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Welcome to the Quilting Business Blog!

Welcome to the Quilting Business Blog! This blog is a resource for anyone who is involved (or hopes to be) with quilting as a business. This includes quilt shop owners, anyone offering a quilting service, quilts for sale, long arm quilting services, quilting classes or any other types of quilting business.

If you are brand new to the industry, you will find lots of articles and resources that relate to starting, and running a quilting business.

Small business is something I am personally very passionate about, and it is my goal that by reading this business blog and implementing the tips and advice you find here, you will see improvements in your business that speak to your bottom line. I believe everyone needs a business coach, and that is exactly what I intend this blog to be, your personal business coach. Now, let’s start making some money!

Warmly,

Charlotte

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Quilt Shop Business Quilting Business Quilting Websites

What Would Your Life be Like if You Had a Bigger Piece of the More than $3.3 Billion Quilting Market?

Have you ever stayed awake at night thinking about how to get your quilting business up and running?

Are your revenues down because of the economy?

Are you working hard to get your business off the ground, but feel like you are treading water?

Do you have excellent customers who move away and you never hear from them again?

Do you think about setting up a website but have no idea where to start?

Are you trying to market your quilting unsuccessfully to a local community that is tapped out financially?

Are you ever frustrated because you have new products arriving in your shop that you are excited to tell your customers about but you just don’t have the time to pick up the phone and let them all know?

And your employees forget to tell them?

Does it seem like no one knows about your online store?

Is your community willing and able to pay the true value of a quilt?

Do you have inventory that you wish you could sell?

Do you have workshops you would like to fill?

Are you looking for a real business strategy to make some extra money with your quilting?

Chances are you are wishing you were doing better in at least one of those areas, and – well, you are not alone.

By now, if you don’t know that most businesses in this economy are suffering, and many are just plain throwing in the towel and closing up shop, you’re sleeping with Rip Van Winkle, confident that when you wake up 20 years from now, your quilt shop business will be booming and you will have a gazillion dollars in the bank (and you are also assuming that a gazillion dollars will be gobs of money 20 years from now!)

And it’s not just quilt shops, it isn’t just in the US, and it isn’t just small businesses.

When General Motors lays off 130,000 employees, large chains like Circuit City, Starbucks, and Zales closes hundreds of stores, and even WalMart lays off more than 1,450 employees, many surviving local quilt shop owners are probably wondering what they can do to survive – let alone thrive.

Today, more than ever, professional quilters and quilt shop owners like you are anxious to figure out how to get the share of the quilting business revenue you deserve.

Many of us know that the number of quilters in the United States has been growing for the past several years, and with the impending retirement of the Baby Boomers, you can expect that trend to continue.

After all, for many, retirement brings the desire to remain active and interested in new trends, combined with the need for an activity that might not be so physically challenging.

Many Baby Boomers have fond memories of their grandmothers or mothers gathering with friends, neighbors or church groups to create beautiful quilts for babies, weddings, hope chests, and adorn beds at home.

And now given more time, the thought of learning how to quilt or creating more quilts for their family and friends is irresistible.

And we all know that quilters need resources – both beginner quilters and quilters with more experience.

But how is the best way to reach them and let them know about the resources at our shops?

Most business owners agree that the fastest and least expensive way is online.

But how do you keep in touch with your customers and visitors without getting them angry?

Quilter Penny Halgren has been a quilting website owner for more than 5 years now and has developed a system of communication with her newsletter subscribers that gives them what they want – information about quilting techniques, ideas for quilts, and resources to make their quilting easier and more fun – while giving her what she wants – increased revenue.

And now she has put together her system so you, too, can increase your business.

Penny reveals all of her closely held secrets in her brand new Online Quilting Business Success System.

Because Penny loves quilting and wants quilt shop owners to thrive in their businesses, she is sharing her system, and you can take advantage of her vast online experience:

http://www.QuiltingWebsiteOwners.com

By reserving your copy now, you can participate in live telephone training calls, listen to Penny explain her Online Quilting Business Success System, and get all of your questions answered, so you get a jump start for making more money online.

You truly can be one of the few successful online quilt shop owners in just 45 minutes a week:

http://www.QuiltingWebsiteOwners.com

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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 has  “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 Marketing Quilting Business

Quilting Business is Back Online

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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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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,

Chuck

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!