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  • 4 Golden Lessons From Mom Who Runs Jewelry Online Business From Home

    This mom didn't expect to to be running an online business full time.
    by Dahl D. Bennett .
4 Golden Lessons From Mom Who Runs Jewelry Online Business From Home
PHOTO BY courtesy of Princess Laura Jewelry
  • Making that big leap from as a full-time career woman to stay-at-home mom doesn’t happen overnight, especially when you find true fulfillment in your job.

    *Mommy J delayed giving up her job as a business development manager for a big manufacturing company for several years even though she had made a deal with her husband. She agreed with *Daddy J to focus on the family right after marriage.

    When she got married in February 2017, Mommy J, a self-confessed workaholic, asked her husband if they could wait for at least two more years before having a baby so she could stay at her job longer and try out other opportunities in the corporate world.

    Founding Princess Laura Jewelry

    She was also doing entrepreneurial hustle on the side and put up Princess Laura Jewelry in 2017, an online jewelry shop business focusing on custom made jewelry orders. “I made both a Facebook Page and an Instagram business account and boosted them on my personal accounts.”

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    In April of 2018, the couple was happily surprised to find out they were expecting after going through two threatened miscarriages (Mommy J also suffers from polycystic ovary syndrome or PCOS). “When I saw a pea-sized being in my ultrasound, it helped me to slowly embrace the idea of giving up what I’ve worked hard to be with that tiny one.”

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    Six months before giving birth to Baby J, she mustered the courage to finally resign, wanting to spend more time with family. Daddy J, she also pointed out, saw a “bigger potential in me that I never saw because I was stubborn.”

    The potential her husband saw was the online jewelry shop that Mommy J put up. Daddy J, who worked as an associate director for a financial investment group in Southeast Asia, gave Mommy J all the financial advice he knew for her business to grow and thrive.

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    Mommy J hails from Meycauayan, Bulacan, a city famous for jewelry making.
    PHOTO BY courtesy of Princess Laura Jewelry

    Mommy J had not paid her online hustle much attention because of the corporate job and family responsibilities. But she went into the business because of one of her Titas.

    “She started selling jewelry to her officemates when she was my age and said she made more money than when she was working and resigned years later. Her story inspired me,” she narrates. 

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    Mommy J had to face several challenges when she decided to go full time. “I was a one-man team. I respond to all client inquiries, did the marketing, logistics coordination, financial monitoring,” she says and adds, “I realized, no job is easy. What’s more important is that you enjoy it.”

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    4 golden lessons if you want go into jewelry making

    Today, Mommy J’s online business has been attracting steady clients. “When it occurred to me that I can afford to give up the lifestyle and ambition that I wanted as long as I’m always available for my baby, I knew I did the right thing,” she says. “I’m blessed to have an option. That’s why I’m making the most out of being a [work-at-home] mom.

    Want to make it in the jewelry business? Mommy J shares these golden lessons:

    Have a foundation in sales.

    “Since I was in sales, it gave me an idea of how to handle all sorts of customers, coordinate your logistics, deal with production, and learn new trends in marketing.”

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    Use profits to grow business first.

    “What I used for my packaging, promotion, logistics are profits from my first sales. Also, before I release the items to my clients, they settle their balance first, then I pay my platero.” 

    Never stop learning.

    “I did my own research about jewelry and visited my plateros to understand how the business goes. When I had enough money, I flew myself abroad to scout for more suppliers of raw materials such as diamonds and gemstones. I also enrolled myself in one of the Gemological Institute of America’s diamond courses last year and finished it last Dec 2019.”

    Build the business in trust.

    “My first clients were just mostly friends, relatives, and officemates — people who trusted me. Then other people learned about me through word of mouth. The key is to build a relationship with your clients. Treat them as a family and be patient with their demands. They pay me their hard their hard-earned money, so I try my best to give them back their money’s worth.”

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    Where can I order jewelry online?

    Curious about Mommy J's jewelry business? For custom pieces, visit www.princesslaurajewelry.com. You can also check out her Facebook and Instagram pages @princesslaurajewelry.

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