This week's featured babe is Jen Moore of JenJems Jewelry. Jen always has such amazing nature-inspired designs and you are going to love her selection of agate and silver pieces! Jen and I have been so fortunate to vend together at many events around Sacramento and I'm proud to feature her this week! Make sure you follow her on Instagram and on the web!
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Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
In an age where large retailers appropriate artists designs and mass reproduce them, every time one of my customers purchases jenjems they are making a conscious choice to support an artist in their community.
How did you get started with your business?
I have always sold jewelry or crafts on the side for extra income ever since I can remember. Grateful Dead Parking lot hustles, friends houses, counter at work, etc... in 2006 I decided it was time to make it a little more legit and came up with the name jenjems, inspired by one of many nicknames given to me by my big brother. It just kinda grew from there.
What do you enjoy most about being a small business owner?
The collaboration and inspiration I get from other artists,makers & business owners. It's such an amazing community!
What’s the hardest thing about being a small business owner?
Beyond jenjems, I have a full time job as a Program Director for Youth Development which at times can be very exhausting. While I truly enjoy the creative outlet that jenjems provides, finding the time to create when I am mentally and physically drained can be challenging. That and hearing people at events say "oh I can get that at Forever 21 for WAY less"... each of my peices is unique, I create everything completely by hand. In an age where large retailers appropriate artists designs and mass reproduce them, every time one of my customers purchases jenjems they are making a conscious choice to support an artist in their community.
What's the best advice you have for women who are just starting out?
DON'T GIVE UP! It can be challenging at times but being your own boss is pretty FANTASTIC!
What is one skill you have that unexpectedly benefited you in your line of work?
Well, the creativity is expected but I'd say I am great with communication and collaboration. I love working with others and can read people pretty well which leads to an amazing ability to connect my jewelry with their personality and style.
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