Craft, Inc.: Turn Your Creative Hobby into a Business

Craft, Inc.: Turn Your Creative Hobby into a Business

"Craft, Inc." is the ultimate guide to turning what you do for fun into what you do for money. Ready to start a craft business, but you'd rather wield a crochet hook than a calculator? Let crafter-turned-entrepreneur Meg Mateo Ilasco teach you the basics of starting your own company, from developing products and securing a business license to selling your wares and getting "Craft, Inc." is the ultimate guide to turning what you do for fun into what you do for money. Ready to start a cra...

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Title:Craft, Inc.: Turn Your Creative Hobby into a Business
Author:Meg Mateo Ilasco
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Genres:Business
ISBN:Craft, Inc.: Turn Your Creative Hobby into a Business
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:160 pages pages

Craft, Inc.: Turn Your Creative Hobby into a Business Reviews

  • Jesse Schreier Kennard
    Jan 20, 2010
    Hmmm... what I learned? Outsourcing is the only way. I have to say, there is a lot of information in this book, and maybe it's just that I'm not ready to dedicate my entire existence to my craft business, but really, the advice in here is delivered in a way that is really inaccessi...
  • Katherine Rothschild
    Feb 15, 2009
    A must-have for an would-be successful Etsian or crafter thinking of selling in local boutiques. One drawback is that our author, Ilasco (who is just adorable in person) sells graphic design, which isn't quite the same as a tangible product. An update that includes some crafter's issue...
  • Elizabeth
    Mar 19, 2009
    I think this book is probably excellent if you're at a serious, let's do this thing point in your crafting. Me? I'm just exploring the idea of having a creative hobby, so reading this book wasn't really all that useful, and perhaps that's why I had a hard time engaging with it. If you'...
  • Anna
    Jul 25, 2009
    A good resource with a lot of practical advice for both the business and design elements of running a creative business. Had a lot of information concerning outsourcing and mass producing (which seems to contradict the idea of a handmade craft business, to me) which I didn't really nee...
  • Eleanor
    Feb 01, 2012
    This book is clearly written and well tailored to its specific audience - those who want to grow their creative, crafting hobby into a business. I appreciated the nice design (it's from Chronicle books, so of course) and how the chapter intros/summaries each had their own page - it was...
  • Joi
    Aug 16, 2007
    I found Craft Inc. to be the *almost* perfect business guide for the Etsy set. It is imperfect only because it is not the complete package. Craft Inc. gives the reader a starting place in just about every imaginable part of a craft business... unfortunately, that is all it gives the re...
  • Mimi
    Mar 20, 2009
    Ok, serious crafters listen up. If you really (and I mean really) are serious about turning your cottage crafts into a cottage industry this is the guide to help you along the way. From chosing names to figuring out how to handle your profits... and if you're dedicated they will come -...
  • Kelly
    Mar 14, 2008
    This book was an amazing help in starting a craft based business! Starting up a Creative business, or any business for that matter, is not the easiest thing in the world, to say the least! But it is the American dream, no? Reading this book has helped me enormously in figuring out how ...
  • Jillian
    Oct 21, 2010
    Really great for how short it is, but you'll also need a good business plan book and probably a legal guide as well. I suggest The Successful Business Plan by Rhonda Abrams, and The Craft Artist's Legal Guide by NOLO to complete your crafty biz. planning. The Craft Inc. Business Pl...
  • Lee
    Mar 18, 2008
    great book for the crafter turning pro. covers the business end when starting a craft biz like the difference between and llc and an s corp, when to charge sales tax, and other important legal stuff. also excellent financial advice for transitioning out your day job. great reference bo...
  • Colleen
    Apr 27, 2010
    This is an excellent resource for anyone who wants to make a business out of their creative hobby. Along with great questions asked of success stories to see how they handled the process, it covers all aspects of making your dream a reality--including an initial questionnaire to see if...
  • Naomi
    Feb 08, 2010
    I haven't read any other books like this to compare, but I found it very helpful, and gave an introduction a great many aspects of starting a business, specifically a craft business. Some sections were overly brief, but it was helpful to at least have a "tab" in place for further study...
  • Tammy
    Jun 25, 2008
    I am reading this book right now. In a crass ad-world overly-simplistic summary, this book is a no nonsense guide to turning your creativity into cash. I've read a lot of "start your own business" books - this one is about the most straightforward in terms of the how to, intermixed wit...
  • Jaymi
    Jan 01, 2009
    (Adapted from www.diyplanner.com) The ultimate dream for any artist and crafter is to be able to open up a shop where they can sell their creations and make a living from their passion. Thanks to sites like Ebay and Etsy, crafters can do just this. For those of you who think you might...
  • Rebecca
    Oct 24, 2010
    The chosen interviews were the highlight although, as I live in San Francisco like the author, I knew half the folks interviewed already. The business info I personally had already gathered from running my own business for the past near decade, and probably from books by Tad Crawford o...
  • Katie
    Dec 20, 2011
    This is a good resource book, but I think it's too much information that really isn't necessary for someone with a part-time craft business/hobby. This book is geared more for the person that's been selling and crafting for quite awhile and is looking to make the leap to a full time bu...
  • Leiah Jansen
    Aug 02, 2011
    This book is a great intro to starting your own business in the craft world. Actually, it has good advice for starting your own business, period. I like that the author didn't sugar-coat anything, and she was honest in talking about how difficult it could be and you might just crash &a...
  • Jennifer Maloney
    Sep 06, 2012
    Not very interesting or helpful. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but this book wasn't it. It spent a lot of time trying to give you ideas on WHAT to craft (which I already have figured out) and the rest of the time laying out Business 101 (which didn't seem particularly tailored to ...
  • W.B. Abdullah
    Feb 10, 2011
    Great book, read it in two days in under 3 hours while my daughter napped...motivational and inspirational for any creative minded person. The author answered a lot of my questions and gave me a sort of pep talk through this work that I can use both in my crafting and literary endeavor...
  • Whitaker
    Dec 10, 2010
    A really great book shows us how everything is great and worth to die for ...
  • Justyna
    Nov 01, 2011
    This book is for those who are craft and looking to start their own business--as is pretty obvious by the title. I myself have attempted to sell my various wares (to minor success), and I read this book in the hope that it would give me some good tips on how to increase my business pot...
  • Lora
    Jul 03, 2013
    I didn't find Craft, Inc. to be earth-shatteringly inspiring, but it's a good basic guide for someone who is considering a craft-based business. I'd highly recommend it to friends who haven't been involved in business as a great place to start. I suspect those with some business basic ...
  • Sandy  Kemp
    Sep 02, 2013
    I really wanted to read this, but found it very difficult to actually read. The terrible design (blue letters on a blue background, for example) make reading it next to impossible unless the light is perfect. I read in all kinds of places, many with fairly rotten lighting, so this is j...
  • Kelly
    Jan 09, 2012
    I originally picked Craft, Inc. up to help me decide if I really wanted to take the leap of turning my craft obsession from a hobby into my own business. By the time I got around to reading it, I had definitely decided to start pursuing the dream. With that being said, I think this boo...
  • Cindy
    Jul 15, 2012
    One of the best books I have read about making your creative business dreams into a reality. Meg's book covers every topic imaginable; taking the reader through the ins and outs of being a creative force in business. From finding your creative muse, to designing your products and fi...
  • Kristin
    Nov 28, 2012
    Good cursory overview, and made me think about a lot of details that wouldn't have occurred to me otherwise. That said, I don't think it's honestly that great for someone just starting to think about this and just starting out - it nearly sent me into a state of paralysis. For someone ...
  • Brittany
    Jan 16, 2017
    I've been selling online for years as a hobby and only in the last year have I begun to make the leap into "actual business." I jotted down a lot of helpful tips and inspiring passages from this book while reading and would recommend it to anyone looking to get more serious in a craft ...
  • Lydia Rhyne
    Sep 13, 2014
    If you're thinking about starting a creative business, this book can be a great jumping off point. I agree with other reviews that the author gets pretty high level at times (overseas production, selling to large chain retailers, etc.) and while I am obviously VERY far from that point,...
  • Sara
    May 02, 2016
    Just wasn't my cup of tea. I knew this book was focused on building a BIG craft business going into it, but I figured it would at least focus a little bit on keeping your business online or at least keeping your business in your home. But really, this is just a guide of how to make stu...
  • Vandana
    Jul 03, 2019
    Doesn't say anything that won't be found for free on the internet. ...