Did You Quit LuLaRoe?
So many times when look or hear about the ending of something, we view it automatically as a failure. In this instance, like in so many others, it’s just time for something new! I can say with 100% certainty that I am choosing to quit LuLaRoe but I absolutely did not fail.
In fact, I grew personally and professionally and LuLaRoe was my stepping stone in doing so. They prepared me to take a leap after learning that I am really good at what I do! As my journey progressed, I had the pleasure of growing a team. This team of a group of ladies that I simply adore (and still do), benefitted professionally, personally and financially, right along side me for nearly two years. They allowed me the opportunity to lead and work out systems that benefitted each and everyone of us along the way. And they also are the reason my reason to leave LuLaRoe was so difficult. So let me break it down for you.
Sometimes when something is so fine tuned it’s a blessing and a curse. I didn’t feel challenged anymore. And each day that passed I started to feel disconnected with the styles and the prints. I felt that every day was the same as the day before. I was bored. And looking back, I realized that it’s part of who I am. I’m not usually someone who sits and just exists for extended periods of time. I need to feel challenged, feel excited, to feel the growth, to feel fulfilled. I need to feel fulfilled to give my very best and if I can’t give my best, it’s time to look for something new! But new had to have the challenges and flexibility that I get with Direct Sales.
My group of 10 changed my life. I am a leader at heart and was born for it. I have the heart of a teacher and seek any opportunity to share my knowledge. Our sponsoring had slowed down, we weren’t replacing the members who deiced to move on, and I wasn’t allowed to do what I love most. Helping women be all they can be, owning their very own business. Watching my teammates leave left me feeling deflated. Their why had changed and they chose to leave because it’s what was best for them and their family for whatever reason. Even though I was sad to see them leave, that wasn’t the deflating feeling, it was the inability to continue growing.
For months, I decided that we could just keep plugging along and keep doing exactly what we were doing and implementing things that I learned along the way. People would come. They would find me because I was implementing all of the right things and I was passing that knowledge along. Call me impatient, call me a dreamer. I say maybe I am both but more importantly, I am a LEADER and I want to lead. While this wasn’t my deciding factor, it didn’t hurt when making my Positive vs. Negative checklist.
Competition getting into vendor events is an issue that couldn’t be ignored when making my decision, and was actually very high on my list. While I don’t believe LuLaRoe is over saturated in terms of shoppers, I do feel that getting into vendor events is very very difficult. Events are game changers when you’re trying to not only establish yourself in the community but also to expand outside of your warm market. I believe in them and I want them to be an integral part of my business.
When I pay $400+ on a vendor event, I expect not to see another retailer there, yet I always do. While I absolutely LOVE working with other retailers and have even organized countless successful online and in-person events and fundraisers, I do not want to share every event with others. Arriving to an expensive event and being surprised with multiple retailers is never fun, and ultimately does interfere with my goals. It makes us look as though we are a company in constant competition with one another.
Various Selling Opportunities
To be quite honest, I want to sell off my blog and LuLaRoe doesn’t allow that as part of their policies and procedures. This is perfect, for them. For me, it’s a negative and doesn’t fit into my business plan. Along with selling online via my blog, I also want to be able to run a seasonal discount as I see fit. It helps to move end of season product and that’s exactly how a normal boutique functions. I want that freedom to choose for myself. There is a tactful way to run a business to suit my needs as well as respecting other reatilers in the field, and I have always take steps to do so. I have gone as far as changing my group name to secret while selling off inventory so I wouldn’t negatively impact other retailers, especially those still working their business that joined my team.
Quitting Isn’t Failing
So there you have it, all of my reasons for choosing to quit LuLaRoe and why I didn’t fail. I left for personal growth, the ability to grow and lead a team, the control to run my business how I see fit, and to get some freaking vendor events!!!! My time with LuLaRoe comes with zero regrets and I enjoyed my time while it was fulfilling. I joined to find myself again, which I did, but also realized I’m pretty effing good at this! I met some amazing women and learned a ton. It was an incredible challenge! Ending doesn’t mean quitting, and it certainly doesn’t mean failure. I made a choice to stay with LuLaRoe for almost 2 years and now I’m choosing to quit LuLaRoe in order to start something new. That’s personal and professional growth at its finest, if you ask me!
I’m choosing to quit LuLaRoe and join Paisley Raye – a brand spanking new direct sales clothing company! I’ll post a future post about why but I’ll give you a few cliff notes. I can sell how I feel is best for my business and representing a company that is 100% American Made. Many businesses begin this way, even LuLaRoe did, but their growth trajectory factors in their limitations for business growth. You won’t see 100,000+ retailers…you’ll be lucky to see 10,000…and even luckier to be among them! Not only that, but I have the insane opportunity to be among the first 50 stylists! Hop on over to my interest group Team Sassy Serendipity for more information! Feel free to contact me if you have any questions!