Em's gems are paying for her car
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The prices for Emma's jewelry range from 50 cents to $10. "The most expensive thing I make is a three-in-one set made with different glass beads and magnetic beads so you can wrap it and wear it as a necklace, a bracelet or an ankle bracelet."
The least expensive item is a charm bracelet that Emma makes with inexpensive beads.
Emma sells most of her jewelry at church and school. She also goes to sporting events with her father. She posts her sign, "Em's Gems," at the events, and sets up a table with her jewelry.
"Over the summer I made $1,400 at one event," she reveals. "I started out keeping my money in a zip lock bag; now I have a bank bag and I keep receipts. Mostly I save the money—I'm almost done paying for my car."
It's a one-person business
Running a one-person business does have its challenges. "Since I'm the only one making the jewelry it's hard when there are too many orders," Emma says.
"People get to pick their own beads and I make the jewelry right in front of them," she adds. "It's better when I'm at a multi-day event so I can do it at night in my hotel."
Life skills come with the gems
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Emma plans to continue jewelry making long-term. "I don't plan to stop, but it won't be my career for the rest of my life. I want to go to college and probably become an accountant— I like math," she says.
Emma figures that "down the road, if I ever need to, I can make money doing this; I'll always know how to do it."
Emma's building skills through her business. "It helps me with math, since I have to keep track of my earnings. It also helps me be more confident in talking with people and I've met a lot of interesting people."
What about you?
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Is there something that excites you? Like Jeff, Peter and Emma, why not design a job around your own personality and talents!