As a blogger and a writer, I have this tendency to want to share experiences and moments with others in hopes that it can help someone out or give others insight into how or why I’ve made certain decisions. I have recently decided to start my own business as a sales rep for a clothing company called Maxwell, and I’m excited to share more about how this all came to be and what my day-to-day is like right now.
Maxwell is a small but quickly growing fashion boutique based out of Utah. I stumbled upon their website by chance when another Maxwell rep followed me on Instagram. I was intrigued by their clothing, their business plan, and the draw of a clothing gig that had low start-up costs and a lot of flexibility for my life as a stay-at-home mom. Honestly, after falling in love with their clothing, it didn’t take long to convince me that I should be selling for Maxwell! I felt a connection with the ladies I would be working with right off the bat. This “tribe” of women working as sales reps for Maxwell are mostly young professionals and stay-at-home moms who are looking for flexible hours and the ability to work from anywhere.
As a stay-at-home mom, I have had feelings of intense isolation. As an introvert, I can’t say that I have always hated the isolation. BUT, I know it’s not healthy for me as a woman and as a mother. I know that it’s good for me to get out in the world and socialize and be a part of something – whether it’s connecting with other moms or treating myself to a pedicure, or starting my own online business. Eeeeek!
MAXWELL – MONTH ONE
It’s been less than a month, but in a few short weeks, Maxwell has given me a whole new perspective. I jumped into it with a lot of faith, excitement, and a deep love for cute clothes. Being a small business newbie, I don’t know what I was expecting. I think I imagined that people would just come to me and want to buy my beautiful clothes. It’s a lot more work than that (obviously). Every spare moment I have is devoted to marketing my new venture. I’m still feeling my way around and relying on my instincts and intellect to see me through. But, in many ways, it’s no different than trying to start a blog from scratch. It takes consistency and passion! You have to want to fill your free time working on your craft or business.
I have a few spare hours here or there this summer, so I knew I should take advantage of my time. My daughter is enrolled in a summer program from 8:30-11:30AM four mornings per week. I have been using that time to construct my Instagram posts, check in on my inventory, and work on making sure my shop is coming together. Shop Maxwell posts new inventory several times per week, so I get a chance to buy new items essentially whenever I want. This has been tricky for me because there are so many items I wish I could buy, but I am not in a place yet where I can just keep buying new pieces without selling others first.
This is also not a get rich quick scheme. I don’t have plans to make a full time income or anything close to that. However, I would like to have my “own money” and be able to contribute financially while I am out of the traditional work force. Especially with a fresh cycle of IVF on the horizon, finances have been a bit tight around here. Being a rep for Maxwell is hopefully going to help defray those costs!
I plan on sharing more posts about my adventures as a rep for Maxwell. I hope this can be of some help (or hope) to other stay-at-home moms trying to prioritize themselves and their time. Please feel free to ask me any questions!