How to Turn Your Craft Hobby into a Business: A Review of Craft Inc.

Craft Fair displayFirst of all, some of the step-by-step instructions are just a little tiny big on the vague side. It’s all well and good, for instance, to tell me that before I give my business its official name, I need to conduct a national search for other companies using the same name, and to check with state and federal agencies for conflicting trademarks, but…um, how do I do that, again? Google? Letter to my senator?

Yeah, no idea.

The other less helpful component of the book is the fact that those expert interviews are all waaaaaaay beyond my level. Instead of reading Lotta Jansdotter talk in her interview about outsourcing her production, I’d much rather read about the criteria she used for choosing a bank for her business accounts, because that’s more where I’m at.

Frankly, though, there probably isn’t enough hand-holding available in this world to provide the ample hand-holding that most crafty types would like to have during this business start-up process. Without Craft Inc. to give me even this amount of hand-holding, I would not even know that I was supposed to search for identical business names, or to have a separate business account.

So simply being clueless about HOW to do any of that stuff is still a step in the right direction.

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Written by Julie Finn

I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now.

Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life, and my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties.


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