Many of us are great artisans in our own right, but taking that first step to push your craftiness into the public eye can be a scary thing. There have been many successful artisans in recent years that took their crafts and hobbies and transformed them into a full time business... and you can too! Here are a few books to help you make the transition. Do you own any of the books below? Give us a mini review in the comments below. Be open, honest and tell us what helped you the most about each one!
• Craft, Inc.: Turn Your Creative Hobby into a Business: by Meg Mateo Ilasco for $12.20 (on sale). We've read this book cover to cover several times and it lists practically everything you need to know. If there was just one book to buy on the subject, this would be it. There's also a business planner to go along with it.
• Crafty Superstar: Make Crafts on the Side, Earn Extra Cash, and Basically Have It All: by Grace Dobush for $12.95. This book is a great place to start if you're clueless as to where to begin. It takes things a little slower and gives you a great foundation and can even help determine if your craft is going to be big business or if an Etsy store is all you really need.
• How To Start A Home-Based Craft Business: by Kenn Oberrecht for $16.20 (online B&N price). This book deals with the scarier side of starting your own business — finances. It will help you draw up a business plan and get the money aspect of things started on the right foot.
• The Handmade Marketplace: How to Sell Your Crafts Locally, Globally, and On-Line: by Kari Chapin for $13.63. This book is one where when you're finished, you feel like best friends with the writers and talents who lend their voices to its pages. It's empowering and has you hitting the streets running and excited instead of worried about failure or "Will anyone like my stuff?"
We'd also like to take this time to make mention of the wonderful series Biz Ladies over at Design*Sponge. It's a most wonderful weekly blog from someone in the business giving tips to those just starting out. Read the entire series and you'll be armed and ready for crafty business battle!
Do you have a book you'd like to add to the pile? Let us know below!
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