Friday, September 26, 2008

Intro to series: From needle and thread to "business as..."

Ok - so the title isn't incredibly inspired. But the process was. To those around me - my husband, my parents and friends - I made a swift transition from sewing to business. In my eyes, it was much slower. It was full of reading, sketching, drafting, cutting and sewing.

The books were invaluable. I spent most of my schooling in the sciences, so I am used to research. I found a few good books full of even better advice and guidance.

I don't know how many parts will be in this series, I am not even sure if it will have an ending. One thing I do know, is that it will be full of everything I have learned and used to make the transition to business owner. If there is an ending, it will hopefully be with my success.

To get you started, here is a list of the books I found most useful:
  • Craft Inc.: Turn Your Creative Hobby Into a Business by Meg Mateo Ilasco
  • The Crafter's Guide to Pricing by Dan Ramsey
  • Start Up: Start Your Own Arts and Crafts Business by the Entrepreneur Press
  • How to Show and Sell Your Crafts by Kathryn Caputo
  • Crafter's Internet Handbook by Genevieve Crabe

There are 4 others I will be looking at soon. Once I have gone through them, I will let you know how they compare. In other words - if it's just more of the same or not.

The forums at both etsy and craftster are chock full of pricing concerns. I will start this series with that, by comparing the pricing techniques used by these books and show you how I reached my own method.

1 comment:

  1. thanks for recommending these books - I will be sure sure to check them out!


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