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Jewelry has come to be an important part of people's lives. From engagement rings to family heirlooms, a good piece of jewelry does more than dress up an outfit. It can represent your birth month, celebrate a momentous occasion and transcend generations. There are movies, songs and works of art dedicated to this touchtone accessory. So why not combine your creativity and passion for fashion and begin taking jewelry design courses?
Jewelry design allows you to make original, one-of-a-kind pieces that reflect your personal style. But what happens when others see your designs and want their own? Come to think of it, why not turn your jewelry-making hobby into a little extra money by selling your creations? While craft fairs and markets are a great place to sell jewelry in person, the internet lets you reach more potential customers and widen your reach. And now, thanks to two big social media sites, your jewelry business can really take off!
In the last 4 years, Pinterest has expanded exponentially to become its own global phenomenon. Pinterest allows users (aka pinners) to post a variety of images (aka pins) on a virtual corkboard (aka boards).Those boards can range in topic from recipes to vacations to inspirational quotes. The boards can also be used to plan everything from weddings to lesson plans. And in July 2013, the site reported having 70 million users worldwide – a great potential customer base for you!
Pinterest works great for those looking to start their own jewelry design business too. Because Pinterest is visually driven, it's a great place to post clear photos of your latest creations. Also, because every photo can link to a webpage, you can have the picture act as a gateway to where customers can buy the very same product pictured. You can also use Pinterest to boost your brand recognition, gain followers and attract interest in what you'll do next.
The other hot new site where your jewelry business can thrive is Etsy. Etsy works as an online marketplace where creative minds like yours put their latest creations up on the web. Self-described as "a vibrant community of 30 million buyers and creative businesses," the site charges just 20 cents to put an item up for sale.
People who are looking for products, like yours, can simply view your pieces and buy whatever it is you've created. You can also have conversations through the site with your customers to better create customized jewelry they'll cherish forever.
So what are you waiting for? Turn your passion into your paycheck today by combining your smarts and the power of the Internet. Taking jewelry design courses is just the first step to creating a better future for yourself.