Failure is not an option in jewellery designing!

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My journey

I have always been creative and I loved working with different materials no other designer works with. I did not realise this until my textile teacher informed me that my work was exceptional and I should consider taking this further as a career. Although at that time, I was too pre-occupied with being a teenage and disobeying any school rules out there. Little did I know this will come back and haunt me after my law career failed and I was unable to get a job. So I went back to my roots and started designing unique jewellery pieces. I had no experience! I did not know what a round-hook nose plier was? Or what a headpin was for? Or how I could use such tools and materials to make jewellery pieces? It was a struggle…I admit but two years down the line and I am designing pieces that I thought I never could.

Once I acquired the skills, the next step was making this into a career. This proved to be an even bigger struggle. I thought it would be easy – I mean its handmade quality items, right? But no, I had a lot to learn about my consumers and business in general, particularly this new generation of online businesses that were taking over the internet. I started with social media thinking I could climb up the ladder pretty quickly. Boy, was I wrong! I was competing against millions of online businesses on Twitter and Facebook – a lesson well-learned. I ditched both Social Medias and started small – a stall/stand at themed events where I could build the relationship with my consumers and most importantly sell some of my stuff. I had attended a total of 2 events to date. My first event I made around £7 showing consumers how to make ribbon bracelets…total fail! My second event at a primary school Christmas event, I made a profit of around £16 once I paid for the table. Most popular items were colourful ribbon bracelets. It boosted my confidences. I have a third event in town next coming weekend (a prime location) where I am hoping to make a profit as Christmas is just around the corner. Fingers and toes-crossed that it all goes well.

Moral of the story…

Don’t give up!!!! If you believe in your product enough it will sell. It will take time and a lot of hard-work but it’s achievable.

If anyone is wondering I did eventually find a job in research which I equally love. I use my salary to source my hobby of creating great jewellery pieces. I also started a Facebook business page (Yes, I gave social media another go!) called Share Your Colours where I showcase my jewellery pieces. If you have time, please head over there now and check out some of my pieces.

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