Lockdown is not Like ‘Normal’ Working from Home

My Work From Home Background

I have been working from home for some years and I have a routine in place which suits me. I normally do the school run and then work during school hours, stopping at school pick-up time. Sometimes I do a bit of work in the evening but that is rare now. And in school holiday time that flips around, we are usually out doing things during the day and then I get to work late afternoon or evenings.

As well as the routine I have, I also accept that during school holidays I will get less done. I compensate for this a little, by doing more in the lead up to the holidays, scheduling what I can, or drafting newsletters etc ready to send when they are due.

What I found Under Lockdown

Well this is new and totally different to ‘normal’ working from home, even when compared with the school holidays.

First of all there is home schooling, which is basically homework on steroids! There is sooo much of it! My normal working day is taken up by home schooling and it is exhausting. Some task can be done independently and after about a week of home schooling the kiddies did get used to doing some of their work independently. And thankfully my partner took on some of the home schooling too.

Secondly there are people in my house during the day! Whereas I can usually get on with things quietly, usually with the radio on, people keep talking to me! The kids keep asking me stuff, stuff they don’t need to ask. DON’T TALK TO ME! I found I can only do short tasks before I get interrupted by someone. I have even told my partner off for talking to me when I was working!

Finally overwhelm was also a massive factor in the first week or so of lockdown. The overwhelm of the home schooling plus of the general situation gave me total brain freeze. I didn’t feel like posting on social media, everything seemed irrelevant. A blog was out of the question because I had nothing useful to say! I didn’t want to work, I couldn’t focus on it and all but the most simple tasks were overwhelming.

Papercraft kits by Flamingo paperie. Koala, Llama and Cat.

Finding a Way

This could not go on, I had a week off but I still had to keep my business going somehow. Bit by bit I am getting into our new routine. I am gradually getting bits of work done. I started with easy short tasks that I didn’t need to think about very much. Then one evening I had some quiet time and put pen to paper and started writing. I had so much to say! I made lots of notes and had lots of ideas for blogs and social media going forwards.

This week has been much better, I am learning to be flexible with my time again, it is much like before my littlest started school. (I am writing this at 8pm on a Friday evening!) It is still a struggle to get time to concentrate, but I am adapting and so are the kids!

That’s all from me, stay safe and stay well.

Love Teresa xx

Goal Setting in Your New Flamingo Paperie Business

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 just 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 you to get started with:

  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 £350 a month will earn you £100 instant retail profit, plus you will get to the first bonus level earning you a further £20 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 cick the button!

Love Teresa xx

March Designs and Easter Cards

34 New Card Designs

We have a brilliant 34 new cards designs that were released to our range in March. Flamingo Paperie find all their own artists to design the cards for us and the designs are beautiful. This makes our cards very unique!

I am very happy to see 5 gorgeous Easter cards in our range this year, giving you great choice for sending your Easter wishes. Which one do you like best? I love the Happy Easter lambs card!

What do you think of the new humorous range? I love them!

I have all of the new cards on order, due to arrive this week. The cards are always better ‘in the flesh’! If you are local to me and would like to browse them let me know.

As well as Easter and the humorous cards, we have a bit of everything in the new release. Cats, dogs, sausage dogs, budgies, koi carp, llama, plus more gin and champagne!

That’s all from me! Join my mailing list for all the latest news!

Love Teresa xx

February Flamingo Paperie Customer Club Offer

Flamingo paperie Customer Club February offer, FREE notebook with orders over £30.

February Customer Club Offer

If you are a member of the Flamingo Paperie Customer Club, you can get this pretty A5 notebook for FREE when you place an order over £30 in February.

Orders over £30 also qualify for free delivery! So if you haven’t stocked up yet for the new year, now is the perfect time!

If you aren’t a member of the customer club and would like to join click the button below!

Remember to join the Customer Club before you order so that you get the free notebook!

You can find out more here.

Love Teresa xx

Flamingo Paperie Recyclable Gift Wrap

Kraft Roll Wrap

Back in November 2019 Flamingo Paperie launched their range of recyclable and biodegradeable kraft roll wrap. The paper has a beautiful deep dyed colour (colour goes all the way through the paper) for fantastic colour and it is coloured using vegetable based inks.

Recyclable gift wrap, biodegradeable gift wrap, kraft paper

The current colours available are gold, natural, silver, white, red, grey, moss green, french blue and sky blue. The rolls are 3 metres long by 70cm wide. They are priced at £3.50 for the coloured rolls and £2 for the natural. They are only available through Flamingo Paperie partners, they are not on the website as individual rolls. Contact me if you would like to order. On the website you are able to buy special packs of the roll wrap.

I used the moss green for my Christmas presents and the paper is lovely quality! I have my fingers crossed for more colours from Flamingo HO! And I have been delighted with the response from people who are looking to make the switch to recyclable gift wrap.

Single Sheet Gift Wrap

Did you know that our single sheet wrapping paper is also recyclable? Here are some of the new gift wrap designs launched in January 2020.

The single sheet gift wrap are excellent quality 120gsm paper, with a cutting grid on the back and they are 50cm by 70cm in size. We have a range of beautiful designs for birthdays and other gifting occasions!

That’s all from me for now! For Flamingo updates straight to your inbox join my mailing list here.

Love Teresa xx