The Courage to Try New Opportunities in Your Jewelry Business (Video)

Jewelry and Coffee with Rena

by Rena Klingenberg.

It can be hard to make yourself step out and take advantage of a new opportunity. Here’s a mindset that can help you do it easily:

Transcript of This Video:

One of the best ways to advance in your jewelry business is to experiment with new opportunities.

Often that can lead to big leaps in your progress.

However, it can be difficult to step out and take advantage of a new opportunity.

On one hand, we’re thrilled about the idea of being successful with this opportunity.

But on the other hand, the thought of failing with it can be kind of daunting.

Because nobody wants to feel like they’ve failed.

So instead of thinking of it as success vs. failure when you try something new, look at it as something that turns out to be a good fit for you, or not a good fit for you.

It’s just like when you go shopping for clothing and you pick out some clothes and take them into the fitting room to try them on.

Some of the clothes are a good fit for you, and some are not a good fit for you.

But you don’t know which are going to be which until you try them on.

So I’d like for you to use that perspective when you try out something new for your jewelry business.

Part of your job as an entrepreneur is to try on opportunities so you can find the things that are a good fit for you.

You’ll be the happiest in your jewelry business, and things will work the best, if you’re constantly finding the things that are a good fit for you and eliminating the things that aren’t a good fit.

For example:

Some customers are a good fit for you, and others aren’t

Some shops are a good fit for your jewelry, and others aren’t.

Some ways of selling your jewelry online may be a good fit for you and others aren’t.

And when you try something and it doesn’t work out – think about whether you could make adjustments that would make it a better fit for you.

If not, then there was no failure involved. It just wasn’t a good fit for you.

I’d love to hear your experiences with trying new things for your jewelry business that were either a good fit or not a good fit for you.

Thanks for stopping in today – I’ll see you soon!

The Jewelry Rena’s Wearing
in This Video:

Spiral and Shell Jewelry by Rena Klingenberg

Earrings: From my Zen Spiral Earrings tutorial – except that I’m wearing ones made from 14k gf wire.

Necklace: Seashell pendant with handmade wire bail, Czech glass and seed bead strand, and pretty crimp bead covers from my tutorial.

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Comments

  1. What a great way to look at things. This is very helpful, and I think I needed this attitude adjustment !

  2. Good topic for the new year! I’ve tried twice to place my jewelry in local shops: both in florist shops. Neither worked well; perhaps it’s the economy or the small town locations. It was a learning experience in display and dealing with other business people. I also tried shipping jewelry to a cousin in Ottawa, who placed it in an upper class hair salon and dealt with the owner for me. Doing it at such a long distance was very awkward and expensive for me, considering the cost of shipping to Canada from the US. I’d like to try again, but I’m not sure yet of where I would fit best.

  3. Thanks for a new perspective on looking not just at business relations but at life. I don’t stop shopping for clothes just because some things I try on don’t fit! It is that black and white thinking that gets me in trouble every time.

  4. Rena, this is such positive advice. About a month ago, one of the shops carrying my jewelry decided to go with less expensive jewelry. I took my four or five items back feeling a little down. Well, within the month, I sold two of the pieces that had been sitting in the shop for a year. Plus, I didn’t have to pay a commission!

  5. I would like to thank you, Rena, for providing transcripts for your videos. My internet restricts my bandwidth and, since I work from home using the internet and have 2 sons living with me, it would be very easy to go over the limit. Being able to read the transcript is a wonderful alternative. Thank you.

  6. Hi Rena,
    Thanks for this great advice. I get myself overwhelmed with all the opportunities out there to try for my business. I spend way to much time worrying about if something will be successful. I am learning to try the new things. The hard part is when they don’t work out, I feel like I wasted my time and energy. However, I am realizing more and more that I did not waste anything. I learned from my experience to be able to move in the direction that is suited to me.

  7. I have been making jewelry since 2004, not selling lots but developing my craft. I love this site because it gives me so much to think about and learn. I am unable to do craft fairs because of the intensity of time involved since I have Chronic Fatigue/Fibromyalgia. However, I started teaching a beginning jewelry class at our local craft store once a week in the evening for about 1-1/2 years now. I don’t always have students but love the interaction with the store employees and customers each week. I sit at a table and work on my jewelry, share my craft with others, and it brings great joy to my life. I was taking a watercolor class and I thought, I could teach jewelry classes since I love teaching, and my teacher encouraged me to explore when I could do this. I was in the local craft store one day and others were asking my advice while in the jewelry aisle. I thought, why should I give free advice to customers when I could get paid to teach them. I went to the store manager and asked if I could make an appointment to talk to her about teaching classes. That bold decision that day came to fruition of being the only one in my small town teaching jewelry classes out of several bead stores around. I LOVE it, just wish I had more students. However, the experience has been really good for me, getting my feet wet slowly so to speak.

  8. I am truly a believer of “nothing ventured, nothing gained” and will try almost anything. If it doesn’t turn out the way I would have liked, I still learn something from it and that’s good enough. Sometimes I’ll even go back and try again after a break. How could you grow as an artist of any kind without venturing into unfamiliar areas? Failing is a perspective. My Taiko (Japanese drumming) sensei used to say “you’re not doing it wrong, you’re improvising”.

  9. I love this site! This is perfect read for the beginning of the new year of being in the jewelry business. We have been making jewelry as a business since 2009 and have yet to make our business as profitable as we think it can be. We, my daughter and I try to make different and new pieces each year and have learned a lot and increased our skills as makers. I total agree with your video that as crafters we must work at it. Trying new skills are part of the process. Trying new venues are all of the process. Don’t get discourage and down on yourself. Work on your skills and you might just figure out where your niche is in the jewelry business. Thank Rena for all your encouragement.

  10. Toula Parou says:

    Hello Rena,
    Thank you for all these great advises and ideas you give us. Things are exactly as you tell them! Also thank you for sharing with us details and secrets very use-fulls . It’s my lovely site!!

  11. Toula, thank you for your lovely comment! 🙂

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