WAITING FOR YOUR ORIGAMI OWL KIT TO ARRIVE
Now that you have joined the Origami Owl family as a new, Independent Designer I’m sure you are chomping at the bit to get your business started! Your kit is on it’s way and you will be twirling your thumbs these next few days, anxiously waiting for it to arrive! Wouldn’t it be great to utilize the new few days to get a jump start on your business? What if your kit arrived and you already had a solid foundation and were ready to rock your new business? Today I’m going to share my list of the top 10 tasks to work on while you are waiting for your Origami Owl kit to arrive! These tasks will help you gain knowledge about the company and products, start building your customer base, and help you get a jump start on launching your business!
1. SCHEDULE YOUR IN HOME LAUNCH JEWELRY BAR
Scheduling and planning your Launch Jewelry Bar is one of the most important things you can do to ensure you launch your business successfully. Your launch Jewelry Bar is where you will introduce your new business to your friends and family. Launch Jewelry Bars aren’t required but they really are a fantastic way for you to spread the word about your new business and “practice” your Jewelry Bar setup and presentation in a low pressure setting. You will want to consider choosing more than day or time so that you can accommodate different schedules for those attending.
Use your ALICE or FRANKS list when preparing your invitations. Many people want to rely on Facebook invites for their parties and Jewelry Bars. Although it’s very easy and convenient to setup the event on Facebook and event your entire friends list, it’s very ineffective and could result in extremely poor attendance. Facebook invitations aren’t as prominent as they once were and many people never even receive the notification. Personally, I receive up to 10 Facebook invitations a week and never take the time to read any of them. Your best bet is physically invitations (everyone loves snail mail that isn’t a bill!), personal phone calls, texts or emails. You know your friends and family best, so use the method that you think will be most effective for each person. Don’t forget a reminder call the day before too!
Remember to make your Launch fun, exciting, and a learning experience for yourself. Keep snacks and drinks simple and easy. Don’t worry about your house being completely spotless – and if this stresses you out then consider having your launch at a restaurant or other location where cleaning won’t be part of your responsibility.
2. COMPLETE YOUR A.L.I.C.E. LIST
An ALICE list is a great tool to use in your business. I created a list when I first started my business almost 7 years ago and still use it on a regular basis in my business.
ALICE stands for:
This is a list that you create, jotting down the names of pretty much everyone that you can think of within these categories – all of these people you will introduce to your new business! It may seem difficult, but I would set a hefty goal of at least 100 names. Once you get started you will be very surprised at how many people you know and how quickly one name will lead you to many others!
The traditional method of creating a list of people you know was called the FRANKS list. You can use this method also if it will help spark some more names for you!
Sit down with your address book, cell phone and your blank list. Give yourself some time to brainstorm and don’t get discouraged. It may take a few different sittings to fill your list.
It’s always important to include everyone you think of on your list. Many of those you think of have probably never been introduced to Origami Owl and will be so excited for you to introduce them!
3. WATCH THE NEW DESIGNER & SOAR TO SUCCESS VIDEOS
The Nest (that’s what we call our home office) has done an amazing job of creating training videos that cover lots of topics from getting started to setting up your Jewelry Bar display.
Check back for links to the current training videos!
4. OPEN A SEPARATE BANK ACCOUNT
Keeping your business finances and personal finances separated from the very beginning will allow you to keep more accurate records and alleviate any headaches later on. I have a separate checking account specifically for my business so I can track all my expenses easily.
You will also want to set up some basic record keeping systems so that when your business takes off, you have a methodical and consistent way to keep your records. I suggest having a space in your filing cabinet, a mobile filing space or an electronic system for keeping customer order forms, Jewelry Bar records and receipts.
5. READ UP ON THE POLICIES & PROCEDURES
The Policies and Procedures are a set of regulations and guidelines that you agreed to when you accepted your Independent Designer contract. Within this set of guidelines are many important things you will need to know when starting your business. Information on how to set up your Facebook fanpage, do’s and don’ts of advertising, how and where you can sell product, and many more topics are covered and will probably come up when you are starting your business so by reading the P & P while waiting for your kit, you will have a great understanding of our business model and how to ensure you are within the P & P while running your business. This document is available in your back office in the O2 Academy.
6. SET YOUR GOALS
“If you don’t know where you’re going, you might not get there.” – Yogi Berra
Setting goals and having a clear idea of what you want out of your business is so important for the health and success of your new venture. You will want to write down exactly what you want to accomplish with your business and follow the SMART goals guidelines. Be sure your goals are:
Once you have your goals on paper, be sure to keep copies of them in places you will see on a daily basis. I keep my goals on the refrigerator (so my hubby can see too!), a copy at my desk, one on the mirror in my bathroom and one in the overhead visor in my car. This ensure that I have constant reminders of what I am working toward in my business and keeps me energized and motivated to work until I reach those goals.
7. PLUG INTO YOUR TEAM & THE O2 COMMUNITY
When you joined Origami Owl you either chose a mentor for your business or the company will assign you to one if you haven’t picked one within 10 days. Your mentor will be there to help support you in your new business. Many mentors have team Facebook groups, newsletters, or websites where their team can connect, learn and grow together. If your mentor doesn’t have these resources, more than likely one of their upline leaders or directors has a community that you can join. Be sure to ask your mentor where you can go for team support, info and camaraderie!
The Nest also runs a few facebook groups for designers and new designers. These groups are amazing and have tons of great training and support. You’ll need your mentor to add you to these groups on facebook so the Nest can verify your designer account.
8. SET UP YOUR SPACE
Designating a space for your new business – whether it’s your home office, a corner of your family room, or a mobile office that gets stored in a closet – you will want to have a separate space for your new business. This ensures that your items are easily accessible and are ready and waiting for you when you want to work your business. It also helps keep a separate of your personal life and your business – which can be very important, especially in busy times!
I started out using a mobile file box from Thirty-One, like the one pictured above. It held all my paperwork and had pockets to my credit card swiper and calculator. Eventually I moved to a much larger bag and then to a separate area in our home. You don’t have to have your own home office to run a successful business, so don’t spend extra cash on furniture or remodeling. Focus on getting something in place that’s simple, easy to use and will help you stay organized!
9. PLAN YOUR JEWELRY BAR SETUP
Planning your Jewelry Bar display might be one of my favorite tasks on this list! This is where you will really get to be creative and have fun designing your Jewelry Bar table. I know it can be very easy to go crazy with this task, spend a lot of money and pick up some really cute items for your table – it’s important to make sure your display is functional, follows the O2 branding, and really highlights the jewelry!
Some key items of your display will be your charm trays, tweezers, votives, t-bar for chains and bracelets, Take Out Menus, Jewelry Bar sign or Origami Owl sign, take out boxes and fortune cookies, a mirror, a decorative piece, white trays or plates, and white or linen busts. A lot of these items will be included in your kit and most of the other items can be purchased either through your back office – business supplies, or at stores like TJMaxx, Home Goods or Target. Remember to follow the O2 branding when creating your display – clean lines, white and teal color scheme, and prominent margins.
Focus on display the jewelry as it’s really the star of the show. Decorative pieces like Olive the owl, a holiday centerpiece or a vase with flowers will really help polish off your table but be sure not to add too much. More is less and items that aren’t directly associated with Origami Owl can sometimes confuse your customer or make it hard for them to really understand our brand image.
There are training videos available in your back office or on our Team Lovely Lockets website that will guide you through your display setup and give lots of great tips on how to make your table really stand out!
10. BECOME FAMILIAR WITH THE PRODUCT
There are many other tasks that you could work on while you are waiting for your kit to arrive – but I think these are the most important and will help prepare you for your new business. Be sure to stay connected with your mentor and ask any questions you may think of while you are completing these tasks. Many times the questions you are asking can also be found in your back office or on your team’s website or facebook group too.
I know you are going to love being an Independent Designer and you have an amazing adventure ahead of you! Enjoy the journey and good luck! 🙂