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
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by Ann Nolen. (Santa Rosa, California, USA) I have been making and selling wire-wrap jewelry part-time for about 4 years, with moderate success. Fortunately I have a full time day job that pays well, so selling my jewelry was mostly for my fun and pleasure. Unfortunately, that also removed any sense of urgency on being successful. Then I stumbled across Rena's … [Read more...] about Combining My Passions for Unique Jewelry
by L. (Wisconsin USA) I sat down earlier this week and made a list for myself. Now I see an opportunity here to share it with others: 1.) Procrastination - why? I want all my "ducks have to be in a row" before I do something. I want everything to be "perfect". 2.) I spend too much time on the business end, which I also enjoy, and not enough on actual … [Read more...] about Made A List – Here it is: What’s Holding You Back?
by Katha. (Tulsa, Oklahoma USA) I was at my friend's house and saw all of her handmade jewelry lined up on her pool table. At that very moment my creative juices started flowing and I wanted to try my hand at this wonderful art. I began creating jewelry Fall of 2009. I mainly sold to family and friends but have recently started selling on Etsy. I have never sold at a … [Read more...] about My First Show
by Nina Cooper. Have you successfully turned your jewelry hobby into a part-time business? Are your clients thrilled with your work and clamoring for more? Do you secretly suspect there is a vast untapped market for your jewelry if you just had a little more time to pursue the leads that keep falling into your lap? If so, you are probably asking yourself the ultimate … [Read more...] about Is it Time to Quit Your Day Job for Your Jewelry Business?
by Polly Hendrickson. (To Charm You: Eclectic, Artisan Jewelry Designs) Having Trouble Setting Goals for Your Jewelry Business? Try a Vision (Story) Board! Several months ago, I wrote an article about having a hard time getting started in my jewelry business, mainly because of fears, concerns and worries that were stopping me. One thing that has really helped me to … [Read more...] about Setting Your Jewelry Business Goals – Create a Vision Board!
by Nicole Williams. (Perth, Western Australia) I don't know what it is about beads. All I know is it didn't take me long to discover the joy and overwhelming 'addiction' to beading. I eat, drink and sleep beads (not literally) - especially Swarovski crystals and quality gemstones. I know the joy it brings to design and wear items that people make comments on, and want for … [Read more...] about Starting a Jewellery Business with Encouragement from Friends
by Nickesha Richardson. (Trinidad) Here is my story...for a long time I have had a love for jewelry making. I have never bought a book or a taken a class, I just have a knack for it. I am from Jamaica but then I moved to Trinidad and am seeing materials that are so much different than what I am used to, however I love it though. What is stopping me is that although I have … [Read more...] about Trying to Get My Business Up and Running
by Carolyn. (Pennsylvania, USA) I cant do it. I keep trying, and i have a plan, but I don't know where to start. My earrings are $4/5 and I haven't sold a single pair! Maybe I should give up... Its not worth the time and effort. Carolyn Comments: Are you on Etsy by: Leigh Have you considered opening up an Etsy store or promoting them some other way? A Big If by: Rita … [Read more...] about Unfortunate Me…
by Rups. (San Francisco, California USA) Hello: My name is Rups and a novice in jewelry making. I visited one small animal museum today and I asked that lady whether I can display and sell my handmade jewelry in that museum. The museum lady said that they are always looking for local artist and I can talk to her manager who will be available next week. Meantime I … [Read more...] about Do I Need A Business License to Sell My Jewelry?
by Debbie. (Kansas City, Missouri USA) I know who my jewelry demographic is so here are my questions I need help to take the next step: Where do I find information on how to market to them? Where do I find out information on what they like? How do I find information on where the best place is to sell to them? Any information would be greatly appreciated. … [Read more...] about Demographic Due Diligence: Need Help with My Target Audience
by Pascha Lee. (Texas, USA) Hello, everyone on JMJ! Just wanted to first say you all are truly beautiful. I have been following everyone on here for a while now and you all are awesome. Do you have have any advice for myself in starting my earring jewelry business? I've finally decided to sell my earrings. For a long time I was afraid because I didn't want to part … [Read more...] about Starting My Earring Jewelry Business!