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Craft Inc: The Ultimate Guide to Turning Your Creative Hobby into a Successful Business
By Meg Mateo Ilasco
Chronicle Books

There are lots of things to think about when starting up a new business, such as: What will you be selling? How will you market it? What will your profit margin look like? How will you distribute your product? … The list goes on. Ideas are great, but putting them into action takes planning and motivation. Which is where Craft Inc: The Ultimate Guide to Turning Your Creative Hobby into a Successful Business (Chronicle Books) comes in.
Author Meg Mateo Ilasco, has just released her revised edition of Craft Inc, excerpted here, where she answers the questions above and many more. And as part of her book launch, she has an exciting contest question for you:

If you could start a crafting business tomorrow, what would it be?

To enter our Craft Inc contest, simply answer this question in our CRAFT comments (not Facebook) section below.
Prizes: 1 lucky grand-prize winner will be able to discuss their business idea with Ilasco in a 30-minute phone conversation! Plus she/he will receive a copy of Craft Inc. The 4 runners-up will also receive a copy of Craft Inc.
There will be 5 winners total (1 grand prize winner and 4 runners-up). All winners are chosen at random.
Deadline: The contest ends November 18, 2011 at noon (pst).
But wait! That’s not all. Make sure to check in with us next Monday for our exclusive CRAFT interview with Ilasco.
And good luck!


  • Angie

    Handmade, custom Jewelry!

  • Dame Toadstool

    Creating and selling subversive and geeky embroidery and cross-stitch patterns. I feel like there’s already a bit of market saturation in this area so I’m not sure how I would successfully turn my hobby love into a profitable business!

  • Charmaine Fuller

    I would have my own line of stamps, paper and other embellishments (have the idea but working on funding and how to turn the idea from idea to reality) also a high end card and layout business where I would sell layout and card kits as well as make specialty cards and layouts. I know it’s a lot but that’s what I want.
    Charmaine

  • enidb

    I want to make and sell jewelry. I create jewelry from precious and semi-precious stones.

  • Kim Jenkins

    I would sell handmade sketchbooks, trying to figure out a way to get start up funds at the minute though.

  • Pirate

    If I could start a craft business tomorrow, it would be fibre arts and related accessories. I have a bunch of fibre and a drum carder and spinning wheels! and stuff to make stitch markers with!

  • Sister Valentine

    in the last few years i’ve dreamed of opening a business that involves selling my handmade goods, crafts and fine art but i didn’t want the whole thing to be just about me.
    i’d want to have a consignment part of it too where i can help local artists and makers sell their stuff in a real store and not just online or craft sales. i’d love to host some craft nights and mending nights too in my dream shop.
    sprinkle in a bit of yummy home made baked goods and hot drinks and my heart will be ultimately happy.

  • deirdre_lyon

    If I could start a crafting business tomorrow, it would be centered around small event planning with homemade, crafty touches – embroidered invitations, hand-sewn banners, etc.

  • nicole

    craft business would be sewing… from little pouches to quilts to clothing.

  • Anita

    I had a knitting machine store in the 80’s/90’s. I traveled all over the country teaching, selling and laughing. I have missed my shop ever since I had to give it up for personal reasons. I know a lot has changed and I think I would like to give it another try.

  • Stella

    First I want to say wow wonderful it is that so many who are trying to win this are doing it with helping others as well. The crafting community is awesome!
    I would like to try to start a local TV craft show. I’m not sure there’s a way to make money doing this as a business but I guess that’s what the phone conversation is for. :-)

  • Tawny

    I love crafting Childens’ accessories and housewares. Diaper stackers, toy hammocks, anything fun and a bit out of the ordinary. :)

  • milktoothrain

    I think I will start a craft business creating guerrilla crochetting kits for two reasons:
    1. to teach more people the crochet technique
    2. to make a silent and peacefull revolution
    Thank you for the chance!

  • Jessica L’Heuruex

    If I could start a crafting business tomorrow, I’d sell hand dyed yarns.

  • Erica Hann

    I already have a small etsy shop where I sell paper goods such as greeting cards and unique paper bows, but I would not call it a successful business. I would love to grow my shop into a real business where I continue to create the small, fun items that I love as well as custom orders such as wedding invitations.

  • Cat

    If I started a craft business tomorrow (and I’m slowly trying to figure out how to go about doing that) I would make hand crafted character hats for babies.

  • Jennifer Pesetsky

    If I started a craft business tomorrow, I would make and sell a variety of things. My crafty interests are eclectic. I would likely used recycled/re-purposed materials and make whatever is calling my name at the moment. Right now, I’m working on a quilt I’m calling daddy’s boxers quilt, I’m sewing some clothes for my toddler daughter and I’m knitting a sweater for myself. But, my jewelry making has also been clamoring for some attention recently…

  • Gigi Feldt

    I would start a business making Roller Derby inspired vintage lingerie and undergarments!

  • Mia

    I’d start a combination yarn shop-tea house with my mom.

  • Chrissy

    Thanks to people like Meg Matteo Illasco, Jenny Hart and Grace Bonney, I felt empowered enough to , in 2010, open my own modern indie handmade shop, Domestica. I’m so blessed to be where I am today + I really owe a ton of it to Grace’s Biz Ladies columns and Meg’s Craft + Craft Inc books. I never would’ve thought it possible. I’m now working with some friends to put out our own online quarterly and I doubt I’ll stop there. Once you know you can do it, you can do it. Thx!

  • Mabel

    I would start a business picking up discarded furniture, and would refurbish it (upholstery, wood finishing, etc.) and sell it again.

  • Julie Figueroa

    I already have a semi successful Crafting Tutorial YouTube channel, that I can see becoming a full blown business. My dream is to rent a small office space and go to work there every day to make more videos. I also can see my own line of crafting products, as well as being sponsored by existing craft supply lines. by the way, I already have over 6500 subscribers!!

  • Topp

    Custom made notebooks for everyone! :)

  • Lorena

    I already have a handmade jewelry web shop, and I’d like to make it grow more.
    If I had to choose another kind of craft, I would say stationery goodies!

  • Karissa

    I’m just starting to make the leap to having an Etsy shop for handmade softies and quilted goods and would love some help getting started!

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