I picked up a copy of The Handmade Marketplace by Kari Chapin the other day. I'm finding it amazingly helpful and I'm so glad she rounded up other people out there who know a thing or two about the business.
I'm getting some great pointers from this book and I highly recommend it! So far I've followed most of the recommendations on Chapters 1 and 2, and I'm making great progress! In just one day I was able to come up with a name, set up a blog, set up a shop at Etsy, file for an LLC, draw up some sketches, and order a few materials I need to get Swell Paper started. Whew! It sounds exhausting but it has been surprisingly enjoyable.
I'm especially looking forward to tomorrow because I should be getting my copy of Illustrator in the mail. I really need to get re-acquainted with it. It's been a while since I last used it and I'm somewhat scared (but in a good way)!
Now I'm off to make dinner for The Boyfriend who's stopping by shortly.
Tofu with zucchini, and mushrooms
Fresh arugula salad with hemp/lemon dressing