How to Build Your Quilt Business in 10 Minutes

No, this isn’t a hype-filled post promising the magic secret of building a complete business in just 10 minutes. Instead, it’s about taking the empty minutes that appear here and there throughout the day and doing things that will help to keep your business on track and flourishing.

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Be honest with yourself. How much time are you spending each day taking any productive action toward bringing your dream quilt business to reality? A few hours? An hour? Anything?

If you’re like others with a day job, a family, a life, you may find this a slightly uncomfortable question to answer.

And if the time isn’t as much as you think it should be, don’t be hard on yourself.

Instead, set a timer for 10 minutes, right now, and do something that will help you make progress in your business.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Organize your desk, sewing area, etc. so you’ll be ready to go with the next step on your project or administrative work.
  • File paperwork, cleanout and reply to emails
  • Make a decision about something that you’re NOT going to do and get the related papers, materials, etc. out of your house or studio.
  • Have a “10 minute bag” in your house, office, and car. The bag can contain a sewing project, a marketing ideas notebook, drafts of future blog posts … Any project that you can pick up at any time, work on it for a few minutes then put it down again, happy with your progress.
  • Use a phone app like Evernote to capture an idea
  • Post a marketing or business information update on one or more of your social media accounts. If you can’t think of something to say or photograph in this moment, you can probably think of future updates to cue up in a scheduling tool like Hootsuite or Buffer.

No matter what it is, no matter how small, go do it now.

What are the ways that you make progress on your business in small bits of found time? Share your ideas in the comments area below.

PS: The "Quilter at Play" travel mug shown in the photo is one of my own designs. Order this mug or other fun gift items for quilters through my Cafépress shop.