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My Flamingo Paperie Journey

My Flamingo Paperie Journey – It’s a Long One!

Phoenix Trading – The Beginning

My Flamingo Paperie journey began in January 2011 with a different company, Phoenix Trading. 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 in 2020 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 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 twice monthly newsletter 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!

My Tips

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!!

Scalable Business

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.

Christmas 2020

I made it to Senior Partner in the business! I introduced some lovely team members to the business and Christmas sales were fabulous, even though I was not doing events.

Christmas 2021

A year later I finally made it to Executive Partner! I was finally back to doing events and sales were fabulous throughout the Christmas period, helping me and my team to reach the requirements for Executive Partner promotion.

You can learn more about becoming a Flamingo Paperie partner here.

Love Teresa xx

From Bumper Month to Lockdown!

February

February was my busiest month in my business ever, outside of the Christmas period and even then it was busier than every month except November last year! This showed me two things, firstly my business is growing and the stuff I am doing on a day to day basis is working (and I should do more of it). Secondly there is actually plenty of business to be had in the early part of the year. I had traditionally thought ‘people have no money in the new year’ and ‘events aren’t worth doing until Easter’. I had proven myself wrong!

During February I had some great events, made some good contacts and made good sales. this all left me feeling very positive about my business

March

And then we got to March! We had some fabulous new cards launched, which sold brilliantly, see my Blog on the March Cards. I had some early markets in March which I did very well at and then Lockdown came!

I felt like the rug had been pulled from under me and I had no clue how I was going to continue to move my business forward. All of my events for the foreseeable future were cancelled or postponed due to the Lockdown.

That’s OK I can take this time to work on the online side of my business, I want to grow this anyway, was my first thought. I made a lovely list of all the things I could work on now I had all this extra time.

What Extra Time??

How wrong I was. There was no extra time. There was less time. A LOT less time!! My usual working day was now home schooling time.

When I had time, I suffered with constant interruptions and a complete block as to know what to write on social media. It took me a long time to adjust and settle enough to be able to do any of the work I wanted to do on the online side of my business. Even now I find it a struggle. See my blog on why working from home in Lockdown is not the same as normal working from home.

April

I need not have panicked. Throughout April I had a steady flow of orders coming in. Some through social media, some from my mailing list, some from baskets I had sent out before the lockdown started, some through the post from my January brochure mail out, some from brochures I had given out at events in February and some through online networking.

I did not meet the target for April that I had set myself at the beginning of the year, but I was happy with the sales I had made. This was helped as well by lower costs, as I wasn’t paying event rents and travelling to events!

May

We are only a few days into May as I write this, but interestingly the orders are still coming in. People from events I have been to in the past are looking for me and contacting me requesting the most recent brochure, or ordering using my website.

I have learned the valuable lesson that the contacts you make at events and your mailing list are so important when getting out is not possible. Finally I am so so grateful to everyone that has supported my business over the last few weeks, so THANK YOU!!

Love Teresa xx

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

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