Start with us, Halstead!
Halstead is committed to supporting small jewelry businesses in every way possible. Our huge selection of chain, supplies and findings is just the beginning. We also offer great content to help you in your business every day.
Hilary Halstead Scott interviews our 2017 Halstead Grant winner, Kristen Baird, about networking strategies and pitfalls. We go way beyond cocktail party mingling in this talk about how to approach important contacts and how to look for opportunities you never knew existed. This segment is great to listen to while you work at your jewelry bench. What are your thoughts on networking? Has it opened doors for you? Any embarrassing moments?
Flourish & Thrive Academy
Jewelry Business Education website full of free content as well as paid classes on running a jewelry business. Fantastic resources via podcasts, webinars, online courses and an annual seminar.
The Jewelry Loupe: by Cathleen McCarthy includes articles on photographing your jewelry, marketing and more
Artsy Shark: artist entrepreneur articles and interviews
Creative Capital: blog articles, opportunities and webinars for arts entrepreneurs
Perceived Value Podcast: by Sarah Rachel Brown on trying to make a living as a professional artist
SNAG is a professional organization for jewelers and metalsmiths around the world. It provides advocacy, community and resources for metalsmiths on many different career paths. Their mission includes resources and content for small jewelry businesses. In alternating years they host a conference focused on small jewelry business topics. See the SNAG Events page for upcoming events.
Accounting for Jewelers
Mariel Diaz began Accounting for Jewelers years ago to provide content specifically for small jewelry businesses. Check out her blog for fantastic free content. She also offers consulting service options.
US Small Business Administration
Business plan basics are available online; plus, the SBA has free consultation counselors in many cities. SBA counselors are an outstanding service to the small business community.
Women’s Jewelry Association WJA
This professional organization is invaluable for jewelers based in major metropolitan areas. The association offers mentorships, social gatherings and seminars. See if your city has a chapter on the Women’s Jewelry Association website.