by Heather. I started making jewelry a couple years ago, just for the creative outlet. I inherited a bit of money that enabled me to get started with some supplies, but I quickly realized that my teaching salary was not going to keep up with all that I wanted to create, so I've sold some pieces to friends. I created a webpage for sales via Handmade Artists, but I'd really … [Read more...] about When Does My Hobby Become A Business?
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Home jewelry business management tips for the legal, financial and logistical aspects of your business.
by Dee Gordon. I'm a true believer in that when you give, it comes back to you in some form or fashion. That's why when I was able to relaunch my new business and website back in August, I wanted to make it a point to design one or two jewelry pieces that would allow me to donate to particular causes that I was passionate about. If you haven't made that decision yet to … [Read more...] about Jewelry Designs that Change Lives
My jewelry business is at the point of needing to hire contract labor. What is the going rate, and how is it usually paid (by the piece or per hour)? Answer: Hiring Jewelry Employees by Rena Klingenberg. When it comes to hiring help for your jewelry business, the going rate would really depend on the tasks that you're expecting employees to do for you. For example, … [Read more...] about Hiring Help for My Jewelry Business
by Anonymous Jewelry Artist. I've wanted to set up a website for a long time to sell my jewelry. I'm not looking for a web empire, really, but I'd like to be able to pay for my supplies. So I have two questions: 1. When do you know you are good enough to sell your jewelry? 2. If my designs are mostly in silver nickel should I invest in sterling silver wire/findings … [Read more...] about How Do You Know You’re Ready to Sell Your Jewelry Online?
by Sarah. (Massachusetts, USA) Hi Everybody! I don't know about all of you, but I am having trouble selling my sterling silver jewelry in this economy. Things definitely have slowed down since after the holidays. I Googled sterling silver last night to get an idea as to its current cost and it is selling for $46.61 an ounce. Ouch! I am really reluctant to use … [Read more...] about Is Anyone Selling Sterling Silver Jewelry?
by Ryan Cheng. Fraudulent jewelry orders online can happen to anyone. If you're selling your work on the Internet, it's important to know what to watch out for. Most fraud occurs during payment - in the form of bounced checks, stolen credit cards, or forged cashier's checks. For online jewelry sales, similar payment fraud happens more easily and frequently because … [Read more...] about Fraudulent Jewelry Orders Online
by Linda Guzik. The terms "consumerism" and "green" often don't go hand in hand, so what's an Eco-girl like me to do when she actively engages in a business that promotes consumption? I have spent many a night pondering this very thought. Treading lightly on this planet is extremely important to me. I preach to my kids and friends and practically anyone who will … [Read more...] about Eco-Friendly Jewelry Making: What’s A Green Girl To Do?
by Caron Lambert. (Syracuse, New York, USA) Hi everyone. I am in the process of taking my jewelry and accessory business to the next level and setting up a web page. I am curious to know what you all think about offering gift boxes with purchases. Should they be included in the price of the item or should I charge for them? Should they be listed as an option in case … [Read more...] about Gift Wrap or Gift Box? Shipping Charges?
by Kelli B. My main problem with getting anywhere in my jewelry biz is that I just don't have time. I work 30 hours a week in an office job, have 2 kids who are each in 2 activities, and a hubby who travels a lot for his job. So by the time I'm home from work and everyone's been taken care of, and their activities are done for the day - there's still laundry, grocery … [Read more...] about Hard to Balance Jewelry Business with a Job and Family Life
by Janine. (Massachusetts, USA) I did a home jewelry party a few weeks ago and it was a great success but my fears have come true, 3 items have been returned due to wire or clasp breaking. I make sure my crimps are strong, spend good $$ on clasps and wire, I am wondering if this is normal?? I sold about 40 items. Most returns were breakage by jump rings or wire. I use … [Read more...] about Help With Jewelry Party Returns Due to Breakage!
by Em's Gems. (USA) I recently found out that if you accept credit cards for your business, you can request a fee review once a year. Call the merchant processing company. In my case, it was First Data Corp. I was able to get the fees charged for accepting Visa and Mastercard lowered from 5.32% to 3.59% per transaction. Em Em's Gems Comments: Great … [Read more...] about Credit Card Fees for Your Jewelry Business
What do you do when your jewelry designs are copied? by Rena Klingenberg. Copycats and "knockoff artists" are the bane of jewelry artists' existence. When we've poured our creativity and effort into a unique, original design and then discover that someone else has not only copied our design but is trying to sell their copies of it - we feel doubly ripped off and … [Read more...] about Dealing with Copycats