Speaking as one who has purchased more than her share of hand-made jewelry, there's money in this idea!
Jewelry Making for Fun and Profit
by Sam Serio
There is an old adage that says work isn't really work if you enjoy
what you're doing. If one of your hobbies is jewelry making, why not
turn this activity into a source of income? You're already having fun
anyway, and it wouldn't take a whole lot more to share your jewelry
creations with people who would appreciate them and be more than happy
to pay for them. With a bit of extra effort, time management and
discipline, jewelry making is a great way to have fun and make a bit of
extra money on the side.
Whether you're a novice about to enter the jewelry making field for the
first time or whether you've been doing this for some time now, there
are always several basic factors to consider. First, it's important to
have an adequate amount of space where you can work unbothered for a
certain length of time each day and where you can store your jewelry
making materials and tools. It doesn't have to be a large space, just a
corner or room where you can concentrate on bringing your ideas to life
and be free from undue distractions.
Second, if you haven't already, decide on the kind of jewelry you are
going to make. If you're just getting your feet wet in the jewelry
making arena, start out with something simple. Think about what type of
jewelry you'd enjoy and feel comfortable wearing and go on from there.
Whatever materials you might need are readily available either on the
Internet or in a physical retail store. Then, as you become more adept
at what you're doing, you can start exploring other, more complex
jewelry making techniques. Remember, there is a plethora of information
resources to help you make money from your hobby: books, specialty
magazines, the Internet, and other jewelry makers.
After you've made a number of jewelry items, there are steps you can
take to get other people interested in them. Be a walking advertisement
for your jewelry making business. Wear some of your creations whenever
you go out: wear them to work, when you go to the supermarket, or when
you attend parties. Word of mouth is also a great way to let other
people know about your jewelry making endeavor. Show some of your
finished pieces to family and friends, and encourage them to spread the
The important thing to remember is that you continue to enjoy making
jewelry and to take pride in your creations. Your love for jewelry
making will be the key factor in maintaining your creativity level and
it will help you come up with the designs that appreciative customers
will buy. Never forget the 'fun' factor in jewelry making, as this will
be reflected in your work, and the 'profit' factor will follow.
About the Author
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