Archive for October 2010

Part 2 of 3 Lessons Learned from Quilting how it Apply to Your Business

October 26, 2010

Pieced by Karen Heck in 2009 Quilting design by Northern Light Quilting in MN Picture taken by Richard Heck

Part 2 of 3

Lesson 5I find I’m always learning something new, even with old designs and techniques.

– As I was working on two new quilts I realized that a particular pattern I love working with, I finally figured out how to put the block together easier and correctly. Even though I didn’t completely understand how to do this in the beginning, I didn’t let it stop me from using it, I just stayed with it until I finally got it. Never stop wanting to learn or believe you don’t need to keep learning. Learning strengthen you, gives you wisdom and encourages you to step out of your comfort zone and try something new. It provides you with staying power…the power to keep going when you want to stop or quit. Most times we need to hear things over and over to finally get them and/or we need to hear them in different ways from different people in order for it to sink in, catch hold, and remind us of what we are doing and why.

Lesson 6. I find myself sometimes having to go back to the beginning and re-read the directions to know what I need to do.

– When you find yourself stumped in your business, you might need to go back to the beginning, rebuild, and start back with the basic. You might have to step away and come back with a new view. I had to do that recently with Creative Consulting business. I went back through the binders from my course, had my website re-worked, started re-posting on my blog, set up a Facebook business fan page, and more.

Lesson 7. When I started quilting I would tell everyone that, that’s what I’m doing and had a client purchase 2 of my quilts within a year.

– PUT IT OUT THERE! – Valerie Young at http://www.changingcourse.com, Barbara Winter author of Making a Living Without a Job, and others says that we need to put it out there and do it constantly, because, every time you put it out there you’re promoting your business, letting others know what it is you’re doing, and joining in the business conversation. Every chance you get, tell people what you do. Even if your 5 minute elevator speech isn’t perfect. I find that you will perfect your elevator speech the more you have to tell others what you offer.

Lesson 8. Know your worth!

– With my quilting I had to learn my worth, not doubt myself or my product. Once learning this lesson, I don’t find it hard to ask for the price I ask for my work. I get a lot of “wow that’s too much,” but that’s o.k., because I know they are not the ideal client for me or what I have to offer. The same goes for your business. If you know your worth then you will be more comfortable about what you do , what you offer, and what you charge.

WANT TO USE THIS ARTICLE IN YOUR NEWSLETTER, EZINE, OR WEB SITE? You can as long as you include the following:

ABOUT KAREN: Karen, is a Creative Career Expert and owner of Give Yourself Power. She has helped others find their true calling to work at what they love and love what they do. She love it when the light bulb goes off for a client when they realize that with hard work, belief, and the willingness to do their part they CAN do what they love and make an income from it!

If you’re serious about laying the foundation to starting your own business go towww.giveyourselfpower.com/contact.html to sign up for your free 15 minute intake.

Karen Heck
Creative Career Expert and Owner of Give Yourself Power
http://www.giveyourselfpower.com
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12 Lessons I’ve Learned from Quilting and How it Apply to Starting and Succeeding in Business – This will be a three part series

October 13, 2010

Pieced and Embroidered by Karen Heck in 2009 Picture taken by Richard Heck

Part 1 of 3

I’ve always loved and been fascinated with quilts and once I started quilting it has become a true passion of mine. What I’ve found out is that quilting not only provides me true joy and some frustrations, but when I’m making a creation, it opens me, my mind, and soul up to some new and creative ideas for my “Outside-the-Job Box” Consultant Business. I’ve learned many lessons while quilting that I’ve found can also be applied to my consulting business and to any business. Read below and see what I’ve come up with.

1. My level of knowledge when it came to sewing was non-existence. When my husband purchased a sewing machine for me it was an expensive one and I didn’t know how to sew let along what to do with it. The last time I had sewn anything was when I was in Jr. High and the project didn’t turn out that well.

– In your business if there is something you don’t know, you can learn. By taking classes, going to workshops, reading, doing internet searches, etc. Don’t let not knowing something stop you from doing. There are a lot of things I signed up for in the beginning even though I didn’t know anything about them, but knew I would use them in my business. i.e. Word Press blog, free iContact, Blog Talk Radio, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, etc.

2. Trying every item that was suggest to me until I found my fit and it was costly, but I learned what I like and what I don’t.

– When you first get started you will find yourself signing up and trying out everything others suggest until you find your fit and voice, but once you do you’ll be able to let go of a lot of stuff. Might take you a few weeks, a few months, or maybe even a couple of years, but YOU will finally find it. Stick with it. The biggest things is that it doesn’t have to cost you a fortune like with quilting. You can get a lot of information for free – Newsletters, Teleclasses, Webinars, reading articles, books, etc.

3. I had to learn to ask for help and directions and I still do.

– When in business some of us find it hard for some reason to ask for help and we shouldn’t. I think it’s because, we’re so busy setting ourselves up as experts that we think if we ask for help then that will somehow make us less of an expert and it doesn’t. You’re an expert as soon as you take the step to start your business.

4. I found myself finding a mentor.

– Need to do the same in business. We all need a mentor that we trust, someone that will challenge us, encourage us, someone we can learn from, and speak to us in our voice and style. Be careful who you allow to mentor you, because not everyone is the right fit for you or have your best interest in mind. Just because they fit one person doesn’t mean they’re right for you.

WANT TO USE THIS ARTICLE IN YOUR NEWSLETTER, EZINE, OR WEB SITE? You can as long as you include the following:

ABOUT KAREN: Karen, is a Creative Career Expert and owner of Give Yourself Power. She has helped others find their true calling to work at what they love and love what they do. She love it when the light bulb goes off for a client when they realize that with hard work, belief, and the willingness to do their part they CAN do what they love and make an income from it!

If you’re serious about laying the foundation to starting your own business go towww.giveyourselfpower.com/contact.html to sign up for your free 15 minute intake.

Karen Heck
Creative Career Expert and Owner of Give Yourself Power
http://www.giveyourselfpower.com
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What Risks are willing to Take?

October 6, 2010
Face your fears, live your dreams

Image by jvansanten via Flickr

Take calculated risks. That is quite different
from being rash. ~George S. Patton

This is important to remember as you prepare to make the change from the cubical world to working at what you love. During this time of fear, concern about the economy, personal strife, and etc., it’s important that you take the calculated risk and not be rash due to all the things I mention earlier. It’s easier said than done, I know, that’s why it’s important to make a plan and stick with it. Don’t fail to plan, because it will help you stay on track!  Only you know what’s in you and what you’re capable of doing. You have to remember that you’re capable of doing more that you think that’s why it’s important to find those who will support you and take the necessary steps towards YOUR goal(s) and true joy.

WANT TO USE THIS ARTICLE IN YOUR NEWSLETTER, EZINE, OR WEB SITE? You can as long as you include the following:

ABOUT KAREN: Karen, is a Creative Career Expert and owner of Give Yourself Power. She has helped others find their true calling to work at what they love and love what they do. She love it when the light bulb goes off for a client when they realize that with hard work, belief, and the willingness to do their part they CAN do what they love and make an income from it!

If you’re serious about laying the foundation to starting your own business go towww.giveyourselfpower.com/contact.html to sign up for your free 15 minute intake.

Karen Heck
Creative Career Expert and Owner of Give Yourself Power
http://www.giveyourselfpower.com
karen@giveyourselfpower.com