Hey makers. We know making and selling things for a living is a tough world to navigate. There's no rulebook, and often you're on your own. That's why we like to provide as many resources as we can to help you out -- because we want more creative small businesses like yours in our world!
Over the years, we've read a lot of books on the topic. Today, we thought we'd put the best ones in one post for you -- in case your Xmas wishlists need yet more fattening, you still have time to add them!
We haven't read this book, but Hello Craft's blog has provided us with some of our most useful, shareable blog posts on booth setup, vending techniques, display ideas, and more. So we know their book has to be chock full of useful junk.
ART/WORK is geared more toward fine artists than crafters, and covers topics like: how to handle galleries! How to ship your own work! How to keep an accurate inventory of work! Pricing!
Even if you consider yourself 100% craft and 0% art, it's pretty great. We give it 5 stars.
A book with more of a psychological bent, The War of Art takes a hard look at what it is in you that makes your work harder than it needs to be.
In this book, Austin Kleon (maker of newspaper blackout poems) condenses his wisdom on originality, creativity, and where artists get their ideas. He is a smart man.