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Who do you turn to when you have a question about your jewelry biz?

When I was first starting out as a designer, I turned to my friend Suzi, who was a sweater designer. She had been in the fashion industry for a few years and she had great advice, but unfortunately it wasn’t always super relatable to my jewelry business.

It kinda sucked because even though she was trying to help, her advice was just a bit off the mark and led me to wasting a bunch of time barking up the wrong tree.

For instance, I asked about great stores to sell in LA and she gave me a long list of her accounts. However, many of those stores didn’t sell jewelry or my “type” of jewelry. Yep, wasted a lot of time on that one.

Or I asked her the best trade show to do which for sweater designers was Coterie at the time. However, Coterie was pretty much just for clothing back then.

Close but no cigar.

When I asked my jewelry designer friends, often times they weren’t super “open” with information like Suzi had been. Relatable advice but no one wanted to share..

I had to figure a lot of stuff out on my own, which led to mistakes and much slower growth than I would have liked.

Fast forward a few years…..

It’s quite different when you can “mastermind” with peers who can actually help.

For instance…

Just a few days ago, as Robin and I prepped for our live event in NYC, a question came up about how to budget for an expense to revenue ratio.

I had no idea, and a quick Google search was an epic failure.

But I knew just who to call, my friend Kate, from my Mastermind

She specializes in event planning, and she walked me through the answer in a quick 10 minutes.

Having this connection and knowing who to ask saved me an hour of work.

That’s the power of having a talented group of creative thinkers around you who understand your business niche.

Here at F&TA Robin & I call it Masterminding.

On today’s episode we are introducing you to 6 jewelry designers who have been in our Mastermind for the past year.

These six talented designers have grown their businesses like crazy by implementing what they’ve learned as part of the Mastermind.

(We are super proud of them)

And we can’t wait to share their stories.

So join Robin and I in the episode!

Tracy Matthews

My passion for design started as a child. I dreamed of creating wedding gowns and growing up, was always an artist in some respect. When I took my first jewelry fabrication class as a college elective, the seed was planted. My instructor became my mentor.

The rest is history. I started my first jewelry business as a hobby, designing for bridal parties, friends and families.

In my twenties, I quit my day job to follow my dream full time. That big leap resulted in my first legitimate brand, Tracy Matthews Designs, Inc.

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