by Lisa Winters-Baldwin. (Phoenix, Arizona) I was so excited to read the posting in your last newsletter called There's a Big Audience for Jewelry with Easy Open Clasps because I have recently started giving customers options for easy to open clasps in my own Etsy shop. That posting taught me to use the toggle closures as well as others. Currently, my ideal … [Read more...] about How to Promote My Jewelry with Easy to Open Closures?
Jewelry business tips and ideas.
by Tina Murphy. (Kennewick, WA) I fell in Love with the New Purple Labradorite the moment I saw it! A relatively new discovery from Madagascar. Radiant colors of purples, Raspberry and orange are common! This piece is wrapped in Argentium Silver with a long Ethiopian Welo Opal and Amethyst necklace. Capturing the flash of a Labradorite can be tricky but I'm … [Read more...] about Purple Labradorite Necklace
by Mckenzie Hartwell. (New Hampshire) Hi, my name is Mckenzie. I am a new artist who originally started jewelry making for a class project and grew a passion for it. At the age of 17, it is very hard for me to enter my work into any online sites for selling. So currently I am attending craft fairs and such. This past weekend I attended a fair and was … [Read more...] about 17 Years Old and Starting My New Jewelry Business!
by Joan. I had a ring stolen by a stout short man last Saturday. I saw his hand come out of his pocket, and one of my friends saw him take the ring. I went over to him, he couldn’t talk English very well, but he knew he was caught. I am very trusting with my display and didn’t know what to do. I was speechless. He slipped away and because the ring was only a … [Read more...] about Ring Stolen from My Booth – What Should I Have Done?
by Dan Santersero. (Pueblo, CO) Hey everyone! I made a post here some time ago - Help - Starting a Jewelry Business Right Out of High School. I thought I'd share what I've been doing and improved on. I'm still more or less fresh out of high school, and I still don't have a job. So I've mostly been keeping to myself, getting new materials and tools, … [Read more...] about I’m Improving, But I Still Have Questions
by Jane Petersen. (Madison, WI) Has anyone ever used the Jewelry Designer Manager or other software for tracking supplies and sales? I use an Excel program, but it has its limitations plus I have no record of what finished product I've sold. This program, from what I've discerned from their website, uses photos. Is it easy to load photos, mark them sold, … [Read more...] about Jewelry Accounting
by Elise. With jewelry making, how do you keep track of the cost of goods sold (COGS)? You need to subtract this cost at the end of the year from your sales in order to get your actual net profit. I understand what costs to include in the calculation. What I don't understand is how to keep track of COGS without entering each item as an inventory item into a … [Read more...] about How to Keep Track of the Cost of Goods Sold?
by Clare Blessinger. (New York) I've been reading this blog forever and now I am ready to come out of the closet as a jewelry maker and try selling my pieces. I value your opinion greatly and the ladies that write on this Journal. So here it is, I want to try selling my pieces online first maybe with Etsy or Artfire . What is your opinion of these sites and … [Read more...] about Selling Online – Etsy or Artfire?
by Judy Pagnusat. (Northern California, United States) I always wear at least one piece of my jewelry and encourage my friends who make jewelry to do the same. The unusual thing that happened to me was that on a trip this year to a very small island on the north end of the British Isles, Orkney, our tour guide admired the necklace I had on. She loved it so … [Read more...] about Getting Publicity by Wearing My Jewelry
by Annie. (NY) My daughter's friend is a recent high school graduate and a wonderful artist. I've asked her for a quick sketch of an idea for a logo I have and liked it and would like to work with her on creating a logo for my business (nothing too fancy but I liked her interpretation of what I was thinking). She is thinking of doing something in college with her … [Read more...] about Fair Fee for Jewelry Business Logo Creation by High School Student?
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?
by Colleen. (Webster, NY) This is what came from part boredom and a need to clean out. Some of these wooden beads came from a friend's son and some were a sale buy. Add to that, stone beads that were laying around - and taa da! Now to see if they will sell. Any ideas if I should sell as a complete set or better to sell separately or maybe give the … [Read more...] about Wooden & Stone Bead Jewelry – Sell Separately or as a Set?