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Grow Your Handmade Business: How to Envision, Develop, and Sustain a Successful Creative Business

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by Kari Chapin
     
 

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Are you ready to make a living from your craft? Learn how to map out a financial plan, expand production, automate distribution, address legal matters, and much more. Start growing your business beyond the dining room table and leave your day job behind.

Overview

Are you ready to make a living from your craft? Learn how to map out a financial plan, expand production, automate distribution, address legal matters, and much more. Start growing your business beyond the dining room table and leave your day job behind.

Editorial Reviews

Lisa Congdon
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.

Jay McCarroll
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.

From the Publisher
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.

BookPage
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
Crafters and artists or those thinking about turning a hobby into a career will find sound, practical advice here.

Northshore Women’s Lifestyle
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.

Living Crafts
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.

San Francisco/ Sacramento Book Review
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.

Miss Modish
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.

Bead and Button Magazine Editors
This book will help take your business from the kitchen table to fulfilling your individualized dream of a fulfilling, meaningful, and lucrative creative business.

Hobby Farm Home
It's an essential addition to an indie biz owner's bookshelf!

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781603429894
Publisher:
Storey Books
Publication date:
07/03/2012
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
510,305
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.70(d)

What People are saying about this

Lisa Congdon
Countless crafters have turned to The Handmade Marketplace for advice on selling their goods. Now Grow Your Handmade Business helps creative entrepreneurs achieve their long-term business goals. Kari and her contributors talk frankly about budgeting, licensing, marketing, time management, loans, taxes and even the law. Whether you are new to the handmade business world or attempting to grow your business, this book will be valuable.

Jay McCarroll
If there was ever such a thing as a creative business therapist, I would be laying on the couch in Kari's office gladly throwing cash at her.

writer and business coach Tara Gentile
Time to bust the starving artist myth! Kari covers heavy business topics with creative flair and arms readers with knowledge they need to succeed.

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 is known for her effective coaching style and distinctive, supportive voice, along with her strong ability to market and network.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.