This step-by-step DIY guide shows entrepreneurs how to create and launch new products, package and market to consumers, and build a thriving business. Do you have an idea for a business but don't know where to start? Thanks to high-speed Internet, game-changing technology, and innovative new platforms, you can go from idea to marketplace on a shoestring budget-and join the growing movement of successful Makers who've built their businesses from the ground up. In How We Make Stuff Now, Jules Pieri-cofounder and CEO of The Grommet, a product launch platform that helps innovative products reach a community of millions-guides you through every step of the consumer product creation process. Learn how to: *Develop an idea with vision and heart*Tap into established sources of expertise*Formulate and refine your business plan*Design a product from prototype to perfection*Find the funds you need to launch your business*Explore innovative packaging, manufacturing, and distribution options*Market your product via social media and online sites*Manage your finances and inventory to maximize profits*Expand your business and grow into the global marketplace You'll find fascinating case studies of successful startups-and discover how the smartest entrepreneurs overcome obstacles, solve challenges, and rise above the competition to deliver innovative products that consumers can't resist. It's all here in one easy-to-use action plan. Whether you're a self-starting newcomer to the world of e-commerce, a member of the Maker Movement, or an experienced entrepreneur, the first crucial step in your journey to turning little ideas into big businesses is learning How We Make Stuff Now.