Phoenix Trading – The Beginning
My greetings card business teresa4cards began in January 2011. I was at a school fair selling items from another business and as is often the case I entered the raffle. I won a prize and I was drawn to a gift bag of items. When I got the bag home I rummaged through the contents and I LOVED the cards, gift wrap and stationery items from Phoenix Trading which were in the bag. I thought about it for about 2-3 months and I finally decided in January 2011 that I wanted to sell these cards too!
I bought the biggest pack I could and I jumped in! I did not have the best start. I had just started a new job and didn’t have the flexibility I had before to run a business on the side. I dabbled, I did bits and pieces as and when, without any real direction.
I joined the business because it was flexible and there were no monthly targets. Unfortunately over the years this has worked against me as I picked it up and put it down as and when I was busy with other things. I worked inconsistently and did it when I felt like it. Although there were some periods when I did work hard with it.
A Few Years In
After a few years of dabbling, I made the decision that either I had to give it a better go or it had to go!! I worked hard for about 6 months going to all the events I could find and could fit in to my schedule. I saw my business starting to grow. I had regular customers and people were starting to recognise me as the card lady! I had also started to gather people onto my mailing list.
Then I moved house! I moved away from North Devon and back to my home town. It felt like I was starting again. I did not know what events were good and all the stallholders I previously networked with were out of my area. I struggled to get started again and really I ended up going back to dabbling!! In between dabbling I had long periods of doing nothing at all towards my business!
The End of Phoenix Trading
Then in early August 2017 I got the news that Phoenix Trading was closing. I was in a long period of doing nothing towards my business but I was gutted. For a short while I believed I wouldn’t be able to ‘do my card business’ anymore. I did not like this. I wanted to be able to carry on, it had been something I had always fallen back on and gone back to.
Flamingo Paperie was Born!
When it was announced that Flamingo Paperie was going to open, I joined up straight away. I promised myself then that I would work consistently at my business, week in and week out. And I do. I still get distractions coming along but I keep working at my card business.
I can honestly say I love the new Flamingo Paperie business, it is more streamlined, the designs are beautiful and HO are gradually introducing new lines which are opening up new markets for me.
At the start of lockdown I thought I would struggle and I did struggle to post on social media, or blog, or email for a long time. I just couldn’t find any words! Without being able to go to events I thought my sales would plummet. I am happy to say I was absolutely wrong!! I have had the busiest first 8 months of the year ever.
How I Stay Focused
🦩 I have made some things in my business non-negotiable. For example, I send a monthly mailchimp email and I post to social media daily.
🦩 I have connected with my Flamingo Paperie upline. This really helps me to stay on track.
🦩 I have attended company events and connected with other partners
🦩 I have done LOADS of online training on goal setting and vision boards, helping me to keep focused and enabling me to have clear strategies in place to grow my business
🦩 I have had free training and from my local council by Cool Ventures Ltd plus 1-2-1 mentoring
🦩 I have learned a lot about social media and growing your business online
🦩 I have done a lot of personal development helping me to grow and learn. This is ongoing!!
🦩 I have started to grow a team, so I need to stay focused to be able to help them!
This business is super simple, there isn’t loads of product information to learn and the cards are beautiful! My tips are to set your goals, make a plan and get to work. Work consistently and focus on your goals!!
The BEST thing about the Flamingo Paperie business is it is scalable. By scalable I mean that your business can grow without being limited by the time that you yourself have available.
It is scaleable in two ways.
Firstly you can introduce other people to Flamingo Paperie and grow your own team and business that way. You can then earn by helping to develop your team members.
Secondly with online ordering you can simply promote your business and let Flamingo Paperie HO do the rest, they process and send out the orders for you. This has worked brilliantly for me during lockdown.
What will the Christmas period bring? Christmas events are unlikely to be happening that’s for sure. I had an amazing Christmas period last year so there is a lot to live up to! My plan is to keep doing what I am doing and continue to work consistently. And to keep finding those different ways of doing things which makes having a business which is flexible, all the more valuable.
You can learn more about becoming a Flamingo Paperie partner here.
Love Teresa xx