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Join us for a FREE online course – start your jewellery business

Are you planning to start a jewellery business?

Or perhaps you already have one and would like a boost?

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We’d love you to join us for a FREE three-week online course to help you work through what you need to do to get started. Join Jessica Rose, our founding Director and award-winning jewellery entrepreneur, for our online course starting this week and get access to 3 video interactive lessons, downloadable notes PLUS we’ll be providing support and answering your questions in our facebook group with weekly facebook live sessions.

This is a great opportunity to gain tons of free support for your jewellery business, connect with other jewellers, gain inspiration for your next year in business and grow.

To get started with the course visit: https://learn.jewelleryschoolonline.com/p/starting-a-jewellery-business

Jessica will be going live on our facebook group page each week on Wednesday at 12 noon GMT to answer your questions and give more insight into the week’s lesson. To take part sign up to the community facebook page at:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/jewelleryschoolonline/ and meet the 1,000+ other budding jewellers in our community.

 

What is covered in the course?

This online course is scheduled for three weeks. Each week has video content to get you thinking about different aspects of starting a jewellery business

 

Week 1 – Start A Jewellery Business Top Tips (week commencing Mon 4th December 2017)

Jess’ top tips for starting a jewellery business. These tips help guide you to start preparing and thinking about your business and any areas you may need to work on or schedule to complete for your business.

 

Week 2 – My Jewellery Business Plan Model (week commencing Mon 11th December 2017)

Jess will guide you through an amazing business planning tool ‘My Jewellery Business Model’. Looking at your vision, customers, pricing, collections, suppliers and much more from a strategy viewpoint (sounds very formal but is super fun!).  You can download your handy ‘Business Start-up Guide’ and work alongside to create a model for your dream handmade jewellery business.

 

Week 3 – Building a Brand for Your Jewellery Business (week commencing Mon 18th December 2017)

Now, more than ever, it is important to stand out as a recognisable jewellery brand. Jess covers the 5 key elements of your brand, how to create or develop them in your business with tasks and actionable steps to refine your core values and the visual elements of your brand. With the aim that the people who want to buy from you, are not only aware of your brand, but they covet and desire what you have to offer! Sounds great!

 

We will be working through the course with you over the coming weeks, sign up on the link below (click enrol now) to get started. You can watch the videos whenever is convenient for you and as many times as you like!

https://learn.jewelleryschoolonline.com/p/starting-a-jewellery-business

 

And for any instagram lovers out there, we will also be providing daily inspirations and support through the jewellery school online instagram page at @JewellerySchoolOnline https://www.instagram.com/jewelleryschoolonline/

 

We look forward to working with you on your jewellery business over the coming three weeks!

Can you make a living selling jewellery?

Today on our beloved blog we are tackling the ultimate question… can you make a living selling jewellery or running your own jewellery business?

Well the short answer to this is yes but like anything it takes lots of hard work and determination so take a look below for a quick run down on some of the main aspects to consider…

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– Demand: Like any other business, you can only sell something if people want it. Luckily many of us love jewellery so there is a proven demand for it but there is also plenty of competition from the 100’s of other jewelers and companies out there. So if you are setting up your own business the key is to find something unique about your jewellery (or business) that sets you apart from everyone else. It may be that you use an unusual combination of materials, have an exceptionally good customer service for your customers, have exclusive, exquisite designs or that you have access to selling at events or in shops where there is a high level of demand for handmade jewellery.

It can be difficult before you start to be sure what the level of demand will be for your jewellery but one excellent source of information are the people around you. Show your work to friends, family, friends-of-friends and so on and ask them for their honest feedback. This is often a great way of recognizing trends of what people like to wear which can help you bucket-loads in terms of your designing and how to meet demand in your business.

If something you are selling isn’t working or there is a lack of demand it is also important to recognize this and try something else, don’t spend too long flogging a dead horse as they say!

– Keeping costs down: One thing I can’t stress enough is the need when you are starting out to be economical with what you spend on the business. Try to buy things as you go instead of going on a massive shopping trip and getting everything you think you will ever need for your business. New businesses are very changeable and what you originally plan to do could end up being something completely different. For example if you decide you want to make silver jewellery and go out and buy all the tools and materials to last you the year then one month in, realize that you prefer beaded work your money could be wasted and you may need to buy a whole new lot of equipment. Try things for a while before making big investments.  Look after the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves.

– Believing in yourself, confidence and determination: I regularly meet lots of students interested in settingup their own business but who are under-confident or don’t feel they will be able to make it successful.  When you are running your own business there is no one there to tell you what to do or which direction to go in which can be very daunting but it is essential to believe not only in yourself but your work and your ideas, this will come with time and experience. I am always very encouraging of anyone interested in setting up a jewellery business, as I believe if I can do it anyone can. Its not easy but it is certainly possible however you do need to be fairly thick-skinned, determined and able to bounce back from setbacks, as they happen to us all. I know it’s a cliché but don’t be afraid to make mistakes as they are an excellent learning opportunity.

– Work hard: To be successful at running your own business it is essential to put the hours in and work hard. Although, I must say, working hard at something you love is hugely rewarding and lots of fun – not like doing algebra!  Try and do at least one thing everyday to move your business forward, whether it be designing a new collection, working on the website, writing to the press or exhibiting at a craft show it is all great experience and will surely contribute to making your business a success.

– The Nitty Gritty – Time and Money: Setting up a new business takes time. Time to develop your skills, design and create your jewellery and set up the ‘business’ side of operations so it is important to have another source of income at least initially. Most business don’t make anything in their first year as all ‘profits’ need to go straight back into investing in new tools, materials etc… It is better to know this from the outset that way you can plan for it. Ideally you would have some money to invest in the business, a way of providing for yourself whilst the business is setting up and as much time as possible to put into it. These are all a balancing act and most of us don’t have them all in abundance but a bit of both time and money is required to set up a jewellery business.

– Consider combos: Sometimes a combination of things works best and many jewellers make and sell jewellery alongside other related avenues such as teaching jewellery making, hosting jewellery parties, working for other jewellers, organizing fairs or events, running parties or sessions for children and young people or selling craft or jewellery making supplies – the list is endless. They are not all for everyone but you may find that one other thing can help to keep money coming in during dry periods.

– Enjoy yourself and give credit where it’s due: On a final note, don’t forget to enjoy yourself, making jewellery is an extremely rewarding job and I for one wouldn’t change it for the world. Don’t forget to stop every now and then and congratulate yourself on how well you are doing as it is not easy but is greatly rewarding and certainly a possible and fulfilling career.

If you would like to learn more about how to set up your own jewellery business, regular classes are held at the London Jewellery School including the ‘Jewellery Business Day‘ and ‘5 Day Jewellery Business Intensive’. We also offer business mentoring sessions for help  and support at every stage of your business and will soon be offering an online, distance learning jewellery business course that can be completed from the comfort of your own home. More info to follow – watch this space.

Until next time,

Happy Making

LJS x

(written by Jessica Rose)