Help – Starting a Jewelry Business Right Out of High School
I’ve recently become interested in a career in jewelry after attending a course at my local community college. I’ve also just recently graduated high school, so I’m looking to start making and selling pieces to get more experience.
Currently I only have the capacity to make wire wrap rings and the like. I know a few shops downtown that buy jewelry, there is also one that is a variety shop that sells small jewelry in the $5 – $15 range, and buys locally.
My thinking is that I could start making tarnish resistant brass wire wrap rings and selling them to this and/or other shops for $2 – 4 a piece, since these are rings you would usually see for sale at $5, and they are using cheaper material.
Does this sound like a good way to start out?
I can make them in small bulk quickly considering I have a lot of free time. After I build up some money I hope to get different materials to work with so I can hopefully make wire wrap rings with silver filled wire and Lapis Lazuli beads (with some help from tutorials I’ve seen on this website).
What I believe this will do is give me experience working with jewelry, and let me interact with other jewelers in a business setting while making some connections.
Does this seem like a sound idea?
From then on I’m not sure what I should do.
How do I seek out my first customers?
Just coming out of high school with a small bit of financial help from parents, should I focus on getting a job and start jewelry as a hobby, or should I start working ceaselessly at practicing and talking to others so I can start my own business as soon as possible?
Note from Rena: After you read the comments below here, hop over to this followup post from Dan – I’m Improving, but I Still Have Questions.