It all started in my living room at my coffee table: pliers, hammers and wire everywhere.
But it wasn't long until I started soldering and it was time to make a move. That was almost 10 years ago and since then I’ve gone from the coffee table to my garage and now into a shed turned fully renovated studio. These are a few things I’ve learned are essential (at least for me!) when it comes to running my handmade jewelry business:
I couldn't do without my pegboard. It's where I store and organize all of my tools, materials, and supplies and has been an absolute game-changer for keeping my studio tidy and clutter-free. The added space allows me to work on more pieces at one time and also start and stop when I need to (which happens a lot having a two energetic toddlers running around). With my pegboard, I can easily access everything I need and quickly find what I'm looking for, which helps me stay focused and productive.
Another essential item for me is my sit-to-stand desk. I’m always sitting when I’m making jewelry, so when I switch to doing administrative tasks I try to stand as much as possible. My sit-to-stand desk allows me to switch between sitting and standing, which I love for the health benefits but also helps me maintain my energy levels and stay alert throughout the day (that and the coffee. So much coffee).
This is a must have for me because I want to make sure that I’m protecting my health while I’m working (you’re welcome, Future Laurel!). I love my fume extractor from HAKKO, it is super easy use to remove harmful fumes and chemicals from the air. The vent doesn’t impact my flame when soldering and I don’t have to worry about keeping windows open when it’s cold outside.
As a mama trying to balance running a small business and raising two little girls, sometimes I need just a few minutes to wrap up an order or write an email before I jump back into playing mermaids. That's why I keep a few toys in my studio for them to play with for short periods of time. It's a win-win situation - they're happy and occupied, and I can get on with my work without (as many) distractions.
Also required in my studio: endless hours of true crime podcasts, trashy reality tv and way too much fizzy water. Share your work must haves in the comments!
This is awesome God bless you and your babies.
May 25, 2023