Jewellery Entrepreneurship - 2 - Standing OutJewelry Entrepreneurship - Bringing your creative spark into the business world.

Are you a jewellery designer, artist, craftsperson or creative thinker who dreams of turning your passion into a business? Take all that vision and talent and put it to work! This course breaks down the steps necessary to turn your creative concept into a thriving jewellery business built to last.

Session 1: Taking The Leap. Defining your vision and making a plan.
Getting started is sometimes the hardest step, but if you believe you’ve got something special, no time like the present! Time to nail down your idea and how you’re going to make it happen.

You Will Learn
  • How to define and describe your product: How do you sum up your jewellery and vision?
  • The importance of understanding what your goal is. 
  • What are the pros and cons of working freelance or independently vs working for a larger jewellery company?
  • A review of all the components to consider and the boxes to check before officially launching a jewellery business.
  • Professional development for jewelry entrepreneurs.   
Session 2: Standing Out. How to develop your idea and set yourself apart?
Why should people choose YOU? How is your jewellery unique? How will it be different than those before you? We will brainstorm through various exercises how you will stand out in this vast industry and draw business your way.

You Will Learn
  • The meaning of Value Proposition - What are you offering that is different than others in the jewellery world.

  • The importance of your story and foundation.
  • The risk of too much comparison - productive market research vs time wasted on non-productive comparison which can lead to self-doubt.
  • Exercises that will help you understand how you will set yourself apart in the jewellery industry and define your brand as clearly as possible
Session 3: Ready, Set, LAUNCH! You’re in the jewelry business, what’s next??
You’re in business! Now how will you keep it going? Learn how to grow and evolve your jewellery brand to withstand the test of time.

You Will Learn
  • How to ensure accountability with your business plan and daily routines you keep yourself on track.
  • Marketing tactics specific to jewellery brands - we will explore all social media tools and their benefit, understanding which platforms are right for you, and marketing ideas beyond just social media.
  • How to remain open to change - the importance of the pivot and adaptability as a brand.
  • A review of the best (online & offline) platforms to sell & distribute jewellery - what is the benefit to being solely online or to having a brick-and-mortar studio/shop?
  • The importance of client relationships - heck: all relationships in business! 
  • How to stay connected to your foundation and why it is so important.
About the Speaker:

Brittany Hopkins is the owner and creative director of Anice Jewellery, a custom jewellery company in the heart of downtown Toronto and online worldwide, that specializes in custom jewellery, reworking vintage and creating unique one-of-a-kind pieces. Self-expression, individuality and storytelling through jewellery have always been the name of the game for her. Hopkins studied business at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology with a major in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. She went on to complete the Jewellery Arts program at George Brown College and, by the time she was 25, had opened her first shop in Kensington Market. Nine years later, she now operates an expanded “grown-up” version on the ever-popular Ossington shopping strip and an online retail shop with budding virtual offerings including online jewellery workshops. Through it all, her goal continues to be the same - to make beautiful, special custom pieces for others, and to share memories and experiences through the love of jewellery old and new

Pricing per session: 
General Admission: $35 + tax
Member Admission: Free

Summer Special - all classes are FREE in June and July

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