Kevin over at the informative and fun Amish Cook blog has beaten me to the punch here, but I thought I’d bring to your attention an article in the New York Times on Amish business.
It’s a pretty meat-and-potatoes look at Amish entrepreneurship but nice to see in a high-profile spot. Donald Kraybill contributes here, pointing out that in some settlements high majorities–even 90%–of households make a living off the farm.
And of course a link to an Amish biz piece means it’s time for a shameless pre-plug (will try to keep these to a minimum, scout’s honor): I continue to work feverishly on the new book tentatively entitled Simple Success: How the Amish Do Business.
It’s slated to be published by Jossey-Bass, who did the recent Amish Grace book among other nice business and religious titles, in Spring 2010.
In the book, around 60 Amish entrepreneurs offer insights on running a business with an eye to the big picture as much as the bottom line. Practical ideas plus guiding small-business principles, straight from the horse’s mouth.
Am very much looking forward to getting it done and plan to spend my upcoming February stay in Lancaster as well as this summer putting the wraps on it.