Thursday, October 02, 2014

Pricing Your Work - a challenge

Yes, it's a challenge. At some point we all seem to struggle with this topic.

How do I price my work ?
Am I capturing all of my costs?
What if I want to wholesale?

Have you answered those questions for yourself?

do you have a formula/method that works for you?

For those who don't - for those who are struggling - I have spent MONTHS talking to tons of jewelers - professional, hobbyists, weekend warriors and those in it full time - and I've taken it all and created a workbook to help capture ALL costs - office supplies? packaging? postage, marketing, tools, rent, etc - calculate several retail and wholesale price structures, and track items.

Why did I do this? Oh my gosh.

Can I tell you how much *I* needed this?

Truth time - I was guessing and estimating and generally not taking it all seriously enough. And I was losing money. GRANTED, I wasn't trying to make money at the time - but when finances started to get tight I had to take a good look at where my personal 'expendable' money was going - and it was all going into my studio/jewelry.

SO, the workbook helped me take an objective look at my work.

Adding it to my tutorial offerings helps me in a business sense but it also stands to help YOU.

It's an inexpensive product that can help you focus and be consistent in your pricing.

This workbook can help you determine appropriate and sustainable pricing for your jewelry - both on a wholesale and retail level.

I've included the most common CURRENT pricing formulas and set them up in a workbook with formulas built in to auto-calculate prices. all you have to do is plug in some of YOUR variables and voila'  - 4 pricing structures just POP out! 

There is an overhead worksheet which can help you take into account all the expenses outside of materials and time/labor. As well as an inventory sheet so you can see what is selling well and at what prices and locations. If you want to create a production line that information can be really useful. 

This is a comprehensive workbook based on methods that have been proven successful by numerous jewelers. 

I'm offering it at a reduced price for the first 20 downloads. All purchases at ANY time are eligible for one free editing session. So if there are things you think are missing and there isn't enough space or you want to re-work something - I'm willing to help. 

I want us all to succeed. :)  

The workbook is available on Etsy for now. 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

No, I'm NOT perfect!

So yea, I guess that's no surprise.

ESPECIALLY to those who know me well. :)

So it's always mildly amusing when people comment on my diet - my food choices. . . . from the perspective that I eat SO healthy or that I must be depriving myself of something.

Nothing could be further from the truth. I think most 'online' lives are a little different than the fully rounded offline life. Not that most of us are trying to misrepresent - it's just that we share things we think will be of interest or the things that interest US. So, like it's not that interesting (I don't think) to post my recent cheeseburger (unless there was something unusual or exemplary about said burger) but it's interesting to me (and I think to a certain portion of readers) if I find a new recipe or if I get hooked on a new breakfast. Typically when I'm striving for something or interested in something - well, that's what I'm going to post.

So, in terms of dietary interests. I'm interested in a relatively healthy diet. But YES, I eat things that are not considered very healthy. OVERALL though I am aiming for a healthy diet.



I want to FEEL GOOD.

Our bodies are 'machines' and need the right fuel. Anything else is harmful to some degree.

I posted today on the new blog a few quick and easy changes you can make if you are interested:

It's not hard to make these changes even if you aren't going to give up other things. And truly, we can all stand to make some changes to increase our health because I'm not the only one that's not perfect :)

Monday, June 16, 2014

It's official - I'm moving!!!


That's right.

I'm moving.

It has been a very tough decision and SO many things factored in. I've gone back and forth and up and down about it. And I know that it's a TON of work and will take some time. And I know I may lose some friends along the way.

But I finally decided it's what is best for me and my family.

Soooooooooo, my new address will be: 

Hey, you didn't think I was moving my physical residence, did you!??

Oh holy cow no!!

I can't even begin to imagine that. Not again. Not this soon.

Maybe never. (ok, so no, I KNOW I will move again, but oh my gracious, not any time soon)

I appreciate the feedback I received when I did my little survey a while back. And I SO appreciate everyone who has supported me here on blogger.  Your visiting, commenting, sharing, etc has meant so much to me and I REALLY hope you will follow me to my new blogging home.

I know I can't be everything to everyone and I know that not everyone will like the new blog, and while that makes me sad, I also know that I need to carve out a little niche on the web that is authentic to me. I think I've outgrown the blog name here - I don't want to maintain 3 blogs or sites but I REALLY want to share my other passions and fun.  So, at Just Enough Hours, I can do that and it makes more sense.

Why the name?

Well, how often do we say "there aren't enough hours in the day!"

I don't know - maybe you don't say it. But I do. And I know a lot of people, especially women, who say it as well. But I got to thinking - - - - - dangerous I know. But seriously. Could you imagine if we had like 34 hours in the day? At first glance you might think this is a kick-butt idea. But SERIOUSLY - you think you're tired now? What the freak do you think you'll feel like if you cram in more STUFF into an additional 5 or 6o or 7 hours?????

uh-uh. Not me. NO way. I'd put myself in an early grave working or busy-ing myself to death. Literally.

so I think we have JUST enough hours in each day.

It's a good reminder to me of how time passes and what I'm doing with my time. What I'm capable of doing with my time. What I WANT to be doing with my time.

I'll be blogging and sharing about life in general, food, family, and tricks or things I do to help me 'get it all done' (hate that phrase) - I'm not telling anyone how to do anything, just sharing my experience - my successes and failures. And hoping to encourage other women who are in the process of busy-ing themselves to death.

There's got to be a better way. :)

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