There has been a rash of Going Out of Business Sales in LuLaRoe. I don’t really talk about it much but I’ve felt it in my team and from my customers who are scoring items at rock bottom prices. And I don’t fault them for that. I’m on a budget too and I LOVE a good deal. But those sales come and go. I’m here for the long haul. I can’t sell at those prices because it wouldn’t make any sense for me or my business or my family and I value what I sell.
Most of the girls I know personally who are leaving are doing so because of major life changes. New babies. Sadly sometimes illness. New opportunity knocking on their door. Big moves. A variety of reasons. Some didn’t know exactly how much work this would be and that turning a profit takes a long time like most small businesses. And yes, I consider myself a small business. I have corporate rules I have to follow, but for the most part, LuLaRoe is my wholesale distributor. I run LuLaRoe Mary Barnes. I decide what to buy and when. I decide how much to stock and which items. I dictate my schedule. I insure my business. I balance my books. I manage my inventory, marketing, shrinkage, charitable donations, taxes, etc. I’m a member of my local chamber of commerce. I run a business…from home.
I juggle 4 children that I homeschool and a small homestead farm with my dedicated business partner and husband, Lewis. We often trade off at the door when he gets home from work. He takes the kids and I head to the shop. We work when we can and try to treat our customers like friends. And I LOVE my job. I love the look on someone’s face when they try on the dress that really speaks to them and makes them feel like a million bucks. I love the moment when someone with a hard to fit body realizes these clothes are made for them too. So I’m not going anywhere.
I have had a job consistently since I was 12 years old. I’ve cleaned horse stalls, slung 50lb bags of flour, waited more tables than I could ever count, worked in corporate offices, managed offices, and worked retail for someone else. I loved some of these jobs and I’ve disliked others. But one thing is now confirmed in my head. I don’t want to work for someone else. I want to work for me. I have an entrepreneurs heart.
As we stumble through the winter months and work on our “how” for 2018, one thing I have down solid is my “why”. Yes I do this for my family. To provide for them. To show my children what hard work looks like and set an example. But I also do this for a deeper reason. I do this to create communities so that no one feels alone or disregarded. Creating a place where people can gather and there are clothes that fit every body, short, tall, thin, plus size, all in one place. A place where you can drop in and shop and bend a listening ear. Escape if you need to. Meet up with new people. Or bring your friend group for a much needed ladies night out. We also try to create an online community where people don’t have to follow any bizarre rules or buy more than they wanted to get the one piece they love. Even online I want to create a place where people can share what’s important to them and converse with other people. So no one ever feels alone. I want to create art in clothing and put together outfits that fit people’s busy lives. Fashion is art and self expression and this company gets that.
So while I love a good deal, I hope that we provide something more. I hope that we provide amazing service that comes with a side of friendship and gratitude. Also, there are some AWESOME new items in the works and I want to show them to you! I think LuLaRoe has their finger firmly on the comfortable side of the fashion pulse and I don’t want to miss out on what they will do next.
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