Making bead jewelry can be a fun way of exploring your creative talent. You can work on it as a hobby, but you can also start a business out of it. To realize profit from your jewelry making business, one important thing is you should know how to price every piece of jewelry correctly. Prices should include the costs of your supplies, your time, overhead, and experience. Let us take for example, you are to create a necklace made of alloy beads. So you head on to your favorite bead shop and craft store to buy supplies such as beads, nymo thread, findings, etc. You also need to buy supplies like gift boxes, ribbons, tags, presentation cards, and bags.
After working on your necklace, you then calculate all the costs of materials that you used in making that piece of jewelry. The cost of the finished necklace will be different from the cost of your supplies. It is because you did not use up all the supplies that you bought in making the beaded necklace. So you calculate the cost of each alloy bead and how many were used; you do the same with all the other supplies (findings, clasps, nymo threads, etc) that were incorporated on the necklace.
After doing the above steps, you can start analyzing the bead strand costs. Maybe they are not easily marketable because of their high prices, or maybe some findings are worth doing them yourself so as not to make your piece of jewelry very costly. You try using anything that will make your project low-cost, for easy marketability. When you set up the price of your necklace, you add other criteria such as cost of shipping and delivery.
The ideal thing is to use up all the supplies that you bought to make the necklace. There are alloy beads and thread that are left over. This should be moved quickly. If this does not move, your money will be tied up not being used. Some of the supplies may get out of fashion or become obsolete. To have a healthy business, you should always try to reduce your inventory and maximize your product availability. Do not make it a practice to stock a box full of beads, using only one here and a couple there. Just think of the money that you spent buying all those beads.
You can consider making ethnic style bracelets and necklaces just to use all those supplies. It may take you long to sell them all, but at least, it is there ready to sell. Or you can consider making a set, instead of just one piece. For the necklace that you just made, you can create a matching bracelet and earrings. Your inventory will move quickly and if you sell quickly, your business will be on its right path. You can use up all the supplies that you bought and you can profit more effectively. Having a jewelry making business is both fun and financially satisfying.