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What would have made Craft Business Power better?
The title is misleading. It should be called "How to run auctions on eBay while helping the authors earn more money through the sales of this book". I was expecting information on running a indie crafts and/or fine crafts business, maybe some talk about Etsy, small business logistics, selling at fairs. Yeah, that didn't happen.
What was most disappointing about Jason G. Miles and Cinnamon Miles ’s story?
Jason Miles began losing my confidence early on in the book, when he recounted becoming obsessed with the idea that he could make $1000 or more a day on the INTERNET. Oooooh. Yes, I certainly want to make money in my business, but a craft business is not a get-rich-quick scheme, and I felt as though I'd been duped by the irrelevant content of this book. The reviews on Amazon are probably all from the authors' friends and family (and one of them even says as much), and most of them don't seem to be crafters or artisans at all.
9 of 10 people found this review helpful
This has many important considerations that are not necessarily obvious when starting your business. This book was written based on the success the authors had launching their own craft business; this book has many personal anecdotes to help learn through example. There is also a lot of mentioned resources on where to get the information you need to get your business going. You'll definitely want to take notes.
This book was written by a husband (marketing and admin talent) and wife (design talent). At the end of each chapter there is an interview style Q&A that I wish they used different gender voices to distinguish who is who but otherwise, the speaker was easy to listen to. Using the original authors as the speaker (except when they have a heavy accent) is usually my first preference in a book because they capture their passion. That is my only complaint.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
A must read if you are thinking of starting up a business. Very informative and gives the reader a good idea of plusses and pitfalls of starting a business.
If you could sum up Craft Business Power in three words, what would they be?
You have to look for the info, within the couples own story. I know for my business, ebay just isn't an option however its worked well for them and so this is what they largely focus on. Their back story explains their focus on bucks, but I found the constant reference to their financial success in actual numbers rather gratuitous. The advice about images however, is very transferable.
What didn’t you like about Erin Mallon’s performance?
The narration was distracting. I'm starting to accept that I am possibly overly intolerant of diction that doesn't appeal to me.... in particular, this narrater really lengthens vowel sounds.. so camera became Caaamraaaaaa. In a paragraph where camera is used 5 or 6 times, it becomes hard to ignore.
Any additional comments?
An interesting book if you can glean what you need and ignore the narration.