Business, How To

Where do I start?

This is a question we get asked time and time again. If you are a new business, recently decided to sell your creations or taking a deep dive in to the world of teething jewellery this article is just for you.

Every day we are asked by our customers how to get started, what beads work where and how can they make the most of their budgets to help their customers. We’re not in the business of telling you how to run yours, but we are here to help.

Our top tips for getting started or moving on…..

  1. Take Stock

Identify which products you want to make, and what standards and testing are required. As rule of thumb any products intended for children must undergo some form of safety testing. Most technical products include dummy clips, rattles and teethers. These must be tested for chemical, flammability and manufacturing tolerances by an official third party testing house. CE marking is also required for any product intended as a toy including teethers, rattles, pram accessories.

Technically you can self certify for CE marking but it is incredibly difficult and unreliable.

2. Research

Each product has a certified standards document which outlines how the product could be made, the manufacturing tolerances and guidelines for components. You can purchase the standards online for around £350 per product. You can also request them from the British Library for free, but be prepared to chase and wait, a while. By understanding the standards you can ensure your products stand the best chances of passing first time.

3. Make Friends

Ask questions and work with suppliers who are supportive and helpful. Check out the facebook groups below for FAQ’s, friendly support and discussions about these specific products. We’re all here to help each other, no questions is taboo and you may find inspiration from these amazing creatives.

SBS Community Group

Dummy Clip, Teething Toy and Pram Garland Safety Discussion Group UK

Silicone Jewellery Safety Page for UK Businesses

4. Make & Test?

Once you’ve made your prototyes, it’s time to test them. Below are a couple of independent testing houses we use, we like their service and their pricing but do your research and find out what works for you. A dummy clip can cost up to £460 for product standards and full EN-71 testing so be prepared.

You will need to send off two identical examples to test your product. Provided you use the same materials from the same source, and the same production method this testing will cover your due diligence for this product in various colours provided the key components remain the same. For example, a clip with 10x 12mm beads and a wooden stopper from the same supplier could be made in multiple colours. However, if you change to using a wax cord core or a different type of stopper for example you would be required to retest the product.

Testing Houses: Satra & Intertek

5. Create & Test Your Product Information

The last thing you need to do before selling your product is to ensure the safety information meets with the product standards too. There are many word for word phrases that must be included to ensure the safety of the end user that are required by law.

If all of this feels time consuming, stressful and expensive consider our own design service. You can design custom products that we make, test and package in accordance to standards for you at wholesale prices. See our website or next blog for more details.

4 thoughts on “Where do I start?

  1. Pardeep says:

    Thank you for this blog. This has really helped me as I’ve been thinking to start up a small business but don’t know where to begin.

    There’s me thinking all I needed was a business name, supplies and then to get making and I would be good to go. Boy was I wrong. Lol.

    I was wondering if I was to use your supplies and follow your tutorials would this still need testing?

    Hoping to hear back from you and thank you for always sharing and supporting.

    1. Amy Ford says:

      Hi, Thanks for interacting with our blog. Anything you make will need to be tested no matter which methods you use. We hope that by using some of our tips your testing will be successful!
      Thanks
      Kelly

  2. Becks says:

    If you make necklaces would you need to send two to be tested or is that just for clips /toys .
    Also do you get the
    Back from the test lab to use as display items .

    1. shopadmin says:

      Hello!
      Depending on which testing house you use they would normally ask for two identical samples for the general safety test for teething necklaces.
      Thanks
      Kelly

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