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Editorial Reviews. About the Author. David Green is the founder and CEO of Hobby Lobby, the More Than a Hobby: How a $ Startup Became America's Home and Craft Superstore - Kindle edition by David Green, More Than a Hobby: How a $ Startup Became America's Home and Craft Superstore Kindle Edition.
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Green includes an abundant amount of advice about what got Hobby Lobby to where is is today. Aside from all of the exceptional business tips the book entails, it is an enduring to read about a real American success story. Dec 23, David McClendon, Sr rated it really liked it. If you are looking for a detailed book about retail that will teach you everything an MBA should know about it, this isn't it.

However, it is so much more. Reading this book is very much like sitting down for a chat with a friend who just happens to be the founder of a very successful business. The book is written in a very down-to-earth, straight-forward format. David is a real person. David Green talks about the history of Hobby Lobby.

He also talks about the different decisions he has made and If you are looking for a detailed book about retail that will teach you everything an MBA should know about it, this isn't it. He also talks about the different decisions he has made and why. David Green and my father were very much alike. We had a small store and we always tried to make what we could rather than buy it. David explains how this is being a good steward of what God provides us. In this book David Green speaks of his decision to start closing on Sunday and all the grief he got over that decision.

It seems that, end the end, it was the right decision. He even spoke of his realization that he was going about the Sunday closings with the wrong attitude. Very few CEOs would be that honest. That is what this is, an honest book. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It is fun and easy to read. It is simple and straightforward and well worth every cent I spent on it and every minute I spent reading it.

A Hobby Lobby recently opened in my area, and I grew curious about the background of this unique retail chain. Not open on Sundays? Closed after 8 p. After working in secular business for years, I know that these are certainly not common traits for a retail establishment. Refreshingly straightforward, clearly-written, and yet winsome, I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in how a committed Christian can conduct business honorably in a secular environment. Aug 14, Lanette rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Anyone who loves to shop at Hobby Lobby or any other craft store.

I saw this book in the check-out of Hobby Lobby and new I'd have to read it some day. The book was a very easy read and I really enjoyed learning about the history of the company as well as the philosophies of David Green. I now know when to shop to hit the bi-annual clearance sales, too!

Anyone who has shopped at Hobby Lobby and Michael's I saw this book in the check-out of Hobby Lobby and new I'd have to read it some day. Anyone who has shopped at Hobby Lobby and Michael's knows there is a world of difference between the two stores helpful clerks vs. This book will explain why going to HL is such a pleasurable experience. Oct 31, Kristen Wampner rated it it was amazing. I love this store and to really get an inside look about where it started and how things are run is what this book is all about. I love seeing the details of the business side of things and am so happy I picked up this book to read!

It was incredibly well written to keep me interested unlike some business books that can bore you to tears. This book had a good balance of business mixed with interesting facts and background about the founder, David Green. I will never be able to walk into another I love this store and to really get an inside look about where it started and how things are run is what this book is all about.

I will never be able to walk into another Hobby Lobby the same after reading this books. This book gave me a great perspective of the operation overall and gave me even more reason to support such an incredible company. I give this book 5 stars! This was an inspiring story that should be required reading for anyone studing for a business degree, MBA or merchandising degree.

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This is the story of a high school graduate who borrowed six hundred dollars and began a businees that now has stores, 16, employees and grosses 1. David Green success rest on his ability to find his niche and being faithful to that niche. His philosophy would be best summed up in this statement "A good plan in action is better than a This was an inspiring story that should be required reading for anyone studing for a business degree, MBA or merchandising degree. His philosophy would be best summed up in this statement "A good plan in action is better than a perfect plan on paper. Jul 14, Christina rated it liked it.

I had to get back to my non-fiction reading for a bit.


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I loved this quick read, it was like sitting down to lunch with David Green and finding out how he runs Hobby Lobby and why. He is a strong Christian and it is a family owned business. He has great faith in how God has provided for and grown their stores. I loved the explanations of why they don't do flashy color ads, why they don't have a POS system bar scans , and their employee policies- they are treated very well.

I also appreciate that I had to get back to my non-fiction reading for a bit.

I also appreciate that they are "closed on Sundays" and their faith based advertisements on holidays. I know I will continue to be a loyal customer, especially after reading this book. Sep 12, Leo rated it it was amazing. Reading this book might not give you the equivalent of an MBA education but it will give you a good education in business.

Reading carefully, sometimes between the lines, picking up the subtle tones as well as the prominent statements, you'll learn about running a business in a way most likely to assure success. You'll also learn the interesting history and background of the Hobby Lobby company and the family that makes it work.

Really an excellent work. It will definitely be Reading this book might not give you the equivalent of an MBA education but it will give you a good education in business. It will definitely be in my permanent library. Jun 16, Ashlie rated it it was amazing. David Green's book is a great read.


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It gives details and advice about the ups and downs of craft store retailing. Essentially, Green gives the good, the bad, and the ugly. He gives numbers that many other authors in the same market are reluctant to provide. I'd imagine that this book was a great gift to Hobby Lobby's competitors, as Green tells all in this book. However, perhaps the best is that Green stays true to his faith, and shares that it is the foundation of his business. It's not about working harder.

It's about working smarter-using your common sense to organize. One of the practical things I learned from him and his book was that in order to be successful, one must remain organized. As, he states his book, "Organize, organize, organize". May 08, Daniel Oon Yong Lin rated it really liked it. Green explains the whole journey of his life and his founding and expansion of Hobby Lobby. This book is filled with many experiences in business that he wishes retail readers to understand and absorb.

It also brings out the Christianity in David, being a son of a pastor and the only son that went into business he must have felt a little different the way his mum phrased questions to him. However he is grounded in the faith and does what the Lord asks him to. Dec 28, Brad rated it it was amazing. Great book that tells the story of how Hobby Lobby began and David Green's principles of business. There are a good number of details about the retail industry, specifically hobbies and crafts, but the book wraps up well. There are elements of business, faith, and family, so it is an overall good read.

Also, I believe in giving a 5 star review if I like it. See a more detailed review here http: While I was hoping for a little more on the early days of Hobby Lobby, I appreciated the format and the conversational tone. I have an earlier version of this book, but I would be interested in reading a new edition which covers some of the more recent events in Hobby Lobby's history. Jul 16, Brandon Perry rated it it was amazing. What an incredible company led by an incredible couple and now family. This book shows that leading a business with character still works.

Even better, allowing God to lead your business. The last 3 chapters of this book really brings the whole picture together. I don't even craft but will probably start shopping Hobby Lobby more. Jan 13, Gary Fowler rated it really liked it. The story of Hobby Lobby, as told by founder and primary owner, David Green. He found a niche and a need, dared to work hard and take risks, learned from mistakes Well told, without strutting, open and straightforward. Good business sense, and good life sense, too. A comfortable and insightful read in one or two evenings.

More Than a Hobby: How a $600 Startup Became America's Home and Craft Superstore

Jun 17, Elizabeth rated it it was amazing. I found this book for sale at Hobby Lobby so it is quite an unusual thing to read from the one who owns the store. Curiously enough he is an awesome CHristian man and does much for the kingdom. I'm proud to be his sister. Feb 10, Linzie rated it really liked it. Great book I would highly recommend it to everyone especially those of the Christian faith he does a great job showing you how he lives his faith.

His ideas can be applied throughout other areas of life. Good to read on how one individual came across their nitch and how blessed they became as a result of tapping in to their talents. Too often we look at life as temporal versus eternal. Looking forward to meeting David one day if the lord is willing and if not he touched me. How refreshing in a dark world Starts slow but really helped me see clearly now business should be God honoring.

May 29, Rachel rated it it was amazing Shelves: This was a quick and fascinating read about the nitty gritty details of the inner workings of this Christian company. I appreciated the author's Frank discussions about how one standard can affect many applications. I have great respect for him and for the leadership of hobby lobby. Jan 31, Javi rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: As founder and CEO of the craft superstore, Green reveals business practices that have propelled Hobby Lobby to be one of the most successful retail chains of all time.

He frequently discusses how his strong reliance upon God has helped him get the company to where it is today. His pointers include factors that lead to retail success, posting competitive prices, and determining the perfect amount of selection to make available to the consumer. I genuinely enjoyed reading this book. Secondly, I enjoyed this read because it contains many great retail pointers. As a young entrepreneur I can appreciate any advice I can get on the retail market without paying loads of money. Green includes an abundant amount of advice about what got Hobby Lobby to where is is today.

Aside from all of the exceptional business tips the book entails, it is an enduring to read about a real American success story. Dec 23, David McClendon, Sr rated it really liked it. If you are looking for a detailed book about retail that will teach you everything an MBA should know about it, this isn't it. However, it is so much more. Reading this book is very much like sitting down for a chat with a friend who just happens to be the founder of a very successful business. The book is written in a very down-to-earth, straight-forward format.

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David is a real person. David Green talks about the history of Hobby Lobby. He also talks about the different decisions he has made and If you are looking for a detailed book about retail that will teach you everything an MBA should know about it, this isn't it. He also talks about the different decisions he has made and why. David Green and my father were very much alike. We had a small store and we always tried to make what we could rather than buy it.

David explains how this is being a good steward of what God provides us. In this book David Green speaks of his decision to start closing on Sunday and all the grief he got over that decision. It seems that, end the end, it was the right decision. He even spoke of his realization that he was going about the Sunday closings with the wrong attitude. Very few CEOs would be that honest. That is what this is, an honest book.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It is fun and easy to read. It is simple and straightforward and well worth every cent I spent on it and every minute I spent reading it. A Hobby Lobby recently opened in my area, and I grew curious about the background of this unique retail chain. Not open on Sundays? Closed after 8 p.

After working in secular business for years, I know that these are certainly not common traits for a retail establishment. Refreshingly straightforward, clearly-written, and yet winsome, I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in how a committed Christian can conduct business honorably in a secular environment. Aug 14, Lanette rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Anyone who loves to shop at Hobby Lobby or any other craft store.

I saw this book in the check-out of Hobby Lobby and new I'd have to read it some day. The book was a very easy read and I really enjoyed learning about the history of the company as well as the philosophies of David Green. I now know when to shop to hit the bi-annual clearance sales, too! Anyone who has shopped at Hobby Lobby and Michael's I saw this book in the check-out of Hobby Lobby and new I'd have to read it some day.

Anyone who has shopped at Hobby Lobby and Michael's knows there is a world of difference between the two stores helpful clerks vs. This book will explain why going to HL is such a pleasurable experience. Oct 31, Kristen Wampner rated it it was amazing. I love this store and to really get an inside look about where it started and how things are run is what this book is all about. I love seeing the details of the business side of things and am so happy I picked up this book to read! It was incredibly well written to keep me interested unlike some business books that can bore you to tears.

This book had a good balance of business mixed with interesting facts and background about the founder, David Green. I will never be able to walk into another I love this store and to really get an inside look about where it started and how things are run is what this book is all about. I will never be able to walk into another Hobby Lobby the same after reading this books. This book gave me a great perspective of the operation overall and gave me even more reason to support such an incredible company.

I give this book 5 stars! This was an inspiring story that should be required reading for anyone studing for a business degree, MBA or merchandising degree. This is the story of a high school graduate who borrowed six hundred dollars and began a businees that now has stores, 16, employees and grosses 1. David Green success rest on his ability to find his niche and being faithful to that niche. His philosophy would be best summed up in this statement "A good plan in action is better than a This was an inspiring story that should be required reading for anyone studing for a business degree, MBA or merchandising degree.

His philosophy would be best summed up in this statement "A good plan in action is better than a perfect plan on paper. Jul 14, Christina rated it liked it. I had to get back to my non-fiction reading for a bit. I loved this quick read, it was like sitting down to lunch with David Green and finding out how he runs Hobby Lobby and why.

He is a strong Christian and it is a family owned business. He has great faith in how God has provided for and grown their stores. I loved the explanations of why they don't do flashy color ads, why they don't have a POS system bar scans , and their employee policies- they are treated very well. I also appreciate that I had to get back to my non-fiction reading for a bit.

I also appreciate that they are "closed on Sundays" and their faith based advertisements on holidays. I know I will continue to be a loyal customer, especially after reading this book. Sep 12, Leo rated it it was amazing. Reading this book might not give you the equivalent of an MBA education but it will give you a good education in business. Reading carefully, sometimes between the lines, picking up the subtle tones as well as the prominent statements, you'll learn about running a business in a way most likely to assure success.

You'll also learn the interesting history and background of the Hobby Lobby company and the family that makes it work. Really an excellent work. It will definitely be Reading this book might not give you the equivalent of an MBA education but it will give you a good education in business. It will definitely be in my permanent library. Jun 16, Ashlie rated it it was amazing. David Green's book is a great read. It gives details and advice about the ups and downs of craft store retailing. Essentially, Green gives the good, the bad, and the ugly. He gives numbers that many other authors in the same market are reluctant to provide.

I'd imagine that this book was a great gift to Hobby Lobby's competitors, as Green tells all in this book. However, perhaps the best is that Green stays true to his faith, and shares that it is the foundation of his business. It's not about working harder. It's about working smarter-using your common sense to organize. One of the practical things I learned from him and his book was that in order to be successful, one must remain organized. As, he states his book, "Organize, organize, organize".

May 08, Daniel Oon Yong Lin rated it really liked it. Green explains the whole journey of his life and his founding and expansion of Hobby Lobby. This book is filled with many experiences in business that he wishes retail readers to understand and absorb. It also brings out the Christianity in David, being a son of a pastor and the only son that went into business he must have felt a little different the way his mum phrased questions to him.

However he is grounded in the faith and does what the Lord asks him to. Dec 28, Brad rated it it was amazing. Great book that tells the story of how Hobby Lobby began and David Green's principles of business. There are a good number of details about the retail industry, specifically hobbies and crafts, but the book wraps up well. There are elements of business, faith, and family, so it is an overall good read. Also, I believe in giving a 5 star review if I like it. See a more detailed review here http: While I was hoping for a little more on the early days of Hobby Lobby, I appreciated the format and the conversational tone.

I have an earlier version of this book, but I would be interested in reading a new edition which covers some of the more recent events in Hobby Lobby's history. Jul 16, Brandon Perry rated it it was amazing. What an incredible company led by an incredible couple and now family.