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"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.
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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 (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,461,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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I do some writing, & in 2009 started on a book for small-business startups, including such important (& widely overlooked) sidelights as creating a brand & image. Both for research & because I'm thinking of starting a family-run crafts shop, I bought a few books including this one.

I got two chapters into "Handmade for Profit" & set my half-done manuscript aside. I pride myself on sneaking useful data into my reader's head in an informal, somewhat chatty manner, & Brabec has me beat!! When someone talks to me about starting a small business, this book is now in my Top Five "must read first" list.

It's not perfect; Brabec skirts a few important long-range considerations. For example, many crafters manage to "hit the ceiling," where the business is doing great but there's less & less time to actually MAKE STUFF. Does this indicate you should hire someone? outsource some of the construction to friends & neighbors? license out some of the designs? halt retail & go wholesale-only? Such topics are skimmed over only lightly, with no clear suggestion of in-depth resources.

Then again, that area might have doubled the size of the book, & most of us with a small business should be so fortunate as to HAVE such decisions looming.

But for someone who's never started a business, it's a great book. Brabec mentions many things you may never have known to exist, such as the effects of local zoning ordinances on home-based business, how to seek out & register with the tax authorities, & possible labeling requirements for certain classes of item.

All in all, this book is far cheaper than hiring an attorney for an hour -- & should certainly be read (maybe twice) before finding a lawyer or accountant.
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