Creating a special piece of jewelry to celebrate a special event or to enhance an outfit is a very rewarding feeling. Giving pleasure to other people at the same time as making the whole process pleasurable for you is a win/win situation. When you are deeply passionate about a creative pursuit such as jewelry making there’s no reason why you can’t turn your passion into a profitable venture.
We know you take pleasure in creating wonderfully designed jewelry that celebrates a moment or makes a high point of a special day. Indeed, it is very rewarding to see your visions come to life when you create that wonderful sculpture which will add a special touch to a celebration. If you are creating one off pieces, when meeting a client initially your whole aim will be to make the engagement as pleasurable as possible. She has come to you knowing that you are able to create her vision and she is entrusting you with bringing her ideas to life.
When you fall in love with an activity such as jewelry making – there is nothing better than being paid to do what you love. How many times have you said to yourself, “If only I could make jewelry for a living!” It’s a wonderful thing to love a pastime so much that you would consider doing it as your career. If you are really keen to make a go of it – do everything in your power to keep going. Don’t let any mishap, accident or difficulty get in your way.
This book is intended to be a guide to help you get started with your own jewelry making business. Inside, you will find tips on everything from establishing your rates to dealing with difficult clients. You certainly don’t have to be a jewelry making expert with decades of experience but in saying that, you will have to have a certain degree of experience with your jewelry making craft to start your own business. You will need to have a vision and the ability and willingness to put some hard work into making your jewlery making business a success. You will also learn more techniques and jewelry styles as you progress and become more proficient and experienced. You will also find the resources section helpful and joining in the forums at various sites will be invaluable.
In the beginning there will probably be various challenges but perseverance is the answer. Building up a business from scratch takes time but with the right attitude you will succeed. Marketing is going to be the one thing that will set you apart from your competition. Just keep letting people out there know you are there and available. Don’t become discouraged if things aren’t rolling along within a few months. It may take 6-12 months before you have a list of loyal clients who are also recommending you to other people.
Are You Prepared to Start Your Jewelry Making Business?
Do What You Love?
What Type of Projects Do You Love Doing?
Doing More of the Projects You Love
Where Are The Best Places to Source Your Materials?
Have You Got a Dedicated Work Space?
Inspiration for Your Creations
Have You Planned Your Budget?
Basic Jewelry Supplies
Are You Going Full Time or Part Time?
Can You Say No? – Tips on Time Management?
How do You React to a Deadline?
Time for Your Family and Business
Are You a Good Money Manager?
How Much Do I Charge?
How Do I Determine Costs and Profits?
Pricing the Elements
Your Time is Important
Do You Have The Passion When Times Get Tough?
Collecting Money Can be a Bug-Bear But it Has to be Done
Do You Worry About What People Think of You?
Discussing the Project
And heaps more…