Tuesday, July 14, 2015

I Heart LuLaRoe



6 months ago I posted this.  I shared with all of you that I was venturing into the world of "LuLaRoe Fashion Consultant."  It has been a crazy whirlwind 6 months, but I wanted to come back to share with you everything that has gone on!

I had never imagined the ride I was about to board when I signed to be a LuLaRoe consultant, but I am SO glad I did.  It has been a lot of work, but the rewards have been far more than I imagined.  I was super nervous to start out.  I wasn't sure if I had the skills, didn't know if I'd get parties, and was worried about the cost to start up.  There was a lot of "what ifs," but in the end I am glad that Paul and I took a leap of faith and went with it!

Let me begin by saying that I AM NOT a business person.  I have a bachelors in Social Work and a masters in Counseling.  Ha!  That might be the COMPLETE opposite of anything business related!  However, I knew I could talk with women, help them shop, and in the end help them find clothing that they would feel phenomenal in.  I am not shy on social media (as MANY of you have probably already experienced), and I just felt like this was something I could do. Quite honestly, in the end I was going to sell a product I LOVED and stood behind 100%.  If I was passionate about LuLaRoe, then I knew I could convey this to others.

I have been floored by the support I have received in this venture!  I was able to pay off my initial investment within 7 weeks of starting, and in the meantime have even earned a cruise for Paul and I in February.  To say I am thrilled with my decision to join LuLaRoe is an understatement!

If you have followed m blog in any capacity over the years you have learned that I love making lists.  So, in good Betsy fashion, here is a list of why I love being a part of LuLaRoe.


  1. Can we say consultant perks?  I get first dibs on EVERY shipment!  I have my packages delivered to the UPS Store down the street.  Without fail, each box is ripped open and clothing is pulled out by the time I get home.  Waiting and receiving a new shipment is just as exciting every single time! Oh, and I get all the LuLaRoe I want at wholesale.
  2. LuLaRoe has been the perfect balance of work/being home for me.  I have always said that I could never be a working mom.  During my internship for my masters I thought I was going to lose my brain just trying to get myself and one kid out of the door!  Kudos to those moms who go off to work everyday!  I am not meant for full time work outside the home!  I have always said that going to work even just one day a week would be the perfect balance.  Step in LuLaRoe.  I am home during the day with my kids.  Sure, there are work things I have to do DURING the day, but I still get to wake up with them, and have the freedom to work my schedule with what works for our family.  
  3. I am reminded that I am more than "Mom."  Don't get me wrong,  Being "Mom" is a BIG responsibility and  honorable title, but somedays being "mom" feels like dirty diapers, mac and cheese, fights over Barbies, and endless laundry.  These jobs are important, but they aren't always the most fulfilling.  For me, LuLaRoe has given me pride in something that I do for my family that goes beyond the monotony of my SAHM life.
  4. Money.  People don't like to talk about money, but it is sort of an inevitable when discussing why I love being a part of LuLaRoe.  To be honest, it takes a good chunk of change to become a consultant.  The upfront cost scared me.  A lot.  However, I have learned that with a big investment comes a big pay off.  In the beginning I invested my profit back into my inventory, but since putting the profit back into my pocket I am shocked and pleasantly surprised.  Our kids attend Legacy Christian School. Tuition isn't getting cheaper.  I can already feel the financial freedom we are starting to experience easing tension in our home.  I feel proud about contributing financially to our household income.  No clue if Paul agrees, but I think it has to relieve some pressure off of him as the sole bread winner.  
  5. Women Power.  So cheesy, I know, but for real.  I am part of a fabulous network of women through LuLaRoe who encourage, support, and help out one another.  The wonderful thing about LuLaRoe is that the competition between consultants is really very minimal.  We all have different inventory.  We have sent customers to each other, and we meet each other to help each other out with inventory.   Our Facebook group is filled with laughs, cries, and women who genuinely care for each other, even though we have never met face to face.  It's freaking awesome.  
  6. The people that run LuLaRoe are the real deal.  Deanne and Mark Stidham are involved, motivated, and genuinely want great things for all of us.  I promise I am not just drinking the Kool-Aid.  I have met this fabulous couple and they make a point to know who you are!  Deanne makes herself available to every consultant and not a single one of us is too "beneath" her for her to invest her time and expertise.  Related, the home office is a group of fabulous people who truly try their best to help out each and every consultant.  The company is new, and with any young company there are growing pains, but they acknowledge where LuLaRoe can grow and how it needs to change.  It's good stuff, peeps.
I am sure I could come up with 100 more reasons I love being a part of LuLaRoe, but these are the most important ones for me.  

And now for the spiel where I offer you the opportunity to be a part of LuLaRoe like I am! :-)  (You knew this was coming).  For real, though, any of you who have had any experience with me know that I am not one to promote something unless I stand behind it.  Similarly, when I find something I love, I share it constantly!  If you have considered being a part of the LuLaRoe Fashion Consultant world, I would be honored to be your coach and biggest cheerleader.   

To learn more about this opportunity you can listen and ask questions on the call every Tuesday and Thursday 4pm PST (7pm Michigan time).  Dial in to 712-432-1500, and use the access number 778569#.  If you still feel like you want to know more you can contact me here:  https://betsythompson.mylularoe.com/ or email me at bhuizinga@gmail.com, or check me out on Facebook.

Then there are those that being a consultant isn't your gig.  No big deal!  I'd love to be your go-to gal for a Pop Up Boutique to help you earn free clothes!  Who doesn't like free clothing???  And, if you live out of Michigan be sure to check my Facebook page for my online events!  I often do live broadcasts through YouNow too! 

Huge thank you to my sponsor, fellow consultants, and customers who have made the past 6 months of this LuLaRoe train a fantastic ride!  Can't wait to see where I will be 6 months from now!



50 comments:

Julia Baldwin said...

So how much was the start up fee?

Tammy Salaja said...

I am also curious about the beginning investment, can you tell me what it was?

Tammy Salaja said...

I am also curious about the beginning investment, can you tell me what it was?

Laura said...

I am also interested

Betsy Thompson said...

Hi Ladies! For some reason I can't reply to you each directly. Either way..

The initial investment is $5000-$6000. With this you purchase 300-400 pieces of inventory that you can start selling as soon as it arrives on your doorstep!

For those who can't swing the cash out of pocket, I have had many women pull out a personal loan or a 0% interest credit card to front the money, and they pay that down as they have pop ups and make sales.

:-)

Theresa Scott said...

So unlike other DS companies you do not pay your initial $100-$200 and get what you need to start out? You have to commit to purchasing 300-400 items that you are then stuck with if they do not sell. you do not order as you go and what you need? Can you please clarify what the start up procedure is and what the cost is to continue?

Betsy Thompson said...

Hi Theresa! So, most other DS companies you purchase a kit to help you get started. With LuLaRoe you actually buy your product to start to sell right away. Once you place your initial order you can order as much as you need based off of what styles and sizes you sell after that. For example, I ordered 317 pieces for my initial order. My inventory came, I threw a launch party and sold 60 pieces. That night I ordered 60 pieces to replenish the ones sold, and then used my profit to purchase even more to help build my inventory. Now my inventory is large enough to where I am no longer reinvesting everything, but I am taking a profit. Does that help?

Megan Patrick said...

Did you find that a majority of your sales were done in home or online via social media?

Megan Patrick said...

Did you find that a majority of your sales were done in home or online via social media?

Anonymous said...

You have the access code listed incorrectly. I tried to dial in with that code.

Anonymous said...

do you get to choose your prints/patterns and sizes or if your first shipment something the company just sends you? What about for replenishment?

Anonymous said...

After your initial investment, are you required to purchase more or have an annual/quarterly/monthly minimum purchase OR when you order, do you have to place a minimum order when you order?

Penny Williams said...

What 5 pieces do you recommend starting with?

Mandarina said...

Hi. I had heard you could start up for $2000, is that false? Also, I am wondering if the compensation structure is similar to other DS, where the majority of a real income comes from commissions from your downline. Thanks for the info!

Amanda Jules said...

Profit ranges from 30-60% of item sell price. You are basically buying a sole brand at wholesale and reselling for retail value. Bonus commision from getting other people started is 5% of their sales

Amanda Jules said...

Profit ranges from 30-60% of item sell price. You are basically buying a sole brand at wholesale and reselling for retail value. Bonus commision from getting other people started is 5% of their sales

Leane Fochi said...

Who pays the 5%? LuLaRoe or the consultant?

Ashley.Ann said...

What happens to the clothes that you don't sell? Are you stuck with them or can you send them back for a refund or exchange?

Ashley.Ann said...

What happens to the clothes that you don't sell? Are you stuck with them or can you send them back for a refund or exchange?

Anonymous said...

As a consultant if you have others that work under you, who pays the 5%, LuLaRoe or the consultant?

Jennifer said...

Who pays the 5%? And is it 5% of what they order or 5% of the retail price sold to the customer

Jen said...

This is too funny...I am also a counselor (LCSW) and have been considering starting to sell Lularoe lately. The start up costs are freaking me out, tho...not sure I'm ready to put a lot of time and money into something like this just yet...

Anonymous said...

LuLaRoe :)

Katie Hall said...

I'm a msw and I'm feeling the same way! I so want to, but the start up fees are scary!

Trina said...

So with this company, you need to keep a large inventory and hold a lot of parties to sell things? The company I'm with now, customers just set up their own account and order from there. It's shipped to them. I have no inventory and no parties. The start up for Lularoe seems to be super steep! I wish you success in your business venture.

Unknown said...

What company do you work for trina?

Anonymous said...

I know there are so many patterns and you don't get to pick them. What do you do with items you just can't sell. I am sure that they are rare but what do you do with them. Will the company exchange them?

Mandy Smith said...

Since I asked my question on December 31 I have taken the plunge and become a LuLaRoe consultant. I launched 12 days ago, have worked what feels like 24/7, and have sold almost $5000 at retail already. Fortune truly favors the bold in this case. This company does AMAZING things for families. To answer some of the above questions: buying from a consultant's inventory rather than ordering from a catalog is an incredibly good thing, not a negative. I have done DS in the past and people are very wary of sales presentations/catalog ordering parties. With LuLaRoe, people simply come township like they would at any store, and they LOVE IT!! I am booked solid and most of my party requests (and sales so far!) have come from people I DIDN'T EVEN KNOW before LLR!! They reached out to ME! And as for inventory not selling, your job with LuLaRoe is to sell yourself, not the inventory. People already want that, and they want it badly, and tastes vary WILDLY. People have gone nuts over pieces I thought were hideous. But they can choose who they buy from, and if you engage and provide great service, they are more likely to come and browse your inventory again. EVERYTHING SELLS. It is absolutely true. That said: if you just can't get something to move, consultants constantly swap inventory to keep it looking fresh. And very worst case scenario LLR will take inventory returns for a 15% (of wholesale) restocking fee. I have seriously yet to meet a consultant who has had to do that though, and I have talked to DOZENS of current and former consultants. I could go on and on about the many reasons unique individual inventory is a brilliant business concept but when it comes down to it, those who have the guts will take the chance and get the payoff, and those who don't, well, won't.

Kellen aka "Muffin Man" said...

I'm an avid LLR shopper, i guarantee you won't be stuck with them. They'll sale.

Portia said...

Mandy Smith, so basically llr is like any retail business? You purchase wholesale and mark up the prices? Basically, no different than starting your own boutique? Do you have to get a business license, it seems that you all are operating as business owners, since you aren't working off commission?

Candice Li said...

So with Lularoe is it still worth it to become a consultant even though there are so many consultants already? I am just worried there are too many consultants and so I won't sell anything?

Glam Jewels said...

Candice, I have bought from many different consultants because the patterns vary...someone might have the pattern you are looking for and your normal consultant doesn't have it so you go elsewhere. Just a thought as far as the too many consultant thing you were talking about.

Desarae Marhofer said...

Just put in my application to become a LuLaRoe Consultant! I definitely see the advantage that this company has over other MLM, the unique inventory ability to sell online, pop up boutiques, means instant sales! It's definitely a large investment but with the profit margins they are promising it seems very hopeful!

Anonymous said...

See, I so wanted to become a consultant but I see a totally different story. I see pages upon pages upon pages of lularoe on ebay. NWT!!! So I know some styles don't sell. Add to that the thousands of consultants coming on board, the market is flooded and the product is no longer unique. Once you see the merchandise on ebay, the market is flooded.
I hate to be the Debbie Downer here, but I think lularoe will become just like Avon, pampered chef and simply tasteful, too many consultants begging for business. Makes me sad because I was ready to sign until I stop drinking the lemonade long enough to do some serious research.

Anonymous said...

A lot of what you are seeing on ebay is people reselling. Keep in mind, if the price on ebay is above the retail price for an item sold by a consultant, then they likely purchased their item to resell. Some people watch consultant's online parties so that they can quickly purchased the most sought after prints and then resell at a higher price. Sad, but true. Now, are there some people on ebay that could be selling unattractive inventory or pieces they couldn't sell at a party, yes, I'm sure that is happening. But, I have spent hours looking at ebay to see what I could buy and mostly what I saw was people's "unicorns" being sold for outrageous prices. In LLR terms, a unicorn is that print you can't live without. I have found several of mine and never had to pay over retail for them.

Anonymous said...

Yeah I am signing up. the company is unique. yes they are upping the amounts of prints but they still need to go 13000+ girls and 2500 isn't a lot. the prints are one of a kind when you see that. it's not like 31 where there are only 50 prints and every girl sells the same!!!

Amanda Palguta said...

Did you end up becoming a consultant? If so, how has it been going for you? I'm an LCSW and I recently entered the queue.

Amanda Palguta said...

Did you end up becoming a consultant? If so, how has it been going for you? I'm an LCSW and I recently entered the queue.

Katherine s said...

Mandy - I've submitted my paperwork and waiting to get my "in the queue" email. When you say people reached out to you, how did they find you? I mean for the in person pop ups? Or was it online? Thanks! Just nervous about building my customer base.

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Unknown said...

Consultants are not allowed to sell their inventory on eBay and the like--it's in their contract. What I have seen is people buy popular styles from consultants, and then turn around and jack up the prices on eBay. That doesn't mean the market is too flooded. LLR is unique in the business structure and people seem to really like it. Doesn't mean the popularity won't drop, but it's hard to believe something like this is just a fad.

Nick H said...

Consultants are not allowed to sell their inventory on eBay and the like--it's in their contract. What I have seen is people buy popular styles from consultants, and then turn around and jack up the prices on eBay. That doesn't mean the market is too flooded. LLR is unique in the business structure and people seem to really like it. Doesn't mean the popularity won't drop, but it's hard to believe something like this is just a fad.

Unknown said...

The LLR that is selling on Ebay is from people that have purchased items that are very popular and sought after. They buy it from us Consultants, then sell on Ebay at jacked up prices. They are considered Flippers, and if I find out one of my customers is a flipper, they are deleted from my group. You may also have people selling on Ebay that decided that LuLaRoe is not for them. Because to be honest, it is a lot of hard work, and some people aren't prepared for that. They think they can post it online and people will come running to buy. No, you have to work your business. Every day! Best thing that has happened to me in a long time

kathy mercer said...

How can I get all the information to sign up? Very interested

kathy mercer said...

How can I get all the information to sign up? Very interested

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Betsy Thompson said...

Yay! Email me at lularoebetsythompson@gmail.com

Bwynkoop66 said...

I am very interested in becoming a consultant. How long will it take from when I fill out my form until I get my first shipment? Is there any type of training or meetings I will need to attend?

Anonymous said...

What company do you work for trina?

JB said...

A friend and I are considering a partnership and investing in our own LLR business. We are currently in the process of researching the company. I see good things but I also see a lot of negative reviews as well. I do have another side business where everything is ordered online, customers have their own accounts, I don't need to keep any inventory and everything is sent right to the customers. It is a rapidly growing business, so LLR just seems like a lot of work. I am still interested but will have to do a lot more research, especially since everything is handled for my by the company in my other side business. I just have to find the customers. Home parties are not a norm with this company either. We will see where our research takes us. Best of luck to anyone doing their own side gigs. Mine has been a lot of fun and it was less than $1,000 to get started. :)