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Product Details

  • Paperback: 261 pages
  • Publisher: M. Evans & Company; Revised edition (October 10, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0871319950
  • ISBN-13: 978-0871319951
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #376,178 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

"The first step to building a profitable crafts enterprise at home," declares noted crafts-business expert Barbara Brabec, "is to think of it as a business, not a hobby ... whether your annual income goal is $500 or $50,000." Handmade for Profit explains clearly how to do just that, with coverage of 16 different retail markets, including fairs and shows, shops and galleries, and Internet and catalog sales. All of the other necessary basics are presented as well, from building confidence, developing your product line, and setting prices, to creating a printed professional image with brochures, business cards, labels, and more. Of particular interest is the final chapter, which details precisely how to turn your hobby into a successful business. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Brabec and Platt are both successful craft authors with a wealth of business experience to share with those who are just starting out. Although their product lines are somewhat different, the business methods covered in both books are essentially the same, with particular attention paid to selling at shows, malls, and individual shops. Both authors combine a chatty style full of personal anecdotes with practical, down-to-earth advice about production, marketing, and legal considerations. Persons wanting to go into business and those already selling should read both books, and more, to have a realistic picture of the requirements for a successful craft business. Both titles are recommended.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

When widowed in 2005 after nearly 44 years of marriage to a legendary Chicago Symphony musician, Barbara Brabec, author of eight best-selling home-business books, began to reinvent herself on the Web. Retiring from active involvement in the crafts and home-business industries, she began to encourage and help first-time authors with her book editing, manuscript critiquing, and telephone consulting services. In 2010, she successfully transitioned from a business writer to a memoirist and storyteller with the publication of THE DRUMMER DRIVES! EVERYBODY ELSE RIDES. Today, Barbara's focus is on bringing her lifetime of writing on a wide range of topics to the attention of a vast new audience of Kindle readers. Her personal domain at BarbaraBrabec.com offers a rich archive of her articles and resources for authors, self-publishers, computer users, and home-business owners in all fields of endeavor.

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This book is a great resource tool for anyone interested in starting their own business on items they hand craft.
Che A. Paskert
This new book has every tool you will ever need to run a profitable crafts business.
Linda Kindle

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

68 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Karen on December 13, 1999
Format: Paperback
Barbara hasn't forgotten a thing in this wonderful book. From start to finish, each page is filled with a surplus of information. From setting goals to setting prices; marketing to networking, Barbara discusses it all. Any crafter who is interested in selling their work should buy this book. No, borrowing from the library simply will not do. You'll want this book around all the time. It's the crafters' Bible!
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Linda Kindle on December 11, 2002
Format: Paperback
Barbara has done it again. This new book has every tool you will ever need to run a profitable crafts business. Every aspect is covered from what products to make, legal requirements, record keeping, how to price merchandise, and how and where to market your products. This new edition also includes excellent chapters on selling on the web. A must read for anyone who wants to sell anything! No question is left unanswered!
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Smith on September 4, 2001
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I'm only half way through the book and already she's saved me the cost of the book. Her advice is sound and should help anyone who's dabbled in crafting for a while and never quite knew how to get serious about selling. This is an easy-to-understand wealth of information, and a perfect start on my journey to success.
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Format: Hardcover
If you're serious about wanting to turn your crafts into a successful business, you must have this completely new rewritten edition. Barbara has written a "Bible for the entrepreneur!" The book is a bargain that will save you time and money as it leads you through setting goals, developing and pricing your product, into new opportunities and new technologies for marketing your talents. As an author, publisher, and owner of a crafts business, I have found more helpful advice in this new book for all three of my endeavors than in any other resource on my bookself. You won't be sorry you bought "Handmade for Profit".
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By jacqui collins-parker on January 9, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Barbara's new book is awesome! Lots of new information and quotes from "real" folks. Reading the first edition encouraged me to change direction in my business and has introduced my handmade glass beads to an entire new buying public on the internet!
Lots of side bar information to explain concepts and thoughts in detail, and lots of humor. It's a book that will go everywhere with you... to be browsed, read and re-read as you grow your home-based business! Every tool you ever need is in this new, 2002 edition!
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32 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Emily B. Chapelle on January 4, 2009
Format: Paperback
I bought this book based on all the wonderful glowing reviews, but I have to be honest. This book is really annoying to read. While Barbara tries to include many types of crafts when giving examples, it's easy to see that her focus is the country/traditional theme (think teddy bears, calico, painted wood, corn husk dolls, etc.).

Also, her references to religion and God seem out of place to me. Isn't this supposed to be a business book? Not all crafters are religious!

I could deal with those things, other than for the fact that it seems like every other page has some sort of grammatical error or spelling mistake. Did she not have an editor? I looked for an editor's name in the front pages, but didn't see one... case in point: If you plan to publish a book, GET AN EDITOR. Or risk looking very unprofessional.

There is some good information in this book, but I know I'll be hoping to re-sell my copy.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Klay Arsenault on August 9, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book has been a wealth of knowledge for me. I have just started selling my craft and had very little experience with a business of my own. While some of the information is less technical or web savvy the general ideas and business structure information is well presented in a human and positive way.
This book is easy to read cover to cover (minus a few typos) or to jump into a specific section. Barbara Brabec seems to have done some really useful research with this book.
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 5, 2004
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This book is wonderful!!! I don't even usually read but I've gotten halfway through in about 2 weeks. It's so great! I thought I couldn't really learn anything, but I was amazed at the helpful info in here. Now I am totally in love the Barbara Brabec!! I'm about to order 2 more books now! and I already got Creative Cash too. She is wonderful! The book is so well written and informative!! More then worth the money it cost. It should be on artist/crafters bookself.
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