Over the years I’ve had many people ask about different aspects of my quilting career and how they can get started turning their passion into a business. With the start of a new year, I thought it would be a fun to write up a series based on my personal experiences, with occasional tips and pointers from some of my friends and colleagues in the industry.
Although I am by no means an expert, I will be happy to share my thoughts and encouragement for any of you thinking of making quilting your business. After all, don’t you agree that sharing makes the (quilting) world a better place?
My plan is to blog about this topic on a regular basis (every week or two), exploring the subjects below. Click on each underlined link to go to that post.
- Choosing a Career Path
- Owning an online Quilt Shop
- Running a Physical Store
- Professional Quilting
- Selling Your Quilts
- Teaching Classes
- Designing Patterns
- Entering Quilts in Shows
- Monetizing Your Blog
- Getting Published
- Designing Fabrics
- Marketing Your Brand
This list may grow as the series develops. If you have other ideas you’d like me to discuss, or specific questions you have, please ask away. I may not reply directly, but will definitely incorporate your thoughts into future blog posts.
A quick word about the “business” side of things. Keeping records, filing taxes and setting up your business entity are probably the hardest things to do to get started. If you can handle the paperwork, you can handle anything!
I’m not going to business legalities in detail other than to encourage you to take the first step by setting up a separate bank account and contacting your local tax office to file the appropriate business documents. It varies by state or country, but most states’ governments have a wealth of information online and can walk you through the process.
For a quick definition of the different types of US business entities to choose from, you can read this post that I found online after doing a quick search. For specific business questions you may have, be sure to google it and you can literally spend hours online learning everything you need to know!
I’ll be back with this series next week, sharing my thoughts on choosing a quilting career!