I am an about-to-be unemployed high-tech writer who has been quilting 15 years. I have loads of experience with many quilting techniques that I have learned over the years. I enjoy wallhangings and quicker projects. I have made involved projects and not made enough to cover my time. That just left me frustrated.
I very much want to build up a quilt business both quilting and teaching quilting. I have a draft website — I mean info about my products have been on a page on a friend's Website. She gets a cut if I get a sale. No one has bought anything over the last year.
Well, all I can say is that I'm back and ready to take www.QuiltingBusiness.com to the next level. And by that I mean I am ready to start posting regular content and making it as useful as possible to quilters who want to turn their passion into a full- or part-time quilting business.
What have I been up to? Well, I was working full-time at a company that got acquired by a French-Canadian technology company. I worked with the French-Canadians for about a year, and then they had some lay-offs in June of this year. I was one of the person's layed off. Which I understand in this economy. What I didn't like was that they started advertising for my replacement within a couple of weeks, and they were advertising for a lower-level person. They really just wanted to cut costs!
That got me thinking… I'm never going to be safe in a corporate environment because I'm not in control of my career. Someone else decides if I'll be in the next round of lay-offs, or my entire group could be axed. It's not a particularly comfortable place to be. So, even though I've been looking for a full-time job for the past 4 months, I've decided that I should try and work on QuiltingBusiness.com and see if I can make it worth my while, and also make it worth your while to keep visiting.
So, here are my plans for the site:
- I'm going to update the site at least 3 times a week. This will include at least one quilting business article, some content that I find on other sites that I know you will enjoy (and I'll put my spin on it), and whatever else makes sense to share with you.
- To make sure I'm covering what you need to make your quilting business a success, I'm going to ask for your input. I'll have polls and questions which you can answer. I really want to make sure this site is useful.
- I'm going to re-work all of my quilting business products into leaner, meaner versions that cost less! All of my products will offer the same good information, but I'm going to reduce prices. I think it's the right thing to do in this economy.
- If I can't make good on the above, I'm going to sell of www.QuiltingBusiness.com. I do believe there is a real need for this content, and if I can provide the information on a regular basis, I'm going to sell the site to someone who can.
So, the first thing I'm going to do is send an email to the 6,000+ members of the mailing list to see who wants to stay and who wants to go. There are going to be a lot of old email addresses (since I haven't really done much in the last 18 months), and there are going to be people no longer interested in a quilting business. What I want to do is help the people who are looking for that full- or part-time quilting business, and I don't want to annoy anyone else.
Watch for the email and decide for yourself if you want to stay on for the ride. I promise to do my best and keep the site up-to-date and informative. Hopefully, you can contribute and share as well.
Thanks, and best regards,
P.S. I'll also make sure I update you on my family and my wonderful dog, Ginger. In fact, the picture above is Ginger in our back yard. Hope you like it!
Recently, I received a question from one of the Quilting Business community members from Ottawa, Canada. Over the past week, we've exchanged a few emails, and we've discussed Assia's desire to have a quilting business. I'm going to paraphrase her questions, but I think I've saved the essence. And, I apologize for such a long post, but I thought the questions and answers were a good discussion that is applicable to a lot of people looking to start their own quilting business.
Here's the basics of the first question that Assia asked:
Last year, I bought your book on starting a quilting business, and my intention is to do all the preparations and learn all I can before making the plunge when I retire. At the same time, I wish to start investing in supplies and books and planning some designs.
The rationale is that in a few years, costs will have increased while my retirement income will be less than my current working income. In addition, some books will be out of print, thus costing up to ten times more; and, as you are well aware, interesting fabrics get sold within a season.
Do you think that if one is determined to start a small business, it's a sound decision to buy things while one can afford them? Or do you rather think that it's best saving the money? I value your opinion, Chuck, and would appreciate your point of view on the matter when you have time.
Here's my answer to the question:
If you haven't signed up for the Rollercoaster Quilting promo list, here's what you're missing:
- Details on the Craft Business Entrepreneur Success Teleseminar – I'll be grilling Tim and Mary Stenros on Friday about how they took their business from zero to $25,000 in six months
- Secret Agent Market Research Audio – Find out which crafts to sell by doing some “secret agent” market research
- Craft Business Free Publicity Guide – Use publicity in your local newspapers, television, and radio outlets to promote your quilting business
- Quilting Business Cost Estimator – A quick spreadsheet tool that helps you figure out how much your new quilting business will cost to start up
- How to Create a Free Web Site Video Tutorial – Learn how to set up your own quilting business web site on Blogger
- eBay Special Report – How to get set up and start selling on eBay – the world's largest marketplace
The Rollercoaster Quilting promo will be ending this weekend, so if you want to grab all these great resources, make sure you sign up
P.S. I'm back from my quick business trip to San Jose, so hopefully I'll be writing some more intelligent emails. Thanks for your patience over the last week!
This special guest (who will remain “secret” for now) has started up a successful business selling their quilting patterns over the Internet and to quilt shops. They've started from zero and gone to over $25,000 in just six months!
If you want to listen in, you MUST be on the Rollercoaster Quilting promotion list. This is a special free bonus just for people who sign up for the list.
I'm in San Jose right now on a business trip, so I apologize for the brevity of this post. But, I wanted to get it out to you ASAP.
Thanks, and watch for more details later this week…
P.S. Don't forget to sign up for the Rollercoaster Quilting list if you want to be notified about the teleseminar details. Just another bonus for being part of the promo:
I just have to say, “Sorry…”
The response to the Rollercoaster Quilting promotion has been incredible so far, but I'm obviously not doing a great job of explaining exactly what the Rollercoaster Quilting promotion is. So, I'm taking some of the questions I've received and doing a quick Q&A which will hopefully clear up some of my confusion.
So, here goes…
- What is Rollercoaster Pricing? This is probably the most frequently-asked question. Rollercoaster Pricing is where the price will go up and down randomly every time you refresh the page. So, if the first time you visit the page the price is $16.51, when you refresh the page the price will be different – either up or down. You can refresh the page until you come to a price YOU want to pay.
To make sure I don't overwhelm some of you with the whole “Rollercoaster Quilting” promotion, I'm creating a list for those of you who want to be notified of the special Rollercoaster Quilting Sale, and also to get some of the great free bonuses that I'm giving away to those who join that list.
In addition, anyone who joins the list will get a full day headstart on the special rollercoaster pricing for the whole new Quilting Business product family.
So, if you would like to be added to the list, just complete the form below: