I'm lucky to have a lot of artistic and brilliant friends who I can tap for knowledge from time to time. My friends have been my best source for inspiration, advice and support while building our business, Frost Collections, and it would've been a much harder and longer road without their help. When they don't have the answers to my questions, in their infinite wisdom (and patience!) they've referred me to some really great books. I thought I'd share just a few of those that have been a great resource and inspiration to the work I do and the work I'd like to do.
1. Craft Inc. by Meg Mateo Ilasco
This is number one on my list for the simple fact that for such a quick read, it's extremely informative. Full of practical advice, it's a great step by step guide for the entrepreneurial craftsperson. I've already read it twice and keep it close at hand for occasional reference.
Definitely a great place to start when researching how to build a craft business.
2. The Jewelry Sellers Answer Book by Dr. David Weiman
Another great resource for business advice, this downloadable book is a great compilation of all the most frequently asked questions about jewelry business. This could potentially save you hours of surfing through forum threads hoping to find the answers you're looking for.
3. The Four Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferriss
This last one doesn't have as much to do with craft as it does with work in general. The reason I mention it is that for many of us, we aren't just trying to build a business but we're trying to balance it with our careers and family. A co-worker bought this book for me knowing how I've long coveted the shortened work week (who hasn't?) and if my dream of moving to the Sunshine Coast and working remotely ever comes true, I'll have him and this book to thank.
That's it for now - next time I'll post some less business-y books and more of the great instructional craft books I'm reading. If you know of any other really good business books for craftspeople, I'd love to know about them! Just post a comment and I'll be sure to check them out!