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September 23, 2017

I’ll Show You How We Do Back To School!

Our kids actually start school in August, so they've been back for about a month now. This year we had 4 going to school! Jacob is in 6th grade (middle school!), Nicholas is in 4th, Emma 3rd and Jonathan started kindergarten! 

Getting 4 kids ready for school requires a plan and a budget. I've gotta get 4 back packs, 4 lunch boxes, 4 new pairs of sneakers, 4 new wardrobes, 4 school supply lists.. you get the idea! So I started shopping in June, pretty much as soon as school ended, so that I wasn't buying all at once. 

Kohl's was having an awesome sale! So I got their backpacks, lunchboxes and clothes. Chris LOVES sneakers, so he took them out shopping at this sneaker store we have in town. Their school supply lists come in the beginning of August so I shopped online at a few different places to get the best deals on what they needed. 

Every summer about 2 weeks before school starts I have the kids go to bed earlier (they're allowed to stay up later during the summer) and wake them up at the time they need to be during the school year. To help get them back on a routine, because some of them will sleep until noon if you let them! 

A couple pictures from their first day! You can see their new clothes, shoes, backpacks and haircuts! 

If you’d like to join in on this months collab, join the link up below! And here’s a list of the topics for the rest of the year! 

September 12, 2017

LuLaRoe Update

Hello y'all! 

It's been going on 6 months now that I've been an official LuLaRoe consultant.. So I figured I'd give a little update to let you all know how it's going! 

For those of you who didn't already know  I joined the Queue in January 2017 and Onboarded in April. During my wait I purchased all of the supplies I needed, there's a great list here if you're in the Queue and want to start shopping for your LuLaRoom! 

My initial inventory arrived April 17! And I was pretty impressed with how much I sold right away. Within a few weeks I had made enough to place two additional orders. Meaning I had made back a good chunk of my initial investment, but I was putting it right back into my business. 

Sales since have been slower than I would've hoped, especially over the summer. But I'm noticing it's picking back up now that school is back in session and the cooler weather is coming (not all LuLa styles are summer friendly). Even with not selling as much as I had hoped I would, I've still made enough to order more. I'm trying to keep building my inventory. The more you have, the more you sell! So while I haven't taken a profit yet, I'm also not putting out more of my own money.

I see a lot of consultants are quitting recently.. They say it was too much work, they didn't make enough money, they were taking out of their own pockets to reinvest in their business, etc. And while I can see how all of those things are frustrating, it takes time to build a successful business. Jumping in an making a full time career salary is not realistic, especially if you're not putting in full time hours! And LuLaRoe doesn't want you using personal money for business expenses they want you to use your sales. 

Have there been any negatives for me? Sure! I think with any business there are things that bother you or things you can improve on. One thing I want to work on is being more committed to not only my online Sales Schedule (because I'm pretty consistent with following that) but also a schedule as far as taking better quality pictures of inventory, booking Pop-Ups and doing Open Houses. I also want to get Live more often! Live Sales are the best for me! 

The more time I put in, the more I'll get out! 

Overall I'd say I've had a pretty positive experience so far and I'm looking forward to seeing where my business goes in the future! 

If youre thinking of starting LuLaRoe and have any questions, please leave me a comment down below! I'd love to chat with you! 

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