Your jewelry making business can include the fun and rewarding activity of helping other people make jewelry.
A couple of years after I started selling my handmade jewelry, a friend asked me to teach a beading workshop to her “Moms’ Group”.
My first thought was, “I’ve never taught anything – I can’t do that!”
But I took a deep breath, thought about it from all angles, and agreed to do it. And you know what? It was a success! Everyone loved the things they made. Even I had fun with it.
That first beading workshop planted the seed for a new facet of my jewelry making business.
The Moms’ Group invited me back to do a second jewelry workshop for them, and a third one.
Then a couple of them wanted to have home parties for their friends to come over and make bead jewelry. So I did those.
Then one of them wanted me to do a bead bracelet workshop for her daughter’s Girl Scout troop – so I did.
Suddenly I realized I had stumbled across a lucrative sideline – another source of income from my jewelry making business.
A lot of people have jewelry-making wants or needs, but don’t want to get into it on a permanent basis themselves. They just want to make a specific project or two, or create an occasional special gift to give.
These customers need people like you and me to provide the supplies, tools, and guidance to help them accomplish the project they have in mind. And they are very willing to pay for our supplies and assistance.
Besides group jewelry workshops, there’s also a demand for individual jewelry-making sessions.
Helping individual people make a special jewelry project is very rewarding, and in the process I always wind up with new ideas I probably wouldn’t have otherwise.
It’s very easy to do a custom, one-on-one workshop. All you need to do is:
1. Help the person define her project and give her a price quote. (Note: the quote should include the cost of any necessary supplies plus shipping, plus your time.)
2. Collect full payment up front. This is important so you don’t get stuck with supplies you can’t use if the customer changes her mind.
3. Order any necessary supplies.
4. Schedule a day, time, and place to hold the one-on-one jewelry-making session.
5. Assist as needed while your customer completes the project.
Here are just a few examples of individual jewelry-making projects I’ve assisted with:
* About five years ago, a lady came to me with her sons, who had sharks’ teeth from their summer vacation that they wanted to make into necklaces. So I helped the boys design and make them. Their mom came up to my booth at an art show recently and told me the boys (now in their teens) are still wearing their shark-tooth necklaces nearly every day!
* A friend wanted to buy a “jewelry making gift certificate” for her daughter to give a friend as a birthday gift. That turned into a very popular and profitable trend for my jewelry making business, and I sold several of these gift certificates and later helped the recipients make a bracelet, necklace, or earrings.
* A lady came to me with an ultra-long strand of vintage glass beads she inherited from her grandmother, and wanted to remake them into a multi-strand necklace, bracelet, and earring set. We did, and it was gorgeous. She wore the set to her husband’s office party and told me everyone raved about it.
* Another woman asked me to help her make an adjustable pearl necklace for her daughter, with interchangeable pendants to wear on it.
Another way your jewelry making business can profit when you help people make jewelry is that they’re often interested in buying pieces made by you, and these folks can turn into regular customers for your jewelry creations