I’m following along with Molly as I learn how to prepare for a craft show. Today she shares her best book recommendations for handmade business. She shares the ever popular The Handmade MarketPlace by Kari Chapin and a few others.
The one book she shares that I have read is Blogging for Bliss by Tara Frey. I enjoyed reading this book about all these beautiful craft blogs and journals. It was blogging simply to showcase your life, your art, your love – not for money and not for fame – although each blogger is famous and they do make money it was second place to the purpose of the blog.
I felt a bit intimidated because the bloggers are so good. They have fantastic photography and craft skills. I come no where close. It is definitely something I aspire to but I’m afraid by the time I get there blogging will become retro and a thing of the past.
My Book Recommendations
- Craft Business Power (aff) by Jeff G. and Cinnamon Miles of Liberty Jane Clothing – I choose this book because of the success Jeff and Cinnamon have had with their business. They, like many small businesses, started out small. Their first goal was to earn $100 – they met it and have slowly pushed themselves and their business into a highly successful business. Now they are giving back and have a membership site.
- Pricing Crochet Fairly for Maximum Profit (aff) by Sedruola Maruska – If you haven’t read this book yet, you need to. Sedie offers some excellent advice on pricing plus she kicks your little fanny a bit for not valuing your work. She, like many crafters, undersold her work but then she just got real with herself. She is crocheting as a business and needs to support her family. Stop playing around, value yourself and your work. Your first step can be buying her book and doing what is suggested.
- 31 Days to Build a Better Blog (aff) by Darren Rowse – Following this blog you know that I patterned my 31 days of crochet biz blogging after this book and after blogger Michelle Shaeffer’s Ultimate Blog Challenge. This is a great book to help you fine tune your blog. I am finding that going through it once is not enough. I get lax on my blogging and need to update it at least every year. Darren is the blogger behind the popular blog – ProBlogger.
What are your crafty business book recommendations? Share them in the comments below.
Join me in the 31 Days of Craft Show Preparation by Blogger Molly of http://mollyeleen.wordpress.com. Molly was inspired to do the 31 days challenge when her friends took on the challenge that The Nester hosts each year. (based on the 31 Days to build a better blog by ProBlogger)
How You Can Participate
- Visit Molly’s Blog post which has all 31 posts in the series
- Blog about it. You can do one post for the entire week or one post per day. I’ll be doing one post a day. (31)
- Chat about it either on the Crochet Business fanpage or in either the CBB Google+ community or CBB Fb group.