by Virginia Vivier. (Sunny Tucson, Arizona USA) When I lost my job in 2009, I purchased a variety of Rena's "How to" books about selling jewelry online, making photos of your work, and working Art Festivals. I followed her advice and it kick-started the most rewarding, happy time of my life. I will never again, have to work for a big corporation! I make jewelry … [Read more...] about Rena’s Advice Continues to Help My Sales!
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by Jennifer Holt. I don’t have any friends or know anyone where I live. How do I get the word out? Any more advice for someone whose never had a business and doesn’t have any idea how to sell this stuff. Plus our personal safety equipment, personal surveillance, etc. I LOVE all these blogs. thank you for taking the time to do them. :) Jennifer … [Read more...] about How Do I Get Started Selling When It’s Just Me?
by Jennifer. What types of jewelry do you recommend for me as a beginner to making jewelry to start with, plus that it could sell too later on. I have started out making friendship bracelets, macrame knots, ribbon with glass pearl bracelets to now making memory wire bracelets. I have to work within a monthly budget to be able to purchase the pieces I need. What do … [Read more...] about Just Starting Out
by Olga Kochergina. (United States) I have recently opened a jewelry shop on Etsy, mostly selling wire wrapped earrings made from sterling silver and semi-precious gemstones. I was filling out various license applications to prepare for a gem show (so I could purchase supplies wholesale) and one of the licenses my state, Maryland, offers is a Secondhand Precious Metal … [Read more...] about Licensing Question
by Lynn Decker. (USA) My partner and I make jewelry and we are considering setting up a partnership to sell jewelry on line, consignment and craft shows. Do we need liability insurance? My partner's concern is that she owns a home which she feels can be attached if someone decides that they contracted some horrific disease from one of our products-an exaggeration to … [Read more...] about Do We Need Liability Insurance?
by Lynn Decker. (McHenry, Illinois USA) My sister and I are very crafty and enjoy making jewelry. But we and our family members are inundated with our wares. We would like to start selling on consignment or wholesale to local boutiques and selling at art fairs. Basically we are looking to make money to support our habit (and maybe a little more!). Do we need to start … [Read more...] about Should We Start A Business?
Easy but Important Legal and Financial Steps for Setting Up Your Successful Home Jewelry Business by Rena Klingenberg. It's easy to start a jewelry business. Taking care of a few legal and financial steps is an important part of getting set up. Here's what you need to know about choosing and registering your jewelry business name, obtaining your business license and … [Read more...] about Start a Jewelry Business
by Cheryl Carlson. Hi, Never done this type of thing before so please bear with me. I am starting my own business online and getting very nervous reading some of the stories here and elsewhere about people who can't get their business to take off. Bought Rena's book on selling online and anxious to read that. I am not computer savvy at all. I thought I had researched … [Read more...] about Not Sure Where to Go from Here
by Mary Jane Newlon. (Durant, Oklahoma, USA) I want to begin by saying that I have tried everything from balloons to making ribbon flowers. Nothing ever worked because I jumped right in thinking that I will make a fortune. "People will be knocking down my door to buy from me." That was a joke. I bought all kinds of supplies, never thinking it would not sell. The last … [Read more...] about “It Will Never Happen”
by Mendy Ouzillou. Choosing my jewelry business name was very likely the most demanding of all the challenging tasks I have had to engage in. I obsessed, I lost sleep, I got mad and I got frustrated, but in the end the name I created was a winner. These tips won't make the task any easier, but at least they will guide you through the process of picking a jewelry business … [Read more...] about Choosing a Jewelry Business Name
3 easy steps to perfect color by Carrie Johnson. Color is everywhere, in your clothes, in your jewelry. Color is life. Fashion and color coordination can make or break your carefuly planned outfit. Here's a bit of color theory with a fashionista bent. Primary colors are red, blue and yellow: In theory, you can make any color from these three primaries (except … [Read more...] about Jewelry Color Theory for Fashionistas
by Julia. (Cairo, Egypt) I am from Tucson, Arizona, but live between Cairo, Egypt and India with my husband. I use natural materials from both countries to create my jewelery. I have sold it for years to friends and friends of friends at parties. Now I want to sell it to galleries, and boutiques back in Tucson, Arizona - but I am nervous about the failure factor … [Read more...] about I Love Making Jewelry, But Just Nervous to Start a Business