by Rena Klingenberg. Can turning down jewelry orders actually be a good thing for your business? When I first started selling my handmade jewelry, I never turned anyone down. I wanted to build my jewelry business, and I didn't have much of an established customer base. So unless the project involved skills or tools I didn't have (and couldn't acquire quickly), I … [Read more...] about Turning Down Jewelry Orders That Aren’t Right for You
Jewelry business tips and ideas.
Elizabeth of Stones in Harmony wrote to tell me about a jewelry business success day she had: First, she did a jewelry trunk show at a financial services office, where she made some great sales from just five customers. While she was there, the necklace Elizabeth was wearing caught the eye of a top-level financial planner. This executive fell in love with the necklace … [Read more...] about Elizabeth, the Executive, and the Cable Guy: A Jewelry Business Success Story
by Rena Klingenberg. A privately owned high end beauty salon can be a great place to sell some of your handcrafted jewelry. The clientele are usually females who spend money on themselves and if you have a tasteful and beautiful display of your jewelry in the store that they can look at while they wait, the chances are they will either purchase something or take your … [Read more...] about How to Sell Jewelry in Beauty Salons
by Rena Klingenberg. When your jewelry business is at the point of needing to hire contract labor, you have some decisions to make. How Much Will It Cost to Hire Jewelry-Making Workers? First, how much will it cost - what is the going rate, and how is it usually paid (by the piece or per hour)? When it comes to hiring help for your jewelry business, the going … [Read more...] about Is Your Jewelry Business Ready for Hired Help?
by Michelle. A boutique owner has been selling a small amount of my jewelry from her shop. She takes nothing from these sales. Now she is going to have a four day premiere of my jewelry at her shop. I want her to get a fair percentage from these sales. What would be considered a fair share? Thank you. Michelle … [Read more...] about Selling Jewelry Through a Boutique – How to Compensate the Owner?
by Rena Klingenberg.
When I first moved to a small town where I used to live, I asked one of my new friends if there was a health food store in that area.
My new friend, who was born and raised there, answered,
"There is a health food store - but the lady who owned it died. Is that not bad advertising?"
Although I was sorry the owner had passed away, something … [Read more...] about “Is That Not Bad Advertising?”
by Rena Klingenberg. Here's one example of how complication can creep into a part of your business that used to be simple: Many one-person businesses offer their customers eight or more different ways to get in touch with them for customer care and support. For example: email (actually the average person has 3 different email accounts - and some folks have … [Read more...] about Unclutter Your Jewelry Business Communications
by Rena Klingenberg. Do you sometimes look at the next level of making or selling jewelry - and wonder if you're ready to take that step? One thing I can tell you about "being ready" is that we often don't feel like we're ready for our next step. Moving up to the next level of jewelry shows, pricing, clientele, materials, etc. can feel totally outside of your comfort … [Read more...] about Are You Ready to Take Your Jewelry Business to the Next Level?
by Pinakee. I've been following you for a few years now. For pricing my products I follow the formula that you've given. Does this apply to any minimum cost? Because recently I made a chainmaille necklace with gold filled jump rings and pearls. The cost of material was close £150.... Multiplying that with 4 and adding even the minimum wage per hour gets … [Read more...] about Pricing of Jewelry Made with Expensive Components?
by Cassalona Wilkin. (Florida's Forgotten Coast) I am considering selling my coastal theme jewelry business. I have 20+ wholesale customers who purchase my handcrafted recycled sea glass jewelry for their shops. I have no idea how to begin determining the value of my business. I am wondering if there is a set method one I use or if anyone has … [Read more...] about How to Determine the Value of a Handmade Jewelry Business if You Want to Sell It?
by Brie. I have been making jewelry for a long time, and I've been trying to get it out there, and create a business. But, unfortunately, people I know don't take me seriously, (in part, probably because I'm only 19). This has been a dream of mine since I was 7. I make jewelry because I love to make it; and people (outside of my close friends) tell me how much … [Read more...] about How to Handle Abusive “Friends” and Customers Who Want Free Jewelry?
by Rena Klingenberg. After looking at your costs and profits, you may realize it’s time to raise your jewelry prices. But are you concerned that increasing your prices will make you lose customers? Don’t worry. In my experience, most people understand that price increases are inevitable. They know that the costs of your materials and expenses are increasing … [Read more...] about How to Raise Your Jewelry Prices Gracefully