This week we talked with Angie Wright. Her story is one a lot of moms can relate to as they weed through various “work-from-home” careers out there. Angie found herself in serious debt after investing her precious time, energy and money into a business that drained her on all fronts. Understandably, she was skeptical to learn about Moms Making Six Figures. Would it be different than her past experiences? Read on to learn more about her journey!
Can you give us a little bit of your background? What were you doing before Moms Making Six Figures?
Of course! I was born and raised in Oceanside California. I went to Vanguard University in Costa Mesa and studied Intercultural and urban studies. When I graduated in 2000, I was a youth pastor for 3 years in the Los Angeles area. I loved working with youth and when I moved back to Oceanside in 2003, I started working with teenagers in group homes. My heart and passion still lie with helping at-risk youth. I eventually became the Director of a crisis program for teens through the YMCA, but in 2014 the program lost funding and I was let go.
After all of that happened, I decided to stay home with my kids. I have a 10-year-old son named James, an 8-year-old daughter, Janise, and then our two-year-old son, Jasiah. I loved being at home with my kids, but I knew I still needed an income. I tried anything and everything to be a stay at home mom and contribute financially.
What were the types of jobs you did to maintain your lifestyle as a stay-at-home mom?
Initially, I helped run a daycare with my mom in her home for about a year. After that, I dabbled in some direct sale companies. I sold juices, jewelry, and the biggest one was LuLaRoe, which I worked with for about two and a half years. The initial investment was a very hefty $5,000 for the clothing and roughly another $3,000-$5,000 for all the equipment needed. I enjoyed my time with LuLaRoe because I loved helping women feel beautiful and I love the clothes myself, but it was a very hard business to be in. I spent countless hours advertising on Facebook, ordering more inventory and getting severely into debt. Not to mention, working events where I had to literally haul 300-500 pieces of clothes back and forth from my home.
I realized I was spending so much money and time away from my family that the business just was not worth it anymore. So, I left.
What did you do with your left-over inventory? Were you able to sell it before you stopped working with LuLaRoe?
I had the option of returning inventory, but below wholesale because I would have had to pay a restocking fee. The process was so arduous, instead I decided to discount my remaining inventory to other retailers and my current customers. I definitely did not make my money back because I had to discount it way below wholesale to sell it all.
One of the hardest parts about selling LuLaRoe is that we were not able to pick the patterns of the clothes. We could pick the style and the size, but they would send us whatever print they had. To tell you the truth, there were some prints that no one wanted to buy, and retail consultants would end up getting stuck with them!
So, tell me a little about how this journey led you to Moms Making Six Figures?
In January of 2018, my friend, Jennifer Becker contacted me and wanted to share more about her business. I knew if anything, we would be good source of referrals for one another. We had become friends when our daughters started kindergarten together in 2016. I knew she did some sort of work-from-home business because she had a table set up at a fundraiser at the school. Unfortunately, I was too busy setting up my 300-piece display and did not have time to go check it out. So, I told her that I would be open to hearing more. Little did she know I was struggling financially and having regrets for starting a LuLaRoe business.
Jennifer came over to my house, we sat at my kitchen table and she shared with me what Mom’s Making Six Figures was all about. By the end I was literally in tears because for some reason I saw a hope and a future in her presentation I hadn’t experienced with any other company. More than that, Jennifer was so genuine. I believed she would be a supportive friend and business partner, which is something I never had before.
How have you found Moms Making Six Figures to be different from your career with LuLaRoe?
At first, I’ll admit I was a little skeptical to jump on board based off my previous experiences. In the past, I had become “star struck” with other business presentations and none of them had worked. They all left me broke, in debt and hopeless. However, I decided to give it a try to see if there really was NO startup cost or fees. If what Jennifer had said was true, I thought, what’s the risk?
Jennifer helped me get my business rolling by mentoring me, helping me educate others and so much more. I was amazed that I truly did not have to spend any money to become successful in this business. Month after month, I have received a paycheck without having to sell any products, carry inventory, or invest any money in supplies. I haven’t had to lug 100+ pieces of clothing to fairs and vendor events or bombard my Facebook friends with posts about buying my products. My work now revolves around the relationships I build and sharing my experience with others.
I am so grateful to Jennifer for introducing me to Moms Making Six Figures and for the continuous support she offers. On top of that, we have an entire team of supportive women I can turn to for anything at any time. Because of my new career with Moms Making Six Figures, I will have the financial freedom to support my family and give back.
I will once again have the time to use experience in social services and as a youth pastor to help those in need. I have always dreamt of opening a center for at-risk youth since beginning my work with teens back in 2000. I am confident Moms Making Six Figures will help me realized this dream!