Tips to Price Custom Jewelry Orders

Rule of thumb; never give a quote up front. Tell the client that once the custom handmade jewelry design has been approved you will get back to them within a week with the actual cost of fabricating the piece and the work contract. This is n important will give you an opportunity to price the work correctly. The client may want a rough estimate, stay firm and tell them you will give them the correct quote within a week. Make sure to send a written quote along with the contract within the specified time.

Remember to add you time to the final quote. Many times we think that if we charge too much they won’t hire us to complete the piece. Specify that you design time is also included in the final cost. Keep track of the cost of any gemstone and materials that you will be using to complete the order. Don’t forget to include the cost of shipping, particularly when you may be ordering specific part to complete the order. Always calculate the extra time that may take to complete a piece that requires some extra work because of the complexity of the design. Don’t be shy to charge for you work, people know that a custom handmade jewelry piece tends to be more expensive and they are prepared to pay for it.

Preparing a Custom Jewelry Work Agreement

Never work without a contract – A well written contract agreement will save you many headaches and problems when selling your jewelry. This contract has to be well defined and drafted clearly. The contract needs to be detailed enough to save you going into court and dispute and issue.

The contract needs to include the following information:

• You name, company name and information
• Client’s name and date when the order was placed
• Detail information of the jewelry piece you will be completing
• I also attach a copy of the final sketch and a photograph of the stone that will be used
• The contract should also include the amount of materials and their cost
• Include your hourly rate and an estimated amount of time it will take you complete the work. Include your design time and the time spent with the client.
• Always include a return policy in the contract; Custom work that is created as a special order is not returnable. My guarantee is that the piece will match the final design you approved including the dimensions, type of stone(s) and metals (gold or silver). Note that all handmade jewelry will differ slightly due to the nature of the craft and may include minor variations in the overall size of the piece(s) and/or minor
• The specific delivery date:
o Be realistic when setting the completion date. Take into consideration how long it will take for you supplies to arrive, as well as the actual shipping time to send the piece. As you know the unexpected can always happen. If there is an unforeseeable delay, let you client know. Keeping you costumer informed is not only good practice; it is also ethical and will help you keep your professional integrity.
• Terms of payment:
o I highly recommend getting a 50% non-refundable deposit up-front. Make it clear that no work will begin on the piece before the deposit clears. This will protect you in case there is a cancellation. Always wait to purchase any jewelry making supplies until you have received the down payment.
o I recommend including a statement that once the final sketch is approved you do not re-design or modify the piece. Include any measurements in the contract to add clarity to the final specifications. Altering a piece after you complete it is complicated and can be costly.
• Delivery arrangements:
o When a piece has to be shipped out of town, suggest that the client pay for insurance covering the value of the jewelry.
o Always send the item requesting a signature stating that the client received the jewelry. This will protect you in case the client claims that the work never got to them.
o Take a photo of the work before shipping and include the photo along with the packing slip.
o Call your client know that their jewelry is on their way. Follow up with an e-mail giving them the shipping track number. This is always good policy and gives you the paper trail. At the bottom of the contract, include an area for both you and the costumer sign and When this custom jewelry work agreement is ready, present it to your customer. Have two copies ready to be signed and give one to the client. Let your customers know that this agreement protects them as well as you, especially since they will pay you for at least part of the job up front.

Getting more clients to order custom work happens mostly from word of mouth, it is crucial that you build your reputation and make the client happy. Package you jewelry attractively, this enhances your work and the client will remember you. I always follow up with a personal note thanking them for ordering one of my custom handmade jewelry pieces.

In the note I ask if they would mind sending me a picture of them wearing the custom handmade jewelry piece. If they agree to give you a picture, ask if they mind you publishing the photo in your website. This is always helpful to promote and market your custom handmade jewelry and other design work.

Understanding U Design Jewelry: Can You Really Make Money With U Design Jewelry?

U Design Jewelry was founded in 2003 by Jennifer and Bret Bonacorsi and started direct selling in 2004. They offer customers the ability to design their own jewelry and U Design Jewelry then makes it for them. Products included are necklaces, watches, bracelets, earrings, and many more. Additionally, they offer a business or income opportunity for those interested in making money from home marketing their company or products or the idea of their products. U Design Jewelry also has over 200 Design Representatives!

The Thing:

There really isn’t much to discuss here. Usually, I would go over the company’s basic product line and what the company offers as well as giving a brief explanation of a few of their products. However, U Design Jewelry doesn’t really have products. Their slogan is “You Design It, We Make It”. That’s it! I will do my best to provide as much information as possible, however. They only use quality beads and quality jewelry. They don’t offer costume jewelry! They only use Sterling Silver, Lamp Work, Rossi Crystals, Valley Silver, semi-precious stones and many more!

The Opportunity:

I wasn’t able to find their compensation plan. I can only assume that this company isn’t offering one because they feel as if they do not need to. Basically, you’ll need to purchase one of their starter kits (will explain more shortly) in which will give you resources, tools, and product to start designing. They also include pre-designed jewelry. After getting one of these kits, you will then be able to host parties and make your own money your own way. The company itself does not pay you! You buy products or products to design with, and then you sell it all.

After you sell it all you will make enough money to buy another kit. You buy another kit, sell the entire kit, and buy another kit. You continue that process until you either get bored or retire. In terms of Network Marketing, you certainly could market their products or your products online and generate sales much faster but there’s nothing different from doing that and hosting physical parties. There is no such thing as referral or recruiting compensation that I have seen.

To Conclude, Yes, You Can Make Money With U Design Jewelry!

The Cost:

For most people interested in getting involved in a company like this, the cost is the most important question that must be answered before any going forward in any way. It’s important to note that if you were to get involved with a company like U Design Jewelry, you are opening up your own business. All businesses require some type of start-up fee. A construction business, for example, could require $5,000-$10,000 to begin. The beautiful thing about Network Marketing is, yes you still have to have money to make money but it’s generally much lower than the cost of a traditional business.

If you would like to make an income stream and take advantage of the “opportunity” U Design Jewelry has to offer, you must purchase one of two kits.

Starter Kit Uno – $1,500.
Starter Kit Dos – $2,500.

Both kits come with a wide variety of beads, tools and supplies, sales tickets, personal business cards, and catalogs. The only difference between the two starter kits is that the second one comes with more items than the first. Additionally, you are able to undergo a 3-4 hour training session to help you kick-start your business immediately. Also, an already successful Design Representative will help you with your first party, making sales, and designing. Quarterly and Monthly meetings are also available for extra learning experiences.

Final Thoughts:

I will do my absolute best to not be critical. However, U Design Jewelry is not Network Marketing. It’s not even affiliated with marketing. Let’s be honest. Representatives in this company are simply sales reps. U Design Jewelry is under the Multi-Level Marketing category but I have trouble seeing how. They do not conduct Multi-Level Marketing. I will take it one topic at a time.

The products are neat and interesting. You are able to design your own jewelry and the company will make it for you. If you have a passion in fashion design when it comes to jewelry, that should make you very excited.

The opportunity isn’t an opportunity at all. When I use the term “Opportunity” I am basing it around a compensation plan; an opportunity to make a substantial amount of income all from home. Although, you can make money from home with this company, you cannot make money Network Marketing. This company’s opportunity is more like starting your own traditional business, but you are able to do the work all from home. An opportunity, in my sense, is a chance to work from home and make a substantial amount of residual income being your own boss, setting your own hours, and most importantly choosing exactly how much money you want to make and then simply making it! U Design Jewelry offers something more similar to a day job, but from home.

The cost is both inexpensive and expensive. It’s certainly inexpensive in comparison to other traditional businesses. It’s expensive considering you are becoming a sales representative, from home.

This is a great opportunity for anyone who would like to make money from home throwing parties and convincing people to buy jewelry. However, for Network Marketers, I would not recommend this company. Remember clearly, I am NOT trying to discourage you from the company or give the company a bad name. I’m into making money, fast! I’m not into throwing parties and hoping my friends and family will buy my jewelry.

*Dustin Hale is NOT affiliated with U Design Jewelry or their business/income opportunity

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