Jewelry Artists’ Mental Money Barriers (Video)
Jewelry and Coffee with Rena
Video Episode 30
by Rena Klingenberg.
Do you ever feel uncomfortable with accepting money when people buy your jewelry?
Transcript of This Video:
A few weeks ago here at Jewelry & Coffee, we talked about mental price barriers on the part of our jewelry customers – and how certain price levels make people hesitate or think about whether they feel comfortable with spending that much money.
Today I’d like to flip that coin and talk about the other side, which is jewelry artists’ personal price barriers and how we feel about accepting more money.
Because it’s a strange thing: You’d think that when it’s time to earn more money for something we’ve worked hard for, we’d be delighted and willing to accept whatever higher level of money is coming to us.
But for a lot of jewelry artists, it’s uncomfortable to bump up to the next level of earning, or to accept a big jewelry order, or to raise your prices, or to create jewelry at a higher level of artistry and materials so it merits higher prices.
Those things can be really uncomfortable for some jewelry artists.
A lot of it can have to do with your personal inner feelings about self worth, and your personal feelings about money.
You might feel like “I’m not worthy of earning that.”
Or “I’m really just faking it! I’m not really a jewelry artist – I’ve only been making this stuff for two years! People shouldn’t be paying me that much for it!”
Or sometimes you might think, “I’m having so much fun making jewelry that it’s really not right to charge people for it because I’m having fun!”
And a lot of times, money issues can be related to if you’ve ever lived in a situation where money or lack of money made people unhappy.
In that case, just having money coming in and out of your life can be very uncomfortable.
But whatever your personal issues might be if you find yourself hesitating about accepting money for your jewelry business, it’s really worthwhile to dig in and find out what those deep issues are.
Really think about it, and whenever you feel resistance to accepting money, become aware of it and notice it.
Start thinking, “What made me feel that way? What can I do to change that feeling? Why am I resisting what I worked so hard for?”
Because you’ve worked hard to learn how to make your beautiful jewelry, and to develop unique stuff and build up an inventory – and then find ways you can sell it and connect with people who want to buy it.
So you’ve done all the effort to make all that stuff happen – and then you feel uncomfortable accepting what you’ve earned.
I don’t want to see that happen to you.
I’d love for you to dig deep and find out what’s blocking you if you feel uncomfortable accepting what you’ve earned for the jewelry you make.
Some symptoms of that can be things like always feeling that you have to give people a discount.
Or you always find a way to get out of doing a special order that’s going to be an expensive one – you find a reason to say “Oh, I can’t do that.”
There are lots of signs that you may not be able to accept what’s coming to you from what you’ve created.
I’d love to hear your experiences with that or how you’ve gotten past that, or what you think your issue is, if you have this.
Thank you for joining me today, and I’ll see you next time!
The Jewelry Rena’s Wearing
in This Video:
Earrings: – Czech glass and 14k goldfill, by Rena Klingenberg.
Necklace: Czech glass and freshwater pearls, by Rena Klingenberg. Pendant by a Cayman Island artist.