Hi there, I'm sell my handmade design couple years in Taiwan before I move to Texas, selling handmade thing is tough right? It's not what we thought that easy, so seen it's really my passion is, so I start to research to help my business, and I find out these book are really helpful, so if you are in this industry you need to check on this:

1. The Handmade Marketplace, 2nd Edition:
How to Sell Your Crafts Locally, Globally, and Online

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I'm recently read this book, I think it's kind of too basic for me, but later on I find out more and more information, it's actually really good for any one who want to start handmade business.

#Include:

a. Get to know yourself: How your branding your business, and how to find someone just love what you love.

b. Marketing: How to promote your art to traditional media and online media, Youtube marketing etc.

c. Lot of interview with successful designer, tips are help them make it so far.

d. How to sell: In trational way or online and other creative way to help you sell your design.

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2. Craft inc by meg Mateo Ilasco

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I like the second tile of this book: turn your creative hobby into a businesss , that's exactually I want to do and want to share about.

This book interview one of my favorite designer is Lotta Jansdotter, and Jill Bliss and I like to hear the stories behind the designer or brand.

#Include:

a. Creative and business mind set.

b. How to price your design

c. Marketing and publicity strategies!

The only problem of this book is the word is too small for me, I need to take lot of my eye strength to read it.

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And other list people recommend and on my list to read it now—->

3. The Right-Brain Business Plan   by  螢幕快照 2014-07-29 8.39.29 PMJennifer Lee

 

I saw lot of artist recommend and the review on Amazon is great also, so it's on my next reading list!

A little about this book from Amazon introduction:

Millions of artists, entrepreneurs, crafters, and solopreneurs dream of making a living doing what they love. But turning their vision into a viable business plan can feel like trying to fit a square peg into a round hole. Jennifer Lee knows what it’s like to make the entrepreneurial leap — and how to do it successfully. The key is showing creative types how to use — rather than stifle — the imagination and intuition that make them creative in the first place. Lee’s illustrated, colorful worksheets and step-by-step instructions are playful yet practical, enabling readers to get down to the essential business of defining their vision and nailing down plans for funding, marketing, networking, and long-term strategy. Both budding and seasoned business owners will benefit from Lee’s wonderfully original approach.

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螢幕快照 2014-07-29 8.45.57 PM4.Grow Your Handmade Business: How to Envision, Develop, and Sustain a Successful Creative Business

If you just start up or you want to reset your mind to your handmade business, this one seens a good to check on!

A little about this book from Amazon introduction:

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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螢幕快照 2014-07-29 8.48.20 PM5.Etsy-preneurship: Everything You Need to Know to Turn Your Handmade Hobby into a Thriving Business

If you don't know Etsy is the biggest online place to sell your handmade design, then you are in trouble, take this one and study really hard on it. Let's get start your business!

A little about this book from Amazon introduction:

Most Etsy sellers are confident in their crafting and artistic capabilities. However, many need guidance on the business-related intricacies of starting and maintaining a successful Etsy business. Etsy-preneurship helps existing and potential Etsy sellers understand the business fundamentals needed to become a small business owner on Etsy, including taxes, bookkeeping, marketing, finances, administrative tasks, daily operations, legal requirements, business plans, and improving your business skills. This book will help you make the jump from enjoying your handmade/craft/art hobby to running a profitable business.

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