Good Morning! 

So, you get this brilliant idea, right?! And it really is brilliant! It’s going to be your way out of the grueling full-time job and give you freedom and allow you to be on your OWN schedule! You’ll bring in 3 times the money you brought in with your ‘real’ job! You are going to be an Entrepreneur! And of course it will be in Fashion, because that is still your passion. Selling clothing, picking out a business name, getting a domain name, getting your website looking fabulous, blogging (duh), newsletters to all your new clients, and of course all of the amazing clothing that will sell out in no time! it all actually sounds like a lot of fun. And it can be (parts of it), but starting your own business is hard work! It’s certainly not the fantasy I had in my head! 

 

I read an article that summed up nicely the steps and trends necessary to identify in becoming an Entrepreneur:

”To better understand the role of trends, I’ve put together what we refer to as the Six Forces. You’ll find at least one, if not more, of these forces playing a key role in your startup. What do those forces look like?

No. 1: An anywhere liquid workforce. You probably know this from personal experience. Where and how we work is changing. Do you understand this trend well enough to make the most of it in your new organization?

No. 2: A new work order – connected, collaborative, creative. I’ve written previously about the idea of a portfolio career, or the idea we’ll no longer work for the same company for 25 years. Instead, people will be looking for companies that fit them best at different moments.

No. 3: The connected and engaged customer. Between Yelp, Facebook, and Google, people are more than happy to tell us what they think. Startups that understand this interest, this desire to bond, will flourish with customers who are invested equally in their success.

No. 4: The era of the maker. Who needs a factory when you’ve got a 3-D printer? Prototypes, even actual products, may be readily available in small batches. A process that used to take weeks, or even months, can now happen in a matter of days because your startup has access to tools that make “making” easier.

No. 5: The sharing economy. I still love a really nice hotel, but it’s clear that businesses like AirBNB are here to stay. Why own if you can borrow what you need for the moment? Could your startup find a place to call home in this growing trend?

No. 6: The new creative economy. That side project you’ve kept at for a few years may have more potential than you realized. Outlets for creative entrepreneurs will continue to open and expand in the coming years. While we’ve identified these trends at a macro level, you may know of some different trends within your industry of choice. Do you have an opening you can exploit? Do you see a trend that changes how people do business in your field? Go for it!”

A version of this article originally appeared at StartupEquation.com. 

I put the picture up of NYC at the top because it’s always been a dream of mine to live and work in Fashion in the greatest city in the world! I don’t know that I’d want to live there forever, but 2-3 years maybe?! I haven’t given up on that dream just yet! I am still NYC bound! I have pictures of NYC all over the place in my room and basement to remind me of my goal.

But back to starting a business from scratch. I’ve recently done that (hence the blog post), and it started out as super exciting and I was running the printer dry with all of the research I was doing and the binders I was making (Oh, so much fun!). Who doesn’t love a few great binders full of your own ideas and research?! I sure do! And then of course you have to include your favorite motivational quotes in there to really get you going.. But when all is said and well, half done (if that), I’m not bringing in the dough like I thought I would by now. I’ve been just dabbling with the idea for years and have played around with Poshmark as my main selling platform. But then I found another one, and the creative juices got flowing again! I basically started over, to say the least. The picture below pretty much sums it up! I’m learning this is a work in progress and it’s going to take time, but if I really want it, I’ll find a way to make it happen!

But, with all that said, if you really have a passion for something and believe it can be translated into a successful business, then I say stop everything, and Go. For. It!

Thanks for reading!

Jess from Style by J Rose 🌹 

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Hello my dears,

Do any of you ever feel TOO BUSY?! Do you ever feel overwhelmed with your jobs and your life? Do you just go in circles trying to get everything done, but end up crashing when you end up getting nothing at all done? Well I have certainly been there! When I first started my Fashion Business and Career, I had all these big ideas and dreams but didn’t seem to have the time or energy to make it all happen. I was juggling a full-time job in Fashion as well as my online Boutique. I wanted and thought I could get my online business up and running successfully in just a short amount of time, because, ya know, I’m pretty awesome! I’m smart and have a good work ethic. I know Fashion, so who WOULDN’T want to buy from my store? Well, no one did at first, and I was quite shocked! I had no idea the amount of work it took to become a successful Entrepreneur. It’s basically a full-time job in itself! If any of you out there are in a similar situation, then I certainly empathize. 

The picture above is the actual picture in my head that I had of my business when I eventually got a brick and mortar store – well decorated, quaint, welcoming, and full of clothing and accessories that everyone would of course want to buy. I’d have a line out the door! Boy, was I wrong! 

So I don’t have the brick and mortar store (yet), but I haven’t let go of that dream. I’ve just come to the realization that it’s going to take time and a lot of hard work to get there. But now I’m willing to MAKE time and put in the hard work it takes to make my dreams a reality. I’ve also learned that not only will it take time and hard work, but staying organized is key to making it happen. 

 

I did a lot of research on getting and staying organized in general, as well as for my business. There are so many tools out there that are free, or that cost very little. Etsy has a lot of affordable planners, budget trackers, inventory trackers, etc.  Etsy is a great place to find an affordable printable planner (and there are a ton of varieties to choose from!). There are also a lot of free PDF’s online if you just Google what you are looking for. Amazon is also a great place to find an affordable planner as well if you don’t want a printable version. So yes, planners are very ‘in’ right now, and so is staying organized! They both have business planners and just general life planners to help get you organized, as well as budget planners too. 

Getting and staying organized with finances, inventory, life, etc., can be very challenging. But I’ve found that a planner can do wonders! So get yourself a planner and start getting organized! 

Stay well, my fellow Fashionistas!

xoxo Jess from Style by J Rose

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Good Morning!

I just wanted to let everyone know that I’ll be slashing prices on quite a few Summer items to make room for new inventory. This is a great time to buy, as we still have the 20% off promotion (which could end any day now!). 

 

I know it’s a bit early for holiday shopping, but just think of how relieved you’d feel if you got it out of the way now, or at least most of it?! Online shopping has become increasingly popular, especially in the last few years. In fact, most people buy at least one present online, usually more. I know I do! So if you’re anything like me, you’re always trolling the internet looking for that perfect gift for a loved one, or for yourself. One of the great things about online shopping is you can do it from home in your pajamas at 2am! That’s also one of the bad things too. Less and less people are getting out to the stores to purchase because of the convenience of online shopping.

Online stores are always open, for the most part. I know I’ve definitely been guilty of doing some VERY late night shopping on some of my favorite online stores. And if I can, I like to support local small businesses. After all, that’s what I am, and it’s one of the ways that keeps the economy going. 

We are super excited about what the future holds for Style by J Rose! I hope you are too! Now get online and get to your shopping!

xoxo Jess from Style by J Rose 🌹

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Just about every true Fashionista has thought at one time or another, “I could sell this!” Well, I’ve been thinking this exact same thing for quite some time now. I’ve been selling off and on with Poshmark for years. Poshmark is super user friendly and only takes a minute to list your items for sale. You also have access to free marketing, essentially, with item shares and re-shares by other Poshers. You also get followers of your closet by other Poshers who like what you’ve got listed. But then you also give 20% of each Sale right back to Poshmark. 

But I wanted to take my store to the next level and get engaged with other successful selling platforms. I did a ton of research and found that Shopify was best for my needs. Now I’m still learning about all that Shopify has to offer, but I have found out these important facts.

• Shopify is also very user friendly

• They offer a free 14 day trial; After that, it’s VERY affordable

• Shopify allows you to easily connect to other selling platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Amazon, to name just a few.

• Shopify gives you direct access to marketing tools (which I’m still learning about!)

• Shopify makes shipping hassle free

• Shopify lets you post your Blog right to your sales site!

•Shopify has different themes to choose from that fit your specific business and makes your site look beautiful 

• Shopify has a ton of free tools on how to make your business a success

• Shopify also gives you specific data on your site traffic and sales, even in a ‘live view’ dashboard

I’m still learning and playing with all that Shopify has to offer. I think I learn something new everyday, which has given way to new ideas of my own on how to make my business a success! 

So far, I’m extremely happy with Shopify and all it has to offer. Hopefully soon I’ll be a pro and can write another Blog Post on my successful business! 

Hopefully this information is helpful for anyone else wanting to give Shopify a try. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions! 

xoxo Jess from Style by J Rose

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Hello, Readers!

If you are anything like me, you don’t have an unlimited supply of money to just buy whatever your heart desires. I’ve compiled some items for you that are easier on the budget and still look fantastic!

Here are some affordable and fashionable Fall looks that won’t break that bank:

Amazon.com

$25.98 on Prime

$18.88 on Prime 

 $40.80 plus free shipping

Venus.com

$69.99

$69.99 

Dillards 

And what would Fall and Winter be like if we didn’t have the proper boots?! Dillards has a great selection of all kinds of boots, from UGG’s to Sorel’s to everything in between. They also have fantastic sales multiple times a year so you are sure to get a great pair of boots for a great price. But you have to be quick on the highly sought after sale items, as they tend to go quickly. 

I know it’s hard to talk about Fall and Winter clothing when it’s 100 degrees in some places, but the reality is that this is the best time to buy these items. Most stores have big sales (specifically Nordstrom and their famous Anniversary Sale where they debut Fall merchandise at 40% off). If you missed out on that sale, don’t worry because those same items will go on sale again here soon. 

I hope you enjoyed my Fall Fashion Preview! Please feel free to comment and/or leave any feedback!

Stay well my friends!

xoxo Jess from Style by J Rose

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