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Country Living Crafting a Business: Make Money Doing What You Love (Country Living) [Hardcover]

Kathie Fitzgerald
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Hearst Books (1 Jan 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1588166260
  • ISBN-13: 978-1588166265
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 942,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very inspirational 16 Jun 2009
A lovely and inspirational book for artists and crafts persons hoping to go it alone. Useful business advice, beautiful photography, great for dipping into.
This book is printed by Country Living USA and whilst most advice is transferable I wonder have Country Living got a UK alternative with advice for grant finding or UK business support? That said, if you love this magazine and are even half entertaining the idea of a creative venture then this is well worth the purchase.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Details 19 Sep 2009
I found this book very helpful regarding the small details of the business day-to-day life.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading for inspiration 11 Feb 2008
By H. Erickson-Sander - Published on Amazon.com
First of all, this book was hard to get a hold of. Did they not print enough or what? Borders couldn't even order it for me, Barnes & Noble had no stores nearby with it and took a couple weeks to get it in.

I've been working on my own crafting business for almost two years now, and I love Country Living Magazine, so I was excited for this book. I would just recommend it to those who are looking for more inspiration than real direction and hardcore answers.

The true stories of successful crafters are very inspiring and helpful in the advice the women give. It was fun to see the other women's crafts (many of whom are well known in this business) and hear how they came to be successful and what their dreams for the future are.

I would not recommend this book if you are looking for some serious answers about the structure, laws, options and rules when it comes to setting up your own crafting business. I would strongly recommend The Crafter's Business Answer Book by Barbara Brabec, that book will answer every question you have and help you get set up. This book, however, the Crafting a Business book, just skimmed over all these topics very briefly at the end of the book. It wasn't as thorough and didn't answer all the important questions.

I'm pretty happy with my purchase nonetheless, and have really enjoyed reading through the various success stories in this book. It is encouraging and enjoyable.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Profile format works well 17 Feb 2008
By Betsy - Published on Amazon.com
This is a cut-to-the chase approach that profiles a cross-section of successful businesswomen crafters. Before you start setting up any kind of business, you'd better make sure your idea is unique and marketable. Sit down with Fitzgerald's book for a few hours, and you'll see what these women did to stand out and succeed in a very competitive business environment. I particularly liked that each profile is in that woman's own words. If I'm going to make my dream of starting a business a reality, I sure need to hear from those who stepped off the crafting cliff before me! I really liked this book.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Finally! 22 Oct 2008
By netty1180 - Published on Amazon.com
It is about time there was a book like this. It's gotten me pumped to get going on my own creative business. I had the idea stored in the back of my mind for the longest time and I am so glad this book was published. It's helped me on the long way to getting started.

The individual stories are wonderful and insightful. These ladies are so creative not just artistically but businesswise as well. Many of their businesses are just amazing and full of fabulous ideas.

The only downsides to the book are:
That it doesn't give you a simple step by step check list to go by.
It also doesn't have those pivotal first steps that I've been searching in vain for.
Also I'm a little disappointed that all of the important information is in the back of the book almost to be forgotten.

Please don't forget to look at the reference pages. There are valuable websites and books listings available for more information.

Yes it well all over load your brain but this stuff is important if you want to get started in your own creative business. So do yourself a huge favor and pick up this book it'll do you a world of wonder in getting started with the right foot forward.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! 2 Feb 2009
By Pamela Prussel - Published on Amazon.com
I really enjoyed this book. It is exactly what it states--good advice for crafting your own business. Lots of inspirational stories from women who have turned their passion into their business. The stories are short so it is easy to pick up whenever you have a minute. Beautiful pictures and great stories. I love it!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Getting The Life of Your Dreams To Take Flight 16 April 2012
By Tobey Crockett - Published on Amazon.com
I have previously reviewed a similar book from the editors of Victoria Magazine (which I also heartily recommend) and this book from Country Living is just terrific. The main part of it is inspirational stories from women who have done it already, and salted in those stories are all kinds of nuggets and good insights from the various entrepreneurs about how they got the life of their dreams to take flight. Even those businesses which hold basically zero interest for me (cakes & lamp shades, for instance) were interestingly profiled and still contained good morsels through out, so I suggest reading them all.

The second part of the book offers a very solid crash course on the technical aspects of starting a business. This information is often very hard to get in a format that does not cause one's eyeballs to glaze over either in abject terror or boredom, so I think that part is surprisingly helpful - and that is I what I like about the other business book I have reviewed as well. As quite a large number of the women point out in their personal stories, it is vitally important to do this work and not try to wing it by the seat of your pants for too long. I direct my clients (whom I help to discover & manifest the life of their dreams) to this kind of material because it has got excellent brass tacks for realists who actually want to build something solid, not pie in the sky fantasy.

I got this book from the library but plan to purchase a copy for my reference. If you want to start your own enterprise, I strongly recommend checking out this little book.
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