by Patricia. (New Haven, Connecticut USA) Instinctively, we want to find The One obstacle but reality is more complicated than that. Take an extremely talented individual, add her lack of self-confidence, plus her lack of successful role models, throw in some devastating life experiences and already the recipe for success seems almost unattainable. But what I do have … [Read more...] about Nothing to Fear But Fear Itself
Jewelry Business Tips
by Rena Klingenberg. Are you a teenage jewelry artist? Young jewelry artists who want to sell their work have some unique advantages over their older counterparts. And there are lots of ways young jewelers can find profitable market niches. Selling Jewelry to Other Teenagers As a teenager, you are in close contact with the most fashion-conscious market segment of all - … [Read more...] about Success Tips for a Teenage Jewelry Artist
how to give the type of customer care you like to receive by Aileen Wong. We all want to be a valued customer - someone who is important enough to be listened to and respected. It feels good when your input is not only heard, but appreciated. Most of my life, I've been the customer. It was only recently, when I started selling my jewelry online, that I began to … [Read more...] about Jewelry Business Customer Service
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
Finding New Market Niches by Carolina Gonzalez. New batch of polymer clay jewelry made for the customers of the Tea Bar where I make my Tarot readings. The bar has become a place of reference for many teenage (and not so teenage) goths and metal fans - and that's a market niche that I personally love. As a jewelry maker, my favourite part of work is making huge OOAK … [Read more...] about Assembly Line Jewelry for Teenagers
by Rita Juhlin. If I had one wish . . . I would wish that the Buying Public would understand what fabulous jewelry our home based jewelers are creating. Each piece, one at a time with heart and soul combined as the piece comes from a thought then formed, molded, twisted and polished. No matter what the general news report, the fact is that overall sales are slow … [Read more...] about Home Based Jewelers – What Worked for You?
by Barb Everett. (Pennsylvania, USA) Good Morning, First of all, thank you so much for responding to my previous post. It really helped me in locating other places to purchase much needed beads and beading supplies. Here is my last "stumbling block" : ) I am including some photos of a few of my favorite pieces. I need your honest feedback. Does this look … [Read more...] about Honest Opinions are Needed
by Janine Gerade and Rena Klingenberg. Internet scam artists are targeting handmade sellers and other small businesses - and here's one way it can happen. Jewelry artist Janine Gerade received an email from someone who seemed to be a potential customer. The message said, Hello, My Name is Lawrence Peels I am a Clayer by profession located in Coventry UK.regarding … [Read more...] about Internet Scam Artists Ordering Handmade Items – Beware
by Cindy Devine. It's a question I continue to ask myself on my exploration of this jewelry design business. A good place to start would be right in your own jewelry box. What Jewelry Do You Wear? What do you own? What jewelry do you find yourself always grabbing for, as a favorite piece that you seem to wear often? Is it your signature piece? What are you … [Read more...] about Finding Your Niche: What’s Your “Signature” Jewelry Style?
by Klew (Karen Lewis). Help customers understand the work that goes into your products I began with jewelry parties with friends. Since I have a unique product and somewhat mysterious I introduced myself and jewelry with a 30 minute demo so customers would understand the work that goes into the product. Have a dynamic, accessible display Making my displays at … [Read more...] about Five Tips for Being a Jewelry Artist Who Sells More
by Alexis Garrett. Fraud prevention requires constant vigilance, especially for jewelers dealing with precious metals and stones. I was recently a victim of fraud, and I want to warn other jewelry business owners to be cautious, because unfortunately there is very little fraud protection for you. My fraudulent transaction began when I received an order through my website … [Read more...] about Fraud Prevention: Your Best Fraud Protection Measure is Awareness
by Chelsea Clarey. When your friends and family members are asking you for free jewelry, and you can't refuse without causing hurt feelings and potential family drama - what can you do to minimize the dent in your profits? Family will often see your art as something they can ask for and receive, and rarely understand that they're causing headaches for a real … [Read more...] about Handling Requests for Free Jewelry