I'm back. So, since we ain't we, it's just me. And one is the magic number. I'm doing things on my own. I'm not going to say that it was easy, and I'm not going to say it was hard. But when your running a business you have to make the most out of any situation. And with that I made it work. I was finding events, networking anything that would help me move forward in my business and my dreams.
I'm not going to say that the end of the partnership was a good or bad thing, but a week later business began to BOOM! I was getting calls from people asking me to host parties, and event request, it was a rush; and it felt great! I had no time to wallow in my sadness; I had to get up and make things happen.
Like I was saying, just because it's free doesn't mean it is good for you!
So from doing events that where free we ran into people who thought our jewelry was free. I mean seriously; gemstones that are worth almost $100 a strand, you wanted us to make the price so low, that I couldn't even pay myself back for it. I mean seriously, but people really wanted us to sell our items for little to nothing, and tried to haggle us down to a penny. It became embarrassing, I mean we worked so hard, and you bring our value down when you do that, not a good look. So with each event, and no money being made, my heart began to sink. I was starting to believe that maybe we needed to drop the prices so people would buy. But, I was reminded by a good friend that: "people who appreciate quality will pay for it". So with that being said, I picked up my feelings, and moved on to events where the people wanted to pay.
That's when I got my MOJOE back! Yep, yep, I was feeling good feeling great. Until summer came, and then the partnership started to fizzle out. From the words of one of my favorite rappers; Mr. Jay-Z , "we ain't we, it's me and him (really her, you get what I'm saying) that's right me and partner started to go our separate ways. And boy did that go down south. When people tell you not to go into business with friends that's so true, I mean, where still friends, but we had a falling out for about a year. And it took that year to really find out what running a business took. While we had fallen the business was at a standstill. I was doing me, and he was doing him. He was still in the picture, but not in full focus.
At this point I couldn't let a little nothing mess up my big something. So I got on the good foot, and found a new avenue. SIDEBAR> If you didn't know this about me, I'm from Baltimore, and one of my favorite things about my home is the Flea Market. My father and I would go just about every weekend. So going down memory lane one day, a light bulb want off in my head, DING! Go and sell your jewelry at the flea market, YAHTZEE! That's what I did. I called, made my payment and I was in there like swimwear. Every weekend from 7-5; I was busting my hump to make it happen. My God-Sister and I was up every weekend for 3 months going up and down Route 70 faithfully. Can we say hustle real hard? I was working 7 days a week, no break at all. (Can you feel my passion yet)
God-Sister at Flea Market
People always ask me was it worth it? And I tell them, you have to try it for yourself to see. I mean I can say it wasn't the best place to set up, but hey you'll never know if you don't try. I can honestly say I had a good time, it was a learning experience, it really showed me what it took to be a self made millionaire! You liked that one, didn't you? lol But seriously, I wouldn't trade my time there for nothing. During my months at the flea market, partner was still on his Jay-Z, here but not here. Did it feel good no, was I mad? Yes, did I get over it? barely. But hey in the world of business you need to brush your shoulders off and move on to the next one; and that's exactly what I did, on to the next one, on to the next one I went. It was just me, and I had to make it do what it do.
Jazzy Jewelz (JJ) might be doing well today, but in the beginning it was far from easy.
August 17, 2007
Back to 2007.
So at that time it was me and my partner, who will remain nameless, not because were on bad terms; just because his very private. He and I were so excited about the business and making jewelry, and really putting the name out there. We where selling to our family, friends, strangers anyone that wanted to buy. The business was awesome, and we where excited. And with all of the excitement, we decided to have our first jewelry show, and it was at a hotel! LOL! Yes, not in a house but at a hotel, lol, to us at the time it was a big deal. August 17, 2007, it's our BIG DAY! All of our family and friends came out to support; it was a huge success. I mean the entire week before the show we were in the house just busting out new designs. So on the day of the show we had over 100 items created; I mean for first timers that was a huge victory, and we lived off of that high for a long time after.
While doing craft shows, and other vendor events, we came to see that we weren't the only ones making jewelry (not happy campers), but we had to press as though we didn't even see the other people. I don't want to fool you, but, we weren't that happy about the competition. I mean at every event we went to; every other table was jewelry!!!! Jewelry here jewelry there, seriously it was just to much. So, did we get a little salty? Your out here at an event, you would at least like to be the only one like you right? Right, so we had to take a huge humble pill, and really say: lets make our stuff stand out, and that's exactly what we did.
We began to make a name for ourselves in the vendor circuit. I had the chunky and he had the delicate. They loved it! (and they still love it :-) ) We were on top of the vendor world...we hit just about all the events that we could get our application fee to. But here comes the block, even though we had the best jewelry ( my opinion) they wouldn't let us participate. The host/ organizers of the events would say: "Sorry, but we have to many jewelry vendors, you can't participate; but we'll keep you on our files just in case we have an opening". BLAH BLAH BLAH, I'm sorry people but I didn't to hear it, in my mind I was like: "who's better than us"? But time would show, it wasn't about who was better, it was about the money.
August 17, 2007
Yes, money makes the world go round, and because we were a small company, we didn't have the money to pay. JJ was making money but not enough to pay the high fees that these events were asking for. What can we do? We have to move on to the next one, the ones that we could afford, downfall, just because we could afford it, doesn't mean it was worth it. Like they say everything that's free is not good for you. These events where far from good (very humbling), but we had to P.U.S.H (Pray Until Something Happens) and that's exactly what we did.
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My name is Janelle, but they call me Jazzy! Why? Because I'm a Jazzy Girl! (Smile) But seriously, I created this blog to share with everyone my journey towards being successful. And when I say successful, I'm not talking about becoming Bill Gates/ Oprah successful, but I wouldn't mind that. No, I'm talking about the success that GOD has for me.
So let me tell you a more about me and my Jazziness, lets get started. I'm twenty something and have two wonderful businesses that I started about 4 years ago. One of my businesses is called Distinct Brand, but I have recently changed the name to: Bellissimo Makeup Artistry. Were I'm able to make woman feel good about themselves with just a touch of makeup! Now for my second baby...Jazzy Jewelz Jewelry. I started my whole arts and craft life when I was 11 years old; I use to make friendship bracelets, gimp keychains, and beaded charm bracelets. And when I say I love it, I love it. And I thank GOD for the gift.
Now that you have my background story, lets come to the present day 2007 (so not really present day). And Jazzy Jewelz is Born, my baby that has me running for success and not looking back. Yes, I have Bellissimo, but it doesn't do what Jazzy does for me creatively. Jazzy Jewelz (JJ) is my mind on crazy, when I make jewelry. I'm able to take it to the next level. So, thats why I'm pushing JJ so much. People who don't know what it is like to have a passion for something won't be able to understand the reason why I'm working so hard. But to be honest you don't have to understand, because this is what GOD has for me.
Okay, so for real, present day, and JJ is doing BIG THINGS! Yes, I'm meeting and networking with likeminded people and working towards my dreams. Sounds good doesn't it? Well, with all things come bad things. (not really bad, just life's obstacles)
So on that note while I have you wondering were I'm going ; continue read my blogs to find out more about this road to success.