Tips in Starting a Personalized Bracelet Business


Starting your very own business is a venture most people would be very hesitant to talk about. Not that it’s illegal or anything, but because of the risks that it entails. But you don’t need a huge pile of cash or a very good credit rating (though it is preferred) in order to start your own business venture. You just need to have an idea to what business you want and the guts to make it happen. And if you’re into arts and crafts, then this one might fit your hobbies well – personalized bracelets.

Personalized bracelets (and other items such as personalised keyrings and name bracelets) are among the latest addition to the accessories most people look for. As most bracelets sold in jewelry shops are not as affordable as they are claimed to be, innovators in the accessory business found a way to incorporate this trend to new materials, create a much affordable version, and thus, the rubber bracelets were born. This trend was popularized through the Livestrong Band, a colored silicone rubber bracelet created by Nike for Lance Armstrong in 2003 which was also called “baller band” and “wrist band”. Through the exposure that it has garnered, it became a high cost-high return instrument used for different campaigns, and other social purposes.

Tips in Starting a Personalized Bracelet Business

Here are some tips on how to start a business that produces personalized bracelets

1. Decide what kind of bracelets you want to sell.

From being “awareness ribbons”, it became an accessory for both men and women. Almost every teenager is wearing one. But generic bracelets took away all the hype from the trend. Teenagers were looking for something new, something more personal. This of course, led to personalized bands/bracelets.

Personalized bands or bracelets are made from different materials. This should be considered during the “planning” phase of your business. Rubber or silicone bracelets (most commonly used as your everyday band) are more flexible and come in different colors. The level of personalization is very high in this material as you can choose the color, the additional bling (some rubber bracelets have installed digital watches), and other things which make it “yours”. In-line or “tennis” bracelets (because it is often seen used by tennis players) has also a high level of customization but should be kept at a minimum as the color of the bracelet itself isn’t as flexible as its rubber counterpart. And leather bracelets (the ones you see in heavy metal musicians and fans) are less versatile and should be used with extreme caution as it is not an ideal day-to-day accessory. Slap bracelets, metal strips which are “slapped” to the wrist to fit, is also very customizable though its customization should be carefully planned as to not mortify its beauty. One way to customize a slap band is for it to be hand stamped.

2. Identify the materials you need to get started.

When you have selected what type of bracelet to produce, the next step would be to identify the materials needed for personalization. It is important for the “would-be” entrepreneur to look for quality materials for the venture. Starting from small purchases of different items would be advisable as you still have to expose the item to potential buyers. Marketing your product is also essential as you should build hype for your product. You could start by posting photos of your products in social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, multiply, Pinterest, etc.) or in your own blog site (if every you have one). Once the product has built interest, pricing the product is next.

3. Take time to decide the best price for your products.

As a start, your pricing should just be above your total cost (around 10% mark-up). This is to promote your product further (this phase is crucial as your first customers will be the benchmark for your product’s future sales and customers). As your business is in its early stages, be patient as the frequency of orders won’t be that much. Just remember that you are still trying to build the product’s credibility to potential customers and it is very likely that your craft will prosper after some time.


Starting any business is not easy. You need to learn how to go with the flow and adapt to changes. Keeping yourself level-headed, patient, persevering, time-conscious and savvy will help you making your own business a perfect fit. It’s not about how much money you invest in it, its how you maximize every cent you use to make things possible.

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Basic Tips When Starting an Event Planning Business

Is your entrepreneurial spirit kicking in? Do you want to engage yourself in the events planning industry? If you are, then this post is definitely for you. We will give you a quick overview of what you need to consider should you want to make this your serious business.

Know your Target

You might think that being the ‘jack of all trades’ is a good idea when you are starting your own events planning business. While it is important to know a lot of things, it is also vital to have focus. You have to remember that there are different events. We have the celebrations, education, promotions to name a few. Each celebration calls for different planning. You must know which one would be your forte so you can do more research on that, making you stand out from the rest of events planning companies. Engage in a specific niche that you enjoy doing before extending your network to other type of occasions.

Make Your Business Legal

Secure the necessary permits required for your business to be able to release official receipts to your customers. Being a legal business also increases your credibility as a service company to your clients. Registering business also protects you and your clients as well.

Building Contacts

Quite frankly, building contacts is never easy. And we believe one should be able to invest a lot of time building network. You should start from your family and friends. Tell them that you are starting up a business and would appreciate if they could refer you to their friends. From there, you can build your own potential clients. Just make sure your services are always the best so you can get the best advertising out there – word of mouth.

Creating Portfolio

Now that you have clients, never forget to document your events. Always have your camera ready to take snapshots of even the littlest details. Create your social media accounts so you can have a wider reach. And of course, always ask for testimonial from your clients and politely ask if you could quote them on your pages. Have a media kit as well that can be easily distributed as flyers to extend your services to potential customers.

Get Certificates

It would also be great for your business to get certificates. This is going to look good and of course, big companies would be more comfortable in dealing with you. So while you can, get certified.

An event planning business is a big business and opportunity you can explore. With the right foot forward in starting the business, success is quite easy to achieve.

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No Time To Start A Business From Home?

Are you jealous of those people who have been able to find the time to start a business from home and are making the most of the financial freedom that comes from a second income?

When you’re working a regular day job and you’ve got a family life too, finding any extra time can seem like an impossible challenge. But everyone has the same 24 hours in their day so what can you do that will give you hours more in your day so that you can start a business from home?

Set Priorities

When you recognize tasks and set your priorities properly by what is important over what’s not important, you can get control of your time. Your four choices are the most important, the most urgent, the least important and the least urgent. Put these in order and you see time gaps that you can use to get that home business started.

Remove Distractions

There is no question that when you start a business from home it will involve work. The quickest way to start a business from home is online but there are a lot of distractions on the internet. You’ll work faster and smarter if you switch off your email, log off from social media sites, turn your mobile phone to silent and get on with the task in hand.


If you try to do everything yourself when you start a business from home you’ll probably never finish anything. There are many benefits to outsourcing the issues that simply suck time from your day. Your top priority should to find new prospective customers and make sales.

If you’re spending a long time trying to design your website and advertisements or having difficulties writing interesting content material, there are websites like Fiverr, Elance and UpWork where you can quickly find good freelance workers with a wide range of skills who can do the work for you at a reasonable cost.

Batch Your Tasks

When you have lots of different things to do, it’s tempting to swap between one task and another. But it’s much more effective to focus your attention on one task at a time. Aim to touch each task only once and complete it. For instance, have a set time to check and post to your social media sites in one fell swoop or write two or three blog posts in one sitting. When you batch your tasks you can achieve more.

Have A Planned Schedule

Reviewing your schedule at the end of the day helps you to see what you’ve achieved and tells you what’s on the agenda for tomorrow. Use technology to help like Google Calendar or Outlook, synced to your smartphone to help you remember what it is that you should be doing now, and what you should be doing next.

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Starting Your Own House Clearance Business

Many of those who lose their jobs during a recession will find it tough to find another job and may start to think about investing in their own business with whatever redundancy pay they may have received. This can be a golden opportunity to become your own boss, but it takes hard work, determination and perseverance to make a new business successful and it rarely happens overnight.

It is always tempting when thinking about starting a business to do something you have always loved doing – make your hobby your job. But, sadly, in the majority of these cases the businesses just don’t succeed. This is mainly because they have been embarked upon with a personal bias and not from a purely business perspective. Whatever decision you might make about going it alone, that decision must always be a business one first and foremost.

The best approach to starting your own business is to research all those services or products that are required in both good and bad economic times.

A house clearance business is one such service that will always be in demand. More and more people are looking for this service sometimes simply to get their houses ready for sale. Or they might have moved and settled permanently abroad and now wish someone to clear out the house in readiness for selling it. Establishing a good business relationship with local estate agents can lead to regular business referrals.

But house clearance is most particularly required after a death in the family. The bereaved often do not want to clear the house at such an emotional time, and the act of disposing of a loved one’s belongings can be overwhelming. Relatives can struggle to sort out the belongings of the deceased whilst coping with their grief and the ongoing demands of work and family life. Or there may simply be no emotional ties and the deceased is a distant relative in another part of the country.

Whatever the reason, there is a booming business clearing out other people’s unwanted belongings.

Whilst local auctioneers do sometimes offer house clearance services, they are really looking for valuable items to sell in their auctions and are not usually interested in the junk. So if you are embarking on this type of business then you need to be prepared to clear everything and often to deal with people at a difficult time in their lives.

Many items that are unwanted by one individual can still be recycled or donated to charity so be sure to consider these options where possible.

To distinguish your business from the rogue element that operate bogus house clearance services it is worth joining the UK House Clearance Association.

Every member of the association makes some key commitments, which are simply good business practice:

· To provide a clear description, price and timetable for the house clearance to be carried out.

· To guarantee full liability insurance.

· To hold a current waste carrier’s license issued by the Environment Agency.

· To be courteous, competent, and committed to providing a high standard of service.

· To deal promptly and sympathetically with anything that may go wrong.

If you think this might be the business for you then it is a relatively easy business to start up with little capital outlay (so you might actually be able to save some of that redundancy cash). There are just some simple steps to take towards being your own boss:

Obtain liability insurance

When you are entering someone’s house and likely to be moving large and heavy objects, you must have the appropriate insurance against damaging either the fabric of the building or persons within it.

Obtain a waste carrier’s license from the Environment Agency

Dumping waste at municipal sites on a commercial basis requires a license. These are inexpensive and last for 3 years so apply for one well in advance of clearing that first house.

Decide which vehicle you need

If you don’t already own a van, you will definitely need one, but while you are still testing out your business idea, why not hire a van instead of buying one. That way you can decide which type of van is most suitable in your local area.

Advertise in the local press and online

The advantage of a small business like house clearance is that you can avoid expensive advertising costs by advertising your services in local publications and at local venues.

House Clearance is just one small business idea that is a service required whatever the economic climate and it is simple and inexpensive to start up. But there are many other such businesses that could mean the start of a new life as your own boss.

The author is an SEO Consultant experienced in all aspects of both on-site and off-site SEO to promote companies and their websites throughout the internet.

She has written and published articles on a range of topics including Contemporary Art, IT Software Services, Car and Van Hire, Interior Design and Project Management.

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5 Things to Consider If You’re Starting a Business

You’ve decided to do it! You have a great product or service and you want to be your own boss. You’re starting a business.

Here are 5 Things that You Need to Do to be Successful.

Cash Management. You can make a profit and still go out of business for lack of cash. Plan ahead. What inventory will you need to purchase? How much do you need to have on hand? How will you collect payment from clients? How long will it take from them to pay you? Do you have a loan payment? Will the things you need (like gas) rise and fall? Can you handle it when they go up? These are all things you need to consider – things you need to understand and know how you will deal with them. If a big customer pays late, you need to be able to keep doing business. If your fuel costs double, you need to handle the increase.

Keep Planning. Once you have a plan, don’t put it away and forget it. Review it – see if it’s working. Revise it. If you planned on being paid in 45 days and your customers are taking 60 days, make adjustments to make sure you have enough cash to cover your costs or, if necessary, establish a line of credit. Tracking is part of planning and planning should be a long term endeavor. The economy changes. Markets change. Prices rise and fall. Keeping track on a regular basis will prepare you to succeed even when you’re working in a changing business world.

Understand Your Margins. This is what creates your bottom line. Did you cut a price so low to get a big job that it’s really not profitable? Is one of your services or product lines dragging down your bottom line. Sometimes cutting out the losers makes you a winner. You may bring in less but you make more if you concentrate on your successes. For example, a small, local fast food restaurant may find that their location by a high school is thriving, but their location in another part of town doesn’t always break even. Time for a menu change – or a move.

Be An Online Listener. It’s a wired and wireless world and what your customer have to say about you can help you succeed or push down your sales. Google alerts are free and a good tool for hearing what people are saying about you on social media or review sites. Are they raving about how good you are or complaining about your lack of service? If you can, respond to any complaint and try to make it right.

Be Secure. You have a lot to lose – your financial records, the personal information about your customers and employees, your future plans – wouldn’t your competitors love to know? Secure your Internet network. Have rules about employees taking home their work on an unsecured laptop or tablet. Make sure that all sensitive documents are kept safe and shredded when you are done with them. Remember, data remains on a hard drive unless you destroy it. If you release sensitive information the result can be drastic enough to shut your doors.

Plan to succeed! Watch your margins. Know if your business plan needs to be revised. Think about hiring an onsite shredding company. They’ll give you locked bins so sensitive documents are secure even when they’re put in the “trash.” They’ll destroy these documents – and the hard drives from computers you no longer use – right before your eyes. Protecting information is protecting your business!

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