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Hi Amber- I ran across your website by seeing a po...

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Hi Amber-
I ran across your website by seeing a post you posted on Starting a Baby Boutique & Clothing Line. I am also a Mom, Wife, CEO, Maid and many more things. I have a new clothing line. We started out with the Basic Collection but I couldn’t stop there since I have the entrepreneur spirit so I went bigger started with my Spring/Summer 2010 line. I also have very strong feelings about giving back to charity and that is why have added a giving back section in my line and will continue to do so. I was previously and accountant and went to China for business and have developed a lot of contacts and found great factories to work with. Wow has it been an experience all in itself. I know this is what I am supposed to do and I have loved every minute. I think I am at the point of feeling overwhelmed and reading that you went through everything I am going through makes me feel better that I am not alone. I have been doing research after research trying to figure out the best way to succeed and get my name out there. I found your blog and it has inspired me in more ways than one. Actually a lot of the posts I read it was like you were reading my mind.
At present I am looking to hire some sales reps and I am constantly getting mixed signals on whether it is the right thing to do. I have been doing a lot of cold calling and it seems to be doing ok but nothing like I want it to. I completely agree with you when you wrote you need to think outside the box and they way things have been done in the past don’t necessarily apply to what can work in the future. I don’t want to have to pay outrageous amounts in showroom fees. I completely think that reps should be compensated for their work by commission and have no problem doing that. I also, don’t want my dream restricted by a contract either. I saw on one of your post you hired someone from Dallas and it was not good. I am hoping you can give me some advice on that since I am new so I don’t make the mistakes others in my position have made.
I could go on and on but I know you are really busy so I have some questions for you and you ever get a chance I would love to hear your opinion on them because it would help me a tons and I am sure many many others on this little journey.
1. What to look for in sales reps and if there are some out there that are paid only based on commission?
2. How did you get all of your media contacts? Through reps? On your own? What is the best way to get exposure?
3. What advice would you give people starting their own line?
4. What mistakes did you make that you would warn people about?
5. If you knew then what you know now?
Thanks so much!!
Laurie