If you have a handcrafted home jewelry business of any sort then you’ve probably learned that running a business is not always as easy as it could be. You probably have lots inventory, lots of customers, plenty of invoices to print and some messy methods for keeping track of all your materials including your wires, clasps and even beads. You probably enjoy making custom jewelry, but you’ve probably had a heck of a time figuring out how much to sell your jewelry for and what price level gives you a decent profit margin.
You can dedicate more time to making bead jewelry and less time to pushing paper and running numbers with a good bead jewelry application. After all, you started this business not because you liked typing up invoices, but because you enjoy making and selling handmade jewelryThere are lots of different software packages to choose from, but whatever you choose you should make sure you have these three important features:
Jewelry Pricing Calculator: Keeping track of what materials you have in stock is important for ordering and making sure you don’t run out of essential items, but you should also be able to enter the materials used in each piece and the software should be able to calculate the amount of money it costs to produce each piece. This will help make sure you’ll never make a beaded jewelry piece and sell it for less than you paid for the materials.
Invoicing Ability: If you bought an elegant piece of bead jewelry would you really want a receipt that’s scribbled on a thin yellow piece of paper covered with carbon paper marks? Of course not! You’d expect a professional receipt. Being able to produce impressive and easy-to-read receipts helps makes your business look more professional and more established, whether it’s your first piece sold or hundredth piece sold.
Reasonable Price: When you’re starting your bead jewelry business you may not have a lot of money to spend initially, but you’d be surprised how quickly a good jewelry program can pay for itself in saved time and professional results. Generally, you should expect to pay about $90 to $140 (but no more than that) for a decent bead jewelry software package.
Remember that the software you buy should help you run your business, increase your profit margin and ultimately give you more time to do what you love best: making and selling wonderful beaded jewelry!