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Product details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Kyle Craig (2 Jan 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190870702X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908707024
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.1 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 118,385 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alison McNicol is UK-based writer, crafter, cake maker and creative business expert, and author of a host of books on sewing, craft, cakes and creative entrepreneurship.

Before the writing bug struck, Alison also created a successful chain of branded sewing clubs, and her My Sewing School package is now helping women pass on their skills and make money teaching kids and adults to sew in their local area (www.mysewingschool.co.uk).

Following the success of her Sew Easy Kits range of sewing and craft kits, Alison decided to share her business experience to write "The Craft Business Handbook: The Essential Guide to Making Money from your Crafts and Handmade Products". A companion book, featuring interviews with 30 of her fellow craft business owners followed: "Craft Business Heroes - 30 Creative Entrepreneurs Share The Secrets Of Their Success".


Alison is also a passionate cake decorator and applied her cake and business skills to author "Start A Cake Business From Home - How To Make Money from your Handmade Celebration Cakes, Cupcakes, Cake Pops and more!"

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"I'm thoroughly impressed, you've really thought of everything! This comprehensive guide will clearly be an invaluable tool to anyone dipping their crafty toe into the deep waters of the Craft Industry. Readers won't be disappointed!" - Gilliangladrag, Author and Crafty Entrepreneur

About the Author

Alison McNicol is a serial crafty entrepreneur who has launched several successful craft businesses, selling her products in stores worldwide. She is also the author of several successful craft and craft business books, and founder of The Craft Business Community.com , an online community that provides resources and networking opportunities for crafty entrepreneurs from all over the world.
Alison is also author of best-selling crafty business guide - The Craft Business Handbook: The Essential Guide to Making Money from your Crafts and Handmade Products – also available on Amazon.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Green Book Addict Librarian VINE VOICE on 27 April 2012
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I'm sorry to say that I didn't gain much insight from this book. It sounds better than it actually is. Although the point is the content (which in my opinion is not great), I will also mention that the quality of the book is quite low, has several typos, and all the photos inside are low-quality black and white. It gives the impression of being cheaply printed and given the subject of the book it could have been done so much better.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sewing Directory TOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 Feb 2012
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This book is a companion to the Craft Business Handbook. At the end of the Handbook you will find a few interviews with popular crafts people, Alison interviewed several people for the book and decided that the interviews were so useful they merited a book of their own.

There are 30 interviews in this book and they are split down by section of the craft industry: Jewellery, Paper Goods, Homewares, Sewing and Fashion/Accessories. The interviews tell you about each business, how it came about, what lessons the crafts people have learnt along the way and sharing their top tips for business success. Some of the businesses featured are from the UK and some from the US.

The interview questions cover areas such as trade shows, selling direct v selling wholesale, managing the finances, business expansion, what advice they can pass onto others. It might be tempting to skip straight to the businesses in your section of the industry but there is a lot to be learnt from the other interviews too. Some of the interviews are followed with a useful top 10 tips list.

This book makes a great companion to the handbook, you can't fail to be inspired by some of the stories in there and you can pick up many useful tips.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alphabet Bags on 12 Mar 2012
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A really inspiring read. Definitely worth reading if you are a crafter in business, or are looking to turn your craft into a business. If you're just starting to think about this do take a look at Craft Business Heros for some great tips and to share in the experience of others in the same position.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L.Potts on 12 Mar 2012
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This book is a companion to the Craft Business Handbook, and the author interviews a number of buisness people. The book is seperated into sections of different craft areas and the interviews are very enjoyable to read. The book is full of information about everything you would want to know about setting up on your own from ideas about making the best online store, and what happens at craft fairs, and how to package and brand your goods etc. to the more complex side and general administration of running a business. What makes this so enjobale is that it is real people and real businesses many of which you will heard of, and they all started out as people like you with an idea they want to make money from!
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