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 top tips:
1. Get the stock that is in your starter pack, put it in a basket and show it to people. The cards are £2 each or £1.60 each if they buy 10 or more. That is all you need to know 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 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. 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!
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 want to know more about becoming a Flamingo Paperie partner have a look at my dedicated Flamingo website here, plus these two blogs Wanted - Flamingo Paperie Partners! and Your Chance to Shine.
You can also get in touch for more information, I will be happy to send you a pack.
Love Teresa xx
I have had a work from home business for over 10 years. I have run these alongside other things I was doing at the time. I now have two work from home businesses and I work on both part time. I have been running my teresa4cards business since 2011 and I started my Utility Warehouse business in October 2018.
So why do I do it? Here are some of the advantages and disadvantages of working from home.
Just to be clear, the first picture is NOT me, I am responsible for the messy desk in the second picture!
Advantages of Working from Home
Disadvantages of Working from Home
Why do I do it?
For some years I juggled work, nurseries for the kids and a part time home based business. When my oldest started school things changed, whilst I could easily sort out after school care and breakfast clubs etc, but what did I do in the school holidays? As a then single parent, the options were not there for me.
I now work entirely from home because of the flexibility it gives me. It also allows me to avoid having to find childcare in the holidays and actually I rather like spending time with the kids, they are young for only a short time! I also love what I do and the variety that I get from working for myself.
And yes sometimes the thought of a more regular income does appeal! But the same problem remains, school holiday childcare!
I have learned over the years to put systems in place to minimise some of the disadvantages. In particular for me setting boundaries was important, so that I can feel like I do have time away from work and I am not constantly sat at my desk, or checking messages. During school term time I do very little evening work. This flips around when it is school holidays, where I do most of my work in the evening, as I am often out during the day with the children.
This year I have been working on getting more focus by working on my vision board and setting goals. The next step for me to grow is to outsource some of the things that I don't enjoy doing or could be done better by an expert, in order to free up some of my time.
To conclude, working from home is not for everyone, and it is certainly not the easy option. It is challenging everyday and I feel like I am constantly juggling, but I love it.
If you are thinking of working from home check out the Work from Home Tips section of my blog, for helpful tips and ideas. Also check out the FAQ section. And if you are interested in taking a look at either of the businesses I am involved in, click the relevant button for more information!
Love Teresa xx
Rent out a room
If you have (or can make) a spare room in your house, a great way to bring in some quick extra money is to rent out a room. This can be for short periods, or you could decide to do it for longer term if you find the right person. Air bnb make it very easy to find people who are looking for short term stays as a cheaper alternative to hotels.
This is a very easy way to bring some quick money in if you need it. The disadvantage is that you will have someone you don't know in your house. In the past I have had friends renting rooms from me, which is great as this takes away the problem of having someone you don't know in your house.
Sell your Time
Much like a traditional job in that you are swapping your time for some money, but much more flexible. You can work in the gig economy earning by making deliveries, or taxi journeying, or working through agencies which specialise in the sector in which you have experience. For example, there are agencies which deal with care work or home help work and you can take on work on a flexible basis. You could also see if people you know need cleaning done, or gardening, or other jobs which you could do for them.
The disadvantage is that the work may not be available at the times when you are able to work or want to work.
If you are able to follow instructions then you can do matched betting. I have done this in the past and it brought me in good money every month for over two years. It is not gambling as there is no risk involved if you follow the instructions.
The disadvantage is that you will need to find some money to get started, although you will quickly get this back and lots more! I have blogs on my matched betting journey here.
Sell Some Stuff!
I am sure you have stuff around the house that you don't need or don't use anymore. Sell it! Don't put it in the loft for when you might need it, use it to get some extra money coming in. There are car boot sales, ebay and of course Facebook selling sites, all great ways to shift the stuff you no longer need. And you will feel great for having a good sort out and declutter too! I have done this with lots of children's stuff that they have out grown, clothes, toys and larger items like a travel cot and car seats.
The disadvantage is that you can only do this once every now and again!
Writing Sites or Survey Sites
These are usually free to join and you earn by writing short articles, or answering surveys. Income can vary depending on the sites you use, so look around and see which ones might work for you.
The disadvantage of these is that you may have to invest a lot of your time to earn decent money.
I hope some of these ideas get you thinking. Most of these are short term solutions. If you find you are short on money on a regular basis you might need to consider other longer term options, perhaps training for a new job, looking for more hours or starting your own business from home alongside what you are currently doing.
Sometimes a quick look at how your money is being spent can help too! See my Blogs on Money Saving Tips.
Love Teresa x
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Today I commented on two 'oh no its Monday' facebook posts, that I LOVE Mondays! For me Monday is the start of a new week, giving you a fresh start, and bringing lots of opportunities in the week ahead. I love planning for the week ahead, which I often do on Monday. Sometimes I do my planning on Sunday and then on Monday I am just ready to crack on!
What My Monday Looks Like
I start the day as I always do during the week, with getting ready for school and doing the school run. Then I spend an hour at school listening to some of the children in my daughter's class reading. It is only an hour of my time out of the week, and I am there already anyway dropping my daughter off. I find it so rewarding and it is a great way to start my Monday and start my week.
I get home about 10 am and start on my to do list, looking at my diary to see what I have coming up and what I need to prepare for as well as looking back at last week's list to see what I have left to do or finish. I prioritise what needs doing.
I also spend some time on Mondays catching up with customers, contacts and team members, seeing if they need any help, letting them know when their orders will be arriving and so on. Anything coming from that gets scheduled and put in the diary or on the to do list.
I then start working on the three Most Important Tasks from my list. Sometimes I like to tick off some quick and easy jobs first, this then gets me going on the harder tasks on my list. I usually manage to get lots done on a Monday!
What if Monday isn't going well?
Things don't always go to plan and sometimes I get blocked and can't get things done. This usually means I need to clear my head! I do for a walk, the fresh air helps and I can often be seen talking things over with myself walking down the street! Don't worry I am having a team meeting!
Do What You Love #lovewhatyoudo
It hasn't always been like this for me. I remember when I dreaded going to work on a Monday morning, so much so that it ruined my Sunday as I was filled with anxiety and dread for the next day. I only lasted 15 months in that job! That was in 2001-02, I have been self-employed ever since.
So if you HATE or DREAD Monday morning........talk to me! OR have a look at my part time options which you can grow alongside your job until you can leave your job!
If those options aren't for you, then look around for other options. Find something you love doing. Just don't go on hating Mondays!
Love Teresa xx
January for me is now an exciting time, full of plans and excitement for what the year ahead will bring. It wasn't always that way, I used to dread January, being short of money and struggling to get to the end of the month. This year I have felt so much more positive and excited for the coming year. I think a lot of that mind shift has come from putting proper goals and plans in place for 2019.
I started by setting up a vision board with all the things I would love to see in my life in the next year, 5 years, 10 years and beyond. Then I put timescales on some of those things, some are not achievable in this year but it doesn't mean I can't be working towards them. Others are very achievable for this year, and some I am nearly there already. For example I have a new cooker on my vision board, I have out the money aside but not decided on the one I want yet! I am also have paying off my debts on my vision board, I have been working towards this for a while and I am very nearly there, with May being the deadline!
From these visions, and putting timescales and I started to set some goals for this year, which I then broke down into monthly goals. Some of these are personal goals and financial goals, others are goals within each of my businesses. With my goals in mind I could then start to plan what I needed to do each month to work towards those goals.
I will continue to work consistently and take small actions every day to work towards my goals. I now have a framework in place which I hope will help to keep me on track for the rest of the year.
Good luck with your goals for this year!
Love Teresa xx
I can't be in two places at once, or three or four!! But this time of year I sometimes wish I could be! I have had more enquiries than ever this year from people looking for me to have a stall at their event. This is great of course, as people are finding my details and getting in touch. I am just so booked up, with many of my Christmas events having been booked since the start of the year!
So how do I choose which events to do at busy times? This is to be honest a little hit and miss. I always make sure I have my regular good fairs booked in as soon as I can, then I fit in what I can around that. Then I talk to other stall holders and find out which ones have been good for them in the past. Then I look at the local ones and fit them in if I can. This year I have been offered a few which have been free, they just want a raffle prize, I take these if I can as they are a great way to advertise my business!
I find it very frustrating to see so many selling opportunities that I am not able to do for one reason or another. But I do what I can and I consider each fair very carefully as I don't want to take on too much and burn out before the Christmas season is finished! In fact a couple of years ago, I took on too many and it became really stressful and totally put me off doing any fairs the following year!
If you fancy becoming a partner and starting your own card business click the button to find out more! You can also check out my blog post on becoming a Flamingo Paperie partner.
Love Teresa x
I have been matched betting now for more than two years. See my other blog posts on My Matched Betting Journey, Matched Betting Two Years In and My Matched Betting Top Tips.
If you are thinking of starting matched betting you don't need much to get started. Here are the things that are essential to get started:
I have also found the following very useful as well:
Finally it is also helpful to have some motivation! What is your motivation, what is going to keep you going with the offers? Why have you decided to do it? What do you need the money for?
It is not my passion, I do it for the money. It has enabled me to pay for all those extra things which come around without worrying, for example holidays, school trips, days out, birthdays and Christmas. The list goes on! It has really helped me out when emergencies happen, for example when I had a big car repair bills last November and December!! And it has paid for treats like a new laptop and recently some gorgeous new shoes!
If you would like to get started but want to know more then take a look at the Matched Betting tab, and if you have any questions then please contact me.
Love Teresa x
In my blog post before the summer holidays, I posted about how to still get some work done even though the children are home from school. So did I follow my own advice? And how did this summer go for me? This is a brief review of my summer and how I got on.
Let's start with what went well! Firstly I knew I was going to be able to work less so I asked for help. I chose not to do many fairs over the summer with the Flamingo Paperie cards so rather than my stock being sat under my desk I asked people to take baskets of cards for me, thank you to everyone who helped! This worked well as the cards were out earning me money without me being there!
Secondly, I took my work on holiday with me! I was staying with family for a week and yes I know I should have had a break, but I get bored in the evenings!! We had days out with the kids and I spent a little time in the evenings, usually just an hour, quickly working through some matched betting offers. I took my laptop and notebooks with me and did as much or as little as I felt like doing.
The power hours definitely worked well for me. A short period of focused work really helped me to keep the money coming in from the matched betting offers and to keep my teresa4cards business moving forward. I will be doing this again next summer.
And here is what didn't go so well! I had an online pop up card event organised but I just didn't have time to do all the planning for it and I ended up having to cancel it, I was very annoyed with myself. I have now re-scheduled the event for the end of September and it has become a Christmas launch event. Click the button to join in!
Lots of things were delayed or put off until September! None of these were urgent, but at the time I was cross with myself for not getting them done. I had to take a step back and remind myself that this was what I was expecting to happen and to let it go! I also needed to schedule more social media posts than I did and this is definitely a priority for the next summer holidays.
I had some very productive days, see my recent blog post Working From Home in the Summer Holidays, and some less productive days. I also had time to think about the Christmas period coming up, and do some planning for that, and I did some thinking about my card business generally on how to move it forwards, and how to improve the fairs I do. This then generated my September to do list. I started September with a to do list as long as my arm, but I was ready to get started and get stuck in again!
Overall I was very happy with how the summer went. I had lots of fun with the family and work went pretty much to plan, in fact I probably got more done than I had expected back in July!
I hope your summer went well too!
Love Teresa x
Summer holidays is all about having fun with the kids for me. But I cannot drop my work from home activities for 6 weeks, so I applied some of my tips from my recent blog post. Whilst we had some time away on holiday, when I did no work, there were plenty of days at home when I actually got a fair bit done.
So here is what one of those days looked like!
We started the day slowly, or at least the children did! I was up and ready and slipped in a power hour of work before the kids were even dressed. I concentrated on the matched betting offers that were available to me and I quickly did as many as I could. An hour later the kids were starting to get ready and I was done with the offers I could do.
I packed a picnic, loaded up the car and off we went to the woods! We had a great time walking, exploring, den building, eating our picnic lunch and enjoying an ice cream. It was really nice to go somewhere peaceful and completely away from any technology!!
We got home a few hours later and the kids were more than ready to settle down to something quiet after tiring themselves out in the woods! So I took advantage and squeezed in a bit more work.......I booked in an event for September, started preparing my new Flamingo Paperie brochures, planned some blog posts and scheduled some social media posts. I even had a little help with my brochures!!
I had an extremely productive day that day, I even did some more work when the kids had gone to bed, this is unusual for me as I am usually knackered by then!! Not all the summer holiday days were as productive! Even when I wasn't away on holiday there were days I didn't get very much work done, some of these were due to full days out or having other things going on. But I didn't feel guilty as I was enjoying these times with the children.
Chipping away at chunks of work on a regular basis really helped to both bring in some money from the matched betting offers and to keep moving my Flamingo Paperie card business forward. Fitting work in around the other things I am doing is something I do all the time, there is just more other things going on in the Summer Holidays!!
Have a look at my next blog post on a review of my working summer!
To know more about my Flamingo Paperie card business, click here and see my blog here.
To know how I earn extra money from home using matched betting, click here and my blog here.
Love Teresa x
It's holiday time coming up.....are you ready?! Whether you have your own business or whether you work for someone else from home, taking a whole 6 weeks (or more) off is not usually an option!! I work from home because of the flexibility it gives me, but it can be very hard to get things done in the summer holidays! Don't abandon your work / business over the summer even though it can be hard, you will be glad you didn't in September.
If you work from home and you struggle to get things done over the school holidays, here are some of the things I do to keep things ticking over:
1. Schedule what you can NOW. Social media posts, blog posts can all be scheduled in advance and will ensure your audience don't think you have disappeared off the face of the earth for 6 weeks!! So put some hard work in now, get those posts scheduled and its so much less to worry about.
2. Prioritise your work and focus on the most important tasks to be done each week. Be prepared to get less done than you do normally, so lower your expectations, but still focus on the important things to get done. Think about what MUST I do, what SHOULD I do, and what can definitely be left until another date.
3. Have a bag of work to pick up and take out and about with you. You may find there is a spare half an hour when the kids are playing, when you can get some work done. I often find I can get a fair bit done in an hour at soft play!
4. Have a Power Hour - an hour when you focus on specific important tasks with minimum distractions. I often use power hours even when it is not school holidays! A good time might be before the kids get up or after they go to bed. Or depending on the age of your children, if you find a time when they are focused on something, you can use that time as a power hour. My daughter loves crafting and I set her up with lots of crafting bits while I settle to a power hour. You can do these as often as you like during a week and it can be surprising what you can get done when you minimise distractions!
5. If you are in a position to use holiday clubs / organised activities for the kids then DO IT!! You can get a lot done in your business in a morning or afternoon and the kids will love doing something a bit different. This is great a few times over the summer to give you a little extra time to get stuff done!
Most importantly have some time off with your children and lots of fun!! I have holidays booked in when I will not be doing anything as it is my family time, but I know my posts are scheduled! It is also good for you to have a break as it will help you be more focused when you return to 'normal' working hours in September.
So in summary, get organised, prioritise, have fun and time off, but don't abandon your work!
Love Teresa x
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So you have gone and done it! You are booked in to your first event and you will have to set up your own 'pop-up shop'. What do I expect? What do I need to take? How much stock will I need? I have done many fairs and events over my 7 and a half years with teresa4cards.co.uk and I hope to be able to answer some of your questions here.
Here are some of the things you are likely to need:
Here is my most recent stall at a fair. I was set up in a barn at a fun day! My set up is very practical, to make best use of the space available. I have seen many beautiful and much more creative stall set ups! It will depend on your products, and quite often as much work will go into the display as the products themselves. Also bear in mind I have been doing my card business for some years so I have plenty of stock to display. A smaller amount of stock is perfectly acceptable and indeed may look much more attractive. I tend to take the kitchen sink with me!
So what to expect? The answer is anything! Some places will offer you more space than others. At school fairs expect the tables to be low. I have also on a couple of occasions been given circular tables or hexagonal tables! If I am going to a new place I quite often take my own table with me even if they are providing tables as if the table is not suitable you can sometimes switch it for your own. At the event pictured about I could have easily fitted in another small table which I didn't think to take with me!
In terms of how much you are going to sell, you can never tell. I have been to fairs where I have sold nothing. Sometimes due to poor footfall, other times people are just not spending money. Sometimes I think I have had a poor fair and then had regular orders come in afterwards from people I have met at that fair.
If you decide to do fairs regularly, over time you will find you get to know which ones work for you and your products. You will also meet other stallholders who will often be very happy to point you in the direction of a good fair or good organiser.
My final tip is to smile and speak to as many people as you can. A simple 'hello' may attract their attention as they are near your table. Some may not respond or reply, that's fine. Others may speak but not stop, also fine! You will get the attention of some that may have passed by otherwise.
Finally, give yourself plenty of time to get there and set up, be flexible in your set up to allow for smaller or larger spaces and see them as a good way to advertise your business. Hopefully you will also make lots of sales while you are there!
Love Teresa xx
If you follow my social media pages you will see I do lots of fairs/fetes/markets and other types of events with my Flamingo Paperie greetings card business. I do these in order to meet new people, to get my business out there and in short the cards are so beautiful they sell themselves, so just getting them in front of people sells them! I also use these events to attract people to my mailing list where hopefully they will then become regular customers. But MOST of all I do the events because I love doing them!! It gets me out of the house, doing something that is for me.
If the thought of doing fairs and market events horrifies you then don't worry, you do not need to do them!! For the business I am in there are many other ways to sell and grow your business, and the same is true for other businesses too. For example I am now starting to grow my business online through social media, which is possible for many businesses.
My card business is extremely flexible and people work the business in the way that suits them. Some people have a basket business where they drop baskets of cards off at places on a regular basis. This is very easy to do once you have some locations set up or people to drop them to. Some people focus on having home pop-up shops, a great way to sell a lot of cards. Others have a large door drop business and deliver and collect catalogues, much like you would with Avon. By the way, the thought of doing catalogue door drops horrifies ME and I just don't do them!!
In reality most Flamingo Paperie partners probably do a little bit of most things. So you absolutely can still grow your business without doing events. You really don't have to do them if the thought horrifies you! #dowhatyoulove!
If you think you would like to do events but don't know where to start then look out for my blog post on how I prepare for events!
If you are interested in becoming a Flamingo Paperie partner, there is more information on my blog post Your Chance to Shine and you can click the button below for more information too. You can also contact me.
Love Teresa xx
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I have been working from home since January 2011. So many people are looking for extra work they can do from home either as a second income, or to save for a specific reason. Working from home is also very flexible around your other commitments. I hope this blog post will help you, if you are thinking of working from home, to get set up and ready to take that first step!
1. Create a work space.
Whether it is a desk and a laptop in the corner of a room or an office at home, find a space that is yours and for your work/business. You can keep everything you need within reach and it will help you to get some focus when you sit down to work.
Work out when you will be able to work each week. Working from home is flexible, but if you don't set aside some time to spend working you won't earn! Set up your daily method of operation so that you know exactly what you are doing each day.
2. Think about your aim
Do you want to earn some short term money or do you want a long term business which you can work on and grow and perhaps make your full time income? What your aim is will affect whether you look for online work or whether you look for a business opportunity which you can work on and grow over time.
I work from home full time and I fun two businesses part time alongside each other. I have my greetings card business teresa4cards.co.uk and I am a distributor with Utility Warehouse.
In the past I also earned money through matched betting which brought me in consistent money each month. I have also worked on survey sites in the past.
This is certainly true if you are starting a business. If you love what you do then you will enjoy working on it and you will feel enthused to spend time on your business. So think about what you enjoy, can you find a business opportunity that is linked to your interests?
4. Sort out your financial stuff
It sounds boring but it is essential. If you are starting a business there will be start up costs, you need to consider what you can afford and setting a budget could help those costs from getting out of control! After all the aim is to make money, not spend it!
You may also need to register with the HMRC if you are starting a business. You can get advice on this from their website.
5. Find your motivation!
Working from home can make you feel isolated and it can be hard to be motivated to keep going. How are you going to stay enthusiastic about your work/business? Keep your goals in mind and write them down. If you are working towards paying a debt keep a record of the payments you make. If you are saving then write down how much you have managed to save. This will help to motivate you to keep going.
If you are starting out in a business set some short term goals and monitor your progress. If you can see progress being made then this will help you to stay motivated.
6. Be prepared to do some training/research
There will be many, many things you won't know how to do, especially if you are starting your own business. On an almost daily basis I find things I do not know how to do! Google is your friend! There is a lot of free training and advice available, so don't worry about not knowing how to do something!
I hope you have found this useful. Bear in mind there is loads of help out there available to you and be brave and go for it! Good luck :-)
Love Teresa xx
Working from home is not always easy, regardless of what form of work you are doing. There are so many distractions and it can be hard to find motivation to get anything done. I have had this over the last couple of weeks. I wouldn't say I have done nothing as I have still done bits here and there, but I have been far less organised and productive than I normally am.
After a very busy February, perhaps I needed to just sit back a bit and process all that had happened. One advantage of being your own boss, is that you can do this if you want to! This thinking time also allows me to assess what has been working and to plan as well.
My aim is to always work consistently as this is what moves my business forwards, but now and again I think I also need to ease off a little and take some time to recharge my batteries!
So what do I have coming up in April? Lots of Fairs and events are planned in, so I am going to be out and about quite a lot. I also have a home event planned, an Information Morning where anyone is welcome to drop in and find out more about my work from home business.
I also have the Easter Holidays coming up, so occupying the children is also going to be high on the list! Perhaps even a few days away with the kids for us all to recharge might be in order!
This week is half term. I have been enjoying time with the kiddies, with a couple of days of sunshine! Today I am at home, doing a little paperwork and housework. Tomorrow I am looking forward to meeting up with an old friend!
During the holidays I obviously get less work done, but some things can still be done and indeed should be done to keep things ticking along. I catch up with emails and paperwork in the evenings, after the kids bedtime. I spend half an hour scheduling some posts to my Facebook page, so I keep the page going even though I am actually out and about and not on Facebook. If I get a chance to post something else during the day I do, but I don't have to worry if not as the scheduled posts will still happen. If I can, I then spend a couple of evenings networking, again after bedtime.
And I get organised! I always have my backpack of work with me so if a chance arises I can catch up on some reading, learning, planning or paperwork.
So working from home is flexible and means I don't have to pay for childcare during the holidays! But the hardest thing for me is accepting you will get less done and letting it go!
Early this week I had a fair cancelled for Saturday, due to the hall being double booked! My initial thoughts, "Oh no what a shame I could have done X fair that I said no to". But did I then try and get this alternative booked in? No, I decided that instead the kids and I would put up our Christmas Tree! Always at this time of year I am fully booked and rushing from place to place. So this weekend it was nice to both have the Friday evening off (the first for 4 weeks) and the Saturday off too.
So Friday evening we walked into town for the Christmas lights switch on and Saturday we went to a Christmas Fayre and put up the Christmas Tree. And in the evening I even managed to get a bit of paperwork done! It was very nice not to be juggling everything for change.
This is why I love working as I do, it is so flexible. I book in what I want to do and if I want to take a break I can. The only trouble is sometimes I don't know how to say NO!!
November is always the busiest month for my Phoenix Trading business. There are more fairs and events on in this month than the rest of the year put together! And so sometimes it can be about choosing the best events to go to, but at the moment as it is my first November in this area it has been pot luck! You can never tell whether a fair will be well attended or not.
My strategy this year has been to try what ever comes up. If it is good do it again next year, if it isn't find something else next year. This month I also chose to do one of the fairs that I have attended for four years in Exmouth. A long travel for me but usually well attended. This year I had the best day there yet. So definitely keeping that one in my diary for next year, even with the extra distance!
Inevitably as soon as I was booked up for November, more possible fairs came in and I have had to pass these on to another local trader (not in my team), and one back to head office. Which leads me to the conclusion: I need people in my team in this area!!
And coming up this weekend is the busiest Sunday, when I could have attended a dozen different fairs! So have i chosen my event well? We will see!
And finally....a strange occurrence this month, Google seems to like me! I have had two website orders and two phone enquiries from people who have googled Phoenix, looking for someone local to them and I have popped up! It seems to be my netmums listing which they are finding. I did this listing years ago and it is free. So moral of the story be as visible as you can be!
If you are interested in becoming a Phoenix Trader take a look at the 'Join Me' tab on my website www.teresa4cards.co.uk
Hi, I am Teresa. I am mum to two gorgeous children and I work from home. This blog is about my journey working from home. I hope to be able to help others who are looking for an additional income, or are looking for ways to save money.