So many people dream of having a jewelry making business. I'd like to ask you one thing: why?
Have you really thought about whether you want a jewelry business? Have you considered that there is absolutely nothing wrong with NOT having one? That it's ok to decide to have a jewelry hobby, or maybe to sell just enough to support that hobby?
Here are a couple of terrific posts and videos which lay it all out. As we head full-steam ahead into a new year, I hope you'll find these thoughts helpful in clarifying your own goals, dreams, and plans!
Megan Auman, who writes Designing an MBA, has a post called Running your business vs. pursuing your hobby that you won't want to miss. You'll need to read it along with the podcast that she did for Crafty Pod. Megan assures us that there is absolutely nothing wrong with just wanting a hobby, and the realities of running a business are not for everyone.
Jennifer VanBenschoten tackles a slightly smaller question in To sell or not to sell? She focuses on the issue of whether or not to part with a specific piece that you've made!
Diane Gilleland goes on to look at the question, Does the money automatically follow from doing what you love? Short answer: nope. If you are not intentional about it, a business may or may not grow from your actions. Read this post...it's very helpful, and Diane also discusses something that we don't like to think about: most people who are "successful" in creative businesses are not making most of their income solely from selling their wares. You can argue with her if you like, but I think there's a lot of truth in what she's suggesting.
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