No body wants to admit it, and certainly no one wants to talk about it in public but every jeweler makes mistakes.
Here are 10 mistakes that you can avoid just by reading this blog post.
1. Breaking stones - The reality is that no stone is perfect and no jeweler is perfect either. Get in the habit of a self-care routine when you’re setting stones. Don’t drink too much alcohol the night before and don’t drink coffee that morning. The stone setting jitters happen naturally, no need to add anymore to situation.
2. Losing client work - Stay organized with job envelopes, a safe and a good system for storing clients valuable items. Use a prong lifter instead of wire cutters to cut stones out of their seats, otherwise that center stone will go flying and you’ll never see it again… and neither will your customer
3. Not building a contact list - Capture every single customers name, email and contact information at every sale! This is so important for building a substantial email list, and also for keeping track of addresses so you don’t have to ask every time you send out a package
4. Insurance - We don’t always think about having insurance but it’s a really good thing to have. Every time you go to the post office, pay extra for insurance. Don’t ever write jewelry on the package, it will get stolen and don’t ever leave without a receipt. Take a photo of the tracking number with your phone before you leave the post office no matter what.
5. Bad competition - Your biggest competition is yourself. Let go of your insecurities and lift other jewelers up. There is nothing to fear. Lack mindset is a form of self-sabotage. There is enough for everyone. Enough clients, enough material, enough ideas. Let’s end bad vibes and poor competitive nature together.
6. Snuffing sales - If a customer walks into your shop, be nice to them! Even if they are a fellow jewelry designer. They’re not there to steal your ideas, they are there to admire your work and potentially buy something.
7. Working with anyone who will pay - If a client is draining your energy, fire them. You will make more money by focusing on people and projects that fulfill you. Move your energy else ware and the abundance will flow.
8. Bad work ethic - Sitting on your phone all day is not productive. Get your butt in gear and make some jewelry! If you have to spend 3 weeks in production and then three weeks doing outreach, I’m all about time blocking, but don’t get lazy. There’s work to do!
9. Not finishing work - Finish your projects. It your job to be creative and bring beauty to life. If a project isn’t fulfilling you and you’re frustrated, I get it. But a best practice is to finish all of your work because if you have a custom job that needs to get done and you get in the habit of bailing on all your projects, you might miss out on a big opportunity.
10. Bad bookkeeping - Get an accountant and start doing your own bookkeeping. If you need help organizing your back-end I would be happy to help. Sign up for a free guidance call with me to discuss how I can help you with your business.