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Y’all want to talk about awkward? Imagine interviewing yourself! That being said, I figured starting with me for the Do What You Love, Love What You Do series would be a good idea since I do love what I do. Well, most of the time I love being an
Independent Fashion Retailer of LuLaRoe
Business (Company) and Industry
LuLaRoe manufacturers apparel for women, men, and children from sizes 2T-3XL, so my industry is Sales/Fashion. My boutique, The Comfy Llama, predominately stocks only the women’s lines.
Years in this business/industry
I have been a Independent Fashion Retailer of LuLaRoe for over three years. My previous Sales/Fashion experience was when I was in my teens and spent a summer living at the beach. I worked in a women’s apparel store and a bathing suit shop.
What is your favorite thing about your business/company?
It will probably surprise a lot of people what I say is my favorite thing. In fact, some people may skewer me for saying it or challenging me on it but my favorite thing is that they listen to us.
Yes, their responses to our concerns and criticism might not be timely enough or far enough in some people’s opinions but they do and have listened all along. It can be very challenging to hear all the noise and feedback and then implement that feedback. I feel like they have done it quite well for a company of its size and age.
What drove you to be a part of your business or start your business?
My motivation came from a simple desire to reclaim a bit of me after having my daughter. Prior to being a stay-at-home parent, I had a very demanding and rewarding position in education. I missed being able to use my skills and knowledge. That, and my Amazon and Costco habit. Find out more about my “why” and my reasons for still being an Independent Fashion Retailer of LuLaRoe in another post.
What has surprised you most about working in (your field)
One thing that has surprised me is that people really do not understand how much work it takes to run a successful, long-term fashion retail business. It takes a lot of time and emotional energy. I love it most of the time but it certainly can be exhausting and less than glamorous.
If you were the founder or a key executive what thing would you improve or change?
Over the past three years, LuLaRoe has changed many of the things that I would have changed if I had been in charge. I think the only thing left that I would change would be making it easier for people to switch sponsors. I adore my current sponsor, she is the perfect fit for me. Though, she is not my original sponsor she has been amazing for my business.
Because of some changes over the last 18 months people have had their sponsors change, possibly . Additionally, some people have had sponsors that were not as amazing as other people’s or they didn’t do their research well enough before picking one.
Biggest piece of advice if they take the opportunity to join your business
Take your time to do a legitimate business plan and fully research potential sponsors. This holds true of any opportunity, not just becoming an Independent Fashion Retailer of LuLaRoe. If you would like to learn more about the opportunity, check out my post or drop me a line.
What would you have done differently from the beginning
After I paid off my initial investment I really wish that I had set aside more of my profits towards retirement planning. I kick myself for that often, sorry Mom and Dad!
What tool(s) are essential
- Good lighting kit
- Record keeping system for the financial aspects
- A follow-up system for customers
What type of training or courses do you think would benefit someone joining your business?
- Mind Your Own Business
- Training in how to make graphics and edit photos
- A course in the various fabrics and fashion terms
What is your big dream for your business? Or your next big goal for it?
My big goal with The Comfy Llama is to maintain or exceed my monthly financial target. This business is providing me with the financial resources to plan for the next chapter of my professional and personal journey. One that I hope you follow along with over time, be sure to subscribe to the blog.
What would you say to anyone considering starting any business of their own/ jumping into the entrepreneur life
Do not suffer from analysis paralysis, as one of my peers shared the other day – – just make a decision and make the leap!
Be decisive. Right or wrong, make a decision. The road of life is paved with flat squirrels who couldn’t make a decision.
Where can we follow your journey?
Next in the Series
Next up for the Do What You Love, Love What You Do series will be an interview with a fab family-friendly Jersey Girl, a Pampered Chef
If you would like the opportunity to be interviewed or have a field that you would like me to explore, drop me a line or comment.