Speaking about rambling; my climbing roses are going bonkers here in Houston, and the loveliest jasmine is growing up the side of my 2 story home; if I open my bedroom window, the fragrance is absolutely divine!
Off subject, (sorry!) so....here we go! Shall we?
Kelly: Hello, Jessica, and thank you for joining me here today! Tell us, how young are you?
Jessica: Hey Kelly thanks for having me! I am a youngun' 22 years old and a mother of a 3 year old.
Kelly: What is the name of your business?
Jessica: Well I couldn’t think a good name so I just went with my name Jessica Beyer Jewelry. I didn’t know that the name that you choose as your log in name for etsy was going to be the name that they use for the web address and the name that everyone sees lol, that is jbeyer719!
Kelly: When did you begin?
Jessica: I started my shop on etsy last year in March and that was when I started to make jewelry and I look back now at what I was creating and I think to myself "Wow, that looks horrible!" HAHA But I have been crafty since I was a kid. My mom owned a beauty salon in a small town and I would make braided necklaces and sell them for a few cents or something and making other things like pinecone ornaments one year and this and that.
Kelly: Do you have any background in business and/or jewelry making?
Jessica: I have no background in really selling but I get advice and I am learning as I go. I also have been interested in sewing by hand but never really got to do it. Sewing machines and I really don’t get along too well. I tend to break them. But my own designs that I do are kind of like sewing...
Kelly: What motivated you to start Jessica Beyer Jewelry. What inspires you to create?
Jessica: I really don’t know what gave me the idea to be a jewelry designer but one day I told my hubby that I wanted to start making jewelry. But then I thought I would sell a lot but that really hit me in the face. And it got me really down, but my family, including Darren’s side really pushed me to keep it going.
I really don’t know what inspires me; to tell the truth, I just think up a design and do it. That’s just with my wire wrapped pieces but with my upcoming collection I love organic looking stones and natural beauty that I get from them. But I also love the facets elegant gems too. I love nature and being outside. Spring is my favorite time of the year because I can have the windows open and be outside all day and seeing new life come up all around me and tending to my plants. I am a country girl and I love the open fields but at the moment I am living in the city where my house is bigger than my yard…. And I have a small house!
Kelly: I know what you mean about Spring and Gardens and open windows, Jessica! What is your favorite product?
Jessica: My favorite products that I make are a few things 1. My skinny copper bangles because oddly I don’t wear a lot of jewelry maybe a simple necklace and those bangles so something that I can wear everyday and 2. The mothers necklace I made/making me and my sister-in-laws mothers necklace for mother’s day. Since I only have one kid right now it’s pretty simple.
Kelly: What are the special Features?
Jessica: Handmade copper circles that has been wire-wrapped together with sterling silver wire to create an eye catching piece of art. This particular piece has two rows of two different size circles and from it being wire wrapped together is flexible and comfortable to wear.The width is a little over 1.25 inch and it is 8 inches long. This is available in different metals.
Sterling Silver $162
Gold Filled $198
Well for one my wire wrapped bracelets and wreaths are my own designs I came up with them and the end technique that I use. I work with copper, sterling silver and gold filled in all of my items but with the pieces with gemstones I can do any stone that you want as long as I can find it. I don’t want to tell my secret to my wire wrapped bracelets and neckpieces but the special feature with that is after I get done wrapping the circles together I kinda lock it in place so the wrapping won’t come undone.
Kelly: I REALLY like your favorite too! What are your business goals this year?
Jessica: My goals for this year are to get more people to know me and to get wholesale orders across the country. I would also love to expand my collections and attend public events. Also getting a really nice website up that I a fellow busy mom is going to do for me Grace Hester.
Kelly: How do you get traffic to your website?
Jessica: Well I am still learning but I try to promote in different areas like etsy forums and the chat room, and I am also getting new business cards, catalogs made and other items so I can pass them out and send out with orders. I have a discount that I would say that would be big but I do discounts for returning customers and referred customers. I’m not telling how much I get you would just have to find out by ordering LOL!
Kelly: How do you juggle work/life balance? For instance, you have a young child. How do you juggle everything?
Kelly: Can you share some of your frustrations?
Jessica: I wish I could get what I want as supplies go but we don’t have enough money to get them. So I get upset that I have so many ideas that I want to do and also I would love to help pay for some of the bills so my hubby doesn’t have all the burden on him to make those payments so that is another big frustration.
Kelly: What is the most valuable lesson you have learned?
Jessica: Patience! And having the right tools for the job like packaging, business cards, ect….
Kelly: What word of encouragement can you give a person who wants to also start their own business?
Jessica: Well I am still learning myself but don’t give up stay positive and you can do anything that you put your mind to. I always follow that saying and I express it to other people.
Kelly: Any other thing you would like to share with us?
Jessica: Yes, for being a featured seller on this blog I would gladly give a discount for 25% off with free shipping. Just email be at email@example.com or message me thru etsy to get a custom order. Remember that I can do different metals and stones if you want.
Kelly: Jess, thank you so much for being here today with us! Now ladies, why don't we go on over to these links and show our support for this great Busy Moms Team Member? You go, Jessica!
Jessica: My website is http://jessicabeyer.shopping.officelive.com/default.aspx
Facebook (when i can sign into it) is http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?ref=name&id=100000464539611#/pages/Lancaster-OH/jb-by-Jessica-Beyer/177813513243?ref=mf
My blog http://jessicabeyer.wordpress.com/
Here are some more of Jessica's fabulous creations:
I just went on over to Jessica's blog and it is so cute! I "followed her" and now I'm headed on over to her Facebook Fan Page! You know, I've been reading so much lately about how we need a strong support base in order to be successful. One of our core values on this team to to encourage and support one another. To share ideas, network and purchase, use and share each other's wonderful products. I am so proud of our team! Rock on, ladies!
Until next week......Dream Big and Never Give Up and Go!
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