etsy shop help :: best craft business books

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etsy shop help

hello lovebirds!  when i recently got inspired by megan’s recommend reading list over at crafting an mba, i decided to share with you some of my very own favorite crafty books! whether you’re just now thinking about opening an etsy shop, ready to start a blog, or looking to be the next amy butler, there’s something for everyone in the following craftilicious reads.  enjoy!

craft inc

title: Craft, Inc.

author: Meg Mateo Ilasco

Craft, Inc. helps teach and inspire you to turn your craft hobby into a successful business.  meg mateo ilasco guides you through developing products, naming your company, writing a business plan, applying for licenses and tons more.  with chapters on sales, marketing, trade shows and publicity, plus interviews from successful pros (jill bliss, jonathan adler..) it’s a must read for anyone who is ready to go big with their crafts.

start your own blogging business

title: Start Your Own Blogging Business

author: J.S. McDougall

this handy book is an easy read (i finished it in one afternoon) and full of helpful info.  if you’re thinking about starting a blog, Start Your Own Blogging Business guides you through setting it up, attracting visitors, engaging readers and offering advertisers.  a must read!

Crafty Superstar

title: Crafty Superstar

author: Grace Dobush

Crafty Superstar is the perfect book for someone just starting out with a small etsy shop.  it covers all your basics and helps you set up shop, get paid, package your goods and begin getting some press.  a great quick read for the newbie!

The Anti 9-to-5 Guide

title: The Anti 9 to 5 Guide

author: Michelle Goodman

whether you’re ready to get out of the cubicle or determined not to get there in the first place, The Anti 9 to 5 Guide by Michelle Goodman gives you the advice you need. applicable to a broad range of careers (not just craftsters), she’ll help you quit you job, save money and become your own boss.

The Handmade Marketplace: How to Sell Your Crafts Locally

title: The Handmade Marketplace: How to Sell Your Crafts Locally, Globally, and On-Line

author: Kari Chapin

in this book, Kari Chapin helps you determine the right price for your items, discusses opportunities such as indie craft fairs and sites like etsy, gives photography tips and even some publicity advice.  after reading, you’ll be able to makes sense of the global possibilities for marketing and selling crafts.

The Savvy Crafters Guide To Success

title: The Savvy Crafter’s Guide to Success

author: Sandra McCall

The Savvy Crafter’s Guide to Success is written by a professional crafts person, for the wanna-be professional crafts person.  with chapters on everything from organizing your work space to finding outlets, tip on photographing your work, keeping records, and submitting your work to publishers, you’ll be well on your way to building your career.  Sandra McCall guides crafters through the world of crafting with pertinent information on how to build and maintain a craft business, how to teach the best arts and craft classes, how to write regularly for craft/home publications, and how to get your designs sold.

do you  have any favorite must-reads?


  • thanks for sharing chica … it always helps to hear what other people have to say & suggestions.

  • perfect! I just finished the handmade marketplace and was hoping to find some more similar sorts of books…now I know 4 others to divulge into! :)

  • All of these are great books! Thanks for sharing!

  • Great books! I love reading crafty business books, and blogged my favorites a few months ago when I was taking Elsie Flannigan’s “Indie Business” online class. Some other books I recommend are “The Boss of You” by Lauren Bacon and Emira Mears, “The Creative Entrepreneur” by Lisa Sonora Beam, “Escape from Cubicle Nation” by Pam Slim, and “Style Statement” by Danielle LaPorte. I described a bit about each one in my blog post, which is here if anybody would like to read it:

    • oo, thank you so much for sharing caiti- FAB blogpost!!!

  • Thanks for all the great reads! Great recommendations.

  • Great list but im surprised you left out Country Living’s “Crafting a business: making a living doing what you love”. It’s an awesome book!!!

    • thanks for the suggestion, beryl! looks like a great one!

  • thank you for the list – will add a few to my summer reading!

  • Thanks for finally writing about > etsy shop help :: best craft business
    books | must reads | going home to roost < Loved it!

  • Great list! Im going to have to check out these bookss
    I just wanted to recommend a book as well. Etsy-preneurship: Everything You Need to Know to Turn Your Handmade Hobby into a Thriving Business by Jason Malinak. This book helped me out a lot. I highly recommend it.

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