project Runway in the book as well.

This book is perfect. It's written in a casual, relaxed tone that seems more like hanging out with a friend who is giving you much-needed advice while sitting at a coffee shop...almost just like Kari or her Creative Collective is there with you....which I am very thankful for since a lot of the topics (like taxes) are normally dry and boring. Chapin makes it not only easily bearable, but also kind of fun. The advice is invaluable, and I can see that it'll become a well-worn book I'll be referring to again and again.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great information in a very friendly way July 24, 2012
Format:Paperback
Grow Your Handmade Business : How to Envision, Develop and Sustain a Successful Creative Business is written by Kari Chapin, the same lady who wrote the popular guide to selling things you make, The Handmade Marketplace.

Where The Handmade Marketplace focused on marketing your designs and projects for sale, this book focuses on how to build a business. It's a good book for anyone who feels overwhelmed when they start thinking about going professional to sell their goods.

You wouldn't expect a reference about business to be engaging, this is engaging and informative. Since the author really loves the DIY/handmade movement, that passion shows. There are lots of contributors who add their own stories and how to apply those tricks to your own business. I actually read the book cover to cover while sitting in my yard in an afternoon.

She does a wonderful job of explaining how to write a business plan that you can present to banks for loans. It becomes a lot less scary when you see it laid out in a friendly, conversational tone. She explains it in detail in easy to understand language.

She also has a section on choosing mentors. It defines different kinds of mentors. It also explains a bit about the mentoring process and how to find one through your local SBA. How to approach someone as a possible mentor and what to do if your are approached.

The section on plans and goals also explains how to manage them so you can handle them without being overwhelmed. Your plan and goals can be as flexible as you want them to be following her tips. The idea of setting an objective to reach and then making goals that are achievable to reach that objective is a good tip for business and for life.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Place to Start August 25, 2012
Format:Paperback
This is a great book for anyone who is ready to take their creative hobby to the next level. Writing from personal experience and the expertise of other successful business owners, Chapin offers a plan that covers all of the issues involved in turning a hobby into a dream job, including coming up with a business plan, expanding production and distribution, finding funding, addressing legal matters, filing taxes, and setting goals.

Chapters include Identify Your Dream Business, Goals and Intentions, Get Some Help!, Business Plan Preliminaries, Budgets and Budgeting, Making It All Legit, and Professional Support and Where to Find It, to name a few. Although the author doesn't go into lots of detail to cover every aspect of developing a successful business, this book does serve as a good starting place with an overview of the key issues.

The section that helped me the most was the information on developing a business plan because it will help me identify not only what kind of business I want to have, but also lets me see what I don't want which is also important.

Anyone who has a creative hobby or even already sells at local craft shops or online venues such as Etsy but is thinking of taking it to the next level of a sustainable business will benefit from the good information in this book.

I received a copy of this book for review from the publisher but the opinion of it is my own and was not solicited, nor was a positive review required.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! September 3, 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
As a guide to opening your new business, this is a must-read book. It's very well written in a friendly manner with no over promises. Everything I've read so far makes sense. Not the typical dry business book---I am a graphic designer and my partner is an interior designer---this book was written for us! I bought 2 copies--one for her and one for me! Get it before it's gone!
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I've learned a lot with this book. It was a great opportunity for me :)
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Great book full of information.
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I thought it was very helpful. I read it from cover to cover, and she had great ideas, and tried and true suggestions.
Published 2 months ago by Julie A Scott
4.0 out of 5 stars vgw
i like the book, has a easy language and many testimony but does not was what i was looking for.
Published 3 months ago by Valentina Gonzalez
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it!
This book was so incredibly helpful for a very un-business minded girl to step foot into the business world. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Lauren Albrecht
4.0 out of 5 stars :)
i think this is a nice book. it is a good book with some useful info. when starting a small business.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not a good book if you are looking for an serious detailed information
You can get just about all the info you need from this book on Youtube or in general searches. It was not very helpful at all
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect! Just what I was looking for...
This book was perfect for my crafts with a ton of advice from various experts. I bought a bunch of books on this topic and like this one the best.
Published 6 months ago by Michelle Turk
5.0 out of 5 stars Why didn't I buy this sooner
Very good book written in an easily accessible way for creatives. It covers most of my questions and queries in a very easy and organic way. Read more
Published 7 months ago by lola
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More About the Author

Kari Chapin has spent the past 15 years in the professional world incorporating marketing, publicity, buyer, freelance writer, community relations and stylist as various job titles. As someone who spends a great deal of time with artisans and craftspeople, it wasn't surprising that one day, a compact fluorescent light bulb went off above her head, and she sat down and wrote The Handmade Marketplace. She likes tag sales, thrift stores, coffee, yarn, glitter, and paper. She lives in Northampton, MA with her amazing husband and three pets. Meet Kari at her website, www.karichapin.com. There you can sign up for her online business classes and check her schedule to see when she'll be promoting her book near you!



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