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Getting Started on Social Media for New Flamingo Paperie Partners

But First

Before getting started on social media here is a health warning, social media takes time! It takes time to set up and it takes time to grow. There might be a lot of learning involved too if you haven’t had an online business before. Knowing where to start can be overwhelming.

I would advise trying to fit in some of the other ways of selling in and around your everyday life. Perhaps dropping off brochures to friends and family, colleagues and neighbours and using the cards you have in your starter pack to show what good quality they are. See my recent blog My 5 top Tips for New Flamingo Paperie Partners on the best ways to get started in your business.

Getting started on social media

When you are ready to dive in to social media here are my top tips:

My Top 10 Tips for Getting Started on Social Media for New Flamingo Paperie Partners

  1. Have your website on your facebook profile so that people can easily see what you do.
  2. Set up a facebook business page. There is some debate over whether a facebook group or page is better. Groups are better for interaction so you may decide this is the way to go. However when you get onto the next tips you will find it easier with a facebook page. I have a page as my ‘shop window’ I then use a group for my customers.
  3. Join some local facebook groups. Some will allow local business promotion, others have specific days of the week / month where you can promote your business.
  4. Join some facebook networking groups. This will help you to connect with other local business people. An example is Mums/Moms in Business International, they have local groups all over the country and will have special promotion days for example follow Friday, where you can share about your business.
  5. Be social! Don’t try to sell all the time. Put up some fun posts too!
  6. Stick to one or maybe two social media platforms and do them well. If you try to do all of them all of the time you won’t have time and will become overwhelmed. My main platform is Facebook and I schedule posts in advance so that I have something going out each day. I use Pinterest to pin all the new products when there is a new product release. I post occasionally to Instagram and Linked in. Twitter I only use to share posts from other platforms. Facebook may not be your favourite platform, go with the one which you are most familiar with.
  7. Little and often is the best approach! Regular posts rather than a bunch of posts on one day works better.
  8. Be brave, show you, talk about why you started your business, talk about why you love your business and what you love. People like to see your story.
  9. Be consistent, if you only post once a week, make sure it is every week. I recently started to do a weekly facebook live (after many months and years of avoiding doing lives!!). I initially wanted to do Friday mornings, but I knew things happen through the week and I am not always around on Friday mornings. So I opted for Monday. Not necessarily when the most people are around but it is when I am usually home and it would mean I would be able to do it consistently.
  10. Do what is sustainable for you. Don’t try to do more than you can manage as you will get overwhelmed and you will stop being consistent.
Getting started on social media for new flamingo paperie partners

Health Warning!

What a fabulous time we live in, with all the social media platforms available to us there are so many ways to advertise your business for FREE!! It also makes it so easy to connect with lots of people.

BUT social media can be a time drain! Use it wisely! Keep checking in with yourself, are you actually working on your business or have you just gone into scrolling mode?!

It takes time to build. It takes time for people to get to know you and it takes time for people to learn what your business is or does.

Get in touch if you would like any help getting started with your social media, I’ll be happy to help if I can!

Love Teresa xx

Goal Setting in Your New Flamingo Paperie Business

The Importance of Goal Setting

One of the most fabulous things about being a Flamingo Paperie partner is that there are no monthly targets to meet. It is totally flexible and you can work as much or as little as you want. Fabulous if you need to take a long period out, are unable to work, or if you have other projects going on. BUT it can also be a disavantage as it means you can easily become distracted and find it difficult to find time for your business. This is why it is important to start your new business off in the right way and set yourself some goals!

Why Set Goals?

Having a goal you are working toward will help to keep you motivated and encourage you to work consistently. Goals help to keep you focused on what you want to achieve and you can track your results against the goal to see how you are progressing towards it.

If you don’t have a goal in mind, you can drift along not really doing much and completely forget why you joined the business in the first place!

What Goals Should I Set?

This will be completely personal to you and will depend on your reason for joining Flamingo Paperie in the first place. If you have become a partner to take advantage of getting the cards at a discount and sharing with a few friends then you might not need specific goals.

If you have joined to earn a flexible income then here are some of my suggestions for goal setting in your Flamingo Paperie business, to get you started:

  1. Set a goal to sell the contents of your starter pack. All of the packs are designed with an extra discount built in so that you are instantly in profit once you have sold the contents.
  2. Selling around £400 a month will earn you £100 instant retail profit. You will also get to the first bonus level earning you a further £23 in retail bonus. This is a great goal to set as it will encourage you to work consistently every month.
  3. Think about what you would like to earn each month, and the time you have available, and work back from there to work out what sales you would need to make.

You might feel that what you want to achieve is out of your reach, but its somewhere to start. You can set smaller goals and gradually work towards your bigger goal, these will help to keep you on track.

If you want more help with goal setting then contact the person who sponsored you, I am sure they will be happy to help you. You can also find lots of online training around goal setting and planning for small businesses.

How Goal Setting has Helped Me

I set an annual goal, which I split into monthly goals and I also set weekly targets from that. I have a tendancy to get distracted by other things, so setting goals has really given me more focus and has definitely lead to improved sales.

If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a Flamingo Paperie partner click the button!

Love Teresa xx

My 5 Top Tips for New Flamingo Paperie Partners

Flamingo Paperie partners wanted. teresa4cards.co.uk is looking for new Flamingo Paperie partners to start their own work from home business.

Congratulations

You have started your own greetings card business with Flamingo Paperie! You have your starter pack, now what? How do I get started? HELP!

Here are my 5 tips for new Flamingo Paperie Partners:

1. Get the stock that is in your starter pack, put it in a basket and show it to people. The cards are £2.40 each or £1.90 each if they buy 10 or more. That is all you need to know to start to be able to start showing the cards off!

2. Organise a home business launch, tell people what they are doing and ask them to come around and have a look! Set a date, invite people and talk to your sponsor. Don’t worry if you don’t know what to do at the home launch, your sponsor can help you with that.

3. Get your details on the brochures, write your details on if you don’t have stickers or a stamp. Put an order form in each brochure and start handing the brochures out to family, friends, neighbours and colleagues.

4. Meet with your sponsor either in person or online. Set some goals with their help and start making a plan of how you can get to those goals.

5. Ask your friends to have a home event for you, call in some favours if you need to! 

Tips for Keeping Going:

1. Work consistently and try to touch your business each day if you can.

2. Remember: you won’t earn if you don’t work your business especially in the beginning!

3. Meet up with other local partners to share tips, help to motivate each other, to find out about what is working for them and general support.

4. Attend company events, even if that involves travelling and juggling other things to get there! These are really important for learning from the company and from other more experienced Flamingo Paperie partners.

​5. Ask your sponsor for help if you need it.

How I can Help

I can help by coming along to your home launch if you are in my area or supporting you with some ideas for your launch. I can help you set your goals and your plan for the next few weeks or months. If you find an event you would like to go along to but you aren’t feeling confident, I am happy to come along to your first event if you are in my area. I will help you by sharing resources with you and pointing you in the right direction for company resources. If you want weekly or monthly check in calls, I am happy to schedule those.

​I am here to support you in your new business, in whatever form that looks like for you!

If you are new to Flamingo Paperie I hope you have found these tips useful. If you are looking at the business get in touch for more information, I will be happy to send you an information pack.

Love Teresa xx

My 10 Top Tips for Working at Home

About Me

I have been working from home for more than 10 years and I have run teresa4cards since January 2011. Here are my 10 top tips for working at home work, whether as a Flamingo Paperie Partner or with another home based business and especially when you have children at home!

My 10 Top Tips for Working at Home

1. Have your Own Work Space

Find a space somewhere in your home and get a desk or table that is yours and just yours. You need to be able to leave work out that you can come back to and you need to have everything to hand so that you aren’t wasting time getting set up for work each day.

2. Have Everything you Need to Hand

Get your workspace set up so that everything you need is to hand or close by, this will save you time and help you to keep your focus on the jobs that need to be done.

3. Make a To Do List

Make a to do list, or if you don’t like to do lists, have some idea of the jobs that need to be done each day and break it down into longer tasks and quick tasks. The quick tasks can be fitted into small ten minute time slots around the other things you have going on, it can be surprising how many quick tasks you can get through! You may need to find more focused time for the longer tasks.

4. Find Some Time

Easy to say but it might not be easy to do! If I have a longer task I want to get done, I might get up early, or work later into the evening. Other alternatives are getting someone to look after the kids for an hour or two so you can focus on your project, or getting a takeaway so you don’t have to spend time cooking that evening. Now they are older the kids will quite often keep themselves occupied and I will crack on!

Break down the larger tasks into smaller jobs so you can chip away during shorter periods of time.

5. Be Flexible with your Time

Your work schedule may not always go to plan, if ever! Be flexible and prepared the accept that it may take you longer to get things done than you expect. Be flexible too in that you may have to work early in the morning or later in the evening to get things done.

6. Get Organised

Plan ahead and get lunch prepared as if you were all leaving the house. This will free up some time at lunchtime as the food is already prepared. Set aside some snacks in a box too for those inevitable ‘Mum I’m hungry’ moments! Plan your work around the other things you have going on that day and be realistic as to what you can achieve. Taking small steps everyday will help you to move your business forward.

7. Start with Something Easy

If you are struggling to get started, or are feeling stuck, start with something easy or something you love doing, that will help you to get started and hopefully encourage you to tackle the harder tasks or bigger jobs. I always find getting a basket of cards ready to go out will help me to start some of the tasks I find more difficult.

8. Find Your Motivation

Working from home can make you feel isolated and it can be hard to remain motivated to keep going. Keep your goals in mind and write them down. Track your progress against your goals to keep you heading in the right direction.

It really helps if you love what you do too! Join some work from home groups, or networking groups and chat with other people. Lots of us are dealing with the same things and it’s good to share tips.

9. Work on Personal Development

Personal development might be working on your mindset, improving your motivation or developing a new skill which will help you in your business. There is a lot of online training available, a lot of it is free if you are willing to spend some time looking for it! Be prepared to spend some time doing training and developing the skills you need in your business.

10. Find time For You

When you work from home it can be very easy to go from home stuff, to work stuff then back to home stuff throughout the day, without taking a moment for yourself. I am very guilty of this! This does not save you time in the long run as eventually your body will go NO, I’ve had enough, timeout! You will either start to feel overwhelmed, get ill or just feel fed up with it all, causing your business to suffer. Try to find some time for you each day!

I hope you have found my 10 top tips to working at home helpful. To learn about my home based business teresa4cards, visit my information page here.

Love Teresa xx

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10 Cards for Easter by Flamingo Paperie

Cards for Easter by Flamingo Paperie

Do you send cards for Easter? The tradition of sending Easter postcards to relatives and friends developed during the end of the 19th century. During my research into Easter card sending traditions I found this fabulous article by the BBC The Odd World of Victorian Easter Cards. What can I say? Card designs have certainly come on a bit!

Whether you are religious or not, sending a card for Easter can certainly brighten someone’s day and make them smile.

Here are some of my suggestions for cards for Easter by Flamingo Paperie. We have the gorgeous Easter Tweetings design this year. Plus we have a number of cards with a spring feel, perfect for Easter!

All of our cards are blank inside for their own message making them super flexible for many different occasions. Perhaps something from our floral selection would also be an option for Easter? Here are just a few possibilities!

Perhaps you prefer to send some love at Easter time, here are two of my suggestions.

There are many more I could suggest too, especially in the floral range, but the title says 10! If you would like more suggestions get in touch I would be happy to help. You can also contact me for our latest brochure.

Teresa xx

Find out how you can work with me and start your own greetings card business. Or how you can save money on your cards by becoming a Flamingo Paperie partner too!