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!