by Donna Jadis. (Antioch, CA) This past weekend was about the WORST show I've had since I started my business, more than 10 years ago. I've watched the same show decrease in gross sales for me every year that I've done it (about 5 years, now, I think.) This year was half of last year's gross and a mere pittance towards my costs for going there. How do I figure … [Read more...] about How Do I Know if It’s Time to Quit?
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by Andrea. (Kalamazoo, Mi) Hi all, Thanks for all the advice, insight, stories, highs and woes. Hearing from and about all of you really makes me feel less alone. That probably set off some alarm bells and pangs of recognition from some of you, so I will share that I have debilitating anxiety, depression, and chronic illness. I am also a recovering alcoholic, … [Read more...] about How to Go from Mish-Mash Making, to More Cohesive Jewelry?
by Barbara Jacquin. (South of France) Often a good client will "teasingly" ask me not to make another piece like hers. My pieces are all one of a kind but I'd like to reproduce a similar piece with the same winning stones that I have. I'm in a small town and the clients could easily see them. I can't let myself be limited in this way but how to handle this … [Read more...] about Diplomatic Way to Keep Clients Happy in a Small Town?
by Autumn Boutcher. (North Carolina) My jewelry storage trays are nearly full. When I do a yearly show, I only sell a few items - so a good number of my pieces are from the first year or two of being in business. They aren't worn down, poorly designed or anything else - they're just older items. How do you recommend reducing inventory? Right now I'm solely online, … [Read more...] about How Do You Reduce Inventory?
by Karen Craig. (Williamsburg, Virginia USA) Without taking a loan to cover beginning salary (I am still working full time), how and when do you pay yourself? I have read it can be after a show. If so, how much do you know to take out? What about selling online? Karen Craig … [Read more...] about Jewelry Making Salary: how and when do you pay yourself?
by Coral. (Isle of Arran, Scotland) I've been making and selling my jewellery for a few years now, mostly at craft markets. I sell my one off original designs using some base metal components, and also sterling silver, with a mixture of glass and semi-precious stones - not normally all in the one piece I have to add! I'm about to set up a website and I'm wondering … [Read more...] about Should I Consider Having Small Business Liability Insurance?
by Kristina. (Commerce Township, Michigan) My sister and I are finally getting started with our art business (she paints, I'm the jewelry maker). We have our Etsy account up, though I have yet to post any listings. We will also be doing our very first show in November and have been making inventory towards that. However, what I would like to know is, should I list the … [Read more...] about Jewelry Booth Inventory vs. Online Inventory
by Melissa Arnold. (Ontario, Canada) Hello fellow Artisans, I know we've all hit road bumps as Artists and Designers and sometimes we burn out, take a few days or a week from our art and then get back into it. This time it's different though, and I don't know what to do. I know I love my work, and I loved making jewelry. I LOVED doing craft shows. Almost … [Read more...] about How to Regain Your Drive for Your Craft After a Loss?
Jewelry and Coffee with Rena by Rena Klingenberg. Do you feel like you're spinning your wheels and not getting anywhere with your jewelry business? Here's a solution that may help you: Transcript of This Video How can you make progress in your jewelry business when there are so many things you want to create and do? This is a real challenge for creative … [Read more...] about A Simple Way to Make Progress in Your Jewelry Business (Video)
by Ramya. I started on my wire journey a year ago at this very blog! I have been fortunate to get a few orders this year. After seeing a herringbone bead bracelet I made, a customer asked for it to be made into a watchband, to which I agreed without seeing the watch face. After seeing the face which is heart shaped I feel it wouldn't go with the watch band she asked … [Read more...] about I Don’t Think This Will Work: How do I tell my customer?
by Mary Wong. (San Gabriel, California USA) It started off with a simple request from a friend for a pair of Halloween earrings (not my unusual type of work). She also had a tiny pair of spider stud earrings that I thought I could incorporate into a design; so I thought, "OK, maybe something simple with a pumpkin and some cobweb and the spider." Since I had no supplies … [Read more...] about Runaway Costs for Custom Made
Jewelry and Coffee with Rena Video Episode 27 by Rena Klingenberg. Something to think about when considering jewelry business names: Transcript of This Video: Today you may have noticed that I've perfectly matched my coffee cup with my clothes and jewelry. :) But what I actually came here to talk about is this interesting question from a jewelry … [Read more...] about Jewelry Business Names (Video)