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is one of the most well-rounded books I have read on how to start
a business and I highly recommend it for anyone who would like to
sell their hand-made products to the world." - William T. Lasley,
About.comGuide to Arts/Crafts Businesses
you've ever dreamed of earning dollars from your creative
interests, Barbara's book will provide you with the motivation and
know-how to turn your dream into a reality. Creative Cash is very
easy reading, with plenty of interesting real-life examples
sprinkled in, providing practical advice from those who've been
– Miriam Olson,
Former Editor, Crafts Magazine
. . chock-full of moneymaking strategies for craftspeople at every
level, beginner to professional. Even veteran show circuit
exhibitors can use ideas in Creative Cash to boost sales figures
or to discover new income streams."
Detwiler, Editor in Chief,
"Barbara Brabec does it again in her usual easy-to-absorb style:
a crafter's diagram for success. Not only will you find the real life
experiences of others in this business, but you'll learn what mistakes
to avoid as well. This is truly a gold mine of information."
- My Arts and
"As she has in the past, Brabec uses crafter profiles to enhance the
many areas of business she writes about, and in such a charming
way you are captivated by the stories as well as the professional
advice. These are not always stories about wildly successful men
and women who sold one item and retired on the profits; she includes
the heartbreaking ones, the learn-from-your- mistakes ones, the complete
change-in-direction ones, and the 'hey, that's me!' ones in which
we can all recognize ourselves. There is empowerment in these pages.
If you are still making the same craft you did five years ago, and
hauling the same booth display, and you wonder why sales are off
this year, you need a good dose of Brabec!"
- Liz Murad, Montclair Craft Guild
one thing to turn your creativity into a business, and quite another
to profit from it. But this business guidebook maps out approaches
used to design your own path to success, beginning with identifying
what you do best. This book includes abundant information on business
planning and legal requirements, sales and distribution, publishing
and teaching." - Sew News
with serious start-up information and ideas and how and where to
sell all kinds of products and services, are encouraging stories
of success and tales of lessons learned."
Copyright © 2000-2013
by Barbara Brabec
All Rights Reserved
Barbara Brabec's World
This classic guide has now been declared out of print after 32 years in
publication, but copies will be available on
Amazon for a long time to come, so you can still use this classic best-seller to turn your creativity into a profitable
How to Profit from Your Special Artistry, Creativity, Hand Skills
110,000 copies in print!
7-3/8 x 9-1/8" paperback, $16.95
A featured selection of
Cash—a classic in its field
for more than thirty years—has helped thousands of
creative people launch successful art or craft businesses at home.
In fact, several people who started a business with an earlier
edition of this book in hand are featured success stories in this
interviews with over a hundred business experts and professional
artists, crafters, designers, teachers and publishers,
author has crafted a unique crafts business book for the New Century.
It is filled with fresh ideas on how to succeed in many different
types of businesses as well as how to sell handcrafted or handmade
products of all kinds, including fine art, original designs, patterns,
special "know-how" and services related to the field
of art or crafts.
your goal is just to make a little extra "pin money" from
a hobby, start a part-time business, or grow an established activity
into something much more profitable, Creative Cash will guide
you to success.
is known for her "down-home" style of writing, which
is always clear and easy to understand. Interlaced between the
serious business information in Creative Cash are uplifting
stories of success and sad tales of costly lessons learned. To
make the reading fun, shots of humor are found throughout the
book. "If you don't have a sense of humor," says Barbara,
"you better get one quick, or you'll not survive long in
a business at home."
100+ real-life success stories
87 original art illustrations
113-listing RESOURCE CHAPTER
PLUS a directory of crafters featured in the book
ultimate "how-to" book in its field,
Cash is chock-full of moneymaking strategies for
craftspeople at every level—an invaluable roadmap you can use
for success in your chosen endeavor. Here's how to:
Develop confidence to realize a secret dream
Legally start a business at home
Successfully compete in today's marketplace
Succeed at craft fair selling
Start your own home shop, holiday boutique or party plan business
Sell through shops, galleries, malls and other outlets
Move into wholesaling, trade shows, working with sales reps
Write how-to articles for craft magazines or sell a book of designs
Develop and sell original patterns by mail
Wholesale a pattern line
Develop and sell kits
Design for manufacturers (or license your
Publish booklets, directories or reports
Publish a newsletter
Write a book and publish it yourself
Offer your book to a trade publisher
Get started teaching at home or in local craft shops
Computerize a crafts business and get on the Web
Get it all together at home
Hone your sense of humor
and MUCH, MUCH MORE!
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