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Jim Tuttle of Green Lake Jewelry Works on surviving a pandemic

By Shawna Kulpa

Green Lake Jewelry staff with masks

A forward thinker, Jim Tuttle has long embraced the work-from-home concept. “We’ve always had a small crew working from home,” says the owner of Green Lake Jewelry Works, a custom studio with two locations in Washington State (Seattle and Bellevue). At any given time, Tuttle estimates he’s had five or fewer CAD modelers or designers working from home, primarily for flexibility, such as new mothers easing back into work or when a key employee spent a few years living in China. Because of that setup, they have had a computer system in place that allowed employees to view designs, track jobs, and review client communications from anywhere in the world. 

Jim Tuttle