Grow Your Handmade Business: How to Envision, Develop, and Sustain a Successful Creative Business [NOOK Book]

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Are you ready to make a living from your craft? Applying her trademark "you-can-do-it" coaching style to the nuts and bolts of business planning, Kari Chapin covers all of the issues involved in turning your creative hobby into a successful business--from mapping out a business plan to expanding production and distribution, finding funding, and addressing legal matters. With this definitive guide, you'll discover how to grow your business beyond the dining room table and finally...
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Grow Your Handmade Business: How to Envision, Develop, and Sustain a Successful Creative Business

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Overview

Are you ready to make a living from your craft? Applying her trademark "you-can-do-it" coaching style to the nuts and bolts of business planning, Kari Chapin covers all of the issues involved in turning your creative hobby into a successful business--from mapping out a business plan to expanding production and distribution, finding funding, and addressing legal matters. With this definitive guide, you'll discover how to grow your business beyond the dining room table and finally quit your day job.
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Thanks to local markets, online blogs, and social networks such as Pininterest and Etsy, crafter businesses keep growing and proliferating. But this promising market is also intensely competitive; learning how to create a handmade enterprise, building a business, and stand out among others requires you to develop new skills. Writer, crafter, and blogger Kari Chapin knows that making a living as an artist is widely held dream; turning into reality is the purpose of this pleasingly detailed book. An inexpensive primer of down-to- earth, savvy advice about the A's to Z's of starting a creative business.

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Carefully defining such differences as “goals” versus “intentions” and “business” versus “personal,” Chapin draws the reader up through successive layers of consciousness, moving steadily toward that crucial juncture where what you doandhow you thinkare absolutely in harmony. It is right at this point where you can “grow your business,” just as if you were tending a garden. There’s no mystery to the process, just a vigilant management of many tasks, all of which work together toward simple sustainability.
Knitty.com
Kari has cut through the puffed up, polysyllabic language and posturing that most business books spin that makes it all seem like some secret society. She makes the big stuff all seem doable. Plus if you are still stuck, she introduces you to a whole bunch of people who can help.
Handweaver’s Guild of America
Kari Chapin covers a variety of essential business areas such as mapping out a business plan, expanding production and distribution, finding funding, and addressing legal matters. Ms Chapin's marketing background and her "can do" attitude provides craftsmen the tools to grow their hobby into a successful business. Easy to read and well organized, this book provides practical advice for getting started or how to grow an established business. If your goal is move your creative business out of your dining room, then let this be your guide.
Northshore Women’s Lifestyle
The style of this book is crisp and refreshing. Chapin’s thoughts are invitingly readable and each chapter includes sound, practical advice from the Creative Collective as well. If you have ever wondered if you could actually make a living at your creative craft, Chapin has a wealth of answers for you.
Living Crafts
Thiswonderful book cheers you on and coaches you on how to make a livelihood from your passion, including stories from other creative people, their struggles, successes, and advice. That’s not all, she also covers the business side, including developing budgets, strategies, and also funding. If you’ve always dreamed of having your own craft business, or already have one and are looking into the next step, this is definitely worth checking out.
San Francisco/ Sacramento Book Review
This book will help take your business from the kitchen table to fulfilling your individualized dream of a fulfilling, meaningful, and lucrative creative business.
Miss Modish
It's an essential addition to an indie biz owner's bookshelf!
Bead and Button Magazine Editors
Whether you sell your art out of a swanky studio, populate your Etsy shop with stuff you make at your kitchen table, or just dream about doing something along those lines, Kari Chapin has a word of advice: plan. As is a business plan! In Grow Your Handmade Business, you’ll learn what creative people like yourself need to plan for in turning a hobby into a business. The book is readable, approachable, and supplemented by tips, tricks, and confessions from 24 other entrepreneurially minded folks.
Hobby Farm Home
If you’ve decided to make 2013 the year you turn your crafting passion into a moneymaking venture, be sure to add Kari Chapin’s Grow Your Handmade Business to your required-reading list.
Library Journal
Chapin (The Handmade Marketplace: How To Sell Your Crafts Locally, Globally, and On-Line) aims this business-planning-with-a-twist book at the Etsy crowd, including artists, musicians, crafters, and cooks. There are two main sections: "Mapping Your Dream" and "Planning for Success." The first section is shorter and covers identifying the best type of business to create, discovering skills and strengths, setting goals and benchmarks, and getting help from a mentor. The second section focuses more on the nuts and bolts of running a business and covers business models, time and money management, marketing, legal aspects, etc. Chapin writes in an engaging and conversational style, incorporating examples from her own experiences as a marketer who has worked with artisans as well as those from many other entrepreneurs. VERDICT Crafters and artists or those thinking about turning a hobby into a career will find sound, practical advice here. By focusing on artistic and creative enterprises, this book may appeal to readers not normally interested in more general business books. Recommended.—Susan Hurst, Miami Univ. of Ohio Libs., Oxford
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781603428767
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 7/4/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 169,527
  • File size: 8 MB

Meet the Author

Since the publication of The Handmade Marketplace in 2010 and Grow Your Handmade Business in 2012, Kari Chapin has gained national visibility as a sought-after speaker at craft business conferences and events. She also offers one-on-one creative coaching and courses online. She's known for her effective coaching style and distinctive, supportive voice, along with her strong ability to market and network.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Meet the Creative Collective

Part 1: Mapping Your Dream
Chapter 1: Identify Your Dream Business
-What Form Does Your Dream Business Take?
-What Direction(s) Will Your Dream Business Take?

Chapter 2: Dream Business Fundamentals
-Do You Have a Hobby or a Business?
-Where Are You Now, and Where Are You Going?
-Onward and Upward

Chapter 3: Working for Your Vision
-A Business Takes Work, and Plenty of It
-Visualize Your Perfect Workday
-Practice Mindfulness around Feelings
-Why Are You in Business?
-Formulate Your Mission Statement

Chapter 4: TLC
-Just Say No!
-Who Cares? You Do!
-Family Matters
-Take Yourself on a Creative Retreat

Chapter 5: Goals and Intentions
-Keep Yourself Honest
-Determine Goals
-Goals versus Intentions
-Make Reasonable Goals
-Keep Track of Your Goals and Intentions

Chapter 6: Benchmarks
-Measuring Your Success
-What Does Success Look Like?
-Calculating Success One Step at a Time

Chapter 7: Get Some Help!
-Say It Loud and Say It Proud: Help!
-Mentors: Your Business Gurus
-Your Personal Board of Directors
-Build a Brain Trust

Part 2: Planning for Success
Chapter 8: Types of Business Models
-Business Model Defined
-Running Your Business from Home
-Renting a Studio or Office
-Renting a Storefront and Keeping Shop Hours
-The Off-Site Bottom Line

Chapter 9: Business Plan Preliminaries
-What Is a Business Plan, and Why Do You Need One?
-Business Plan Basics

Chapter 10: Do You Manage Your Time, or Does Your Time Manage You?
-Time Management
-Keep Your To-Do List in Check
-Managing Time Is Easier Than You Think

Chapter 11: The Nuts and Bolts of Business Plans
-Getting Started
-Executive Summary
-Who Exactly Are You, Anyway?
-Business Plan Checklists

Chapter 12: Know Your Marketplace (or Marketing!)
-Know Your Industry
-Target Market, Say What?

Chapter 13: Putting It All Together: Your Marketing Plan
-Taking Stock
-Marketing through Advertising
-Marketing through the Media

Chapter 14: What Do You Make, and How Do You Make It? Having a Production Plan
-Ready, Set, Produce!
-Licensing

Chapter 15: Money, Money, Money
-They're Just Numbers
-Numbers 'R' Us
-Numbers Nomenclature

Chapter 16: Budgets and Budgeting
-First of All, What Exactly Is a Budget?
-Monthly Budget

Chapter 17: Profit and Loss
-P&L Overview
-Detailed P&L by Department

Chapter 18: Money and How to Get Some
-Bank Loans
-Grants
-Angel Investors
-Crowd-Funding
-Family and Friends
-Financing with Personal Credit Cards
-Finding a Way

Chapter 19: Making It All Legit
-What Kind of Business Are You?
-Going into Business with a Loved One
-Taxes
-Payroll
-Insurance

Chapter 20: Professional Support and Where to Find It
-Accountants and Lawyers and Agents, Oh My!

Parting Advice
Acknowledgments
Resources
Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2013

    Everything needed to make that dream business a reality!

    Fans of the television series "Shark Tank" who are wanting to start a small business, but lacks a business background, will love this book!

    'Growing Your Handmade Business' takes you through the steps of making your small business ownership dreams a reality. The author uses a mixture of personal experiences (both successes and failures) and sage advice from many other small business owners as she leads the reader through laying the foundation for starting a small business. The author explains the ingredients that goes into writing up a business plan, moves into generating a marketing plan, and even covers such topics as choosing a legal advisor, filing for proper licenses, aquiring funding, and rounds it out by giving instruction on setting benchmarks to ensure personal successes are being reached.

    I recommend this book to anyone who has ever entertained the notion of starting a small business but was fearful of trying. This book will have you dreaming up new business ventures as you thumb through its chapters learning the ins and outs of starting up and running a successful small business.

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