Tuesday, June 18, 2019

My new website is live

I’m so excited to share that my new website is live TianConnaughton.com πŸŽ‰πŸΎand thanks to the lovely Instagrammer who recommending using pronouns in my previous post, Email Signature. It works here on webpages too😍. If you have a second I’d love for you to check it out and let me know what you think.

In addition to the discussion of diversity and size inclusion in the fiber community, there’s been a lot of talk about pricing. I won’t get into the nitty-gritty of it here - I might do a podcast episode on it so stay tuned to #RealTalkWithTianPodcast

What I do want to say is that while my coaching prices and tech editing rates are not for everyone, it is an investment into your business if you’re serious about growth. But I totally understand and that’s why I do offer other options like my books which are affordable as well as FREE blog and IG posts. 

So how can I help you? Is it the price that’s holding you back? πŸ‘‡πŸΎLeave a comment below and let me knowπŸ‘‡πŸΎ

Thursday, May 9, 2019


Can you believe we're almost halfway through May? It feels like it was January just yesterday!

How is your Thursday going? How is your Q2 going?

Are you achieving what you set out to achieve back in January?

Are you getting those design samples complete? Are you pitching your tech editing services to publications?


What are you waiting for? Tomorrow? Well, you said that yesterday.


I know you’re afraid to put yourself out there and make that ask, but feel the fear and do it anyway! On IG I posted a photo of my magnolia tree dropping its blooms (you can see the post with the photo here>>> https://www.instagram.com/p/BxK9wfGpTdU/). Just like we know that this magnolia will bloom again next year, I know you can do it.

You got this!
Also, let’s celebrate our wins. I love hearing from you. Hit reply and share what are you excited about? What’s one win you can share with us? Let us support you and help you celebrate.

Talk to you soon.

- Tian

P.S. I know you want to make those January goals a reality. I'd love to help you reach those goals. 
You know I coach and mentor designers just like you, right? If you are an 1) aspiring designers wanting to get published in their favorite magazine or 2) experienced designer wanting to sell more patterns, let's get on the phone to chat. 
Book a FREE 15-minute Discovery Call Session to see how we can work together to achieve your goals. 
You got this!

Thursday, March 21, 2019

And then something inevitably goes wrong

What does this (F+W Media bankruptcy filing) mean for the little people like designers and tech editors (...and of course everyone who works there, but I am speaking from my own perspective, my own experience as a contract worker for F+W)?

It is not clear how this will affect us. But I’ve already reached out to check in on the status of payments coming due soon for projects I’ve worked on (I still haven’t received a definitive answer, but we’ll see)πŸ‘€πŸ€žπŸΎ

So just months ago we got word that Twist Collective had closed down. Now we’re seeing this instability with F+W Media. Where does that leave us, contractors? 🀷🏾‍♀️

πŸ‘©πŸΎ‍πŸ’»I’ve always run my design and tech editing business like a BUSINESS with the mentality that things can go pear-shaped quickly and at any time without warning. While we can’t predict these things, we need to keep a steady hand when we think about our businesses.

What does that mean? Well, it means not putting all your eggs in one basket. Maybe you only self-publish on Ravelry or you design for only one publisher like Interweave Knits.

The problem with this, only having one revenue stream is that you’re leaving your business vulnerable😩

πŸ’₯The answer to combat these industry uncertainties is to DIVERSIFY your portfolio, that way if one source of revenue shut down like in the case here, you have other areas to fall back to. Right now I have EIGHT sources of revenues from courses, to one-on-one coaching, to designing, to tech editing. What do all these revenue sources mean? Well, if one area should fail, I have others to fall back on to make up the revenue deficit. I really think you should consider doing in your business. If you self-publish, look into publishing with magazines. If you self-publish on Ravelry, look at other sites besides just Ravelry, like Etsy and Craftsy. Of course, it can be overwhelming to think of doing all at once, thinking of promoting your work on all these different platforms, but that's the thing... you don't do it all at once. You strategically grow each arm of your business, one at a time and I can show you how.

• So, have these recent events influenced how you run your design business?
• Have you made any changes?
• Do you plan to make any changes to how you go about business, and if so, how?
If you just don't know, have no clue what to do, I'd like to hear that as well.

P.S. Psst. I know you can tell me anything, right? I want to hear your insight into this conversation.
've been stuck in this same space where a project ended and I didn't have a way to continue and had to start from scratch to get more projects. So, I've totally been there and understand how difficult it is to land that first project, for something to go wrong, it ends and not having a backup plan.
So, i
f you're struggling. If you would like some help diversifying your portfolio, I have slots available for my One-on-One 1-hr Strategy Session. It's risk-free because you will first book a FREE 15-minutes Discovery Call here. In this initial call, we will figure out what you need help with, discuss some options of how I can help you, and pretty much figure out if we're a good fit to work together. So, hop on a call and let's chat.

Talk to you soon.

- Tian

P.P.S. Your pattern deserves to be treated special. I'd love to help you with your next design.
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