Basically, it burns down to wage + materials + overhead. My calculations on this price my chainmaille earrings at around $15, depending on the techniques I used. Why? Well, I charge myself $5/hr (still a student, not making a living with this yet, work in my PJs), materials tend to only cost $1 per pair (I buy my wire in bulk), and overhead is about $1-2, to cover etsy costs and so forth.
$15 may seam low for a pair of handmade earrings, but I think it's a fair price for the materials and the amount of work put into them.
Currently, my friends are helping with product reviews and my boyfriend is helping me with PR (or he will be, once my site is up).
The services you're offering can be important things to consider when starting a business, so I think if I didn't have my friends, I'd be willing to pay for a professional to look over my products, price them, and offer suggestions to advertise.
I think you should offer it all as a package, because all those things are important, and the only reason I'd see to not want the whole deal is if I've already figured something out myself, but even then it's good to have another pair of eyes look it over for you.
Ah, that website is great! 50 is a much more reasonable number than 500 ^_^ And very nice options, too!
I think I was more worried than I should have been about putting the packaging into another box for shipping. I've only shipped larger items, which I had to put into big boxes, and somehow my addled mind thought that those boxes were the only shipping option? Lol, so nevermind that.
After talking about it for over 3 years, I'm finally biting the bullet this summer and starting up a craft business via Etsy. I have some of the basics sorted out (theme, prices, craft supplies, time commitment, etc.), but I'm stuck on 2 issues: Packaging my product for shipping in a creative way, and buying supplies for said packaging.
Originally, I figured that I'd sell so little that I could just buy the 75 cent jewelry boxes at the craft store (I'm mainly selling jewelry, BTW. Possibly some plushies, but that's still up in the air) and slap a home-printed sticker on the top, but I don't want to end up in a situation where the craft store's run out, and I'm also worried that 75 cents + sticker paper + ink could add too much to my prices to keep things reasonable. I looked up buying those boxes wholesale, but I could only find bulk sales, and I don't have the space or the money for thousands of little boxes.
My other idea was to make origami boxes and earring cards to place inside. This could be a nice, attractive package, but it would take 5-10 minutes just to package 1 item, and I don't think they would ship well without being placed in another box.
What do you use for creative packaging, and where do you recamend getting affordable supplies that are preferably not in bulk? (by bulk I mean minimun orders in the hundreds)
I have several pieces of jewelry/etc. that were left in a warm car too long and are now all tarnished! They're mostly copper, with a little brass/nickel silver thrown in. I know I could just lightly sand-off the tarnish of some of the pieces/dunk them in soda, but I want to make sure that they stay nice and shiny when I'm done.
Does anyone know of a good sealant/protectent to keep copper items from tarnishing?