Radvent Giveaway: Grow Your Handmade Business by Kari Chapin!

This year I had the honor of contributing to Kari Chapin’s latest book, Grow Your Handmade Business. It’s geared toward artisans, crafters, designers and DIY-ers who are trying to get on an entrepreneurial track. Personally, I love having this book on my shelf alongside all of the other business books I’ve purchased and pored over, but this is the only title I own that is specifically geared toward me as a seller in the handmade marketplace. In her book, Kari answers some of the most common questions we all have as we start out: “What’s next?” “How do I make a living doing this?” “What kinds of marketing pay off and what’s been sort of a bust?”

To answer these questions, Kari called upon her “Creative Collective” (that includes me!) to share their struggles, successes, and all of their business advice. Reading this book is not only full of great inspiration and motivation to build an independent business with your own hands, it’s also a valuable opportunity to learn from the experiences of tons of creative geniuses who have been there.

From determining goals and finding mentors to the nuts and bolts of developing business plans, budgets, marketing strategies, and investor relations, Grow Your Handmade Business covers it all. With this definitive guide, your dream of quitting your day job may become a reality. Pick it up for crafters on your Christmas list and I promise it’ll be very well-received! And if you have time, go through the book first and highlight all of the quotes from me for them. Wink.

I have one book to give away from Kari Chapin herself, and it’ll go to a randomly chosen commenter! To win, just leave a comment below and I’ll pick a winner on Friday the 14th at the end of the night. I encourage you to share this giveaway with your friends to help me spread the word about Kari’s awesome new book.

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  • Angela

    This looks like a great resource. I need to read this book!

  • Taylor

    I’m opening a new shop in just a few days, so this could come in handy. Thanks for the opportunity to win this, Megan.

  • http://twitter.com/karkle Karli H

    Such an adorable cover!

  • Jill F

    I could definitely use a copy of this!

  • Val

    Dying to read this book!

  • Laurie

    Awesome book idea! Thanks for the opportunity!

  • http://twitter.com/chickenb00 Childish Lambino

    I checked this out at the library with a bunch of similar books, but didn’t get the chance to read it. I’d love my own copy.

  • annabelvita

    I’ve reserved this at the library but I’d love my own copy!

  • Amanda Schwery

    I would absolutely love this! I’ve been trying in vain to sell my stuff for so long it seems

  • Anna Vargas

    I need this book in my life. Maybe freelance design can be my full time job, someday. Or a cake pop business?

  • heartfeltartisan

    This has been on my wish list for months! Heard great things about it so fingers crossed!

  • http://twitter.com/MrsKellyGreen Alison

    What a great giveaway! Not only for an educational purpose, but I can add to my P-L obsession stash ;) But seriously, this would be a great gift to myself being new in my entrepeneaur life.

  • Christine Barker

    I need this book. I’m happy creating handmade treasures but its time to take my abilities to the next level. I’m asked if I teach or sell and I’d like to be able to confidently say an an emphatic yes and list the number of retailers I’m sold in. Please pick me!

  • Marleen Hoog

    I loved the Handmad Marketplace too, so I do give it a try

  • Jessica

    Would love to win this!! I’m very intrigued after reading your description about it.

  • http://twitter.com/theeisforerin Erin Human

    Would love a copy of this book!

  • maike

    YAY! I’ve been curious about this book since seeing the cover of it pop up on your site. Thanks for describing it in more detail. I’m wishlisting it now, but being a lucky winner on Friday would be even better.

  • http://www.facebook.com/megan.heese.9 Megan Heese

    I love hearing from successful business owners, in Omaha, especially. I’ve learned so much from the small business owners I do know and, even though there is always struggle involved, it’s so inspiring to hear success stories.

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