Moving Away from Writing?

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I’ve been a writer for over a decade now and I could not imagine stopping anytime soon. But after having a kid, I realized that I need to look for a more stable source of income. Granted, some of my clients have been with me for years, but I realized that some things won’t stay the same, some relationships could end at any given moment.

That’s the reason why I started looking for other streams of income. Right now, I have a couple of little projects that could, hopefully, lead to more monies!  I must say, I feel so accomplished and it’s only April.

One of these projects is something that I am happy to talk about. As you know, I have a weakness for sparkly thangs. It’s always been a dream of mine to sell jewelry. I’m still not there yet, I’m not accepting custom orders anytime soon but that’s the ultimate goal.

For now, I started creating business pages on Instagram and Facebook. I have plans of setting up a brochure website in the future too, which will be:

Gems for Less PH, it’s such a generic name, I know, but this was done for SEO purposes. Anyhoo, yes, I’m so excited because this is something that I’ve been planning for a while now.

I can’t tell you how fun it is going through the process: finding sources, learning about the popular gems to get, setting up the budget, and of course, getting all the tools needed for taking great photos and setting up shop.

Incidentally, Facebook reminded me of my first attempt at making and selling jewelry this morning. Not a lot of people know that I used to make earrings and statement necklaces using Swarovski crystals, semi-precious stones, and silver metal.

Let’s just say my marketing skills on social media were bad 7 years ago. I ended up selling a few pieces but the business didn’t pan out. It was hard to sustain the business because I was doing it alone in my free time. Also, I wasn’t 100% invested in the business because I was so immature back then. I think I’m much more prepared now and I feel like selling gemstones is easier as opposed to making pieces from scratch.

Right now, the biz is still in the planning stages so I’m still in the process of getting everything ready before we launch. Hopefully, my stocks will come real soon and I could start promoting my little side gig within a couple of months!

Tina Lee

Tina Lee-Almazar is a writer with an insatiable appetite for all things bright, shiny, and beautiful. She's a beauty junkie, a shopping connoisseur, a book collector, a purse addict, and a budding mom-tepreneur. Tina has a long-standing (and well-documented!) but one-sided love affair with cats. Special talents include: the ability to eat again an hour after eating, shopping at 3 different malls in 1 day, and taking a 3-hour power nap every day including weekends.

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