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Friday, June 9, 2017

How to Become a Crochet Designer! Find a Way to Say Yes!

You might think I'm going to tell you to start with a great idea, but I'm not. My advice might come as kind of a surprise. If you have heard me speak at Professional Development Day for the Crochet Guild of America, you already know what I'm going to say. "Find a way to say YES". Being easy to work with, professional, on time, honest, delivering what you proposed, is 90% of success.

Many designers are great, creative, inspiring, but if they can't deliver on time, as promised, or are a general hassle to work with (too many questions, too many delays, changing the proposed project after it has been decided, too diva-ish...) they get known for being hard to work with and unreliable.

Being professional, asking for clarification, negotiating, are all fine. Demanding, assuming, and slacking, are not fine. Learn more about becoming a Crochet Designer, here. Click here for information on one-on-one Go Crochet Coaching. 

Have you been asked to work with a color you didn't care for? A yarn that you found offensive? Can you say, 'YES' anyway? What would make you say, "no"?

4 comments:

Martha said...

Hello!
Do you have any suggestions about crochet software?

Ellen Gormley said...

Hi Martha,
I have not yet found crochet software that I am happy to endorse. Most designers who make their own symbol diagrams use Adobe Illustrator.

Martha said...

I have no idea about how I could do that but I will keep searching!
Thank you very much!

Jodiebodie said...

This advice is true for any enterprise that involves working with people and especially in the arts and team activities. You can have crazy talent but if you are a pain to work with, no one will call. You can have average skills but if you are a hard worker, reliable and easy to get on with, people will trust you to do the job.

To be an individual contractor, I would recommend developing business skills - getting a handle on taxation, legal requirements, figures and planning. There are people who buy or start a business because they are so good at their particular skill but their businesses fail due to a lack of business knowledge.

I love your blog topic today Ellen.