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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...

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...

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...

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 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...

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...

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'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,...

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...

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 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 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 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...

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...

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,...

I am new to the jewelry making business and have been interested in a business of my own since my work related accident, which forced me into early retirement. I was doing a web search for something that would help in my fixed income and I came...

It sounds like a meeting with an accountant might be a good idea before you go into business for yourself. That's because what you charge for the...

I am looking into software solutions for managing my new business. Would it be better to go with software specifically designed for jewelry designers/jewelry sellers or go with an Excel spreadsheet, Quick Books or Quicken? If you suggest a software...

Your selection of a software program to manage your business should involve your accountant, if you have one. That is because if your accountant uses...

A while ago I began making my own jewelry and wearing it out and about. After people started asking me where they could get their own I have started selling a few pieces here and there to family and friends. How do I know when and how much money...

The scenario you described above is how many many jewelry makers get their start. Check in with your municipal, county and state tax offices about...

For many years my dream has been to own a bead store. It recently came to my attention that the owners of a local bead store want to retire and sell the store. How do I find out the financial stability of this particular bead store?

The success of the current store won't predict yours, so you need to look at your own side of the equation. And rather than letting the availability...

I've been making jewelry for about six months, and I'm ready to start selling. I'm not sure how to set up a small business. Where can I get help? I can't really afford a consultant or business course.

Undergraduate and graduate business schools and departments often have free ''clinics'' where you can speak with students who will help you set up...

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,...

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 fairly new in the jewelry making business (two years) and my business started on a small capital. I have great designs and I sell very well at home parties and at booths but I need to market my business a lot more to be able to increase sales...

I admire your desire to earn a full-time living from selling your jewelry. To start, consider supplementing your own jewelry selling with doing...

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...

I usually make items at my own pace and inclination. I'm thinking that selling on eBay might be the way for me to go. But I have no idea how it works. Does it cost to place items on eBay? Please help! Thanks.

Nearly all websites where a jewelry artist might sell their jewelry charge a fee, and the structure of those costs varies. Check with individual...

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...

I sell the jewelry that I make, and I love wearing my own pieces. I don't like when people ask to buy what I'm wearing, though. How do I politely tell them it's not for sale?

You've described one of the occupational hazards of being a talented jewelry maker! Many of the people who attend my seminars say that wearing their...

Please help me settle this argument: My husband thinks I am wasting space by not including information on the back of my business card. I think no one will see it there. Who is right?

You are both right! It is true that many people do not look on the back of a business card. And if they keep the card in a business card holder, they...

I find great inspiration from the Gallery of Designs and the Beading Instructions. Will I get in trouble if I make and sell my jewelry using inspirations from these resources?

The designs and projects featured in the Gallery of Designs and Beading Instructions are provided for creative inspiration only. Fire Mountain Gems...

I have sold my jewelry and wire work on consignment before, with pretty good success. However, I recently spoke with a shop owner who wanted me to pay a nonrefundable consignment fee to sell my work. I'd honestly never heard this before, and I'm a...

There are no hard-and-fast rules or formulas for how various selling arrangements are created. The fact that you're feeling wary most likely...

I've had surprising success in making and selling jewelry, however I am still unsure how to properly price my items. I make my products well, with good quality materials and am frequently asked if I even make money at all in regards to what I...

In general, you first need to figure out the price you'd charge when selling your work to vendors, which would be the wholesale price. To determine...

A retail store in my neighborhood recently became vacant. Although I just started selling my jewelry, this location seems too good to pass up, and I'd love to run my own store. Any advice?

The decision to establish a permanent location for your jewelry-making business should be driven by your business goals. Although the sudden...

I've been making beaded jewelry for some time for myself and friends and family but would like to turn it into a business. How do I go about placing a value on the beads, findings, etc. that I already have from an accounting/tax standpoint? I no...

A good accountant can provide invaluable help to jewelry sellers for issues just like this one. They can help you determine how (and if) you can...

I recently started selling jewelry. I've had a repeat customer that has bought my standard sized beaded bracelets. However, she now wants them re-sized to be smaller. Should I charge her a fee to do this? I don't want to lose money on my supplies to...

Repeat customers are your BEST customers. They have already shown they like your work, and marketing to them requires minimal additional cost....

I'd like to know if it would be practical to promote/sell pieces on more than one website--I suppose I'd also have to split the pieces between sites instead of showing them all on all sites--yes?

The benefit of selling your jewelry on established websites is their marketing power. They are able to draw more customers and prospects to their...

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...

My friends think I should join the local Chamber of Commerce, but I'm not sure I see how that will help me sell more jewelry. Before I plunk down my membership fee, can you explain how a chamber membership will help?

Membership in your local Chamber of Commerce will give you an introduction to all of the active businesses in your area. You can develop individual...

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