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Handmade to Sell: Hello Craft's Guide to Owning, Running, and Growing Your Crafty Biz Paperback – July 10, 2012
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"Once you have a business plan in place, how do you DO a business?...This book demystifies the art of pricing, branding, and photographing your work; helps you understand tricky concepts like copyright and taxes; and prepares you to sell in face-to-face venues (like fairs) and online." --Bead and Button Magazine
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And good advice is important in small business. A common statistic is that close to 99% of all small businesses fail within their first 3 years. What most people don't realize is that the successful businesses overwhelmingly had a better handle of business knowledge before they started. This is why it is critical to find successful mentors, do your research, and have handy guides to help you set up your business. Having a nice craft product is a very small (but important) piece of the business puzzle. You also need to get a good background in small business education. This book gives that start.
The start of the book traces a history of the current handmade retail craze. Personally, I believe that Gen Y will not let this be a cyclical fad. The increased technology and mass production that is everywhere has created a backlash love of locally produced, one of a kind items.Read more ›
Many of us are faced with a myriad of decisions when creating our handmade crafts. When I finally came to the conclusion that there was enough interest in my jewelry, I hit the highroad. Proceeded to choose my most interesting jewelry and shortly thereafter everything seemed to fall in line - somewhat.
"Handmade to Sell" is a necessary primer for all crafters. It is a thorough guide to "running, growing, and owning" your own craft business.
I thought I knew most of the answers, but there were times that I barely squeaked out a profit. Silver and gold prices have fluctuated greatly during the past couple of years, along with other unforeseen escalating costs. One can't second guess the cost of materials, but this book is extremely helpful in learning the "nuts and bolts" of the crafting business.
How to price one's work, taxes, copyright, and trademark information is well documented. The author takes it a step further by prodding the reader to create something awesome which is critical for success. She also points out that excellent photography is a "must" sales tool.
Online shops, craft shows and fairs are wonderful venues for exhibiting one's work. All aspects of marketing are discussed in great detail. The index is a great compilation of trade shows to check out.
I would highly recommend this book to both seasoned and beginning crafters. Easy reading and excellent advice on all levels. Now is the time to get out your reading glasses, put your feet up and enjoy this extremely excellent guide to "Handmade to Sell."
Would recommend to family and friends if they are interested in getting paid for their talents.
Loved and recommended!
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Bought this book to give as a gift, but now I think I am going to keep it. Pack full of ideas if you are doing anything handmade and plan to sell.Published 2 months ago by Thebreeze
want to start selling my mosaic art, this should help and have helpful guidance.Published 12 months ago by Dawn from Cali
Very good information and references on how to get started and expand.Published 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
i think this is a cute book with some good, useful info. short and sweet that is all i have to say.Published on March 11, 2014 by E