The Designing Process – Part Five: Going Professional
Here we are, at the end of this series! I’ve had a great time writing about the exciting process of designing your own crochet patterns, and I hope you have too.
That’s a fair question because crochet designing as a profession is not for everybody. There’s a lot to consider before making the decision to go that route, one of which is that it can be hard work.
|Making the Strawberry Patch Garland for Crochet Spot|
What it Involves
When I first began designing for Crochet Spot, I designed a pattern a week, occasionally two, making sure every other weeks pattern was slightly more involved. This was good because at the time I didn’t have much else I was doing.
However, things have changed to where I design one pattern a month for Crochet Spot. The monetary benefits are less, of course, but this is better in this stage of my life because it allows me to put a lot more time and creativity into my own business, while still receiving outside exposure.
Scheduling and Planning
The more intentional you get about going professional, the more you will have to pay attention to scheduling. Scheduling time to get the project done, thinking in advance to give yourself enough time before the deadline, as well as taking advantage of special days for related themes.
The first few years of designing were fairly uncomplicated in terms of scheduling. And yet I didn’t do much planning and would often scramble as my deadline drew near to finish time. I soon came to realize I would need to give it more forethought than I had been to keep myself from cramming each week. It took me a while to reach an understanding with myself on just how much time I would need but today I do less cramming and have a clearer mind.
This is the key. Commitment to do what you said you would, devote the time you need to get it done, and not give up when the going gets rough. This is a quality to have in everything you attempt in life. When people see your commitment they will know you are a designer worthy of respect. You can eventually build for yourself a reputation and consequently, a flourishing business.
And also, you must have a commitment for quality. As I always say, do your best and don’t settle for half-baked.
|Diplodocus Dino Mini Pillow | Free Crochet Pattern|
Designing for Others or Yourself
If you decide to go professional, there are at least two obvious ways to go: designing for someone else or designing for yourself. Meaning, you can take a job where you work as part of a design team, like I do with Crochet Spot, and work to smaller degrees.
Then there is always the option to set up your own business and sell your own patterns. This takes considerably more work and attention, so be sure you know what it entails before jumping headfirst into it. I won’t get into the details because there’s hardly enough time to cover it all here anyway.
I am at the present doing both, making sure I give the most attention, however, to my own business.
No matter what anyone says, the decision of whether to go professional is entirely up to you. You know what you can handle and can’t, and you know if this is for you. But even if you don’t, take it from a slow decision maker, you can try for a while at least. No harm in that.
I hope this post, and this entire series, has been helpful. I do not mean it to be exhaustive, and I am sure there are many points that I didn’t cover. However, I do feel I have covered the basics adequately, so if you have any questions be sure to let me know! Leave me a comment below or check out my Contact page for more information.