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

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, 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.

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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!

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Karen Heck
Creative Career Expert and Owner of Give Yourself Power                                                                                                                                                 Twitter – Linkedin

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