Why Joining a Community Will Help You Reach Your Jewelry Business Goals

My alarm went off at 5:15 AM as it does every morning—except Sunday.

It’s super cold (35 degrees fahrenheit!) and still really dark, but I get dressed in my workout clothes and head out to meet my friend for our 6 AM spinning class.

We have been going to this class 4 – 6 times a week for the past 4 months.

Knowing my friend (who has 4 children ages of 6, 8, 10 & 12) will be meeting me there is what really motivates me to show up. She is my accountability partner and I am so grateful for her.

Seeing my friend and getting a workout in first thing makes me happy and energized. No matter how I am feeling, it always makes me feel better.

What I didn’t really expect is that I would find a community of awesome people in the class.

In fact, there have been times when my friend couldn’t make it to class, but I went anyway because other people I knew would be there!

That feeling of belonging is so powerful and being around people who truly want you to “win” and reach your goal (whatever it may be) is why community is so amazing!

You can have many communities in your life—Your Family, Your Religion, Your Gym, etc.

Community in Business

I found that once I decided to go out on my own and start my business, I needed a business community more than ever.

It’s a fact, people thrive (one of my favorite words!) when involved with a community. Having a community that I meet with on a regular basis has proven to be successful for me—I can not imagine having my own business without it!

Finding a business community that really supports you is tricky, especially for a jewelry designer.

Designers don’t always like to share information with one another. Which is really unfortunate.

When Tracy approached me and told me about her vision of creating a loving, supportive community, specifically for jewelry designers, I was immediately on board!

Tracy and I feel very strongly that there is more than enough “business love” to go around! Also, we believe by giving, one receives so much more in return.

We have a Facebook Group for jewelry designers that is FREE to join!

Helping others is really what business is all about anyway!

Launching Flourish & Thrive Academy has been incredible! I am so proud and honored to be a part of something so fantastic.

Our community consists of Jewelry Designers from all over the world!

If you are a jewelry designer who is just starting out or you are a jewelry designer who has been status quo for awhile, check out some of our FREE trainings!

Our community is the best out there, full of encouragement and support.

We want to hear how community has made a difference in your life and in your business? Tell us how in the comments below.

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4 Comments

  1. Barb Collins on January 2, 2013 at 7:39 am

    HI Tracey and Robin, I am so thankful I found your website. I’ve already started using some of your ideas. I have been “in business” for a year now selling my jewelry. I just tried Etsy.com, but sold more in my local community. My Etsy shop is on “vacation” as I ease back into my teaching job from the holiday. BUT the exciting news is that I just ran a “giveaway contest” on my Facebook fan page. That was fun and it did indeed bring some more traffic to my facebook website. I would also appreciate learning how to develop a “brand name” for my jewelry, if you might have any information on that! I look forward to the other tools you will be providing this year. Sincerely, Barb

  2. Tracy Matthews on January 2, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    Barb,

    Thanks so much for your thoughtful note. Robin and I are so excited that you are getting so much use out of the site and the free resources. We have some more FREE trainings coming up really soon!

    Can’t wait.

    Tracy

  3. Aimee Biondolillo on January 14, 2013 at 9:11 am

    I agree a community is much needed…I am a very thoughtful and giving person so this group of women whom aren’t afraid to share sounds perfect for me and my business. I have faced so many fears in life and in business the last 5 years since my divorce and I’ve learned a lot about patience, God, what real friendship means and more..I cannot wait to get connected here. Aimee from Aimee’s Jewelry Treasures

  4. Katie on January 18, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    Tracy & Robin,finding a community of supportive and encouraging people who give of their time and expertise so freely and willingly is not always an easy task. But I wanted to mention I found Flourish & Thrive Academy back in 2012 when I was trying to set up and run my own skwirejewelry.com website. The website failed but I didn’t, I persevered and continue to learn how to run a thriving jewelry business. I’ve been selling on ETSY as Simply Katie’s since December of 2011, landed my first sale 6 months later, started defining my brand, laid out a rough draft business & marketing plan and grew from 3 sales in 2012 to 10 sales in 2013. I felt like a success when I received that first ETSY Transactions email and that excitement hasn’t worn off. I appreciate all the resources and tools you’ve given me to build my business to where it is today, it’s still not where I want to be but I know with clearer definition of Sales goals, this is just the beginning.

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