Book Review – How to Start a Craft Business by Sara Millis

Sara Millis - How to Start a Craft Business

Mr X Stitch Book ReviewHow to Start a Craft Business: 30 steps to start your business in the RIGHT way by [Millis, Sara]

Introduction

We first reviewed this book in 2019, but its so relevant for so many of us, we wanted to bring it to your attention again…..

How to Start a Craft Business by Sara Millis

With so many craft based books out there, we may have all the ideas accumulating in our heads, without knowing how to develop them or make them successful.

When I first saw this book, my initial thought was – really?  Can a book guide us through this risky terrain?

Who is it aimed at?

This book is aimed at helping you start your business the right way, using 30 simple to follow steps.

It is certainly a topic all of us wonder about, at least those who dream of getting over the whole nine to five office life.  It may seem like a dream, but the title of this book really stood out to us – there is no question or if…..its just a how to!

We learn…

Starting your own craft business is an extremely exciting time, if not a little scary. There is so much to think about, that sometimes we just don’t know where to start! 

This book is aimed at helping you start your business the right way, using 30 simple to follow steps. Sara comes from a creative product background where she turned her initial £100 investment into a six figure business in a niche area of the craft industry. Throughout this time she taught a lot of colleagues and customers different aspects of how she created her business, so it seemed only natural to package these tools up and put them out there into the world. Creating your business foundations the right way the first time around allows you to enjoy everything a thriving craft business has to offer; creativity, joy and of course profit.’

About the artist

Sara Millis comes from a creative product background where she turned her initial £100 investment into a six figure business in a niche area of the craft industry. Throughout this time she taught a lot of colleagues and customers different aspects of how she created her business, so it seemed only natural to package these tools up and put them out there into the world.

Creating your business foundations the right way the first time around allows you to enjoy everything a thriving craft business has to offer; creativity, joy and of course profit.’

Content

This book is a biblical tool for all those who are striving to create a career in craft, but are unsure how to start.

What makes it special?

One highlight is the constant positivity which exudes from her writing; she makes us believe that it is possible, which is probably half of the battle.

Photography

 

Sara Millis has created a book with a limited number of images, it is the text which holds key.  To the "picture happy" casual observer, this may seem like a down point; however for those who really want to create a successful craft, it is the text which will seem like gold dust.
Sara Millis has created a book with a limited number of images, it is the text which holds key. To the “picture happy” casual observer, this may seem like a down point; however for those who really want to create a successful craft, it is the text which will seem like gold dust.

 

Table of Contents

See Also

This is very detailed, but covers everything from how to cope with selling your work, to HMRC registration and even how to photograph work.

As a “crafter” you may find it easy to make and create, but as soon as tax or photography are mentioned…suddenly the bright lights of the creative career may be dampened.  Personally I find that this book scoops you up and leads you by the hand through all the “hard bits”.  So if you want to start a business, the only thing asked of you is to read.

Diagrams

I previously mentioned that there are not too many bright colourful images, yet there are plenty of diagrams to explain and illustrate certain sections.

Is there anything wrong with the book?  Is it worth getting our hands on?

In my opinion, if you truly are serious about starting a craft business, this is an invaluable tool to have and look at again and again.  Due to the easy to understand contents sheet, you just have to glance before finding the page you require.

As the author Sara Millis herself admits on page 9, she is a ‘workaholic’ – maybe we ourselves need to channel some of her dedication into ourselves.

Conclusion

The author has been rather generous to our readers and given access to samples of the book How to Start a Craft Business

Excited to get your hands on How to Start a Craft Business through this link!

Oh, and don’t forget to keep viewing Sara’s blog, it’s worth going back and back to.

View Comments (4)
  • Thank you so much for reviewing my book. I’m so pleased that you found it useful.
    I agree there are far too many books out there that speak of creative craft business as an ‘insta-perfect’ lifestyle business. The truth is they need to be run like any other business in order to really work. This was my aim with this book… to share the guts and the glory it takes to get started the right way.
    Sara x

  • It’s wonderful to have a book that relates to uk policies instead of usa.
    Off to order a copy.
    Thanks
    Double the Joy.

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