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The Art of Selling Crafts

Have you ever thought about turning your craft hobby into a business? The Library has books that can help you get started. They cover everything from product development and setting prices to selling on Etsy and navigating the craft-fair world.

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 Country Living: Crafting a Business: Make Money Doing What You Love by Kathie Fitzgerald.
The women artisans featured in this book provide invaluable practical information on what it takes to get started, develop a saleable product, organize a company, market your goods, manage the finances, and handle staffing. Many types of businesses are featured, from hand-weaving, doll making and rug hooking to travel, interior design and photography.

 Crafty Superstar: Make Crafts on the Side, Earn Extra Cash and Basically Have it All by Grace Dobush.
If the church-basement sale isn't quite your scene, Crafty Superstar is your go-to resource for selling your crafty goods part-time. Packed with ideas for setting up and selling out, the book includes loads of advice from experts like Faythe Levine, Jenny Harada and Jenny Hart.


 Etsy-preneurship: Everything You Need to Know to Turn Your Handmade Hobby into a Thriving Business by Jason Malinak.
This book will help you make the jump from enjoying your handmade/craft/art hobby to running a profitable business."Etsy-preneurship" offers step-by-step advice on what it takes to bring in extra income or even one day run a full-time business on Etsy.


 Grow Your Handmade Business: How to Envision, Develop and Sustain a Successful Creative Business by Kari Chapin.
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.

 The Handmade Marketplace by Kari Chapin.
For crafters who have more confidence running a sewing machine than setting up a Web site, this book breaks down and makes sense of the global possibilities for marketing and selling crafts.


 Handmade to Sell: Hello Craft's Guide to Owning, Running and Growing Your Crafty Biz by Kelly Rand.
An all-encompassing guide to starting and running a successful craft business draws on the expertise of the well-known nonprofit trade organization and provides authoritative coverage of everything from developing successful product lives and preparing taxes to forming LLCs.

 How to Sell Your Crafts Online: A Step-by-Step Guide to Successful Sales on Etsy and Beyond by Derrick Sutton.
With over 400,000 sellers on Etsy, how can you make your shop stand out and increase your sales? This is a key question for many crafters and artists who are selling online these days. Now here are all the answers and much more from author and Etsy seller Derrick Sutton.

 The Savvy Crafter's Guide to Success: Turn Your Crafts Into a Career by Sandra McCall.
Take your crafts out of your workshop - and into the spotlight. In this book filled with plenty of artwork for inspiration, renowned rubber-stamp and polymer-clay artist Sandra McCall provides advice about successfully marketing and selling your work.


 Selling Your Crafts Online: With Etsy, eBay, and Pinterest by Michael Miller.
Miller provides step-by-step guidance for succeeding in the world's biggest online crafts marketplaces and attracting new customers where millions of them already hang out. He offers crafts-specific tips and advice on everything from creating listings to getting a fair price, processing payments to providing outstanding service.

 Starting an Etsy Business for Dummies by Allison Strine and Kate Shoup.
This book offers expert advice for artists and entrepreneurs looking to build an online craft business from scratch. It includes information on setting up your online shop, writing compelling item descriptions, photographing your work, engaging the Etsy community, understanding fees and finding your muse when it takes a holiday.

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