I just received the Craft Inc. Business Planner by Meg Mateo Illasco for my birthday, and I have to say I highly recommend it. Its the practical companion to Meg’s book, Craft Inc., which is an invaluable resource for anyone running a crafts business. The business planner includes lots of useful tips and tricks, plus worksheets to help you plan a budget, price your work, or plan a marketing campaign. Not only will I use it as a resource for my business, but also when I’m teaching my students about running a business.
And speaking of teaching, I really do love teaching all aspects of running an art, design, or crafts business. I had a blast earlier this year when I did a professional development workshop at Arizona State and presenting about micro-production at Kent State (where I went to grad school). And I’d love to come speak to your school, group, or guild as well. Just drop me a line at meauman(at)yahoo(dot)com – I’d love to present on any of these business related topics – pricing, marketing and promotion, wholesale and retail shows, web 2.0 and social media, and lots more. So send me an email, I’d love to work with your group in 2010!