“You will feel so much better once you hire help.” But what if I can’t afford help?
Since becoming a LuLaRoe consultant I have gotten a lot of awesome advice from other consultants. One piece of advice was to hire someone to help me with the tasks that I don’t enjoy doing or that I don’t have much time for. Which is GREAT advice for people who need to lighten their load, buuuuut what if you can’t afford help?
As a new mommy with a new business I was SUPER overwhelmed! But I made it through with almost zero help during the day and YOU CAN TOO! I am no expert at running a business, mommyhood, or multitasking, BUT I did find some things that really helped me stay sane while building my business.
1. Make a schedule for your business then STICK WITH IT.
When I was first starting, almost 100% of my business was done online. I was nursing constantly, and leaving the house was sort of an ordeal for me. So, I focused most of my selling efforts into my Facebook Group. What I have found is that with a consistent schedule you will get consistent shoppers. I used to change my schedule all the time, until I realized that my sales were suffering. Putting my group on a consistent weekly schedule has vastly improved my sales. Give yourself some time to find what works for your crowd. Try out different types of sales at varying times. Keep what works best!
Knowing that a sale happens on a specific day also allows you time to prepare ahead of time. Babies are unpredictable, or at least mine is! If yours is predictable USE THAT TO YOUR ADVANTAGE! My son’s schedule is constantly changing. So I learned to prep ahead of time so if there is a change of plans, I am still ready.
- Monday- Mystery Bags
- Tuesday- Wall Drops
- Wednesday- Live Sale
- Thursday- Album Sale
- Friday- Live Sale
2. Make a list of goals you want to accomplish that day. Identify things you NEED to do versus things that you WANT to do.
This was a lifesaver for me. My son is consistently inconsistent. He is over a year old and I STILL never know when he is going to wake up in the morning. Because of this I cannot put myself on an hourly schedule. Instead, I give myself daily goals! Know which goals you NEED done that day (i.e. shower) and which goals you WANT done that day (i.e. organize closet). Not giving myself deadlines helps me to be less stressed when my little guy is having a rough day, and my plans are interrupted.
3. Take advantage of your smartphone or tablet! Multitask while you take care of baby.
My smartphone is easily the business tool that I use the most. In the beginning when I was nursing HOURS at a time, I spent a lot of time sitting. I would simply use this time to work my business by using my phone. Make graphics for your group, network on Facebook/Pinterest, post pictures: there is so much you can do even when you are stuck in one spot. Even now that I have a very mobile one year old, I still use my phone for the same things! Only difference is now I have to work as I follow him around the house. Ha!
4. Give yourself focused work time with no distractions for the bigger projects. (Album Pictures, Live Sales, & Flat Lays)
If you have a partner or spouse who can watch the baby for an hour, use that resource to get things done! I stay home with my son full time while my husband works. Roughly once a week I give the baby to him after work and get all of my pictures done at once. I can get some focused Lula time that is normally harder to do when I am home alone.
If you do not have a partner/spouse to take over for a bit, then work during naps/bedtime! Stay up an hour later or wake up 30 minutes earlier. Try to save big projects for times that your little one is asleep.
5. Include them in your business.
If your little one is teeny still, just wear them while you work. They still get mommy time, and you get your stuff done! If your baby is a little too active for baby wearing give them something to do in your room. Mine LOVES to “organize” my leggings by dumping them out and putting them away again. So I let him do that so I can work on a project.
Set up your highchair/bouncy seat/etc in your Lularoe Room! I have done this more times than I can count. I can feed him or play with him in between projects.
6. Use their favorite tv show, movie, or song as a distraction!
I have seen Moana at least 50 times now, but my son LOVES it. He will sit and watch almost the whole thing no problem! When I have an especially detailed project or really need to concentrate I will turn on his favorite movie. We don’t sit in front of the TV all day, but I will definitely use it as a tool to get my work done.
7. Trade babysitting time with another mom or family member.
Being a stay at mom can be super lonely. Join a mom group or find a playgroup in your area! Sometimes moms will trade time watching each other’s kids. So you take mine today for a few hours and I will watch yours tomorrow! It is a FREE way to have someone watch your kiddo for you, plus you get to return the favor for someone else.
If you have family near by, ask them to watch your littles for a bit. We just moved back to our home town, and I love having family nearby to help out. Before we moved, I didn’t have any family nearby and now we have both sets of grandparents 10 minutes away! They are a huge asset that I have been FULLY taking advantage of since moving back to KCMO.
8. Treat every outing like a business opportunity.
As a stay at home mommy I tend to stay home a lot. So when I do leave, I try to make it count. When you go to the grocery store or the post office hand out free leggings with your business card tucked inside. Network with fellow mommies and local businesses, and book some pop ups!
Always be wearing Lularoe when you leave the house! You are your very best advertisement and it is totally free! If anyone compliments you on your clothes you have an opportunity to talk about your business.
9. Build a relationship with your customers. Give them a reason to shop with you over someone else.
With mostly online sales, I had to really work hard to make those connections with my customers. Be genuine and open with your VIPs. If your kid decides to paint the wall with butter, take a picture and post it to your group! People will relate to your experience and appreciate your honesty!
Ask your customers about themselves too! Have them post a picture of their pet or ask them how their day is going and respond to each comment. Try to remember things about your customers like favorite styles or sizes. Or even non lula stuff, if you know they are obsessed with pugs tag them in your picture of pug leggings. If they just lost a family pet send them some leggings or even just a card. It shows you care and they are probably more likely to shop with you.
10. Give yourself some grace.
Being a mom is hard. It is exhausting physically and mentally. Running a business is hard too! So when you do them both at the same time it can be challenging. Remember, your success is going to look very different from someone else’s. Don’t compare yourself to other people, everyone’s circumstances are entirely different. It is okay to not do everything perfect or not make 100k a month. You have got this, babe!
I hope this helped you! If you have ever thought about selling Lularoe or just have some questions send me an email! I would absolutely love to help you. Lularoemegankreuer@gmail.com
If you want to shop with me here is my a link to my Facebook Group! https://www.facebook.com/groups/288273554901077/
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