I've been patiently (or not so patiently) waiting to onboard and start my LuLaRoe business. If you're not familiar with them, they have the most amazing buttery soft cotton leggings in the world. Rosie and I fell in love with them a few months ago and I knew right then that I had to start selling the clothes. The skirts, dresses and tops are amazing and I love all the patterns. I also love everything the company has to say about changing lives. I can't wait for my adventure to begin.
In the meantime, I've been doing lots of business planning and I've also been prepping for my launch. There's an awful lot of stuff that you have to buy in order to be ready to have pop-up parties and of course, I've been searching for the best prices. Since a lot of LuLaRoe is sold online as well, I've been getting ready to take lots of pictures. I thought I'd share all the things I've purchased (or will soon) to help other Queuebies get started.
Here are my picks to gear up for a LuLaRoe launch
Commercial grade clothing racks. Once again, Amazon had the best price on a lightweight, heavy duty, collapsible rack. It's $59.87 with free Prime shipping. If you have a Bed, Bath and Beyond nearby and want to use a 20% off coupon, here's the link for the rack that I've seen lots of gals recommend. Also, you'll want to get some size dividers and I ordered some baskets to display leggings.
These extra large Ikea Fracta Storage Bags are perfect to transport dresses, skirts and shirts. Set of three for $24.99. If you live in an Ikea market and want the smaller bags, stop by the store and pick a couple up.
Who can resist 100 poly mail bags for $11.95? If you're sending priority mail, you'll want to order FREE shipping supplies directly from the post office or stamps.com, but if you're mailing a pair of leggings regular snail mail, these are great. Don't forget packing tape and shipping labels that you can print right from your home computer. If you're getting real fancy, you can always purchase a Dymo LabelWriter but I'm going to pass for now.
Want to improve the lighting in your home when you take product pics? I've been using this light set for a year and love it. As for backdrops, there are all kinds of ways to get creative. If you're on a really tight budget, go to Walmart and buy two yards of a neutral colored felt and take photos of your leggings on that on the floor or on a low table. You can also head to Home Depot or Lowes to buy a piece of bead board. I love vinyl backdrops but they can be pricey so if you have a place that you can set up a paper one for an extended period of time, I recommend trying that first. And, you will eventually want a dress form. If you can't find one on sale at Hobby Lobby, there's a nice selection on Amazon.
LuLaRoe has lots of promotional materials online, but getting started, I needed something cheaper. You can get 60 thank you postcards to send with your mail orders for $9.95. That's a great deal. Another nice touch? Wrapping the purchases in tissue paper. For a loyal customer, you can add a little gift. I received a laundry bag with a large LuLaRoe purchase once and thought it was a nice touch (it would also make a cheap giveaway on your Facebook page). Another nice thank you touch? A piece of jewelry. Charming Charlie always has a nice selection on sale.
You have to find a way to keep everything straight from a financial standpoint. There's a spreadsheet floating around out there if you're not ready for accounting software, but I know my trainers recommend QuickBooks. They also enter everything into a sales receipt book on top of Audrey, which I think is a great idea.
I didn't buy a Dymo right away and now that I have one, I can't imagine life without it. Saves on labels and printer ink and oh, and time too if you do a lot of shipping. Totally worth the investment!!