Last year around this time I became an Independant Fashion Consultant for Lularoe clothing. Today I’d like to talk about what I’ve learned along the journey and why I quit. It was a very challenging decision to make and there were a lot of varying emotions that accompanied it. I will begin by stating that I do NOT regret on moment of it.
I had just recently had my first baby (a daughter) and wanted a little more out of my life. I wanted to have the option of working from home and having more business. I was/am a cosmetologist and my business was quite slow. I also didn’t have much drive for it at the time. So, becoming a consultant seemed like a good fit. I spent about three months thinking, praying, and searching to make sure this investment (because the nearly 5k startup cost IS an investment) was the right move for us.
My husband and I did LOADS of research on the company, how it works, and other aspects prior to jumping in. And soon enough I was in the queue to become a retailer. Over the next few weeks I soaked in as much as I possibly could and ordered all of the necessary items that would help my business run as smoothly as possible. When that call came in I was like a kid on Christmas. I couldn’t wait to start my journey.
Once my inventory was in I jumped online and did my first live sale via Facebook. Each week following I had a similar routine: live sale at 8pm, album sale online for the next three days, pack and ship! I LOVED every second of it. The group of consultants I worked with were amazing and had great ideas, great energy, but were realists. Sure as a fledgling company there were occasional growing pains, but I never regretted one moment of doing the work. Especially since my baby could bounce happily in her exersaucer next to me the whole time. 🙂
But….life decided to throw a curve ball at us and put us into some serious debt. When we sat down and looked at all of our options only one move worked in our favor…I had to quit the business. Truthfully, I was a little afraid. What would I do now? This was my business. I photographed and edited outfits, I went live all the time, I was consistent, and it became a fun rhythm. But you gotta do what you gotta do in life sometimes, and this was something I couldn’t continue for the time being.
So we closed up shop. Sent things back. And reclaimed a room in our house.
And while looking back there were a few things I learned along the way:
1.) Fashion “rules” don’t matter – You see, growing up we all hear how “plus sized women can’t wear horizontal stripes” or “you can’t wear white after Labor Day”. I cannot tell you how many women felt empowered by breaking those supposed rules and came into their own. That is what put a smile on my face.
2.) Investments matter – There are a lot of people who blame the company for their financial distress. However, as an adult you make your own financial decisions every day. It is YOUR money that YOU handle. And if you followed the company’s advice and read the policies and procedures you would see that you only make what you are willing to put in. Which leads me to my next point…
3.) It takes WORK – Becoming a consultant, whether it’s fashion, makeup, or health products, you don’t make money by sitting idly by and waiting for someone to call you. You have to get off your butt and DO THE WORK. No matter where you are employed, you are expected to perform certain tasks in order to earn a living. Working from home was the same way for me.
4.) Who I am – Be yourself in everything you do. It is what makes you likeable and unique. I just had fun. I would watch other people do their live sales and what made them popular. But at the end of the day I could only be me, and that is what brought me my customers.
5.) God sometimes has other plans – I felt like this was the right move for us. And it was for a year. Since resigning, however, I have had a pick up in my hair business like I haven’t seen in a long time. And I’m enjoying it! My new customers are wonderful and we always have fun! I’m interested in products and services that I hadn’t been before.
So, at the end of the day I learned a lot. I had a blast jamming to music while I sold pieces online. My baby enjoyed seeing all the fun patterns and “shopping”. Ultimately, I will always remember that year with fondness. It let me be the mom I wanted to be and feel like a whole person. I loved most being able to help ladies find pieces that brightened not simply their closets, but their days. And that is a job worth having.