Finding A Job Which Utilizes Your Jewelry Making Experience

There are actually many career pathways for people who have backgrounds in jewelry making and bead working. Besides the obvious pathways of making jewelry to sell, or teaching jewelry making, there are still many job and career opportunities for you.

You may have to do a little more leg work, and a little more tree-shaking. Don’t assume, however, when the linear pathway is blocked, that all pathways are blocked. They are not.


Canyon Sunrise, Necklace by Warren Feld, 2008

One of the most difficult things I have to do as a designer is say Good-Bye! to my pieces. I make something. I put it out there for sale. Someone buys it. I will probably never see it again. Yes, I can make another one, but that’s not the same thing. That’s not the point.

I submitted the necklace piece pictured above to a Swarovski Create Your Style Contest in 2008. The theme was be naturally inspired. My inspiration was this sunrise image of the Grand Canyon.


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Not Just One Type Of Person Becomes A Designer

There is not just one type of person who becomes a designer. There are many, many types of people who find the creative pursuit of design a common passion. They may have different ambitions. They may prefer to use different techniques and materials. They may have different expectations for financial success. They may have different compulsions for creating their designs. But the excitement is there for each of them.

We can differentiate people who become designers by their aspirations (Neuendorf, 2016) — why they became designers. Some designers fit one type of aspiration; others, more than one. …


Balancing Risk and Reward

Abstract:

It is very feasible to start and run a successful business selling hand made products. This series of articles introduces you to the things you will need along the way as you develop your business financial management road-map. Financial management includes all the things you need to do in order to maximize your Return On Investment (ROI). This system relates risks to rewards. It mostly involves a system of data collection, monitoring and analysis methods employed by any successful business. Activities in this kind of system include things such as general accounting and bookkeeping, inventory management, and record keeping…


It is very feasible to start and run a successful business selling hand made products. This series of articles introduces you to the things you will need along the way as you develop your business financial management road-map, and seek to get your best return on investment (ROI).

Controlling The Flow Of Money

These discussions here are not a substitute for consulting with a tax attorney or accountant in the state you do business in. These professionals will be more current with local, state and federal requirements. …


It is very feasible to start and run a successful business selling hand made products. This series of articles introduces you to the things you will need along the way as you develop your business financial management road-map, and seek to get your best return on investment (ROI).

Your Inventory Needs To Be Managed

c) ROI: Inventory Management

The Kinds Of Things You Want To Be Doing
In Inventory Management

Monitoring and managing inventory involves several interrelated activities. These activities will place time and cost burdens on you. Luckily, much of this can be computerized. There is inventory management software available, some of it specialized for the various design and…


It is very feasible to start and run a successful business selling hand made products. This series of articles introduces you to the things you will need along the way as you develop your business financial management road-map, and seek to get your best return on investment (ROI).

Record Keeping and Other Considerations

d) ROI: Other Record Keeping

You want to keep all your receipts together for each calendar year. You do NOT want to keep all your receipts stored in a shoe box. File these, say in an accordion file, organized alphabetically by company.

If part of the transactions listed on any receipt are personal and some are business…


It is very feasible to start and run a successful business selling hand made products. This series of articles introduces you to the things you will need along the way as you develop your business financial management road-map, and seek to get your best return on investment (ROI).

g) ROI: Getting Terms

Whenever possible, I suggest trying to get net terms with your suppliers. Net terms is a form of trade credit. Instead of paying upfront for your supplies, your suppliers will give you some predetermined period of time to pay for these goods. …


It is very feasible to start and run a successful business selling hand made products. This series of articles introduces you to the things you will need along the way as you develop your business financial management road-map, and seek to get your best return on investment (ROI).

j) ROI: What Does It Mean To Foster A Growth Mind-Set

Failure is uncomfortable. Disconcerting. Too often, we do everything we can to keep ourselves out of situations where we might fail. We focus on what could go wrong, instead of what could go right. We think we don’t have the abilities to do the task. We get paralyzed. We do nothing. Or…

Warren Feld

Beading and jewelry making have been wonderful adventures, from custom work, production work, and teaching. *Design is about the ability to make smart choices.

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