Welcome to the second day of 2017! How are you doing? Any special plans or events upcoming for this first month of the new year? As I mentioned in my New Year’s Day post, my plan for January is to participate in the Ultimate Blog Challenge. Each day I receive an email with suggested topics to blog about, and today’s topic happens to be one I had already covered: FAQs for my businesses. So I’ll just borrow from that earlier post!
There are several questions people have frequently asked me about both my freelance business and my quilt business. I should mention I have used just my first initial K (for Karen) and my middle name Lee, combined with my last name, for many years as my business and online persona.
So here we go!
**FAQ for K. Lee Banks, Inspired Freelance Consultant Services**
1. Why did you begin your business?
I “came home” to work after a brief career as a speech and developmental therapist. I enjoyed working with the children, but traveling 350+ miles a week became too fatiguing and stressful, especially on Maine’s back roads in the winter.
I had enjoyed writing ever since I was a teenager, but had never considered it as a potential career. The combination of freelance writing and instructional design, following earning my Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree back in 2008, helped launch my business.
2. When did you begin your business?
I began my freelance business just about 9 years ago, in February 2008, when I left my traveling speech and developmental therapist position and “came home” to work.
3. What services do you offer?
I began with basic freelance writing and content creation for a number of clients and content companies. Over the years, I have added instructional design, assessment and course writing, curriculum development, research associate, and English Language Arts Subject Matter Expert.
4. What is your preferred or specialized service?
Based on my M. Ed. degree and my current status as a doctoral candidate, within a couple months of earning my Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree, my preferred or specialized service is instructional design, curriculum development, and course and assessment writing.
5. Has self-employment been successful for you?
Yes, I have found as I continue my education and gain experience, self-employment in these particular areas has become an even more successful career path. The available relevant freelance opportunities and pay rates have all increased considerably since early 2008.
6. Do you have a LinkedIn profile?
Yes, you can find my LinkedIn profile HERE.
7. Where can I find your business online?
For now, I have my informal blog here and and my LinkedIn profile mentioned above. I am currently exploring options for a new primary freelance site– stay tuned!
**FAQ for K-Lee’s Kreations**
1. What is K-Lee’s Kreations?
K-Lee’s Kreations is my home-based business featuring my line of handmade customized home decor and other items, ranging from pillows and quilts, to bags and stuffed “critters.”
2. What is your background for your “kreative” business?
My mother originally introduced me to sewing because she used to make clothing for my siblings and me. Then I took Home Economics in school and gained more skills, and just never stopped learning. Since then, I’ve taught myself or learned from others along the way to do a variety of crafts.
Now I can make anything from baby’s clothing to wedding gowns and tailored suits; and home decor items and various craft items.
3. How long have you been sewing/crafting/quilting?
I began sewing and crafting over 40 years ago as a young teenager, when my mother first got me started on sewing. Then about 25 years ago, I began quilting. I added the special feature of imprinted photos about 9 years ago.
4. What products do you make?
The majority of my products are home decor items, including quilts, pillows, wall hangings, and table runners. I also make bags of all shapes and sizes, as well as soft sculpture dolls and assorted “critters.”
I hope to add to my product line this year or next, as soon as I teach myself to do felting and rug hooking (the old-fashioned kind).
5. What is your specialty?
Most of my products are made-to-order customized items. My specialty is adding imprinted photos, for an extra special, personalized touch.
6. How does imprinting work on fabric?
Most people send photos as ‘jpeg’ attachments via email – some folks send photos via ‘snail mail’ and I scan them. I typically do a little photo editing: do some cropping, make them the right size, add different effects, add text, or whatever works for each photo.
I have a second printer set up with sublimation ink and dye sublimation transfer paper, which is what I use to print out the photos.
I then IMPRINT the photos onto a poly-poplin fabric using sublimation ink and a heat press. I started with one that my ‘handy hubby’ made for me, with a simple hot plate and base! I now have an official heat press made by Gecko Heat Transfer Solutions.
These are NOT regular computer ink photos!
The combination of the sublimation ink and the heat press transforms the ink into a gas, which permeates the fabric. This causes the photos to virtually become part of the fabric, making them permanent, while the fabric stays soft and flexible (not the stiff ironed-on feeling!)
You can also wash and dry the items with the imprinted photos!
This is one of my newer designs–log cabin photo blocks in a quilt and coordinating pillows:
7. Where can I find your business online?
You can find my business online in two places currently. I am in the midst of designing a new primary site, which I hope to have completed before the end of January. Stay tuned for an announcement! 😉 I’m also looking into adding some niche sites this year on specific themed items, such as only bags, only pillows, prim crafts, and others. For now, I have these sites:
My Etsy shop
I hope you have enjoyed learning more about both of my businesses! It was fun writing these FAQs. I plan to add them as their own pages on my blogs. The “consultant” FAQ will be here, and the “kreations” FAQ will be on a new KLK site–hopefully up and running ASAP! Stay tuned!! 🙂
What about you?
Do you have a FAQ on your blog or website to address common questions people might ask about what you do?
If so, feel free to share your link in your comment! 🙂