The Crafty Superstar Ultimate Craft Business Guide

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Calling All Crafters!

Let's face it, peeps; the craft business world can be a tough one to navigate. Luckily, you have the Crafty Superstar by your side! This updated and expanded guide will navigate you through the ins and outs of setting up shop, advertising your wares, braving the online marketplace and becoming a craft show maven. You'll find expert advice from Grace Bonney, Cinnamon Cooper and April Winchell, as well as downloadable forms to keep track of your budget, ...

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Overview

Calling All Crafters!

Let's face it, peeps; the craft business world can be a tough one to navigate. Luckily, you have the Crafty Superstar by your side! This updated and expanded guide will navigate you through the ins and outs of setting up shop, advertising your wares, braving the online marketplace and becoming a craft show maven. You'll find expert advice from Grace Bonney, Cinnamon Cooper and April Winchell, as well as downloadable forms to keep track of your budget, organize your craft show applications and calculate prices and sales tax. Yes, you can sell your crafts, make extra cash and have it all!

Inside you'll find out how to:

  • Sell your handmade items
  • Get publicity and press
  • Put together an awesome packaging concept
  • Rock the indie craft show
  • Set goals, plan for the future and balance life and crafts
Running a craft business can be a challenge, but you're up for it, right? Get organized, get noticed and get selling—the Crafty Superstar will show you how!
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Dobush, the owner of a craft-based small business and the co-organizer of a large indie craft show in Cincinnati, expands her 2009 guide to keep up with the explosion of social media options for promotion and outlets for independent artisans to sell their wares online and in person. This practical guide includes suggestions for getting accepted to and selling at craft shows, best practices for using social media and using it to expand craft businesses, and even how to handle the explosion of attention that comes with being featured on Regretsy, a humorous site showcasing the worst of the handmade and vintage retail site Etsy. Interviews with influential crafters are interspersed throughout the book, providing additional perspectives and advice. VERDICT It's easier than ever for crafters to sell their wares online, and Dobush's guide provides a good overview of best practices for the small-scale crafty businessperson.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440320378
  • Publisher: F+W Media
  • Publication date: 8/16/2012
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 420,784
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Grace Dobush is a writer, editor and crafter based in Cincinnati. She is a co-organizer of the indie craft show, Crafty Supermarket and the author of the popular book Crafty Superstar: Make Crafts on the Side, Earn Extra Cash and Basically Have It All. An alumna of Kent State’s School of Journalism, Grace has written about crafts, art and design for Hello Craft, HOW, Venus Zine and The Artist’s Magazine and presents at creative business conferences around the country.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 4

Chapter 1 Do You DIY? 6

Why Handmade 8

What's "Indie"? 8

Motivations 11

Expectations 73

Journaling Prompts 16

Chapter 2 Biz Basics 24

Setting Up 26

Pricing 29

Pricing Strategies for Creative Types 32

Three Reasons Why Discounts are Deadly 34

Boosting Production 36

Finding a Good Workspace 38

Setting Paid and Keeping Track 40

keeping It Legal 43

Sales Tax Cheat Sheet 48

Chapter 3 Selling Out 50

Where to Sell 52

Get a Website 60

How to Not Sell 74

Chapter 4 Indie Craft Shows 76

Are You Ready? 81

Application Process 82

Getting Prepped 86

Table Displays 89

Day of Show 102

The Postmortem 109

DIY Craft Shows 110

Organizing Your Own Craft Show 112

Chapter 5 Get Noticed 116

Be Your Own PR Person 118

Direct E-Mail 119

Social Media Advice 121

Getting Press 126

Advertising 138

Get Published 139

Chapter 6 The Next Level 142

Working for a Living 144

Maintaining a Personal Life 145

Taking Stock 148

Changes 151

Going Full-Time 152

Staying Organized 153

Getting Help 154

OMG, I'm on Regretsy? 158

Yep, You're on Regretsy 160

Profiling Your Most Valuable Customers 102

Setting Goals 170

Epilogue 180

Appendices

Forms and Templates 182

Small Business Websites 194

Craft Business Websites 196

Suggested Reading 197

E-Commerce Websites 198

Creative Business Conferences 199

Indie Craft Shows 200

Supplies 204

Important Data and Passwords 205

Important Contacts 208

Notes 214

The Contributors 224

Index 236

Dedication 238

About the Author 238

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