Do you make your own jewellery? Do you design your own creations? Have you thought about selling them to earn some money for beads? Or are you aspiring to run your own bead business one day?
Well, for a lot of beaders, selling their work in some form is a natural progression of their hobby. Maybe you’ve created so much stuff that you can’t wear it all and you can’t even give it away to friends and family. Or perhaps you want to earn a little money to pay for more beads. Maybe your dreams are grander than all that and you want to earn a proper living doing something that you love.
So, where do you start?
Now, I’ve built my own bead business up from absolutely nothing. Over the years, I’ve sold finished jewellery and flowers at craft fairs and in shops. Currently, I sell my beading tutorials, books, kits and a few beads. And none of that happened overnight. I’ve made a lot of mistakes along the way. But, in doing so, I’ve also learned a lot.
So, I wanted to help you out by turning those lessons into articles here in the bead business section. That way, you might have a better idea of what you’re doing and avoid some of the mistakes I made. So, what does all this involve? Keep reading and I’ll explain…
What’s in the Bead Business section?
I’ve looked at a lot of different aspects of selling your work and running a business. So, let me ask you these questions…
How much do you know about selling your work?
Do you know where you want to sell? Will you be selling online or in person? Are you selling beading tutorials or finished items? What do you know about setting up and running a business?
These are the kind of questions I’ve been answering in the section entitled, ‘selling your work’. So, if that’s what you need to know about, that could be your first port of call.
What do you know about marketing?
Have you already started trying to sell stuff, but you’re not having much success? It may be because you don’t have a marketing strategy. Or maybe you have a strategy, but you need to try a different approach. Perhaps you’re not that far down the road yet. Are you just getting started and wanting to create a brand for yourself?
Basically, if you need to know more about what marketing means, or you have marketing questions, then this section would be a good place to start.
Do you know how to price your work?
Of course, you might have no problem with marketing, but still you’re not selling much. So, is your price right? This section looks at how to price your work fairly. It doesn’t matter whether you’re trying to set a price for beading tutorials, or for finished objects, I’ve got you covered.
Do you want to publish designs in books or magazines?
Maybe you’d like to see your name and your work in print? Well, how do you go about it? This section will answer your questions about getting beading tutorials published in magazines, or maybe publishing your own beading book. It covers self publishing as well as working with established craft publishers.
How much do you know about copyright?
If you’re hoping to sell any work, in any format, you need to be aware of copyright. First, you need to make sure you’re not breaking the law and infringing another designer’s copyright. Second, you need to know how you can protect your own copyright. So, if you have questions about this side of a bead business, check out this section.
Now, as you can probably imagine, there’s an awful lot to share in this section. So, I’m still adding to it! If you can’t find an answer to your question, you can always use this link to ask me.
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