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32 Wrap-Up

Kari Chapin

Start a Handmade Business

Kari Chapin

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39. 32 Wrap-Up

Lesson Info

32 Wrap-Up

Hopefully by this point people have decided you cover them the tools to decide whether this is what they want to d'oh one of my favorite things that you said talking about the fact that you never get it done you're just you're you're living in the doing like we're just doing this, you know, there's no there's no end, no place where it ends well, I mean there's a place where it ends but you know what? You know I'm going with us I really appreciate it I think that's a great philosophy to just hold with you while you're doing this we're enjoying this doing you know, yeah, I think so too you have to find the ways to like your work because if you lovemaking hearings there is going to become a point when you're making pair thirteen thousand that you're like what what am I doing? You know? So you really need toe like that because there's times when it's going to be hard and I know I said this so much but it's because you are now doing a job and a job is work and how lucky would we all be if t...

hat was her job? Yeah, right, right that's very cool what an incredible workshop, what an incredible three days and I just think I'm so happy and proud to have been part of this really seriously and this is just I think this is just an incredible workshop and it's hard to find this kind of resource anywhere for people in this world in this crafting world. So thank you for being our resource, you are coming to creative live on, please come back and I have one more intention, which kind of, uh into what we were saying. So cole said, my intention don't just think about it, do it. I've been trying to think about things too long and this course has helped me realize perfectionism needs to be checked at the back door and it's time to take action. Yes, you need to begin and you need to take consistent it's action, but for anything to happen, you must start absolutely are hold the whole reason that create about exists absolutely thank you and what I really loved about this last segment and about claudine, she said some pretty incredible things that stood out to me, but the one that stood out to me most was that, she said, I've been in business for thirteen years running my own business for thirteen years, and this workshop was jam packed with information this woman has been on tv, people recognize her products from all over the world, she's been in the york times, she's been on a tear rolls over the stuart and she is learning from you carry and thank you for sharing that with us claudine because that is awesome it represents it tells us that we never stop learning we never want to stop I mean nobody knows it all and if you have been with us for part of this of course are all of it you're probably in that same boat two and this course I think it's so beautiful because it is for that person who has been in business for thirteen years or if you're that person that hasn't even started but has been inspired and is ready and has set intentions to start and that is a wide spectrum and it doesn't matter where you are we're not telling you to go out and start a business it has to be is we've talked about over and over in this course it has to be something not that you think you should dio but that you want to dio so unless you have anything else to do say susan it's been a pleasure hosting with you was a pleasure thank you again to our studio audience everyone watching online thank you to our producer justin and our line producer lacy who have just worked so hard to put this together and our entire crew thank you thank you carry cheapen we do hope to see you again here at creative I've so thank you big round of applause we'll see you next time everyone that's a wrap

Class Description

Most artists and crafters are easily inspired to create new work, but getting inspired to build a business that shares that work with the world can sound like a much more daunting prospect. Kari Chapin, author of The Handmade Marketplace and Grow Your Handmade Business, is ready to teach you everything you need to know to break into the online marketplace and share your work with the world.

Kari will help you determine the online sales venue that’s best suited to your handmade goods. You’ll learn about the pros and cons of both selling through an existing online marketplace (like Supermarket or Etsy®) and setting up your own independently-operated website. You’ll also develop the optimal marketing strategy for sharing your products with the world, from social media to blogging to branding and packaging. Kari will cover essential best practices for running a successful crafting business, including confidently setting price points, creating media kids, acting as your own publicist, and much more.

No matter what you make, this course will give you the confidence to see the things you have to offer as uniquely valuable to customers, the inspiration to take your work to new heights, and the foundation you need to ensure your business’s success.



Kari Chapin's course, Start a Handmade Business, was a game-changer for me. Her content was presented in such an accessible, engaging, easy-to-digest, and oftentimes hilarious way. At the same time, she did not sugar-coat things. Having a handmade business is a job and requires work. I love that she emphasized that fact. Not only did she give the nut and bolts of how to start a handmade business but spent a lot of time on the emotional component of being an artist trying to sell her work. Her guests (Skype and in-studio) were well-chosen and showed the rapport she has with her community. This showed that she lives what she teaches. The interaction with the studio audience and online community was integral to the course because it showed real-life examples of business owners at varying stages in their career. (I was so lucky to be one of the studio audience members. I will forever be grateful for this opportunity!) This class was a comprehensive look at handmade businesses that everyone from fledgling businesses to more established businesses can benefit from. I highly recommend this course! Thank you Kari for sharing your mind-blowing wisdom and warm and fuzzy heart with us! And thank you CreativeLive for having this awesome resource for the creative community! --Cathy Pascual,


Well, it's been a few days since the course and I am still pumped. Kari said a few things in particular that I needed to hear and I'm so grateful for that. I have been involved in the facebook group she put together and I am so happy about that. It's an awesome resource and my fellow creatives have been very helpful and encouraging. I totally recommend this course to any creative entrepreneur at any stage in their journey. Plus she is cute, funny and has just the right amount of snarkiness. I so enjoyed it!

a Creativelive Student

I loved this course with Kari Chapin! Her wealth of information delivered with such an honest and funny voice was refreshing and inspiring. I have accomplished things in the last few days that have languished on my to-do list for a year or more, largely due to this class. Kari is very down-to-earth and just plain adorable! I highly recommend this course for anyone creative who has or wants to have their own business.