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Book Review: Craft Inc. by Meg Mateo Ilasco – 4


Note: Before writing this review, I got permission from the Author and Publisher to be able to include information from the book in my review.  
I have been looking a for a “business book” that wasn’t so blah. Craft Inc. by Meg Mateo Ilasco is definitely it!
I felt that certain parts of the book were geared towards crafters interested in creating things such as jewelry, scarves, sock monkeys, or anything that could be sold wholesale since a lot of the information included dealt with selling and buying wholesale, or outsourcing some of your work. I consider upholstery and refinishing of furniture (things I do) a craft so the book was still very informative to me.
I think the most helpful part of the book (to me) was about the “Business Essentials,” i

t broke down every step you need to take. Not only do you have to get a business license (which I just did. Thank goodness that’s over), but if you plan to sell taxable goods, you will need to apply for a certificate of resale.

Not only does this book touch on the “business side” but it also touches on the “personal” one as well. Meg encourages that you let family and friends know your new entity since your lifestyle (less free time and money) will be changing.
She also keeps it authentic by letting the reader know that you are not going to make a ton of money the first few years (but there are always exceptions) so to be sure to use whatever money you make to invest in your business so it can grow and become profitable.
There was also some information about how to price your product that was informative to read but again I felt that it was geared towards someone that wants to sell wholesale (but still good to know, you never know which direction your business will take).  
I really enjoyed reading this book. I have definitely looked back to it several times (it is my “Business Road Map”) for information. Meg also has another book out called Creative, Inc. (co-written with Joy Deangdeelert Cho) which I also plan to check out.
Have you read any “Business Road Map” books lately? Which ones? Were they helpful??

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