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What is a juried craft show?

A juried craft show is one that has a selection committee deciding which crafter gets into the show. Many times the shows are juried so that the show...

Where in Atlanta are you able to use your business license to purchase merchandise at wholesale prices?

Each company, throughout the country, establishes its own guidelines on whom they offer wholesale pricing to. For those companies who are local to...

If I buy a licensed college or pro team charm and use it in a jewelry design, do I have the right to resell it?

Yes, if you purchased the charm from Fire Mountain Gems and Beads you may resell it. As I'm sure you're aware, those are highly valuable logos on...

How can I recruit more "hosts" for jewelry home parties?

The best way to recruit new hosts is at a current party. Offer the host an incentive for new prospective hosts you meet at the party. Keep brochures...

I was wondering if people buy your pendants and supplies and sell them as their own? That wouldn't really be their own design, but they'd still be selling it. Is that still okay?

Many customers purchase jewelry-making supplies and finished jewelry for resale through Fire Mountain Gems and BeadsĀ®. We offer bulk packaging and...

I am looking to sell my jewelry online. Do I need to get a business number if I only plan on selling $100 or $200 worth of jewelry each year, if I am lucky?

Check in with your municipal, county and state tax offices before selling your jewelry for the first time. They are the best sources for answers to...

A customer of mine told me that a competitor was bad-mouthing my business. We're in a small town, and I know the competitor. What should I do?

From a marketing perspective, when two people or companies are engaged in a competitive ''war,'' they both lose. Going back and forth wastes...

I'd like to try and sell my jewelry designs, where do you recommend I start?

You're indicating that you want to take your jewelry-making from a hobby to a business--congratulations! It's a good idea before you start selling,...

I'm a new jewelry designer and I was wondering about different ways to promote and sell my one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces, do you have any suggestions?

A simple way is to wear your jewelry all the time. Remember that people notice jewelry often. This means you need to be bold when the situation...

I have started a home party business. I want to be able to take credit cards, how would I go about this? Someone suggested Pay Pal, I don't understand how. Need better suggestions. Thank you for your time.

Taking credit cards is a good move for any business as there are studies showing up to 70% of artisan sales are with credit cards. There are a number...

A few prospective buyers have asked me how much it cost me to make a piece that they were interested in. How should I answer that question?

Explain to the prospective customer that in addition to your cost of materials, shipping, overhead and other related expenses, your time and talent...

My work will be sold in a gallery, but I won't be there to sell it. I'd like to include some information that prospective buyers can read... what's the best way to do that?

Use a "story card." A story card is a small card, approximately the size of a business card, that contains informative copy about you, your jewelry,...

Should I offer a satisfaction guarantee for my jewelry?

Anything that you can do to increase the comfort level that someone has in buying from you is important. There's a risk in buying anything (thus, the...

I recently opened a bead store and lots of people are asking me to carry seed beads. I have no experience in ordering this type of bead; what size, etc. Can you help me?

You will find a large selection of available online, as well as in the catalogs. Included are (one of the most popular brands), Rocailles,...

How do I charge for teaching how to make jewelry? I'll be carrying the products myself (beads, etc.). There isn't anyone here who teaches at all in my area. I know in Houston they do but its 2 hrs away.

The decision to teach involves more than just what to charge. You want to make sure that you have the skills to instruct effectively, are fully aware...

I have been on Etsy for a couple of weeks now, and I have included a link to it on Facebook. Are there any more strategies I can adopt to increase views to my shop?

Etsy has its own set of tools and resources for helping its members sell more, so you should definitely check out the resources and community links...

I'm considering opening my own store, and I was wondering if you think it's a good idea for me to get a master's degree in business administration first?

Running a successful jewelry store (or any retail store, for that matter) doesn't require a graduate degree, or even an undergraduate degree, in...

A customer just asked me if I could repair a piece she owns that someone else made. I can, however I don't want to become "known" for doing jewelry repair work... what should I tell her?

The fact that she asked if you could repair it means she trusts your skill and is comfortable with you. That's a great compliment! Every contact that...

Occasionally, someone will contact me about a piece they want to buy from my website, but say they don't like the color of one of the stones, or they want a different kind of clasp. Should I tell them the piece is "as is," or should I offer to...

Customizing a piece of jewelry is a great way to provide superior service and show prospects and customers you are eager to do what it takes to make...

I am interested in selling jewelry at craft fairs and shows. I will need to have a pretty large inventory of necklaces, bracelets and earrings. What do you recommend as a good amount of inventory for a fair or show? Thank you!

I wish I had a crystal ball. It's a common question, though, and a good one. There's no real way to predict what you'll need at any given event. And...

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