You’re either a craft-type person and enjoy making things with your hands or not. Crafts have never been for me, but I know it is for thousands of other women. In fact, two of my friends enjoy making home-made jewellery as a hobby and then go to local craft fairs to see if they can sell it. They also sell it to friends and family and give it away as birthday or Christmas presents. I often see their wonderful designs when they upload the photos of their master-pieces on Facebook.
Turn Your Jewellery Hobby Into A Home Business Sideline
My two friends only do this purely as a hobby. They both work full-time and any profit they receive from selling their jewellery goes straight back into buying more beads etc. to make more jewellery.
But you can take it a step further if you really want to. You can turn your little craft hobby into a home-based business venture. It could start out as a little ‘side-line’ and eventually turn into a full-time business, if this is what you want.
Although there are hundreds of women creating and selling jewellery (making the competition quite fierce), there is still always room for new people getting in on the act. If fact, this goes to prove that there is always a huge market out there for people wanting to buy hand-crafted ‘bespoke’ jewellery – so why can’t it be yours?
Learn How To Make Handmade Jewellery
If you know how to make jewellery already, then you can skip this section. However, for those of you who don’t and would love to learn then your best bet is to get a Jewellery Making book or dvd or two.
I found this book Jewellery Making: A Complete Course for Beginners on Amazon.co.uk
And this book Bead on a Wire: Making Handcrafted Wire and Beaded Jewelry on Amazon.com
I couldn’t find any dvds on Amazon.co.uk, but I did find a couple on www.ebay.co.uk (just type jewellery making dvd into the search box).
You can also look on various craft websites and get starter kits:
There are various, classes, courses and workshops around the country:
Again, just Google the appropriate keywords and you will find more starter kits and courses near your town.
Selling At Craft Fairs
One of the most traditional ways to sell your hand-crafted jewellery is at craft fairs. Basically you pay a fee to the organisers to allow you to take a stall to sell all your handmade jewellery and other products. Just make sure that the craft fair is well advertised and will be well attended, you don’t want to pay a fee, go to a lot of trouble travelling and setting up your stall to not sell anything because there are very few customers.
Here are a some of useful links:
Another fantastic way to sell more jewellery is through organised jewellery parties. Once you have invited your friends and family to your own jewellery party, ask your friends and family to throw one too. You can then offer them free jewellery or a percentage of the takings as a way of saying thank you for being the host.
For more information on running your own Jewellery Party Business visit Lorri’s website. Lorri is a jewellery designer and jewellery business owner and she is sharing her professional tips so you can profit from selling your own jewellery too.
Selling Online Through Specialty Handmade Sites
A more increasingly popular way of selling jewellery is via the Internet. You can sell through eBay but you may find yourself up against a price-war where you will be forced to sell your jewellery cheaper than what you wish in order to compete.
An alternative way is to sell though existing, well-established websites such as www.etsy.com, http://en.dawanda.com and www.folksy.com. These very handy sites allow you to set-up your own Online jewellery shop within the site. This is ideal if you don’t want the hassle of setting up your own website and these sites already have a stream of visitors coming to it anyway. They will charge you a small fee for this service.
Creating Your Own Website
If you want to go down the route of starting your own jewellery website, then you need to buy a domain name and rent hosting from a hosting company. If you want to do this and don’t know how to build a website is to use website builders such as www.weebly.com or www.mrsite.com.
What you must realise when you have your own website is that you will need to do a lot of marketing (Internet marketing) to get visitors to your site. You will need thousands of visitors per month to see any sales and rewards for your hard work. Internet marketing is a very large subject in itself, so this is something extra you will have to learn.
More Jewellery Marketing Resources
This is a guide with 101 ideas on how to sell your jewellery. It’s written by David Weiman who is a Certified Psychologist and is also the Marketing Director for Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist since 1986 He’s also the marketing director of Step by Step Beads, and Step by Step Wire Jewelry.
This book is witten specifically for people like you, home-based jewellery sellers, and because of his Psychology background, he has written it as an expert on the psychology of selling handmade jewellery.
For more information, please visit http://www.homeworkingwoman.com/101jewelry
This is a fantastic book is you want to specialise in selling your handmade jewellery though parties. Lorri also covers topics such as getting an Online presence, marketing your business through social media such as Facebook and Twitter and eBay selling tips.
Lorri has been in the jewellery business for many years so she knows what she is talking about. For more information, please visit http://www.homeworkingwoman.com/jewelryparty
Rena says that she tripled her website traffic when she started using social networks. When you think about it, social networks are a great place for women to hang out and share pictures and recommendations of crafts and jewellery ideas.
This is the best place for your jewellery website or blog to get noticed. Go here to learn how Rena uses social networks to sell her jewellery: