by James Dillehay
You make beautiful things by hand and people have said, “you should be selling these!” Or maybe the idea of making and selling things as a business has sparked your interest. Like you perhaps, I would rather earn my living doing something I love than forcing myself to go to a job I don’t care about every day.
Did you know surveys show most people hate their jobs? I sure hated mine.
Then, I got swept up with the possibility of making and selling stuff. Though I worried about whether I was creative enough, a friend offered to teach me the craft of weaving. So I began the learning curve of becoming an artisan.
The question you may be asking yourself and one I worried about in the beginning was could I earn an income from selling handmade products?
Well, after displaying my first batch of pieces at a one-day art fair and earning $1,300, I stopped wondering and started producing. When my third show brought in close to $6,000, I never looked back.
Over the years, I have showed thousands of people with creative ideas, perhaps like you, how to start a business from their handmade products.
When selling my work, I was often accompanied by different friends who wanted to learn how the business side worked. Showing them the ropes and answering similar questions again and again led to writing several books and teaching classes and coaching.
Starting and running a successful handmade business has given me tools to make the journey smoother, the income streams more reliable and the results transformational.
Are you looking to transition from slaving away for others to having creative control over your time?
Do you have an idea for making products and crafting a business from a home?
I can help you with the how-tos that make and save you money, that’s for sure.
More powerful and fulfilling, is connecting with ideas, action steps, and tools that align with your passion. I found my greatest successes arising from doing what I love. When I work with others, I look to where their heart is first, then move into tactics and action steps.
I hope you are exploring how to make your vision a real-life transformation. If you need a little help along the way, be sure to get my newsletter where you can access the tools, resources and insights of successful handmade entrepreneurs.
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James Dillehay is a professional artisan, former gallery owner, and author of nine books and numerous articles. He has been interviewed in The Wall Street Journal Online, Yahoo Finance, The Chicago Tribune, Bottom Line Personal, Family Circle, The Crafts Report, Better Homes & Gardens, Working Mothers, Country Almanac, and many more including Entrepreneur Radio and HGTV’s The Carol Duvall Show.
James is a co-author of Guerilla Multilevel Marketing, Guerilla Marketing on the Front Lines and The Best of Guerilla Marketing.
Will James’ advice help you grow your small business? Read what others say:
“Quite an expert….Very informative. I wish we could keep you for the next three days.”
Carol Duvall, HGTV
“Should be viewed as the blueprint for success in the crafts industry.”
The Crafts Report
“One of the most user-friendly yet practical books of its kind.”
“Everything you need to know is here, and it’s applicable to any craft.”
Whole Earth Catalog
“A useful compilation of ‘insider information.’”
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Crafts ‘N Things
“Helpful to anyone contemplating any crafts business.”
“An excellent book. The appendices guarantee that the book will long remain as a valued resource.”
Dean, Cornell University
“The first bit of sanity I’ve encountered since I began my business. It teaches me everything I need to know, over and over!”
Carole Baylus, Maryland
“The author takes readers by the hand, gently encouraging them to grow into wholesale when they are ready. His practical guidance makes taking these giant steps less scary, less threatening.”
The Crafts Report
“Ideas and sound business advice on every page.”
Arts & Crafts Show Guide
“For artists just starting out as well as those who are more experienced.”
“Comprehensive, well researched publication filled with useful tips for marketing crafts. The book gives craftspeople sound advice for selling their wares.”
“The Basic Guide to Selling Arts & Crafts is like eating beef stew after the hors d’oeuvres — more meat, more filling, more down-to-earth . . . . This book will help you plan your business for maximum profits.”
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Syndicated Columnist SENIOR SENSE
“He knows the art side and the business side of making money with craftwork — an informed guide indeed.”
Southern California Senior Life
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Prime Time for New Mexico Seniors
“Pleasant to read, easy to understand, chock-full of really useful information. Covers the whole subject of producing and marketing what you make.”
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“Just what you need; he’s clearly been there.”
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Shuttle Spindle & Dyepot
“Specialized resources make this a very useful book for weavers and other craft artists who need solid business information. Recommended for public libraries.”