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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'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 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...

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...

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