Not only is Kari Chapin‘s Grow Your Handmade Business a book, but it is a workbook. You may not realize it at first glance, but once you start reading, Chapin recommends that you hold a notebook beside you.
Don’t take this suggestion and scoff it off! I grabbed a Steno pad and a pencil and kept it beside the book while I read, and I really think I got much more out of the book this way.
Beyond the workbook aspect, the book has so much to offer. Every time I put it down, it was because I was so inspired with a new idea the book had brought to mind. The author may be Chapin, but she uses her network of fellow entrepreneurs to give quotes, advice, and share personal experiences with the reader.
The book begins with the broad idea portion of starting a business. Chapin helps you pare down your passions and really see what part of what you love to do should become your sustainable business. Throughout the book, you travel through the steps and even get to details like how to create a profit and loss.
No matter what stage of your small business you are in, I highly recommend this book! Even if you have already gone through some of these steps, retracing them will inspire you, and even MIT help you remember why you started your business in the first place.
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