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Jan 082015

download Lots of us set goals for the New Year. Many of us include a business goal in there somewhere, and even if we’re not ‘resolution’ makers, most of us have some goals or ideas of what we want for our jewelry business in 2015. It’s human nature to dream but if you want success, you need to have a goal and you need to PLAN.

For many of us creating is second nature, it’s a drive we can’t turn away from – but it’s also become VERY apparent that for many of us, the business side feels like a chore. It’s mysterious and overwhelming.

But it doesn’t have to be.

I have been hearing about Flourish & Thrive all over the place. They are getting GREAT feedback and come highly recommended as a jeweler’s business training academy.

So how awesome is it that they are holding a free (YES! FREE!) training series —  starting TOMORROW!

Tracy and Robin have 40 years (combined) experience that has led them to success not only in their business but their overall lives ~ I personally can’t wait to hear their tips and tricks to help grow my business because let’s face it – while I LOVE to create and would do it no matter what – it’s really critical that the time I’m investing ‘pays me back’.  It can’t be a dark hole. I’m ready to get my jewelry out there and I know many of you are too.

Even if you don’t plan on turning your jewelry into a profitable business (but really — why not??) you’ll learn a lot from these two. And if you are a struggling jeweler, discouraged by lack of sale, or trying to figure out your direction – DON’T WAIT.

Go sign up NOW! 

You don’t want to miss it! This is the start of a FABULOUS new year for you! ONWARD and UPWARD!

Keep climbing…..


Aug 022011

Conversations about pricing seem to come up a LOT in forums around the internet. There are many different formulas that can be used, and we’ll present several of them in the near future, but for now lets get the ball rolling by considering working for free.

Often new artists wonder about donating work or giving away work as a method of gaining exposure. Its certainly something to consider.

An in depth discussion will take place in the near future, but for now here’s a fun chart to help determine if you should ‘work for free’. (its not a rated ‘g’ chart, but she has a link to one that is cleaned up). While its fun and satirical, there is some truth to it and is worth considering. 🙂

Should I work for free chart

What are your thoughts? Is she on target? Have you been successful in working for free?

Sep 172010

While conversing with some wonderful artist friends, the topic of blogging and RSS came up.

Most people are now familiar with a blog – a web log – shortened to blog. Its an online journal of sorts.

When people subscribe to your blog, they are getting a ‘feed’ — the blog is coming to their email or to a reader.

It comes via ‘RSS’  which is ‘really simple syndication’.

A reader is a service that allows you to get all your blogfeeds in one place. You can read the content right there for the most part.

Wiki can explain it all better than I can -> RSS ON WIKI

People use different methods of tracking favorite blogs, there is the google connect gadget, there are bookmarks, RSS, email subscriptions, readers, etc.

I like to corral not only my favorite blogs, but also my favorite websites, Etsy shops, etc. with a ‘reader’. With a reader you can add not only blog feeds, but a ton of other web content feeds.

Anywhere you see the now familiar RSS icon, you can ‘grab’ the feed and receive updates direct to your reader whenever there is a content update.

But what if you want to respond to a blogpost? No worries, your reader will have a live link you can use to get there.

I use Google Reader, its very user friendly.  Here are some screen shots to help you see how I do it.

I’ll use my Etsy shop as an example.

First, find the little RSS icon.

click it.

That should take you to a page that looks like this:

When you are there, you will have a drop down box that allows you to select how you would like to subscribe. (I use Google Reader, so I would select that.)

Making that selection will add the feed to my reader and also take me directly to my reader.

Once in reader, if there is another website or blog that I know I would like to subscribe to, I can do it right from the homepage of my google reader (if I have the web address or url). Google will import the feed.

You want to find where it says ‘add subscription’.

click that.

Then you will get a pop up where you can enter the url.

you can try this with any url, the worst that will happen is that google will tell you it can’t find a feed for that url or it can’t find content. Sometimes it will offer to create a feed for you. So nice. 🙂

*~* NOTE: I did this in mozilla firefox — it may look a little different in different browsers. *~*

The Jewelry Artists Network feed can be obtained on the sidebar, or just grab it here.

RSS and feeds are obviously helpful to you, you don’t have to run around visiting all of your happy places to stay up to date. You can do it from the comfort of one home page.

But how is it helpful to your business? What can RSS do for your business?

Stay tuned for the next post to find out!

Questions? Leave in the comments section or use the contact tab above. We’re not computer whiz kids here but we’ll try to help!