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The wonderful people at Sterling Books offered me a copy of Mollie Makes: Making It! The Hard Facts you need to start your own Craft Business to review as well as an extra copy to giveaway!

I have absolutely loved reading through this book. It is packed full of useful information on starting your own handmade shop. Chapter 1 is about deciding if you’re really ready to open a shop, Researching who your customers will be, Choosing a name, and Setting up your site. This book is cover-to-cover full of helpful tips and resources!

If you struggle with pricing your work, there is a useful guide on figuring out the costs of your supplies, your time and what you should charge for wholesale vs retail. Once you’ve got your shop up, there are tips for managing and sharing your work on social media, writing a press release and even tips for taking better photographs of your product. Good photography is extremely important in selling your work, so these tips are some of my favorites.

The  last chapter of the book is on the nitty gritty stuff- Taxes, Online Payments and if you need to hire an employee, there are tips on that as well! Combined with all of these amazing tips, guides and resources, Making It!, also includes interviews by indie artists like Cut Out + Keep, Hope & Elvis, Clothkits and many more.

As I mentioned above, I’m giving away a copy of Making It! to one lucky CraftGossip reader! You an purchase a copy of the book here.

To win, leave a comment, and let me know what you sell in your handmade shop, or what you would if you had a shop?

Entries close June 20th, 2014. US residents only.

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79 Comments so far

  1. Michelle on June 11, 2014 8:39 am

    I make hand-sewn toys. Even years later, pricing is a stress for me. I really struggle with it.

  2. Shari Harniss on June 11, 2014 9:03 am

    It’s actually my husband who’s the crafty one. He makes wind chimes! Love to win this for him!

  3. Kathy on June 11, 2014 9:06 am

    I’m thinking about selling greeting cards. If I had a shop I would sell a lot of other items too. Maybe craft supplies and finished products. I would probably also carry other local crafters in on it and sell quilts, crochet and stamping.

  4. Jennifer on June 11, 2014 9:14 am

    I would be making jewelry and personalized gifts.

  5. Stephanie on June 11, 2014 9:34 am

    I’ve thought about selling upcycled kids’ clothes!! Not yet though.

  6. Gwen on June 11, 2014 9:48 am

    I (currently) do chalkart on canvas. I also do custom lettering. I just need the knowledge to get my artwork out there.

  7. jill siever on June 11, 2014 10:04 am

    I knit….sew…paint…I love anything crafty….dream of opening up a store frontnoften!!

  8. Yvonne Hutchen on June 11, 2014 10:04 am

    I’ve just started selling my handcrafted jewellery and need all the advice I can get!!

  9. Robyn on June 11, 2014 10:21 am

    I sell (or am trying to anyway) ceramic stuff, like pottery and handmade lighthouses. I’m good at making the stuff, not so good at figuring out how to get it out to the public. This book looks great!!

  10. Mariette on June 11, 2014 10:25 am

    I am hoping to expand my love of sewing (clothing/quilts) into a way to make some money after I retire. This wonderful book would further my education to prepare for that goal!

  11. Jane on June 11, 2014 11:13 am

    Thanks so much! I sell a variety of items, but some of my more popular items are baby clothes memory blankets and T Shirt blankets.

  12. Mary Decker on June 11, 2014 11:16 am

    I am in the process of creating an online shop for jewelry and classy cards! Thank you for the offer!

  13. Janine on June 11, 2014 11:21 am

    I make jewelry and knit, and my husband and I make funny photo cards.

  14. Cynthia Wilbanks on June 11, 2014 11:22 am

    I make knit and crochet items such as shawlettes, hats, mittens and scarves. Right now I sell mostly on consignment and, yes, pricing is a bear!

  15. Jennie D. on June 11, 2014 11:24 am

    Fused glass is my hobby of choice. I could use some tips (and extra hours in the day if you have those!)to take my on-line shop to a higher level. Figuring out the best way to market oneself in a hobby/art business is a real challenge. I actually work with small businesses and oddly enough could use some help myself.

  16. DonnaRae on June 11, 2014 11:34 am

    I sew bags, unusual things for the kitchen, clothes, and all types of things.

  17. Anne Marie on June 11, 2014 11:36 am

    I would love to have a shop selling knitted items.

  18. Marilyn (Merry) Fenton on June 11, 2014 11:36 am

    I’d sell craft supplies, including reclaimed yarn from thrift shop sweaters.

  19. Penny on June 11, 2014 11:54 am

    I just started doing some embroidery for a baby boutique and would like to expand to sell clothes, bibs, blankets, etc. the owner is very interested and a book like this would really help me get started.

  20. Marie Woodman on June 11, 2014 12:08 pm

    Isell handknitted and crocheted items in my Etsy
    shop. I also sell sewn items

  21. Robin Christofaro on June 11, 2014 12:09 pm

    I crochet and make wreaths. If I had a shop, that is what I would sell!

  22. Donna H on June 11, 2014 12:10 pm

    I’ve toyed with a couple of ideas – one idea is to open a yarn shop; the other is to have a small arts and crafts gallery, maybe offering community art classes, too.

    Thanks for this great giveaway!!

  23. Brekke on June 11, 2014 12:18 pm

    I Love Mollie Makes!
    I would sell a variety of my crafty stuff:
    Jewelry, Handmade Dolls & Clothing, crochet purses, and Hand Embroidered items!
    This book would be so helpful:)

  24. Mary Rokisky on June 11, 2014 12:23 pm

    I have for the last several years sold photo journals and handmade cards.

  25. Anna on June 11, 2014 12:26 pm

    I would give this to my mom who would sell interior design items like curtains and quilts and pillows.

  26. Danielle F on June 11, 2014 12:27 pm

    I make and sell home and jewelry gifts with a geeky/pop culture flair. This would be a huge help to go from hobby to business!

  27. kim on June 11, 2014 12:42 pm

    Would love to sell my scarves

  28. kim on June 11, 2014 12:44 pm

    Would love to sell things that we make together as a family

  29. BeckiReve on June 11, 2014 1:01 pm

    My mother and I have a booth in a store on our historic downtown square selling knit/crochet baby accessories. The agony of pricing that is fair to us and attractive to purchasers–ugh!

  30. Nancy F on June 11, 2014 1:42 pm

    I sell glass art and would love to know tips on how to sell it better! This looks like a great resource.

  31. Elizabeth on June 11, 2014 2:12 pm

    I use to sell jewelry and paper goods. I would love to get back to creating and selling again.

  32. Marye on June 11, 2014 2:25 pm

    Ive been trying to get motivated to move forward but…..who knows.Ive done local shows in CA and FL…some things sell others(that I love doen’t who knowsI make custom bags,dog beds and costumes.they need thier own page maybe ????Thanks for the opportunity to get more information to be productive

  33. Charlene on June 11, 2014 2:32 pm

    I sell jewelry and textile making supplies and equipment.

  34. Julie M on June 11, 2014 2:56 pm

    I do alot of appliques on baby onesies, baby burp rags, rag quilts and fleece blankets and I never know what to charge when people want to buy them so that book will come in handy

  35. Marianna on June 11, 2014 3:14 pm

    I would start off with knitted, felted bags; then move on to both bags and patterns. I would love to win this book.

  36. Monica VandeWerken on June 11, 2014 3:26 pm

    If I had my own shop I’d sell repurposed items and decorative things. When I “make it” I’d take some of my hard earned money to take sewing classes so I could make and sell roomier kids clothes for the bigger kids from toddlers on up.

  37. Karey on June 11, 2014 3:33 pm

    I would sell a variety of crochet, sewing knitting and beading things!

  38. Eva on June 11, 2014 3:45 pm

    I’m working with yarn and fabric. Not ready to sell my creations yet, but maybe some day … Marketing and selling is the hard part! Seems to be a great book! :)

  39. Carrie thomas on June 11, 2014 4:16 pm

    I opened an ebay and etsy shop under GingerBreadSurprise and am still trying to figure out how things work. The making of items is easy, the hard part is pricing, taking photos, writing up descriptions,how to package,and create tags that bring people. Why 99% of shoppers on ebay leave feedback where only 10% of etsy shoppers do? Any advice big or small is welcomed.

  40. T Kelley on June 11, 2014 5:51 pm

    I have lots of wool from my sheep and I’ve considered selling felted items – and I’ve wondered if it’s worth turning in a business. This book would be an awesome help!

  41. Melanie W. on June 11, 2014 6:11 pm

    I’d like to think I’d sell painted rocks (some of which I’m pretty proud of), and stuffed animals or hand-sewn felt ornaments.

    I’ve been fighting with myself about starting an Etsy shop for months now, so this book would really help me!

  42. andrea on June 11, 2014 6:49 pm

    i’d love to start something with re-claimed wood jewelry organizers, absolutely terrified & have NO idea where to begin.

  43. Brenda on June 11, 2014 7:09 pm

    I would love to have an Emporium with handmade artisan items of all kinds,including junk items,garden art, crochet, if I love it it would be in my Emporium!
    Thanks for the chance to win this book!
    I go to craft gossip everyday!
    Brenda from Canada

  44. Amy Pellicer on June 11, 2014 8:01 pm

    Hi There! Happy Wednesday! If I had a shop, I would like to sell wreaths for every season. I really enjoy making them! Have a GREAT day! :)

  45. Cath T on June 11, 2014 9:19 pm

    Cards and other papercrafts

  46. Kimberly D on June 11, 2014 10:12 pm

    My specialty is unique Christmas ornaments as well as wreaths.

  47. Rebecca Van Horn on June 11, 2014 10:53 pm

    I sew a lot for myself and for fun. At this point, I don’t have a proper shop, but I do sell pieces and would love to learn how to expand my sales base!

  48. Jennifer Cheek-Payan on June 11, 2014 11:17 pm

    My husband & I are both artists and have often talked about opening an etsy shop to sell his art on cards, t-shirts, and art prints. This book looks fabulous & I love Molly Makes. Thanks so much for the chance to win a copy of this book!

  49. Carrie on June 12, 2014 1:08 am

    I would love to sell my paper flowers in a shop…

  50. Cindy Dahlgren on June 12, 2014 2:26 am

    We don’t sell yet, but we want to sell jewelry, altered art, mini scrapbooks, embroidered towels, etc.

  51. Kathy Hawkes on June 12, 2014 7:01 am

    I work in a variety of mediums and love anything that has a primitive and vintage look. I don’t sell much yet but I hope to. I do lots of ‘giving’ to friends and family, which is very satisfying!

  52. Pat Ingelse on June 12, 2014 7:15 am

    I have always wanted a shop to sell needlework kits, things i have created, classes/tutorials. Retirement is close so its time for my life dream to happen.

  53. melissa on June 12, 2014 10:17 am

    I’ve always thought a ribbon shop would be lovely to have but probably not profitable.

  54. Terry Kessinger on June 12, 2014 11:40 am

    I make pillow covers and other home décor items. I’m wanting to start making/selling linen garments as well as an item that’s made of wood (!). I’m still new at this, but I love it!

  55. Andrea B on June 12, 2014 12:08 pm

    If I had a shop I’d do handmade knits for babies.

  56. Dita on June 12, 2014 12:53 pm

    I love to sew so I have been considering to open up a shop with things that I can sew. I think I’d love to sell accessories like purses/clutch, a wallet, a key fob, etc.

  57. Mara on June 12, 2014 4:35 pm

    I have been selling pouches and bags to family and friends but I know I am not pricing correctly I would love some help on that area.

  58. Sarah on June 12, 2014 7:08 pm

    I would make baby quilts and crib sets, sewing machine accessory sets, wall hangings, pillow covers, potholders and aprons, runners and placemats and mug mats and coasters,maybe even a couple large size quilts. Pretty much anything that strikes my fancy.

  59. Kylie C on June 12, 2014 11:37 pm

    I’m currently working on starting a shop for homemade greeting cards and possibly branching out into crochet pieces or patterns.

  60. Bryony Braschi on June 13, 2014 4:36 am

    I make polymer clay and wire jewellery. Haven’t dared selling it yet though but I enjoy making presents for friends.

  61. Jenny Moran on June 13, 2014 7:34 am

    It’s always been a dream of mine to expand on my creativity by selling online. Not sure what’s holding me back!….maybe I need this book to answer some of my questions and give me the confidence I need to get going :)

  62. Margay on June 13, 2014 10:18 am

    Everything from hats and scarves to doll clothes.

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  64. Leanne S on June 15, 2014 2:52 am

    Want to start a card shop on facebook

  65. susan on June 15, 2014 6:36 am

    I’m a photographer and sell my pictures. Thanks for the giveaway!

  66. Linda on June 15, 2014 6:36 am

    I don’t have a shop (yet), but I would sell my crocheted flowers. Thanks for the chance to win this. I love Mollie Makes!!!

  67. libby on June 15, 2014 6:37 am

    I’m learning about crafting through my friend and this book would be great to learn more!!

  68. Jessica Werner-Silver on June 15, 2014 11:35 am

    I make and sell aprons for full-figured women (one-size fits 14-22).

  69. Theresa on June 15, 2014 5:59 pm

    I would love to be able to make more products using essential oils—soaps, chapsticks, lotions, etc. I usually make them for gifts.

  70. Jess on June 15, 2014 7:07 pm

    I would sell simple baby clothes (bibs, hats). I would also try and improve my skills at making things like needlebooks and pincushions; my goal is to use upcycled, etc. fabric to make these.

  71. Linda on June 16, 2014 7:10 am

    I would probably sell my crocheted flowers… if I had a shop. Thanks for the giveaway.

  72. W. Devoe on June 16, 2014 11:54 am

    I make a variety of handmade items. Tote Bags, Suitcases, Ties, and Baby Booties just to name a few. I would love to one day open a “Just Me WD Boutique” that would feature only handmade items.

  73. Jennifer Ogden on June 16, 2014 10:15 pm

    I’m working on getting my aprons and art online.

  74. Carmen N on June 17, 2014 2:21 pm

    I would love to sell my knit and crochet patterns, and perhaps a few handmade k/c items.

  75. Gail on June 17, 2014 11:31 pm

    My sister & I are just getting started on an etsy site. We plan to sell: baby quilts, lap quilts, blankies, baby bibs, infant car seat covers, crocheted baby booties, & aprons

  76. Julie on June 18, 2014 9:53 am

    I have sold alot of aprons! Thanks for the chance at a great giveaway:)

  77. Helen on June 18, 2014 10:19 pm

    I would sell bags, and items for the home

  78. Christine B. on June 19, 2014 1:09 pm

    This is awesome! My girlfriend is starting a soap business and I make small “money” quilts. This book would be SOO valuable! Thanks for the chance to win!

  79. Jennifer Doe on June 19, 2014 2:14 pm

    I would like to sell greeting cards and wall art. Maybe plush toys, too.

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