So without further ado, I bring you Amber Guge from Amber Dawn Jewelry!
I love that she is there at home working with her children! How adorable!
Kelly: Hello, Amber, and thank you for joining me here today! Tell us, how young are you?
Kelly: What is the name of your business?
Amber: Amber Dawn Jewelry. Dawn is my middle name. My husband decided that I should use it.
Kelly: When did you begin?
Amber: I started learning and trying to make jewelry almost 4 years ago. I have definitely come a long way. I love learning new things, and using new items in my pieces.
Kelly: Do you have any background in business or crafting or jewelry making?
Amber: I used to do loom beading with my mom when I was between 5 and 10 years old. I remember that I liked making small things because I would lose interest if it took too long. But I did love going to the bead store with her and looking at all the great colors and designs. My parents also ran a small business when I was about 14, and I helped quite a bit with that.
Kelly: What motivated you to start Amber Dawn Jewelry ?
Amber: My friends and family kept telling me I should sell my jewelry, but my husband is the one who lit a fire and got it all started. I am more excited about the business everyday, and especially when I have a sale! My inspirations come from all sorts of things. Sometimes, it's something I see that I like, but I know I could just make it myself, or a certain type of bead or pendant jumps out at me and screams “USE ME!”, and sometimes I get inspiration from just looking through my collection of beads, wire, chain, stones, etc.
Kelly: What is your favorite product?
Kelly: What are the special Features?
Amber: I love stretchy bracelets! The multi-strand is very “in” and the stone reminds me of the moon. The wire wrap design makes it original and is definitely an eye catcher.
Kelly: What are your business goals this year?
Amber: This year is my first year actively selling my jewelry. My goals are to be involved in several social networks, in order to be seen by as many people as possible, and to consistently use available resources to learn new ways to make jewelry.
Kelly: How do you get traffic to your website?
Amber: Currently I use Facebook, and I follow and leave comments on others blogs. I use my family and friends to spread my name with business cards and discounts. I also have a family blog and just started a business blog.
Kelly: How do you juggle work/life balance? For instance, you have small children. How do you “do” all that you “do”?
Amber: I am lucky enough to not have to work a full time or part time job. I have one son in Kindergarten, and the other one is still young enough to take naps. Most of my jewelry making gets done during nap time or after the kids are in bed. Sometimes I get a few spare minutes when they occupy each other and I can work on my stuff. Of course jewelry comes after meals, cleaning house, laundry, dishes, and trying to maintain a few close friendships. I wouldn't say that I have found a balance, but everything gets done somehow.
Kelly: Can you share some of your frustrations?
Amber: Right now, my biggest challenge with my business is not having the space in my tiny house to have a workspace. I work at the kitchen table with poor lighting and the constant need to put everything away, then drag it all back out. It has become very frustrating. I guess if that's all I have to complain about though, things must be okay. :)
Kelly: What is the most valuable lesson you have learned?
Amber: Starting this business only 7 months ago, I have learned a lot. Most importantly, I have learned to ask questions. Anyone who owns a small business, especially other crafters, are very helpful, and knowledgeable. You can learn a lot from others.
Kelly: What word of encouragement can you give a person who wants to also start their own business?
Amber: Do it! What's the worst that could happen? There is no greater feeling in the world (besides maybe having a baby) than having your first sale.
Kelly: Any other thing you would like to share with us?!
Amber: I currently have a spring cleaning sale in my shop. Several items are listed from 30-50% off! Also, April 30th - May 7th, I will be having a give away on my blog. Be sure you are a follower.
Kelly: Amber Dawn, thank you so much for joining us here today. I can tell that you are a "go-for-it" person and I love your positive attitude. I also say that to anyone out there who might be afraid.....Just DO IT! Jump in and get started! Push fear back into a dark closet or say "Move out of my way"!
Here are some more great items that I picked out of Amber's shop:
Go, Amber, Go! Here are some ways you can connect with Amber and show your support:
Etsy Link- http://www.amberdawnjewelry.etsy.com/
Facebook Link- http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/amberdawnjewelry?ref=ts
Ladies, we need more interviews, so be sure to convo me your email address so we can get you featured!
See you next week!
Contributed By: Amber Dawn Shop: Amber Dawn Jewelry