You crafty types may have been thinking about how to apply your DIY skills as a moneymaker and cash in on your talents as a jewelry maker, sewer or knitter. If you are looking for some guidance in the logistics of turning your hobby into a profitable business, check out “Handmade to Sell: Hello Craft’s Guide to Owning, Running and Growing Your Crafty Biz.”
Of course, you know about craft fairs and Etsy.com, but Hello Craft’s book goes beyond that, with 175 pages of expert tips, strategies, and advice for running and growing your crafty biz – including an entire chapter dedicated to craft shows. There’s also information about forming a business, filling a gap in the market, copyright and trademark and hiring help.
It is written by Kelly Rand, with Christin Ernest, Sara Dick and Kimberly Dorn, members and founders of Hello Craft, a nonprofit trade association that helps independent crafters and small-business owners. They help found the Crafty Bastards Arts and Crafts Fair.
You can now buy “Handmade to Sell” (Crown Publishing) for $16.99 in stores and online at hellocraft.com/book