Nolo Press has an excellent book called The Craft Artist's Legal Guide - Protect Your Work, Save on Taxes, Maximize Profits written by attorney Richard Stim. It can be ordered at www.nolo.com

 

The back cover states "The Craft Artist's Legal Guide is the crafter's bible when it comes to making a craft business work. It gives you the legal and practical information you need to:

decide on the best business structure

calculate the ideal price point

rent studio space

hire employees and contractors

protect and register your ideas

license your work to others

get tax breaks 

 

Each chapter covers detailed aspects of it's topic. As example, Ch. 1 - Pricing and Selling includes:

The Pricing Dilemma: How Much Do You Charge?

Selling Wholesale

Selling Retail

Selling at Crafts Shows

Selling on Consignment

Custom Orders, Shipping and Delays

Returns and Refunds

Ten Tips for Collecting Past-Due Accounts

Selling and Buying Outside the U.S.

 

In addition, the book comes with a CD that contains examples of legal files such as:

Invoice

Consignment Agreement

Commission Agreement

Collectiion Letters #1, #2, #3

and 10 other forms, agreements and worksheets.

 

The book has FAR more information than I will ever need but its fascinating to thumb thru and every part of the book will be necessary reading for someone.

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