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Handing Out Wisdom

Comic Lily Tomlin once observed that society couldn’t function if we all grew up to be what we dreamed of as children: ''Imagine a world populated by nothing but nurses and ballerinas, firemen and cowboys! Who would pick up the trash?'' That wry...

Creating an Effective Marketing Plan for Your Small Business

Once you have decided to turn your love of small beading into a business, the next step is to begin creating plans to ensure the success of your company. Developing a business plan is a good start, but formulating a marketing plan is also necessary...

Important Factors to Consider Prior to Beginning a Small Business

Many people become excited at the prospect of starting their own beading business, especially those who have spent much of their lives fine-tuning their crafting skills. However, entrepreneurship is a career path that requires risk-taking and...

Start Small, Think BIG

I'd suggest you start small, but think big. Build your line and brand one small step at a time. You'll probably want to begin by selling your work at retail. Further, I think it makes sense to choose shows that take place within driving distance of...

How to Get Your Foot Inside the Retail Door

Consignment is tricky--chapters have been devoted to presenting information on getting it right. The most important fact is understanding that you are essentially lending your work to the retailer. Just as banks are careful about making loans, you...

The Struggle is Real

How often do you toil over pricing your handmade products? Finding your profit ''sweet spot'' involves a thorough evaluation of the cost of materials, your time, and artistic value. It's a judgment call unique for every artist and craftsperson, but...

From Beading to Business Owner - What You Need to Know

It takes a huge leap of faith to go from making jewelry as a hobby to having it pay the bills, but it's safe to say there are endless benefits from profiting from your passion. Still, individuals may want to take some points into consideration...

Asking the Big Questions Before Beginning a Small Business

Many people with an interest in jewelry-making use their skills to open up their own shops, but not everyone who opens a business is successful. There are a number of questions that you need to ask yourself before you take the big step to open a...

Get Your Juices Moving

Teaching others how to create--that's Alissa Henrickson's outlet. "We all work for our art. It's a labor of love," says Henrickson. "No one is an artist overnight." Henrickson is the owner and founder of Creative Juices Artisan Shoppe, located in...

Reducing the Risk of Small Business Pitfalls

New entrepreneurs are often full of motivation and ambition, but lack the experience necessary to avoid amateur mistakes within the first few months of operating a small beading business. Extensive planning and working with a mentor can help, but...

Find Your Audience!

Pin-pointing your niche market is a little like finding a needle in a haystack. On its own, your handmade art or craftwork--the needle--is shiny, creative, and one-of-a-kind. However, buried in the haystack of your competitors, it becomes a game of...

Gauging your Potential Skills as a Professional Entrepreneur

Many people believe that they have what it takes to start a small business, and the fact of the matter is that anyone can enter the field of entrepreneurship. However, assessing your strengths and weaknesses is the key to whether you will succeed in...

10 Essential Start-Up Suggestions

The time is right to start your own handmade business. Your craft is solid and unique. You've put some money aside for working capital. You've researched your market. You are passionate and eager to jump off the blocks of your starting line. So you...

Creative Freedom

Buxton creates her bold, colorful, eclectic jewelry inside her studio in Macon, Ga., but she is always on the go keeping up with the latest trends and drumming up new design concepts. "There is so much out there, but the challenge of coming up with...

Discover the Black Pearl

A little bit of luck, a whole lot of skill, and a strong will to succeed was the magic potion needed for the husband-and-wife team of Eric and Mikkeline Hicks to make it in the wholesale jewelry world. Six years ago, the couple began a handmade...

Tips on Learning from Mistakes as a First-Time Entrepreneur

Many people are interested in starting a small beading business, but it can be intimidating to dive into the world of entrepreneurship for the first time. Patience is a virtue in this field of work, and learning from your mistakes is just another...

Entrepreneurism Meets Elegance

Nearly every First Lady since 1953 has carried a custom made Leiber handbag to the U.S. Presidential Inauguration. Her brand is synonymous with elegance, style, and sophistication; and each product is executed with meticulous attention to detail and...

5 Basic Steps to Turn Your Hobby into a Legitimate Business

If you're already using a name you'll want to check with the North Carolina Secretary of State's office to be sure no one else is already using the same name. Take a look at www.NorthCarolina.gov for leads to this information. There are a number of...

Considering a Formal Education in Entrepreneurship

Whether you want to become the next beading industry leader or just a personal go-to company in your neighborhood, there is a great debate as to whether entrepreneurship can be taught. Recently, a study conducted by Babson College found that...

Weighing the Pros and Cons of Operating a Small Business at Home

Many people who are interested in starting a small beading business are not thrilled about the idea of paying rent for a commercial space, leading some entrepreneurs to operate from home. Although there are a number of benefits to running a company...
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