The Summer of Friendship Bracelets
Taylor Swift fans have been making and trading friendship bracelets like mad at her concerts this summer. The tradition started when Swift released the song “You’re On Your Own, Kid” from her album Midnights. In the song, she sings the lyrics “make the friendship bracelets,” and Swifties took her advice to heart.
The excitement may not last forever, but if you’re one to strike while the iron is hot, this summer may be time for you to dust off your old summer camp skills, and turn your free time into a thriving friendship bracelet business.
Here are some tips on how to get started with a friendship bracelet business:
Learn how to make friendship bracelets. If you don’t already know how to make friendship bracelets, there are many tutorials available online and in books. Once you have mastered the basics, you can start experimenting with different designs and techniques.
Gather your supplies. You will need embroidery floss or string, elastic cord, beads, and a needle or bead loom. You may also want to invest in some tools for making your bracelets, such as a cutting mat and a pair of sharp scissors.
Design your bracelets. Think about the types of bracelets that you would like to make. Will they be simple or complex? Will they use a variety of colors and beads? Once you have a few designs in mind, start making some samples. Instagram and Etsy may be a great source for what types of bracelets are the most popular both with kid collectors and adults going to Taylor Swift shows.
Set up a workspace. Find a dedicated space in your home where you can make your bracelets. This space should be well-lit and have plenty of room to work.
Market your business. Once you have some bracelets to sell, you need to let people know about your business. You can do this by creating a website, setting up social media accounts, or selling your bracelets at local markets or fairs.
Price your bracelets. When pricing your bracelets, consider the cost of your materials, the time it takes to make them, and the competition. You want to make sure that you are pricing your bracelets fairly.
Provide excellent customer service. When customers buy your bracelets, they should be happy with their purchase. Make sure to answer their questions promptly and provide them with excellent customer service.
Starting a friendship bracelet business can be a fun and rewarding experience. By following these tips, you can increase your chances of success.
Here are some additional tips:
- Be creative. The more unique and creative your designs are, the more likely people are to buy your bracelets.
- Keep your prices affordable. People are more likely to buy your bracelets if they are affordable.
- Promote your business online. Use social media, your website, and other online channels to promote your business.
- Attend craft fairs and festivals. This is a great way to get your products in front of potential customers.
- Network with other businesses. Get to know other businesses in your area that sell handmade goods. You can support each other by promoting each other’s businesses.
With hard work and dedication, you can turn your love of friendship bracelets into a successful business.