by Susan. (United States) I have had some success with online sales of my jewelry, but it got to be a hassle and not much fun for me. I am a people person, and love interacting with my customers. I tried displaying my work in a cute little shop and did really well there but the owner was not disciplined and eventually closed the shop. I tried another consignment shop … [Read more...] about Should Jewelry Repair Be Something I Offer?
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by Jackie Davidson. When you are doing a jewelry home party (or any show, for that matter), do you wear pieces from your inventory? Or do you wear from your personal pieces of your own work? What if someone wants to buy what you are wearing? How do you handle it; for example, how do you quote a price for something that seemingly is a piece you made for … [Read more...] about Selling Jewelry Pieces You’re Wearing: What’s “Best Practice”?
Learning from others can help your jewelry business by Jean Forman. When I started my seaglass and wire crochet jewelry business (Lucky Sea GlassTM ), I enjoyed beachcombing for the seaglass alone or with my husband and creating the lovely jewelry by myself. It was, and still is, fun and exciting for me to be independent and free to create whatever I want. But, … [Read more...] about Networking with People in Your Niche
by Maria Hansford. Always keep your eyes open to new opportunities. Always take with you your business cards! I made a point of always having a bunch of my business cards with me, wherever I go. This year for Valentine's Day I went for a dinner and a musical show with my husband. During the break I noticed that the Centre hosting the event had a showcase with … [Read more...] about New Opportunities for Selling Handmade Jewelry
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
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