4 Problems Jewelry Designers Face During the Dog Days of Summer

Are you frustrated because your cash flow and sales are low during the summer months? Does a slump in sales make you feel down on your luck and unmotivated to move forward in your business?

My first year in business and I had no idea about sales cycles and buying patterns. July came around and I started to panic because no one was picking up the phone to make appointments and the few orders I DID have were pushed back until September!

I remember being really down on myself that year thinking: “What had I done! I quit my job, I need income coming in and no one is buying!”

Until I realized that this was totally normal and not unusual for most jewelry designers. Over the 11 years I had a wholesale business, July was typically my slowest month every single year. So I planned and prepared.

It's no mystery that you July can historically be a really slow month for sales in the Jewelry Industry. The seasons are changing, retail stores are clearing out old inventory, and direct clients are on vacation. You might feel like you have 99 problems and getting sales is one.

Don’t stress! There is a solution..

Let’s chat about the 4 problems jewelry designers face during the dog days of summer plus solutions to counteract these problems.

1. Low Cash Flow

If the dog days of summer are slow for you, you may be a little stressed about your cash flow or lack thereof.  Right now is the perfect time to think outside the box to generate cash flow. It’s a fantastic time to get rid of excess inventory, and here are a few ways to do it:

  • Have a sale on your website

  • Mark down excess inventory as much as possible and make private appointments with clients. (True Story: I used to carry around a plastic ziplock bag with me when I saw my friends to show them extra stuff I had on hand. I would also send this “Bag” to work with my friends so they could sell to their co-workers.)

  • Host a Facebook Sale by creating a private group and inviting people

  • Post daily specials on Instagram

  • Send out pick boxes to clients who love your work or stores who sell your line well. Give them a discount or extra incentive to purchase.

  • Refine your scrap metal for cash

  • Destash and sell extra raw materials that you no longer want or use

  • Be creative and think outside the box to get cash flowing in.

2. Low energy = Loss of Momentum

I don't know about you, but heat really affects me and slows me down. So when there's not a lot of energy running through my biz, it’s a double whammy if you live in a place where July is summer. Naturally, we want to slow down when the energy is not there. So it’s important to keep excitement and energy up!

Here are a few tips to counteract the low-energy blues:

  • Make sure that you're doing self-care daily practices.

  • Use this time to reevaluate, check with your numbers and PLAN for the next 6 months.

  • Continue to work on sales every week (even if nothing is happening-momentum builds)

  • Use this time wisely for PR outreach. Holiday PR placements are happening starting NOW 3-6 months before issues hit the newsstands.

  • Exercise

3. Wasting Your Time

As I mentioned above, right now is the perfect time to be preparing for the Holiday Season. One of the problems that Designers often face is not using this time wisely. Now you have a great opportunity to catch up on the things that you didn't have time to do during busy months.

Here are a few ideas on how to use your time wisely:

  • Finish Fall Collections

  • Have Pieces Photographed

  • Complete your catalog, line sheet or lookbook.

  • Pitch PR

  • Map out your Holiday goals and Marketing Strategy

  • (Plus everything else mentioned in this article)

4. Needing to Recharge

One of the awesome things about summer is that it is time for vacation. Make sure that you're taking ample time off so that you can take care of yourself and be prepared for the busy Holiday months ahead.

Even though it may feel like these problems are hard to overcome, it starts by taking one step at a time.

In the comments below, tell us the following:

1. What are you doing right now to combat a slump in energy, revenue or time management?

2. What are you doing to recharge (or where are you going on vacation)?

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  1. Tiffani on July 15, 2014 at 10:58 am

    I am finally feeling ready for juried shows. I have already applied for two big ones in my area. I am working on fall jewelry ideas and Christmas specialties.

  2. Shelley on July 15, 2014 at 11:02 am

    Awesome ideas! I’m exercising, doing a Christmas in July Sale, planning on doing a facebook giveaway, increasing my stock for the holidays, and getting packing materials ready to go because I know Christmas will be busy and I won’t have time.

  3. Cindy Santana on July 15, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    I exercise most every day. It’s great for stress relief as well as for your physical body.
    Our family takes a vacation of some sort every summer. I consider it a “business trip” because it always inspires new ideas and designs. Slowing your mind and being in a relaxed state of mind let’s the ideas flow more freely.

  4. elizabeth boswell on July 15, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    oh wowza, thank you so much for this…i needed it today! I have been feeling the low energy (i’m in Texas and it is HOT!!) and self doubt. I took today to give myself some self care, bought a new top and a meditation CD for the mornings. I exercise at least 4x a week to help me stay motivated.

    this helped me a ton, time to start planning and getting pumped =)

  5. Azura C on July 15, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    Great article,really great summertime sales slump tips.
    I am currently working on photography,line sheet and collections. Thanks for all your great articles you have been a wealth of information. 🙂

  6. Aradia on July 16, 2014 at 10:25 am

    I’m not the biggest fan of sales, but now that I’ve raised my prices I think I feel comfortable with going through some stock I have still from several years ago and offering a sale to my list.

    Today happens to be a “day off” I’m mostly not working because I woke up not feeling well. So my off time is being distributed to minimize sick days but trying to get to the point where my weekends are non work time!

  7. Dawn Hill on July 21, 2014 at 9:38 am

    What slump? I currently am doing 2 shows a week and the only problem is keeping up with online sales, customers who walk into my studio and the shows all at the same time. I find my slump is January and most of February. I am doing my best to plan on having “making time” during that time of year in 2015 so I will not be so frazzled next year at this time.

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