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Quilt Shop Business Quilting Business

Quilting Business Blog Gets A New Voice

Please allow me to introduce myself, my name is Charlotte Colmon and I've been working with Chuck behind the scenes these past few months. In a nutshell, Chuck hasĀ  “passed the torch” to me as he focuses on his family. I am very excited to bring a fresh perspective to the business side of quilting. Business is what I am passionate about, and I am excited to share with you my passion for growing your business.

The economy is finally starting to turn around, and now is the time to really give your quilting business everything you can. I've got a lot of great opportunities lined up for you that I will be sharing over the next couple of months. We are going to help you get your business going for you!

Please share with me what you are struggling with, what areas of your business do you need the most help with? Getting customers in the door? Sales promotions? Developing a web presence? Let me know what topics you most need advice in, and together we will make your business run like a well oiled machine. The way you've always dreamed it would.

We are going to be here every step of the way for you.

Charlotte

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Quilt Shop Business Quilting Business

Buy an Existing Quilt Shop Business

I just received an email from one of the Quilting Biz community readers. She is seriously considering purchasing an existing quit shop in her area, and she had some questions about the process and what she can ask for during the negotiations and in the purchase of the business. She also wanted to know when to get the lawyers involved (always a scary issue!).

Here's her question (she asked to remain anonymous to protect her identity):

Hi Chuck-

Do you have any recommendations for someone investigating buying an existing quilt store business? Some basics on inventory, purchase of office equipment and POS systems but not the building. Is it feasible to write in the contract for the new owner to work in the existing store to get to know the systems, vendors and customers? When should I get a lawyer and/or accountant involved?

Please do not use my real name in any publication.

Thanks
[NAME REMOVED BY REQUEST]

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Machine Quilting Quilt Shop Business Quilting Business Quilting News Quilting Websites

Back in the Quilting Business Business

Quilting Business BlogHello everyone, and I'm officially back in the quilting business! I know some of you don't remember me, but I've been running the www.QuiltingBusiness.com web site for over five years now, and I also have a number of other quilting-related web sites that I run.

But, about a year ago, I had to take a full-time job (my accountant assured me that if I kept taking money out of my retirement fund, it would be gone by the time I retired), and I got kind of burned out on running the web sites and doing the whole “9 to 5” day job thing. So, for the past year, I've been spending most of my spare time watching the kids do their various sports and activities, and watching our puppy Ginger grow into a rambunctious dog.

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Quilt Marketing Quilt Shop Business Quilting Business

Starting an Online Quilt Shop

I recently received the following question from a Ronel in the Netherlands:

Chuck,

What advice do you have for me starting up a internet quiltshop? Hope to hear from you soon!

Ronel

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Machine Quilting Quilt Shop Business Quilting Business

Quilting Business Costs

NOTE FROM CHUCK: This week's article is inspired by a question from one of the Quilting Biz ezine readers. With her permission, I've reprinted her question and my response to her for your benefit.

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Quilt Marketing Quilt Shop Business

Quilt Shop Signage – How to Use Signage Effectively in Your Quilt Shop

Second in importance only to the sign outside your quilt shop are the signs inside your quilt shop. For the signs lining the walls and shelves of your quilt shop business will either give your customers the information they require to make a purchasing decision or confuse them to the point that they throw up their hands in disgust.

There's an art to signage. Too little of it is not good. Too much of it is not good. You've got to arrive at a happy medium if you're to keep your customers happy. But how much is enough?