How I Work

Location: Whitmire, SC
Current gig: Custom Quiltmaker
Current mobile device: iPhone 6, Kindle Fire, Kindle Paperwhite
Current computer: Dell Laptop running Win8
One word that best describes how you work: To my own schedule

What apps/software/tools can’t you live without? MS Word, Electric Quilt, MS Excel, Visio

What’s your workspace like? 450 sq foot quilting studio

What’s your best time-saving trick? innovative techniques I’ve developed to make t-shirt quilts efficiently enough to turn a profit

What’s your favorite to-do list manager? paper and pencil

Besides your phone and computer, what gadget can’t you live without? my longarm sewing machine

What everyday thing are you better at than anyone else? Efficiencies in quiltmaking that allow me to turn a profit in a very low-margin business. Most quilters can’t make money making quilts.

What are you currently reading? Hero With a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell

What do you listen to while you work? DVDs of movies and British TV shows, podcasts

Are you more of an introvert or an extrovert? Introvert

What’s your sleep routine like? Generally: midnight - 6:00 am, and an afternoon nap

Fill in the blank: I’d love to see Janet-Lee Santeusanio answer these same questions.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? If you start your own business, it won’t be just a business. It will be your hobby, too. It will take up more time than you can imagine.

Is there anything else you’d like to add? My 30+ year career in the corporate world really helped me learn the fundamentals of running a business, like estimating a job and meeting deadlines. It amazes me that the local small business people I meet are so poor at these skills, and don’t see any value in developing them.

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