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Jewelry business success tips August 23, 2006 8:31 AM

There is this great site that I've been refering to for the past several months. It has some very useful info on it about being in shows or doing home jewelry parties, selling online, photographing your work, pricing, display info, insurance/legal info, and much more.

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 August 23, 2006 8:40 AM

Thank you for this info Jana......Since I have been going through a divorce and now I am's been hard for me to be around.....thank you!  [ send green star]
No problem! August 23, 2006 11:12 AM

You just take care of yourself so that when you're ready, you can come back at full force.
Besides, I'm just happy you trust me to help you manage this great group of yours.
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 August 24, 2006 3:34 PM

Once again THANK YOU! You are a blessing and I can't wait to check the site out!  [ send green star]
 November 30, 2006 9:39 PM

These 3 links are from Art Jewelry Magazine's on-line section.

Designing business cards

Creating your own website

Top 10 tips for selling on eBay
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need all the help i could get December 01, 2006 1:56 PM

thanks for the tips, i'm struggling with the 'business' end of it, if only we could just create the stuff and not have to deal with the sales and marketing!  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
from March 14, 2007 1:11 PM

Jewelry business crash course
Tammy Powley from Tammy Powley

I'm starting this course with three articles that discuss the most unpleasant aspects of running any business, jewelry-related or not, because I think it's really important that you know what you are getting into. There's no way to compare the enjoyment of designing a beautiful piece of jewelry to the drudgery of filling out paperwork, but if you decide to start a business, then sooner or later, you'll have to deal with some of these legal issues.

To Be or Not to Be Legal

Should you fly under the radar, or should you play it safe?

Legal Issues & the Jewelry Biz

The steps you need to take to make your business legal depends on where you live. Here are some tips about finding out how to make your jewelry making business legal.

Plan Your Jewelry Business Attack

Learn what a business plan is, how it can help you, and how to locate helpful resources so that you can write your own jewelry making business plan.

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 March 14, 2007 1:26 PM

This next lesson covers research, and one of the best ways I've found to conduct research is to read everything you can about your topic. Below are a number of articles that talk about different books I found helpful when I first started my jewelry business.

Business Books
This is a starter list of books. Designed for those looking to start a home-based jewelry/craft business, I suggest starting with these when you are conducting your initial research.

You Can "Make It Profitable"
Barbara Brabec's book, entitled Make It Profitable, offers great advice for those in the business of selling their hand-crafted jewelry.

Finding Your Jewelry Selling Direction
No time to read? Then this CD seminar may be what you need. David A. Weiman, marketing director for Lapidary Journal and Step by Step Beads, offers his unique perspective on selling your jewelry thru his virtual seminar, Introduction to Marketing and Selling Jewelry. Arts and Crafts Businesses
If you are just starting out, then take a look at the advice from this site. There are also a lot of other helpful topics related to the business side of arts and crafts on this site.
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 August 26, 2007 6:49 PM

I Want to Be a Jewelry Designer by Tammy Powley
One of the questions I’m asked on a fairly regular basis is “How do I become a jewelry designer?" This question always surprises me. I guess because I just started doing it so many years ago and didn’t really have a master plan. It just sort of happened. In this I explain the basic steps you need to take before you can call yourself a "jewelry designer".
An Example
My advice to these questions and statements are – okay, prepare to be shocked – first you need to learn to make jewelry. I’ll give you an example of why you need to learn the basics of jewelry making, whatever type you plan to design, before you hang your ”the designer is working” sign out.
(Continue article here)
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Pricing August 26, 2007 6:54 PM

Pricing Your Work
Before you hang out your shingle and start beating the streets with jewelry case in hand, you have got to figure out how much to charge for your jewelry. This four part article goes into a lot of detail and even includes a pricing formula for you to try.  [ send green star]
Teaching jewelry making August 26, 2007 7:11 PM

Many of us are born teachers - Does that describe you? Then teaching others may be an alternative jewelry business that is the perfect fit for you. This lesson offers advice and talks about other jewelry makers who have moved in this direction.
Teaching Classes
Have you ever thought about teaching jewelry making classes? Here are some tips I'm passing along about how to get started teaching classes and other related information from my own experience when I used to teach jewelry at my local community center.
Wire Artist Find Niche

Razine "Ray" Wenneker, from Ellie Rose Link-Able Designs, is one wire artist that has finally found her niche and is making her love of metal jewelry making into a successful business by helping others learn the craft of working with wire.
Jewelry Kits
I used to make up kits to use in classes. In this article I give you some suggestions for making your own.   (I've thought about doing this, but never have. Have any of you ever made up kits to sell?)
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 February 09, 2011 6:10 PM

Buying an engagement ring for your loved one is one of the most important purchases in a person's life. As such, it should be carried out with the gravity it deserves. But all too often men are simply clueless when it comes to picking out the perfect engagement ring. Some are just bound to repeat common mistakes during this delicate process. Therefore, it is extremely important to learn about the common mistakes made when buying engagement rings, and more importantly to know how you can avoid them.

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