Starting a small business can be a very daunting task. Good thing there are plenty of websites, blogs and communities out there with helpful people and useful information! Others who have been there before are the best resources to help a newcomer get started.
ARTICLES AND IDEAS ON EXPANDING YOUR BUSINESS
The Boss of You - blog and book about women business owners.
Craft MBA - business thinking for designers and makers.
Design Sponge - a varity of articles for women running their own handmade businesses - about advertising, funding, pricing your work, etc.
Fine Tooth Comb - Nice blog with useful tips about running and promoting your handmade business.
Free Craft Fair - business resources for crafters.
Handmade News - Blog about Handmade, by artisans, for artisans.
The Makery Blog - a blog for craft business entrepreneurs
Meylah - a blog for helping craft businesses be successful online.
Smallerbox Blog - information about running an indie business. Includes advertising and marketing opportunities.
MARKETING AND SALES ADVICE
Creative Offline Selling Advice from freecraftfair.com - good ideas on where to market your handmade.
Upselling Ideas - how to incent customers to purchase more than intended by special offers, discounts, etc.