Grow Your Business Giveaway

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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    • Matia runas
    • January 26, 2013
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    Good for start up bussiness like what i have in mind.

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    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.

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    Good pictures and descriptions of every piece.

    • Linda Palma
    • January 26, 2013
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    Thanks for another great giveaway!!! I REALLY could use this!!

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    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.

    • Dori Benner
    • January 26, 2013
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    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!!!

    • Cherie Smith
    • January 26, 2013
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    Never apologize for the price!

    • Lisa
    • January 26, 2013
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    Hi,

    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!

    Lisa

    • Ginger
    • January 26, 2013
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    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).

    • Slavica
    • January 26, 2013
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    Passion gives you the best results.

    • Laura Y.
    • January 26, 2013
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    My advice would be: Love what you do, know your product, and be friendly!

    • Carmen
    • January 26, 2013
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    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.

    • Alicia
    • January 26, 2013
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    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.

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

    • Ragina Y.
    • January 26, 2013
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    good
    Photography

    • Tana
    • January 26, 2013
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    To keep trying and there will slow days where you may only have one sale; another time you may sell almost everything. Keep going!

    • Rochelle
    • January 26, 2013
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    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.

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    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.

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

    • Christine
    • January 26, 2013
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    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.

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    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!

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    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.

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    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.

    • Renee wallace
    • January 27, 2013
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    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.

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

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    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.

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

    • Marqueta Wehunt
    • January 28, 2013
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    I buy most of my beads from Artbead.com .They are good quality beads and I love the free speedy shipping ! Oh, and thanks guys for the tutorials also !

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    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….

    • DDW
    • January 29, 2013
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    Make items you would love to wear!

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

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    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.

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    make what you like!

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

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    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.

    • Susan
    • January 29, 2013
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    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!!

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    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!!

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

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

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    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!

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    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.

    • Marti F
    • January 29, 2013
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    Let your passion show through your art !

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

    • Beth Bambrick
    • January 29, 2013
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    Make what you love!

    • Tammy Norton
    • January 30, 2013
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    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 ..

    • Walter Rancourt
    • January 30, 2013
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    Get one teacher in a school to model your jewelry, you would be surprised at the sales it would produce.

    • Susan Sneed
    • January 30, 2013
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    Your friends and family are your best marketing source – gift them your creations and let them show the world your work.

    • Elizabeth K
    • January 30, 2013
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    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!

    • Janny
    • January 30, 2013
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    Listen to your customer. Ask for feedback, what they like, what they hate, what they think will work or not.

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    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!

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