For day 2 of the Creative Passion to Profit challenge, hosted by Morna McEver of the International Association of Creative Arts Professionals, we were asked to answer this question:
Why did you start your creative arts business?
Here is my response:
Ok… so a little explanation is needed here. I do make quilts to enter into shows/challenges and sell some pieces (it’s the only way to convince my husband that fabric shopping is a business expense). I’m also developing a few patterns to release soon.
But the bulk of my creative business (Creative + Mindful) is actually in supporting other creative people. I recently met the amazing Karen LePage and she calls this work “the Unsung Hero.” I provide project management support for designers, time mngmt/productivity coaching, and webinar/online instruction design & support for creative teachers.
The reason I started my business is twofold – I saw the need in our industry for these services and it’s fulfilling to be useful in these ways. Hand-in-hand with that sentiment is the fact that I couldn’t live the corporate life anymore, but I didn’t want the really useful skills I have amassed over 20 years to go to waste.
Being able to combine my professional experience with my love of sewing/making/creative expression is pretty much a perfect situation!
p.s. the image is simply a work in progress. “Unsung heroing” is a wonderful thing but it doesn’t always make exciting pictures.