mcv636, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by mcv636)
this book is a good basic book to facilitate starting up a business. it is creative and interesting, but it is only a start. in reality there is so much more to do to start a business. i do really appreciate the information about online business. overall it is a very accessible read and i would recommend it.
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minggusandmoob, April 8, 2010 (view all comments by minggusandmoob)
A very talented and fresh writer, Kari Chapin has opened up a world of handmade incite like never before through her first book The Handmade Marketplace. Her style of writing draws you in and makes you say "I could totally do that!". I love the way that this book collaborates with other "big name" crafters and etsy staff to bring us a well rounded and person look into the handmade world!
When I went to Barnes and Noble to research this book and other books like it I could not set this book aside. I read for over an hour and my leg started to fall asleep! I hope to sell enough stuff at the shop this week to be able to buy this book- I want to highlight the heck out of it and turn page corners!! The other thing that I love about this book is that Emily Martin did the artwork all through out (my two favorites in one place...sigh)!!
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isabellawhitney, March 13, 2010 (view all comments by isabellawhitney)
The Handmade Marketplace is an excellent source of information for the independent entrepreneur. Chapin touches on all the necessary information for anyone interested in starting their own handmade/craft brand from home. I am currently working on a high-school senior independent-study program where I am crafting my own brand. The Handmade Marketplace could not be a more perfect book for my project. I have read through many similar books, but this is by far my favorite. Chapin somehow makes what could seem like an overwhelming task manageable. The book also provides advice and interviews from so many successful, talented people who have made strides in the online indie world. As an added bonus, the book is pleasing to look at. The illustrations are beautiful and inspiring in themselves.
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Kathy Hardy - Dornick Designs, March 4, 2010 (view all comments by Kathy Hardy - Dornick Designs)
I purchased this book initially because Emily Martin [The Black Apple] did some of the illustrations and I simply adore her and her work. But then, when the book arrived, I could not put it down. I've been selling my jewelry on the internet for 6 years now and this little 210 page book would have been worth it's weight in gold to me back then. What has taken me years to figure out on my own, is within the charming little pages of this book. A MUST have for anybody making and selling art and crafts these days. I would highly recommend this book. You will not regret purchasing it, I can promise you that. The references and links alone are worth the cost of the book. You'll love it ~ I promise!
Kathy Hardy ~ Dornick Designs - http://www.dornickdesigns.com
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Margie, January 20, 2010 (view all comments by Margie)
What a great idea for a book. I have not read it, but would like to get a copy soon. I enjoy crafting, have worked craft fairs, and have dreamed for years of starting a shop. I will look forward to reading this book and getting some ideas on how to make that happen.
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Dreaming of quitting your day job and opening up an Etsy shop? Kari Chapin, with help from crafty experts like Amy Karol (Bend the Rules with Fabric) and Megan Reardon (notmartha.org), has written a timely and inspiring guide to starting, marketing, and sustaining your own craft business.
by Jennifer Perkins, designer,
"The Handmade Marketplace is the first small business book I have seen that is written to, for and by the Indie Crafter.....also a real page turner and enlightening read for someone who has been in the crafty biz for years."
by Betz White, designer and author of Sewing Green,
"The Handmade Marketplace gives you all the answers to the D-I-Whys, Whats and Hows of being a crafty-preneur."
Turn your craft into a successful business! Even the most expert crafters may find it challenging to market and sell their wares, but with Kari Chapin you have an experienced guide at your side. Learn to determine your cost of goods, set prices, identify the competition, and understand the ins and outs of wholesale and retail sales. Explore the various sales venues available, including independent craft fairs, Web sites such as Etsy, and traditional stores, and learn to maximize your visibility and sales in each one. Want to start your own website? Chapin shows you how to style and prop your crafts for photography and explains how the most popular Web marketplaces operate. You'll find everything you need to turn your talent into profits.
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