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Grow Your Business Giveaway

January 23rd, 2013 · 117 Comments

This contest is now closed. Thank you all for participating!

You’ve made incredible jewelry designs and now it’s time to share them with the world! When starting a jewelry making business, you have to have all the right supplies to get started. Our Grow Your Business Giveaway offers up boxes, price tags, receipts and more supplies to help you start a successful enterprise. We’ve even included a copy of the book Marketing and Selling Your Handmade Jewelry, to help you learn more about turning your passion into profit! If you’ve ever dreamed about starting an online shop or selling your creations at craft fairs or a local boutique, now is your chance to enter for a chance to win all the tools that will help you along the way.

To enter this contest, fill out our quick survey and then leave a comment below with one tip or piece of advice you would give others that are trying to sell their jewelry. Please one comment per person. This contest runs from Thursday, January 24th, 2013 to Wednesday, January 30th, 2013 at 11:59pm. Click here for official contest rules.

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Whether you win the Grow Your Business Giveaway or not, you can always sign up to be a part of Shop Handmade, a free website where you can sell your creations.

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117 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Debra StGeorge // Jan 23, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    Wow, Thanks for yet another cool giveaway. My advise would be promote, promote, promote.

  • 2 Laurel // Jan 24, 2013 at 5:14 am

    Advice…hmmm, advice. I would say that presentation is important.

  • 3 Rose // Jan 24, 2013 at 5:55 am

    Know how to talk about your work.

  • 4 Katie N-N // Jan 24, 2013 at 6:08 am

    Don’t undervalue your work – your time is worth money too!

  • 5 Anna Maria // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:34 am

    Making jewelry is the fun part of having a jewelry business – keeping the records and accounting isn’t as much fun but it is a very necessary evil. :) My advice to a newbie would be to do your homework. Know your market, know exactly what each creation cost to construct (the price of every bead, jumpring, clasp etc- I highly recommend a program such as JDM Jewelry Designer Manager Pro), you may be surprised at how much you’ve invested into each piece, then figure out how much you feel your effort and your time are worth and price accordingly to suit your market.

  • 6 Shelley // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Take criticism with an open mind/heart to learn from, not retreat from….

  • 7 Jennifer Hoffman // Jan 24, 2013 at 11:08 am

    Make it personal – if you like someone else is bound to like it. I believe in quality too – you get what you pay for – and number 1 – customer service. Treat your customers like gold! It takes a lot of effort to attain new customers and not nearly as much to keep existing so it’s worth your time to keep current ones happy to come back for more.

  • 8 Emily Parson // Jan 24, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    Looks like a great giveaway!!! Thanks!

  • 9 Tammy Roush // Jan 24, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Wow, what a great giveaway :) My best advice is, if you are selling your jewelry at a show, atleast greet your visitors. You don’t need to be pushy or anything, a simple “Hello” and “How are you?” will go a long ways. I am a seller as well as a buyer, I have left many, many, many boots because no one greeted me. It was like you are imposing on them by walking in!!! Be nice!!! :)

  • 10 edwina // Jan 24, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    making jewelry is being creative

  • 11 Donna Lueders // Jan 24, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    I love your beads and findings. You have great items. Please let me win something.

  • 12 Donna Lueders // Jan 24, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    Love your beads, they are just beautiful and I love that you show tutorials also.

  • 13 Amy Z // Jan 24, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    This is an exciting giveaway! My advice would be to make sure you take great photos that really capture the piece and show off it’s beauty!

  • 14 Sandra // Jan 24, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Make what you love!

  • 15 Jackie Woodward // Jan 24, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Don’t spread yourself too thin on your inventory – variety is great, but many many options can become overwhelming .

  • 16 Jennifer // Jan 24, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    Advertise your work. Even if it’s just you wearing the jewelry you’ve made. Who knows? Maybe someone will come up and ask where you got them, business opportunity!

  • 17 Shelly // Jan 24, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    My advise would be to never give up. Not everyone will get your style or understand your uniqueness. Stay true to yourself and your desires and keep pressing on. You will receive insults and praise along the way. Don’t let the negativity of others drag you down. Keep pressing onward and upward. If you have a never give up attitude, then no matter what is thrown your way, you can overcome it.

  • 18 Desa // Jan 24, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Know your target market!

  • 19 Hope Cherry // Jan 24, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    what comment should i leave other than i love artbeads?!

  • 20 Linda Vizcaino-Rivera // Jan 24, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    I’m new at designing jewelry but my one piece of advise to those starting out would have to be.

    “Be passionate about what you do and it will come thru each masterpiece you create. ”

    Thank you!

  • 21 cherie // Jan 24, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    Know the market you are targeting. Customer service is absolutely important and creating items that are of the best quality and professional so people want to buy from you.

  • 22 Leona Jones // Jan 24, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    Don’t take lack of sales personally. This is a really tough economy.

  • 23 Robin Tapp // Jan 24, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    My advice is Do not overprice your product, but don’t sell yourself short either. Your time is money!!

  • 24 Carole Carlson // Jan 24, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    My advice is, talk to a CPA before you get started, to make sure you keep the records you need to manage the business and make it easy at tax time.

  • 25 AshleiJ // Jan 24, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    Use for your online store! It’s user friendly and free. I’ve loved using it over the last year!

  • 26 Shanna // Jan 24, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    I’m literally just starting out, so right now my only piece of advice is what I am doing research research research. And love what you do!

  • 27 Heather // Jan 24, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    great contest Marissa…my advice would be know your product, ie…names and info about stones, info regarding silver, or what ever products you use. Be friendly but not pushy…when you stop enjoying yourself you need to rethink your plan!

  • 28 Nancy McClintock // Jan 24, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    Make what you LOVE, use the best material you can afford, it will sell. Never mislead a prospective customer, always have integrity.

  • 29 Julia // Jan 24, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    don’t undervalue your work

    and of course ~ LOVE what you do!!

  • 30 Alice // Jan 24, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    Know that you have to spend some money to earn some money. Make quality work, show off your really good pieces, and get out and sell.

  • 31 Miss M. Turner // Jan 24, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    Be passionate about what you do and care about what you make – it shows.

  • 32 Denyce // Jan 24, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    Don’t sell your product too cheap. People wonder why your product isn’t worth as much as the others!

  • 33 Jenny // Jan 24, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    Keep an open mind. When someone describes something they would like me to make for them, I always give it a try even if I don’t think I’ll like it. It broadens me and most of the time it comes out great!

  • 34 Lori // Jan 24, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    Have multiple marketing strategies: on line store, social media, open houses, at home parties, craft shows, business cards, free gift for prizes, etc.

  • 35 Debbie Peach // Jan 24, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    My advice would be to not cheapen yourself. Take pride in your work and charge what you are worth. You can not compete or compare with mass produced, or jewelry made in China. There are many people that appreciate good quality, original pieces. Know your market.

  • 36 Nancy Jeppesen // Jan 24, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    I’ve sold my jewelry at shows and did well. The money was nice. But the most fun I had was right before Christmas. I bagged up about 30 pieces (my premo stuff, I didn’t hold back) I put them in a green box with a lid then went to pay my bills. “Would you like a gift?”, I asked and let all the ladies choose something. It was so much fun to see how happy it made them. Nobody does that. I’m gonna do it again next year! God bless.

  • 37 shairyl settles // Jan 24, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    There is some great advice on here. I wish I had some to share.

  • 38 Betty Winslow // Jan 24, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    Always be ready to share what you do with people: business cards, samples, photos, whatever. It’s a businesswoman’s version of the teachable moment!

  • 39 Katie Davis // Jan 24, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    What a great idea for a giveaway! Creating wearable art is a way to wash all the negativity and day to day stuff away.

  • 40 Cindy Shorey // Jan 24, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Try to sell the inventory you have on hand before creating too much.

  • 41 Lynn powell // Jan 24, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    Do what you love.

  • 42 Pam DeWispelaere // Jan 24, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    Keep a detailed inventory list so that no matter what pricing structure you use, you will never have to try to remember the cost of the beads/findings you used for your creation. You don’t want to short yourself!

  • 43 Joan Hill // Jan 24, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    Enjoy what you do, and cater to your audience.

  • 44 Sandy Sparks // Jan 24, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    Take pictures of every piece you make. A portfolio is a valuable marketing tool and a source of inspiration/selling point for customers looking for a custom piece.

  • 45 shawnine dabasol // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    Great pictures are the key. It shows!

  • 46 Sara Miller // Jan 24, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    My advice would be make high quality jewelry and promote it as often as you can.

  • 47 Angie Geortsiakou // Jan 25, 2013 at 4:42 am

    Thanks for that cool giveaway.

  • 48 Angela Mullis // Jan 25, 2013 at 7:35 am

    My advice is…….just DO IT! Jump in with both feet! I have been trying to work up the courage to sell my designs on-line. I have been selling to friends and family for years, but have been totally freaked out about taking it to the next level. Let me tell you, there is A LOT of help out there. I have joined many blogs and have received awesome advice from so many gifted designers. You can do it!

    Angi Mullis

  • 49 jenny holt // Jan 25, 2013 at 9:34 am

    WOW I sure could use the help and I’m listing on Shop Handmade. love the site

  • 50 Janet // Jan 25, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    Lots of promotion and marketing. Great pictures and details of your items. Make sure to be honest with your handmade designs.

  • 51 Matia runas // Jan 26, 2013 at 4:18 am

    Good for start up bussiness like what i have in mind.

  • 52 Carla Ochrin // Jan 26, 2013 at 9:21 am

    I have some advice, not sure if it’s the “best”, but it is important! Leave all drama out of your social media sites ie facebook, twitter etc. It will make you look bad, and you’re business.

  • 53 Christine // Jan 26, 2013 at 9:21 am

    Good pictures and descriptions of every piece.

  • 54 Linda Palma // Jan 26, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Thanks for another great giveaway!!! I REALLY could use this!!

  • 55 Emily Lewis // Jan 26, 2013 at 9:30 am

    Two tips:
    When posting pictures of your jewelry online, it really pays to have a good photographer take the pictures of your jewelry. They will find the best light and angle to show off your wonderful creations and your pictures will look professional on your website.

    When at craft fairs, engage in conversation with ANYONE who passes your table. It doesn’t matter if they are male or female, or how old they are. They could find a piece of your jewelry fascinating and buy it for themselves or as a gift. Also, sitting at your table looking bored or uninterested in people walking by looks very unprofessional.

  • 56 Dori Benner // Jan 26, 2013 at 9:32 am

    several things i can pass on from experience-first and foremost-represent!! speak correct english and don’t go out in rags or with your pants hanging down, smile(goes a long way)believe in your biz!!!!! also dont’ hold any item without a nonrefundable deposit and written deadlines. Family and friends get no special treatment-tell them upfront or they will ruin you. talk about your biz to everyone(waiting in grocery lines, paying bills, at PTA meetings, ball games, EVERYwhere) and always have your biz card with you.I like to go to hobby lobby and michaels give littel impromtu lessons in the aisles to folks just trying to make heads or tails out of what to start with(it’s fun) If you have multiple listing places (ie-artfire, etsy, ebay etc) have a stamp made with those URLs and stamp on the back of biz cards(I put my facebook and pinterest too) USE the free stuff-I get sales from both facebook and pinterest!! If you make jewelry-WEAR it!! I cant count how many times i have sold stuff right off me! lastly speak up and ask if you can show your jewelry in boutiques, restaraunts, wherever you think you might be able to sell it. work out a wholesale plan to offer if they want to outright buy the merchandise up front and charge their own price.(I do 20% off retail)I have been in 2 nail salons, a hospital gift shop and local restaurant by doing this-remember the worst that can happen is they say no. dont take it personally , keep going!!!

  • 57 Cherie Smith // Jan 26, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Never apologize for the price!

  • 58 Lisa // Jan 26, 2013 at 9:41 am


    I don’t sell my jewelry . . . yet :-) However, when buying jewelry online, the most important selling point to me is large, detailed, high-quality, professional photos, and plenty of them!


  • 59 Ginger // Jan 26, 2013 at 10:05 am

    Remember to account for costs, labor and profit. And pay yourself at least minimum wage + 30% as labor. (That 30% accounts for state and federal taxes.)
    If you feel lower prices are in order for your area, offer 3 lines – basic ( base metals, glass, plastic, synthetic stones), midrange (filled, crystal and semiprecious stones) and high end (precious metals and gems).

  • 60 Slavica // Jan 26, 2013 at 10:06 am

    Passion gives you the best results.

  • 61 Laura Y. // Jan 26, 2013 at 10:14 am

    My advice would be: Love what you do, know your product, and be friendly!

  • 62 Carmen // Jan 26, 2013 at 10:35 am

    A great giveaway!!! Thanks Artbeads for the chance. My advice would be do a lot a lot of research and be passionate about what you do! Oh, and one more thing make sure you take great pictures that show the beauty of your pieces.

  • 63 Alicia // Jan 26, 2013 at 10:46 am

    I recommend to know your own strengths and weaknesses and use these strengths to your advantage. This will help you make the best quality product. Your product will become your signature brand and other people will spread the word.

  • 64 Deyra // Jan 26, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Make sure you lsiten to your customers needs and wants. Design pieces that you can dress up or down! functionality is key.

  • 65 Ragina Y. // Jan 26, 2013 at 1:12 pm


  • 66 Tana // Jan 26, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    To keep trying and there will slow days where you may only have one sale; another time you may sell almost everything. Keep going!

  • 67 Rochelle // Jan 26, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Start your record keeping with the very first purchase of materials that you make. Don’t get behind on your record keeping or you’ll get mired down in the business side and may lose interest in the whole process of making jewelry. Bead Manager Pro is a good tool to use for keeping track of materials, expenses, sales, etc.

  • 68 Lawrence // Jan 26, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    My advice is to create quality product that you’d want to wear/use, price them fairly (for your time and customer) and just love what you do. Try new things, learn, grow, etc.

  • 69 Kelly McNulty // Jan 26, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    Just recently started putting my creations out for others to enjoy. This package will help.

  • 70 Christine // Jan 26, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    Be enthusiastic, and stand behind your work. If you love what you do, others will see and will be happy to see your new items, and hopefully, purchase them. My customers love to show me that they are wearing pieces they have purchased from me. What a great compliment – I’ll take all I can get. Thank you for another great giveaway. Good way to start the new year.

  • 71 Rebekka Van Der Does // Jan 27, 2013 at 5:08 am

    Rise to the occasion, always. Take care of yourself. And, expand your skill set, take risks, and imagine the possibilities. Don’t limit yourself to how you started… learn new techniques and incorporate them into what you already do.

    Also- find your own unique vision. It will keep you creations fresh and original.

    Oh- and price your work in a way which respects not only yourself (your time, materials, etc.), but also shows respect for other artisans.

    Build relationships, and hand out your business card at every opportunity!

  • 72 sarah // Jan 27, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Find your passion! I have done crafts all my life and enjoyed them, but not until I found chainmaille did my passion rise. I go into withdrawals if I go to long with out creating now. Whether I have an order to fill or not, I HAVE to weave my jump rings. Others can see this in my creations.

  • 73 Kristi Young // Jan 27, 2013 at 11:29 am

    What a great giveaway! The best advice I’ve heard so far is to participate in different events, leave your mark-even if it is small. It grows & people will notice. I also like to leave my business cards behind whenever I go somewhere new. Always say yes to learning a new craft-you’ll never know if it will be something that can be incorporated into your own projects.

  • 74 Renee wallace // Jan 27, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    I don’t have a website set up yet but do have cards and I’ve had party. Decide who is your target audience.. adults or children…western styles , ethnic styles,classic styles, formal..One of the most important things is to set up a scheduled time for working on your product. Look at magazines to see what the latest styles are and try to identify what is going to be your signature of style( when clients see your jewelry, they will know that you made it. Customer service is really important. There’re so many jewelry magazines and if you don’t have a lot of money, there are so many free tutorials..thank your clients and send thank you cards and updates on new creations.Good record keeping is a must keep all your receipts for tax purposes and follow all the reuirements for starting a business. fed Id, state tax no#…Don’t get discouraged if some people compliment your jewelry but do not make a purchase, stay encouraged and be passionate about your dream.advertise in as many ways as you can initially afford… Websites… Flyers…Facebook, parties. Whenever you have to give a gift ,give a piece of your jewelry that’s excellent advertising.just make it nice but keep it simple.

  • 75 Nicole B // Jan 28, 2013 at 7:17 am

    My best advice would be to stick with it. No successful business has been built overnight, it takes a serious commitment and time.

  • 76 Sheila // Jan 28, 2013 at 8:13 am

    My best advise would be to always thank your customers no matter how big or small the sale.
    I always send a hand written thank you card to my customers with their purchase. Also, always communicate with your customers, be prompt. If you say you will do something within a time frame, keep it.

  • 77 Marqueta Wehunt // Jan 28, 2013 at 10:01 am

    I buy most of my beads from . They have good quality beads AND I love the free shipping . Plus they are pretty fast.
    Thanks for the tutorials also !

  • 78 Marqueta Wehunt // Jan 28, 2013 at 10:10 am

    I buy most of my beads from .They are good quality beads and I love the free speedy shipping ! Oh, and thanks guys for the tutorials also !

  • 79 Debi Woods // Jan 28, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    Always value the work you do, and make sure you do quality work. Make your Jewelry as if you were making it for a Queen or Yourself…
    Be very friendly to your customers, regardless if online or in person…. Make it all about them… because without them… you have nothing to offer.
    What a great give-away….

  • 80 DDW // Jan 29, 2013 at 4:01 am

    Make items you would love to wear!

  • 81 Amanda // Jan 29, 2013 at 8:37 am

    My best advice would be to have beautiful displays. Having a great display is invaluable!

  • 82 Jeannie McCormick // Jan 29, 2013 at 8:47 am

    My advice is to have a shop or somewhere that will put out your items so you can have cash flow when you are not doing shows.

  • 83 Kelly // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    make what you like!

  • 84 Lora Bright // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    Collaborate with bloggers and businesses that aren’t jewelry related; you’ll reach a wider audience with less competition.

  • 85 Larissa Haney // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    Always pay yourself. Make sure that the price allows some compensation for your time. Never apologize for price, but be willing to share specific information about materials.

  • 86 Susan // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    So many good points to ‘craft by’…..try and see what works for you and your company, cuz what works for 1 may not work for another — but never, never give up!!

  • 87 Deb Petzke // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    I am about 2 mo. from opening my 1st ever Jewelry Business made & designed by myself with Polymer Clay, Resign, Enamel, Swavorski Crystals, Precious Findings & my own homegrown flowers! I will focus on nature and homegrown items to promote staying green and all my designs will be one of a kind as well as Made in the USA!! Love Artbeads!!

  • 88 Sherry Falsetta // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    Be thankful and greatful for the gift of creativity and be open to suggestions for change. Always thank your customers for their support.

  • 89 Heather Hepler // Jan 29, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    Have variety, I make a little bit of everything. Keeps me on my toes and I never get bored!

  • 90 Kristina Laingen // Jan 29, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    I really love selling my jewelry at shows. I make sure to greet every person I can that stops by and not be pushy about my sales tactics. I tell people about the parts I use to make my jewelry, giving it value. I make sure they know they are getting a quality handmade product and that I take pride in my work. I used to simply love the fact that people wanted to make my creations part of their collection. Now that I’ve been doing this for awhile, I have customers that come back to a particular show just to buy more of the jewelry I’ve created. What an amazing experience!

  • 91 Loragene // Jan 29, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    When you blog you get hit and tips from others who are trying to do exactly what you are doing, some also learn from what you write and the samples you show. So please continue to blog and help other learn from what you and others know. Happy blogging everyone.

  • 92 Marti F // Jan 29, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    Let your passion show through your art !

  • 93 Veronica Barrett // Jan 29, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    If you create from your heart, then others will see that reflected in your work.

  • 94 Beth Bambrick // Jan 29, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    Make what you love!

  • 95 Tammy Norton // Jan 30, 2013 at 5:54 am

    My advice is don’t just make things you like think about what others might like , look at the latest fashions , pull out your beads step back and see what can go with what and have fun ..

  • 96 Walter Rancourt // Jan 30, 2013 at 7:14 am

    Get one teacher in a school to model your jewelry, you would be surprised at the sales it would produce.

  • 97 Susan Sneed // Jan 30, 2013 at 7:51 am

    Your friends and family are your best marketing source – gift them your creations and let them show the world your work.

  • 98 Elizabeth K // Jan 30, 2013 at 8:03 am

    Learn as much as you can about the craft you are making, join some great on line groups, and then just do it! Give it your all and live your dreams!

  • 99 Janny // Jan 30, 2013 at 8:33 am

    Listen to your customer. Ask for feedback, what they like, what they hate, what they think will work or not.

  • 100 Kelly Holt // Jan 30, 2013 at 8:33 am

    Do research and take your time to take some classes and take what you’ve learned disect it and make it your own. Find your niche!

  • 101 Renee // Jan 30, 2013 at 8:41 am

    My advice is to properly price your product. Your time is worth something, so don’t write it off!

  • 102 Robert Waites // Jan 30, 2013 at 8:41 am

    Keep money in reserve.You will always need more

  • 103 Marnie // Jan 30, 2013 at 8:44 am

    Hmmm… You now have your product and are ready to begin marketing both your product and yourself. Pick your business colors and design just as carefully as your beads. Step One: Always carry your business cards and never go out without wearing a piece of your own design. It is surprising just how many people will comment on what your wearing and want to know where you got it. You now have their attention. Use this very basic step to put yourself out there and once you do, people will begin to remember who you really are and connect you with your jewellry. Once you get your product out there, whether it is at your local craft sales, online or in a local boutique. People will begin to remember you by name and by your designs. Good Luck & God Bless…

  • 104 Valorie Speakman // Jan 30, 2013 at 9:03 am

    One of the things I’ve learned is that you should take pictures of your jewelry that you’ve sold so that you can go back & look at it when the customer calls or emails you for a matching bracelet or earrings, I have pictures of all that I’ve made, but there have been a few times when I’ve made a piece at a show & didn’t get a picture, so now I make sure I have a camera at all shows, take pictures of each piece & document who bought it!

  • 105 Johanna Garnuette // Jan 30, 2013 at 9:16 am

    I started and stopped due to family issues. However, I am starting up again. I love making jewelry and I wear what I make. I get compliments and orders. My advice to anyone is you are your greatest promoter. You are your best ad campaign. If you dont wear your jewelry invest in an amazing camera ( I have FujuFilm 35mm digital) or a camera phone and create a mobile portfolio. I had a conversation with a woman at my church one evening and showed her some photos. She asked me a week later to do the jewelry for her and her bridal party. I am on a supertight budget and self promoting works me and it can work for you, too!!! Stay Blessed

  • 106 JACQUELYN FLOURNOY // Jan 30, 2013 at 9:16 am


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  • 108 Shannnon Westrum // Jan 30, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Your work is worth more to others than you know. DON’T UNDER VALUE yourself and trust your instincts!

  • 109 kim // Jan 30, 2013 at 9:39 am

    love your products and would love to win one of your giveaways, My advice would be to never give up,no matter what others tell you, that you cant do this in these times,do not listen, never give up, have faith in yourself and your artistry

  • 110 Allison // Jan 30, 2013 at 11:02 am

    Take great photos, mine need improvement, and that is in my future!!

  • 111 Andrea // Jan 30, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Put your heart into every piece. No matter how many you make they should all be so good you would be proud to give them to someone you love.

  • 112 Jeannie Scala // Jan 30, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    Dream big and work hard at bringing your dreams to fruition, after all, you’re doing what you love to do! Enjoy!!!

  • 113 Kimber // Jan 30, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    Get beads, chain, clasps, and other components in as many colors as possible, then pay attention to color! That being said, I don’t mean the “forecasts”. Just because neon pink or turquoise is “going” to be a hot color come summer or the experts think gunmetal or bronze hardware will be the “in” thing for spring doesn’t necessarily mean it’s true. Use colors and color combinations YOU like, especially with new creations and just let your customers know you’re willing to make an identical piece with any color of bead/findings you have.

  • 114 Kara Pitcher // Jan 30, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    Always believe in yourself and your abilities! Take pride it your work and it will show through in everything you do. Your customers will respect your confidence and expertise.

  • 115 Lita Williams-Johnson // Jan 30, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    Create from your passion and joy, love what you create, wear what you create & it will sell itself!!!

  • 116 Gloria Frazier // Jan 30, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    I am hoping to win you give-away and be able to really begin my business for real and not just as a passtime. I love to create and can’t find enough time to do all the things in my head right now but I plan to retire soon.
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    Gloria Frazier

  • 117 Betty D // Jan 30, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    I do a lot of custom jewelry, usually just taking a color. “LISTEN” to your customer and give them what they want–they will return and they will give you referrals.

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