You took the plunge, and now you are in the queue on your way to becoming an official LuLaRoe Consultant. You might be freaking out a little, but it’s ok, you have people at your disposal to go to! Your sponsor, their upline, and their upline, and their upline… ok you get where I am going. You also have your team members who either are in the queue right along with you, or were there not too long ago themselves.
#1 Piece of quebie advice — Use your support structure!
So now you know you have people to turn to ask all of your questions– also the search function in your groups can lead you to an amazing wealth of knowledge– but what do you do while you wait?
So many things! It can be overwhelming, but take a deep breath, we’re going to get through it together!
There will absolutely be things you need to buy– lets start there!
Lets start with shipping:
Polymailers – There are several places you can order shipping supplies– I love Amazon–I also try to find the best bang for my buck always. Whatever polymailers you buy, make sure you get 10X13 inch ones. These are the ValueMailers I got. I’ll buy them again, they have been durable, self seal, and I love the color. The same seller on Amazon offers different colors too! I started off with 300.
Tissue Paper – Many consultants like to add the personal touch of wrapping our amazing product in tissue paper for their customers. Again I ordered tons of stuff from Amazon– hello free shipping– I have found that the 15″ X 20″ size has been perfect! I started off with 300 of these too.
After I wrap them I put them in the plastic bags that LuLaRoe sends the leggings in, squish out all the air and pop them in my polymailer!
Stickers – I like to use stickers to finish off my tissue paper. I love the style of these 1.5 inch stickers! I wouldn’t want to go any smaller than an inch and a half but the choices are endless!
You’re also going to need a Postal Scale. This one is affordable, reliable, I like that the controls and display is separate from the scale because if there is a box on it, you can still read the weight!
Shipping: I use www.stamps.com to pay for shipping and print shipping labels– I can make another tutorial on importing the information you gather on your Google Form into your contacts on stamps.com for easy batch shipping! Another website that is popular is: www.shippingeasy.com
The last thing is thank you cards. This I haven’t pinned down yet. I got some, but they are not as thick as I would like. I’ve thought about going to an office store and having some printed from the provided LuLaRoe template, or from VistaPrint.
Now lets move onto photos!
Now there are many many many different ways that consultants do their photos. I use the app PicFrame to make collages instantly without any additional editing. I can take a full photo of my garment on a dress form, click over to one of the smaller windows to take a close up, and then in the last one I put a size graphic in and poof! Awesome photos.
Mine look like this:
Well ALMOST. The key to good photos is a lighting kit. There are plenty out there, this is just the one I happened to buy. I use the two umbrella lights, one with the tripod height lower, and one with the tripod up higher so my dress form has full lighting. I put the umbrella lights at 4 O’Clock and the other at 8 O’Clock, the dress form is as 12 O’Clock. I put a chair at 6 O’Clock and sit in it to get all my angle uniform.
A good dress form is a must! I bought two! I bought a size small dress form that I use for XXS-S (and sometimes medium) garments and a size large dress form that I use for Medium-3XL garments. With a middle sized dress form the smallest clothes don’t fit on it, and the largest ones look sloppy. As LuLaRoe consultants it is our job to represent the brand’s integrity. The clothes looking stellar is the foundation of that job.
A backdrop is needed. This is another thing that all the consultants seem to have their own preferences on, and I don’t have this completely locked down yet either. I bought this photography backdrop. It’s too long, and its paper, but it was cheap, and that’s what I needed. My next step is to adhere the paper to a large piece of plywood so I can move it around easily. Right now it stays rolled up and I hang it off clips when I’m ready to take my photos.
I don’t personally use a tripod for when I’m taking my photos because of my method, but many people do. What I do find a tripod incredibly helpful for is doing live sales, and also mastering my selfie skills. I used just my tripod and my phone’s timer to do all of the photos for my Cassie Skirt blog post.
This Glif adjustable tripod mount is awesome! You can use it for any type and size of phone! Woot!
Now let’s talk storage
Most consultants I know have bought these DecoBros clothing racks. Others don’t support the weight of the clothes, these babies are heavy duty. I started with three of them, and a month in, I need another one! So needless to say you need at least 3.
Hangers! Hot topic for quebies!
These are the ones from Costco, I can’t find them on their website, and they’re 28.00 dollars on Amazon. Don’t buy them for 28.00, they are 9.99 at Costco! Get your Mama, your brother, or your friend to take you if you don’t have a membership! And buy more than you need! If you can of course, because a month in, when you need a fourth rack, you’re going to need hangers for it!
Now I think I’ve covered most of the things you’re going to need to buy. Another huge step in getting ready though is becoming technologically organized. Before I got my clothes in my iCloud drive on my computer (I have an 11″ MacBook Air) I made a LuLaRoe folder, in that I set up many many folders inside of it. I have one for my Contract, one for documents from my sponsor on Building a Team–get an email ready so you’re prepared when someone asks you about LuLaRoe!–I have a folder for Logos and Facebook Banners, Sizing Graphics, a Sold folder, and finally my Styles folder. In my styles folder I have a folder in there for every style LuLaRoe offers as well as the sizing graphic for that style and an album cover that I made with Rhonna Designs Now that you have all of that set up, when you take your fabulous photos, you can upload them right into their folders! And then Bam you’re already organized for all your Facebook parties!
Let’s talk about Rhonna Designs for a minute too. I made album covers with it, but I also use it for all my giveaway posts too. Another awesome idea is that customers on Facebook are more likely to read a post if there is something colorful–an image–in the post!
So even it’s something as simple as this, It gets people reading!
Now you have all the tools you need to get organized! Go get organized so you’ll be ALL ready when your inventory comes!!!
So I’m going to go ahead and say it again, that the sizing of LuLaRoe is magical. I learned this week that they fit test every single size. Most clothing companies fit test the small or medium, and then scale the pattern from there. LuLaRoe fit tests every single size!
Yesterday I got the Carly dress in the mail–people in my group were asking about sizing. I know that buying clothes online is always a little nerve racking! So before my live sale I tried on five sizes! I got XS-XL in my box and here are my results!
The X-Large which is my normal size fit most like the t-shirts I wear on the arms, but not a single one of the sizes felt tight on my arms or like the dress restricted my movement. So my conclusion, go with the print and length you want! The X-Small was definitely shorter on me. I’m 5’6″ for reference. I ended up keeping the medium because I liked the length and how it fit over my bust and then flared out a little from there.
So that’s my review on this awesome new dress! I haven’t taken it off since I tried it on! And I’m not someone who normally wears dresses!
This post is for new consultants, I’ve seen several people asking how to make a Google form, so I’m making this for you!
Why do you need a Google form for checkout? After your sale is over, when you have your customers fill out a Google form, it puts all their names, email address, and street addresses into one place, you can then export that into a spreadsheet, and then to take it a step further you can export that into stamps.com or your preferred shipping site. Then when you go to ship your LuLa-Goodies all you have to do is search for the customer’s name and Poof their address appears. SO HELPFUL!
This is what mine looks like. As you can see I have several forms for different sales I’m regularly a part of!
To create a new form you click the big red “new” button:
Make sure to click the “More” tab, and a second window appears. The top option, “Google Forms” is the selection you want! Click that.
This is your template. Click on the words “Untitled form” to input the name you want to appear onto your form.
When you hit “Return” after you input your title, the box goes down to the first question. This is when you start to fill in what information you want from your customers. I put their Full name, E-mail address, street address, city, state, zip code, and items claimed. It defaults to multiple choice though, and you have to change this.
When you click “Multiple Choice” this menu pops up. Select short answer and it will leave a space for your customers to input their information.
To input your next question click the “plus sign” in the side menu, and it will create a new input field. Every time you create a new field you have to change it to short answer. The one time I make the option paragraph is for the “Items claimed” input.
When I’m all done with the usual requests, I state my return policy, leave that one as multiple choice, but only give them one option which is “Got it!”
The one thing I forgot to take a screen shot of is, when you change your question type there is an option for you to click “required” so then customers can’t leave anything blank!
Next, I love putting a photo in mine to personalize the form. When you scroll back to the top, click the Title bar, go over to the side menu and click the input photo icon, select a photo from your computer and voila!
Now click the painter’s palette icon, and you can change the color to anything you want!
The last important point for sharing your Google form is a shortened hyper-link. Click the white “Send” button. Click the chain links, which are over one tab:
After you do this, click the box for “Shorten URL”, and thats the link you’re going to want to share in your group in your “Ready for my Invoice!” post. I also like to leave mine in my pinned post which explains to my shoppers how to shop.
I love to have my customers fill out the Google form for when they’re done shopping as a signal to me that they’re done! Otherwise they might still be browsing, and I wouldn’t want to send their invoices too early!
Hope you enjoyed my tutorial! Leave me a comment if you’d like! Share with anyone who may be asking Google form questions and thanks for reading!
So, I have been wanting to feature a style on my blog every week. It’s been one of those plans that is floating around in my head. Then yesterday I was taking pictures of these amazing Cassie skirts that I got when I went to a swap between local consultants–I was home alone and decided to try a few on. Guess what? I tried on FIVE sizes and they all fit! I swear the sizing in this company is magical! I’ve always been one of those women that when I go into a retail store, if the size 14 or 16 didn’t fit, there was nothing else for me to try on. I always envied the ladies who were in the middle size ranges who could go up or down 1-2 sizes and still find what they were looking for. I know no matter where you find your clothes–LuLaRoe included– there is going to be that issue, if you’re small and the XXS or the XS is still too big, then there is nothing smaller, and if the 2XL or the 3XL is too small there is no where else to go–but what I’m trying to say is that for most stores that cap is a size 16, and I love that with LuLaRoe that is not the case. I love that there is a large size range in LuLaRoe, and the tailoring works for everyone! So without getting too wordy here are some pictures I took! I’m 5’6″ for reference. I tried on sizes Medium – 3XL in the Cassie skirt and paired the skirts with a range of styles/sizes in tops that were in my inventory.
So, this is something I’ve been thinking about quite a bit lately. Why did I want to sell clothes? To be a LuLaRoe consultant? LuLaRoe encourages you to explore this question, because if you can answer this you have intention. With intention comes action, with actions you have room to achieve the success you desire. I plan on making a video about this, but I thought writing it out would help me process it too.
Four years ago I chose myself, I chose the possibility of being happy rather than continue to play the roles of wife and mother in a marriage I was not happy in. Shortly after my 28th birthday I had a thought that shook me. And that thought was, “If I didn’t have kids with this man, I would not be in a relationship with him.” Once I said this out loud to another person it gave it more power, but I wanted to make sure this wasn’t a thought of having a hard time, or being in a rough patch, I wanted to make sure that I wasn’t foolishly walking away from a nine year relationship with whom I had three amazing and beautiful children with. There was many many things going on at this time of my life, and in my relationship that I won’t go into here, but I’ll just say that it wasn’t good, and it wasn’t healthy for me to be in, or for my kids to be around the stagnant energy that was in my home. So I left.
I became a single mom of three kids under the age of six. I had been a stay at home mom for seven years, and hadn’t worked in nearly eight. I was in school though. When my family moved to Portland, OR in 2010 I went back to school because I was looking for something for myself. I felt like I had lost myself, that I had more to offer everyone around me if I had more balance in my life. I had gone through training to be a doula, and was going to school to be a nurse, and eventually be a nurse-midwife. But then I was on my own. How could I make all of this work? I am so thankful for a supportive family who helped me financially during this time. I found an apartment, I kept going to school, I got a job, and eventually I was working three jobs. My kids adjusted well, like for realisies. I was happier, their dad was happier. Through years of working on our communication now we co-parent with ease, we each have active bonds with our children, and our kids are happy, because we’re happy.
I switched my major to Mathematics with a minor in Computer Science. I was going to school at Portland State University. I was dating a sweet loving man with twin boys of his own, my mom was planning on moving to Portland so she could be around to help–and just be around. During this time period of the years I am describing I found a love of riding my bicycle. I commuted daily to school and I was training for a century. Riding was my meditation between my two worlds, my school/work world, and my mom world. It gave me the time to have some quiet while I used my body, and I when I came home I was exhausted but I felt like I had been able to give myself just 30 minutes to transition.
June 8th, 2015 I got hit by a car, or rather I hit a car. It was a glorious sunny morning, I was riding down a road that was designated for cyclists to have the right of way–I was going 20mph and a car pulled out in front of me. I hit the back of the car and flew over and landed about ten feet on the other side of the car in the street. I blacked out sight and sound, but didn’t lose consciousness. I wasn’t wearing a helmet, and the thought, “I wonder how bad this is going to be,” crossed my mind when I was flying through the air–absolutely terrified knowing that in that moment I had no idea if I was about to die.
I didn’t! I landed, the lady stopped, the construction guys came over to help me take my backpack off, the guy stopped at the other side of the intersection called 911, and my then boyfriend-now husband heard me scream and turned around and rode back my way. All of the emergency things happened, I went to the hospital. I had soft tissue injuries, I still don’t know how I didn’t break anything. I partially dislocated my shoulder, I couldn’t put any weight on my left leg, and I messed my neck up.
Part of me sees my accident as a cosmic sign that I needed to slow down. Over this last year I quit my jobs, I tried to go back to school and it was just too much. After six months of trying to juggle being a good student, a good patient, and a good mother and partner I came to a place where I had to choose myself again. To choose my health, my body, and my happiness. It was a hard decision to decide to take a break from school. I felt like I was failing in some way not finishing a goal I set for myself. I’ve spent the last year going to a chiropractor, a massage therapist, a physical therapist, and an acupuncturist. I am so grateful for these providers. With their care, and going to yoga on a regular basis for 3 months I can walk without pain for the first time in a year. I’m not 100% but my body is taking to not being stressed out.
So where does LuLaRoe come into all of this? My best friend’s sister bought her a pair of leggings. I love leggings. Love leggings. I touched them, amazed at how soft they were and filed it somewhere back in my mind that I would like to try a pair. And then one day in April of this year I was invited to an online pop-up. I was very LuLa-Curious so my mom and I decided to go in together and order a few things. Well then I started thinking…I know how much we just spent.. how much money did this consultant just make? I started researching the company, I watched so many youtube videos, I read as many reviews as I possibly could, and tried to learn as much as I could about becoming a consultant. My husband was instantly supportive. During this whole year (we got married in March!) I felt awful that he carried the burden of supporting our family on his shoulders. I knew it was temporary, but we have five kids! I started thinking of way I could come up with the initial investment before I even got my package from the online pop-up.
Marketing myself has always been scary–but I love clothes, I love helping people, and even though I wasn’t consciously thinking of ways I could financially contribute to my family, that thought was there. So when I learned about LuLaRoe, I feel like it was an opportunity I couldn’t afford to pass up. I wanted to succeed though! I was fearful that I would just flop. So if you don’t know, LuLaRoe has teams of consultants. They do this so receive training, and support. I knew that I wanted to be part of a team that was killin’ it. Because they were all doing well, I knew they could teach me, and I was ready to learn! I contacted one of the ladies I had been watching on youtube. When I would watch the videos Joelle Day made I thought, I would hang out with this lady! And her story was relatable, she is authentic and real. Joelle took the time to FaceTime with me the same night as I sent her a message. That night I told her I was all in. She sent me up with my amazing sponsor Roberta Blevins. I survived the queue, and now I’m a LuLaRoe consultant!
This is my why. My why is for myself, so that I can help others, for my fulfillment. My why is for my husband, so that I am a happy balanced partner who is contributing to our family. My why is for my children, so they can have opportunities that I couldn’t provide for so many years.
Tuesday when I was having a delicious margarita on a hot day with my friend I got my call from LuLaRoe! For newbs to LuLaRoe the way it works when you want to be a consultant is you get added to a queue list. There are two reasons they did this. First so many people started signing up… like 150-200 a day, that they had to slow down the number of new people onboarding so they could catch up with their inventory! LuLaRoe had to have enough inventory to keep their current consultants well stocked as well as sending out 300+ pieces for every new consultant. The second reason, and this is one of the reasons why I respect the company so much, is that they wanted to make sure every new consultant had training from their sponsors and other upline team members. This is one of the ways that LuLaRoe is different from other direct sales companies, you don’t have to get other people to sign up to be successful, they don’t way anyone to be pushy, and you don’t have your customers order from a catalog only to receive their items weeks later. As a consultant you order enough clothes to have a decent starting inventory and you sell directly to your customers, if they’re local they can touch, feel and try things on–for online sales they see exactly what you have.
Back to my story! On Tuesday after patiently waiting 8 weeks (Which gave me the time to get SO organized!) I got my call to become a consultant. This weekend my mom, a family friend, and I spent time finishing the remodel on our basement–almost done! Tomorrow I’m going to put down rugs, finish painting doors, set up my clothing racks, and put together shelves. We need to hang pictures and find a plant! I’m so excited to have everything ready for Thursday when 5 boxes of LuLa-Goodies will show up on my doorstep. But first! On Tuesday I am getting a box of 90.. yes NINETY pairs of leggings! I decided to do a Facebook live video where people in my group can “Shop the Box.” I’m a little nervous still with being live, but I’m super excited to see all the new prints at the same time as sharing them with my group!
In other announcements (Yes there is more!) Saturday July 9th, 2016 I’m having a in home launch party! Anyone in Portland, OR is invited! And then to follow up a week of fun on Monday I’m posting all my inventory online in my Facebook group Shop LuLaRoe with Miranda Kanarr.
Hey everyone! Just hanging out on a beautiful but quite warm evening. I learned this week that the folks in the LuLaRoe home office are onboarding people like crazy this week! So much that my date has been bumped up! It could even happen next week! You can only imagine how excited I am!! So in my Facebook group I decided to do a little giveaway, and you might already know that.. but if you don’t.. head on over and enter! It’s simple, just comment whether you’re new to LuLaRoe, or you’re an experienced shopper! And then… I’m going to draw a winner and some lucky lady gets a free pair of leggings sent to them! Woot! So if you want to enter! just click on the link for for my Facebook group Shop LuLaRoe with Miranda Kanarr!
Have you been wondering what LuLaRoe is? Maybe wondering what the big deal is?
LuLaRoe is a clothing company. Pretty simple! They’re a company that doesn’t have stores! All LuLaRoe clothing is purchased through consultants either online through social media outlets, or through in home pop-up boutiques. They offer dresses, skirts, tops, and leggings in a variety of styles. The thing that sets LuLaRoe apart is the variety! Each print is made into about 2,750 garments, divide that by the sizes that are carried (00-24) and then those handful of pieces are split up and sent out to thousands of consultants!
So unlike department stores where you know that if you went into any given store, in any given area, they’d have the same things, every consultant with LuLaRoe is going to have a completely different inventory.
So that’s how it works… but what’s the big deal?
Comfort. Plain and simple…
Who doesn’t love to be comfortable? LuLaRoe has made styles that flatter all body shapes, they offer a huge size range for women’s clothing, and being a somewhat plus sized lady, I really appreciate the range. (They also make super cute kids clothes and men’s shirts!)
So now that you know the awesomeness that is LuLaRoe…how do you get some?!
If you know a local consultant, you can contact them, and touch and feel and try on all of the things. For some.. probably most of us, that might not be an option. Many consultants have a VIP shopping page where they post their inventory for sale. Some consultants have weekly sales, some keep it up, and only take it down when they’re doing an in home pop-up boutique sale–and it’s always changing. You can click to be added to my Facebook LuLaRoe shopping group or click my “Shop” option on the menu. Currently I am waiting in the queue, on hold so to speak, so I don’t have any inventory. BUT I’m doing loads of fun stuff in my group while we wait!
I hope I covered the basics! If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me! I’d love to help guide you through your first LuLaRoe shopping experience.
Welcome to my blog! Currently I am in the queue waiting to be a consultant for LuLaRoe. I am so very excited, for so many reasons, personally and professionally. I can’t wait to connect all of you to pieces of the LuLaRoe collection that are going to make you feel amazing! My plan right now is to use this space to write about how the process of becoming a consultant is going, and then reflect upon being a consultant! I will provide updates on upcoming sales, new inventory, and of course tons of pictures!