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The Handmade Marketplace: How to Sell Your Crafts Locally, Globally, and On-Line

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  • Posted March 27, 2010

    Everything I wanted to learn about and more I had no idea I needed to know!!

    This book is an immense source of guidance, encouragement, inspiration and friendship!
    A lot of the writters are friends and share their findings, wisdom, insight and laughters to this wonderful guide!You feel like getting on their blog and strick a cyberfriendship with them!
    This very updated book is more than a guide to begin or perfect your steps toward selling your creations, it is a fun companion too! They list everything you need to know and where to join them, how to improve this or that with ladies who are expert in those domaines. This is the book I always wish was out there, understanding of where I come from and where i wish to go, I don't feel like a struggling crafter anymore, this book has equiped me with all the info, tips and encouragements I needed to not give up and insteads knowing what I need to improve, work on and so on!
    All the references, websites and blogs are up to date, the graphics, text and overall design is very appealling to me, and I am considering this book a strong reference to anyone.
    You have a sense of a friendship, like you have joined a new sisterhood of creativity and it is extremly encouraging, uplifting and cheerful!!
    I LOVE this book!

    frenchaccentbymagali.etsy.com

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 8, 2011

    A Good Place to Start

    I've sold crafted items off and on for many years and can't help but wonder how much better I would have done had I known the information in this book. Chapin does a great job informing the reader about things such as determining the cost of goods, pricing items, identifying the competition, navigating through the business side of selling crafts, and selling in various venues available to crafters today including Internet stores like Etsy.

    I like that the author keeps the tone of the book upbeat and conversational as she sticks to the facts about the craft business. Chapter topics include basic business practices, branding your business, marketing, making connections in the crafting community, using blogs to promote your craft, advertising and publicity, and using marketing networks and social media. Also covered are the pros and cons of venues for selling such as craft fairs, online stores, brick and mortar stores, and other selling opportunities.

    The tips on how to create a good craft blog and taking photos for using online were helpful. The author includes the advice of successful crafters as well as that of experts in specific fields such as an accountant's general advice on what can be deducted as an expense when filing taxes, etc.

    Although this isn't a detailed business book and won't address every issue one might encounter in running a business, it is one that will answer basic questions specific to the craft business and minimize having to learn from mistakes. I've learned a lot and look forward to implementing the ideas for more success in selling my own creations.

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review but the opinion of it is my own and wasn't solicited. If I didn't like the book, I would say so.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 11, 2011

    Great book! I liked the paper cover better....

    I paid a few more dollars but the book is so cool that i couldn't help it. But no matter which one you decide for. It's a great book, great ideas to run your own business and super helpful. If you are into the world of crafts you really need to get it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 11, 2014

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    Maybe it¿s not the have all, end all of books on creating a busi

    Maybe it’s not the have all, end all of books on creating a business – with every possible step in excruciating detail, I honestly feel that the approach of this book is SPOT ON for the artistic people who are reading it!  We're crafty - creative - think outside of the box kind of people.  We want to be inspired AND practical - and this book does that.  It gave great insight into a lot of the little "How To's" that people don't think of - great resources, great ideas, great direction.  But my favorite part?  The little extras – the “Act Now” sections – the little quips, quotes, and questions.  Those thoughtful little “get the creative juices flowing” parts – and the bullet-pointed “hey, this is practical stuff you HAVE to do, so listen here!” parts.  LOVE this book.  HIGHLY recommend this book.  If you are even remotely, just a little bit, maybe – kinda interested in making money at your craft – GET THIS BOOK.

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  • Posted March 26, 2012

    Highly recommend!!

    I enjoyed this book so much. It is filled with valuable information!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2011

    Great book

    This is the complete starter guide to seeling your handmade goodness. I am a teen,though,and I can't do most off the stuff she talkes about in the social networking chapter.

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