Starting a Bead Business

: For many years, beads have been used in jewelry making. Would you like to be an entrepreneur specializing in jewelry crafts?

This business can be established with little capital and without complicated business connections or overhead costs. We can share with you tips on how to start a bead business right here.

Bead businesses are profitable nowadays. These are stores that sell jewelry made of beads and all types of bead pieces as well. You can start small and easily manage an expansion afterwards. Typically a small initial investment could take you far. Other common business expenses include supply fees, marketing fees, and legal fees.

Startup Bead Business

The expertise that you need to develop is putting together several pieces of beads to form a jewelry item such as earrings, bracelets, or necklaces. Here are some tips to consider in making bead jewelry:

  • Bead Shape – as a beginner in this industry, you might think that all beads are round or spherical. But as you work with beads you’ll find that there are various kinds of shapes. Round beads tend to be classic or traditional while square and rectangular beads add a modern tone to your jewelry piece.
  • Bead Size – small beads or seed beads are often more ornate or colorful compared to large bead pieces.
  • Bead Color – when describing beaded jewelry, color is more likely the most mentioned characteristic so be careful in choosing colors that would contrast or compliment each other.

Marketing Bead Business

When the time comes for you to market your beads, you must first determine your product niche. Most likely, you would have great success if you focus on various creations or unique styles made of unusual materials. If possible, develop techniques to produce mass quantities. Here are a few ways you could use in marketing bead business:

  • Create sample projects of your beads – these sample products are pieces that you can show to potential buyers in case they want to look at different designs or examples of beads.
  • Create publicity materials – these include catalogs, fliers, or business cards that feature your creations. Sure you would spend money on good photos and prints but you would double or triple your sales as well.
  • Make a website – you can photograph the items yourself and post it on your own website to have a global market. To save money, you can also include your products in famous online stores.
  • Attend craft fairs – if you’re lucky enough to find an upcoming fair, you could get a booth and sell your beads there.
  • Find local retail sellers – talk to managers or owners of jewelry stores and find out if you can lease a portion of their space to display your beads. In return, they might ask for profit share if the beads are sold.


  • Justin Mubasher said on July 5, 2011
    we have small bead business in Ghana and would like to extend to Europe and USA Market. looking buyer if you can advise us.rgds, Justin
  • lydon munambo said on February 7, 2012
    Am in kampala Uganda. I have beads and want to sell them overseas but who will connect me?Looking for serious buyers. I need your advice. God bless you as you help us look for income!!
  • Manjusha Binu said on February 13, 2012
    Am settled in a village area in Kerala state. I want to know more about bead business. How much money can invest me first? Is it a profitable business in village area? I need your advice. Regards Manjusha Binu.
  • julie said on July 4, 2013
    am a ugandan and make paper beads and would like to sell to Europe and many other countries how can i market my products
  • Neeru jain said on January 6, 2014
    I am Neeru jain from New Delhi-jaipur India already running jewelry business in India want to start export business in usa of precious and semi precious beads how I market my product and get buyer
  • angel said on July 4, 2014
    i am from taytay rizal'phillippines . my hobby is making paper beads and accessories into a small business. i'm looking a buyers.
  • megan mwende said on July 31, 2014
    hi am a kenyan lady doing bead work business, i am professional in making necklaces, sandles, kyondos, bracelets and earnings very unique. pliz how can i get buyers from different zones coz am looking for market all over the world. advice me and God bless you.
  • ukonu queeneth said on August 9, 2014
    hi am a young lady specialized in the making of beads and hair accessories. please i need buyers or people i can supply to.thanks
  • brijesh said on August 11, 2014
    Hi @Neeru jain pls contact me on 09822049856. If you are interested in exporting.
  • phil Nart said on October 21, 2014
    Hi, i'm a Ghanaian teacher and just read about the bead business. I'm very interested to start. Please advise me
  • Agodirin opeyemi said on October 25, 2014
  • fabulous beads nd accessories said on June 8, 2016
    Am Annabel from nigeria,fabulous beads nd accessories owner. Add me on watsapp 08165899595 for more info nd tutorials
  • gift said on May 23, 2017
    am gift form Nigeria. I need connection overseas to sell my bead products
  • grace said on June 17, 2018
    I am Ndebele bead maker I need to sell them around and outside South Africa please help me


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