Couple Interview About Agnes and Dora Business
Real Couple Interview About Agnes and Dora Business
Learn more about how a spouse views the Agnes and Dora Business, and what he really thinks of it.
Hi, I’m Carrie Craft, an independent sales rep for Agnes and Dora and this is my husband Matt Craft.
This is my man, my business partner, and the guy who supports right me. Several weeks ago I posted a question in my Facebook group asking for customers or members in my Facebook group to ask questions about the Angus & Dora business. Or whatever part of it they wanted to know. I took those questions and gave them to Matt because he is my business partner. One of the questions was “Is your husband supportive of your business venture?”
I know some ladies, that’s one of the things that they have to explain is what the business is like to their spouse. We come up with some questions and we’re gonna go through each one and hopefully it’ll be helpful to you as you’re considering the Agnes and Dora Business opportunity especially since they’re having a special Black Friday deal. We wanted to go ahead and do a video for you guys.
Why were you supportive at this direct sales selling business over the other options?
Our first question is, why were you supportive at this direct sales selling business over the other options? Especially since this one is a much higher price point of initial investment.
Matt: “I felt this was a good opportunity because I’ve seen other ladies making a business happen with this and make money with it. It was more than something that would just support a habit (ha ha). You know what other things you might get into just well support like your habit or your hobby you want. I didn’t want to get into a hobby. I wanted to get into something that would help support the family.”
What is the spousal role in the Agnes and Dora Business?
Okay and the next question is asking you what your role in the business is are you a silent partner are you financial officer? Do you help pick products?
Matt: “I guess my role changed over the life of the business. In the very beginning was much more hands-on. We had weekly Sunday evening 6:00 p.m. we had a business meeting and it lasted 30 minutes minimum probably hour and a half two hours of maximum. It was both of us talking about where we’re at what we’re going to do what the goals were how are we gonna reinvest. How much were we gonna reinvest, and what was our goals. We even came up with a business plan we developed goals for the business. We developed a satisfaction survey that we did that we still do every three months are we still happy with the direction. What we need to tweak so we did treat this like any other business or major investment. Everybody has a different way of doing the business. Under our circumstances we tried to reinvest everything at the very beginning. To build an inventory and we were able to do that. That’s what we did for about six months or so, but every like I said everybody’s got their own way of doing it. Carrie definitely picks all the products. I do not think any of them look good on me.” 🙂
Carrie: “There has been times when I didn’t know what to do and I’ve shown Matt pictures, and said what do you think of this style? Sometimes he’s like yeah and sometimes he’s like no. So there’s been times I’m on the fence, and I asked him.”
Matt: “When she asked me about certain products and discuss it, part of the strategy is figuring out what size is the order. How many to order, what colors? That all falls under her sometimes you wish you had more one color than another, but that’s how it goes. Our current part partnership looks like we have weekly discussions on what’s happening with the business and we discussed the plans these are a lot more loose now, than they were. Basically she gives me an note in my email and some goals that she wants to accomplish this week.”
Carrie: “I just look at him and generally don’t say much about it he’s like my accountability partner. I email him on Sunday night’s. Here’s what I want to get accomplished this week. Then throughout the week he may ask me how are you coming on your goals? Then on Sunday I email him again telling what I accomplished and sent him a new list. He has become my accountability partner with a lot of things.”
How do you view our partnership?
Okay where you were in the last one, okay well how do you view our partnership?
Matt: “Our partnership is good. One reason it is good is we can trust each other and then we both have the same goal in mind this this business is not a hobby. It’s a source income it provides and defines items for what it provides. It buys items for our family by taking care of bills it creates. I’m not in for a hobby, it’s a business it’s here to make money.”
How do we make business decision?
We come up our next question is how do we make business decision?
Matt: “So we kind of touched on it but it depends on the decision that needs to be made. If it’s clothing, it’s Carrie’s. If it falls under how much to purchase, and I have to trust that you know sometimes since I don’t. What styles the ladies are buying or what they’re wanting to wear or the colors or the fashions, I kind of have to leave that all up to her. She comes up and we talk about the final bill and we’re like okay or maybe not you know maybe not this time. That kind of falls under her if it’s about deduction sales tax, estimated tax payments. Attending a higher dollar vendor event some have been pretty high and we questioned whether it even break even or or whatever we talk about those kind of things. We discussed that in the end since we’re married we’re both tied to this business so we benefit from the profits and the losses. We have to be aware of what’s going on.”
How does this business fit into our family life?
Matt: “Does it take too much time from family activities or is very good balance? This is a tough question for me, we have no children at home so it’s a little bit easier. I do a lot of work outside the home sometimes quite a bit of overtime, so it really doesn’t affect us that much. It may affect some of the events that we want to go to as far as our family events and stuff like that or church events. But it’s a choice you make. Since we don’t have kids at home, if you have kids at home, you have to make time for your kids.”
Carrie: “That’s one of the most important things here on earth. That’s one of the things I’ve had to do, because I also work. I do contract work within the community regarding adoption of foster care. What I’ve recently done is I’ve created a calendar for myself and each day of the week I work on a different aspect of my business. Friday I want to take all my flat lay pictures and things like that. Monday I’m writing reports, and Tuesday I’m doing this. Otherwise, I feel like I’m going crazy. so that’s one of the things I’ve done to make sure I’m getting things done I need to get done. I think it goes along with the next question I was asked today.”
What is the time I put in that people don’t see?
Carrie: “Well you can see my flat lay, so I think you know it takes me time to put those pictures together. It takes time organizing for a lifestyle. I’ve had friends over helping me with that. They’re like oh we get to see behind the scenes and there’s a lot that goes behind the scenes. There is a lot of organizing that goes into showing what outfits I am putting together. I put stickers on all the clothes so though that all takes an hour or two hours at least. Preparing for a “lifestyle shopping” takes a lot of time. I think the most time is in shipping and printing out the labels, invoicing everybody, and then putting the packages together. I think that’s the time that goes into that you guys don’t see. If you have a schedule and a set time of like when you get those things done everything is possible everything is possible. It gets done.
What outfits or items do I wear?
Carrie: “What outfits or items do I wear just carry, and what are your favorites? You can see I really dress up so I really don’t have any favorites. I really like the layering products a little bit better, because I think that it sets the outfit apart. It makes it pop.
Matt: “I like that she dresses nice all the time, but as far as any one favorite things, I don’t know that I have one favorite item.”
Carrie: “I know there’s times when I walk out he’s like, “oh I like that” or you look nice. It feels good so that happens more often.”
What growths or changes have you seen in Carrie?
Matt: “You put me on the spot, well there’s been personal growth. There’s been also business growth. Really it’s the way I can see the confidence and the importance of looking good. When you go out and you know having that confidence and talk to people and and answer the questions. That’s all personal growth that has helped her on the business side of things. She learns I’m not a business major but I know a lot more about it, than she did. But now she knows how to track sales and sales over months and she’ll know when the sales are up or down and based on a month to month. Or year over month and it just makes it a lot better when you know at the end of the month.
We do a tracking sheet and pretty much has to lay out how much was spent that month. She has answers to all my questions and we talked about the money. As far a business sense it made her a lot more business savvy. That’s one of the things I’ve enjoyed doing is creating all the worksheets that we use in our business. I like tracking sheets and things like that and sheets we use for our business meetings and topics we need to discuss. I am a big old nerd and I like making those worksheets.”
Carrie: “One of the biggest compliments, I think I’ve received from Matt and my favorite thing that he said, “that even if we just shut down the business tomorrow and just sell everything off. He wouldn’t regret it because he felt like the growth that I’ve obtained from doing this business and the ways I’ve grown as a person has been beneficial, and worth any investment.”
Matt: “That’s definitely true.”
What do you wish you knew before starting the Agnes and Dora Business, that you know now?
Matt: “We had problems, we didn’t have problems. We had had experiences with deductions and sales tax. Quarterly estimated taxes, we’ve done before, but it not near at this level. Figuring out when to pay them, how to figure out how much you owe this year. We might be getting a good handle on how to figure them out, as by the end of the year. Your tax accountant will say oh you overpaid and you get a refund. All right, great now you know. Well the next year we did the same thing as we did the year before and we underpaid by three times the amount that we needed to paid. I’m getting a better idea on how to track that.
Get a good program, learn how to use it. We use Go-daddy bookkeeping and have used it for about two years now. I’m kind of figuring it out, right now. That’s something I enter every end of the month. Then when we do the paperwork, I enter all that stuff in there. So I have a pretty good idea about the P&L and estimated taxes because April 2019 will mark our end of year two. So we’ve done this a couple of years we’ve learned a lot about it. There’s more to this business and preparing for it financially than just buying inventory. You you need hangers (more hangers) and you need racks, you need to figure out like where you’re going to put your products, a tripod, and a good camera phone. There’s other things you need besides just the initial inventory. I didn’t know about the camera phone when we first got started and she was trying to do it on a computer. I told her, but I didn’t work out. We got a new camera phone next week. ”
What should a person do or things to get in place before starting the business?
Matt: “If you’re married you both need to be on the same page. Whether this is going to be a hobby for you to supplement your income or whether it’s going to be a your bread and butter you got to figure out. You both need to know your intent is so you’re both heading down the right road. Things to get in place we talked about Go Daddy. I figure out what program you’re going to use and I mentioned before it’s not just buying Agnes and Dora business inventory. Inventory is of course number one, you need inventory, but wearing a store your inventory. How you gonna store it lights you need. Lights we got, lights going on right now. I just makes so people could see the colors how are you gonna do this. If you’re gonna do this through lives on Facebook, are you gonna do it in person. Some people don’t use Facebook at all to do their business not at all some people just have in-home boutique and people come there to shop if they’re in bigger communities.
You gotta look at like where do you lives, what can you make work, and that is things that you can talk with your sponsor about. You’re not like what would work for you but there’s a lot of different things to think about. How are you gonna sell it, you need hangers, you need storage, a lot of different little things to think about and we mentioned. The camera phone, a good one.”
What’s one is words of advice for anyone interested in starting their own Agnes and Dora Business?
Carrie: “Well my answer that would be pick a speed and a process that you can maintain and maintain constantly forever. Or speed up, they don’t come out of the gates 100 miles an hour and think you’re gonna be able to maintain that because you’re probably gonna run out of steam or run into roadblocks. Pick a pace and move forward with it and some days you may be working a lot harder than you want to. Other days you may not, but if you stay consistent and you stay focused on your goals, I think that it will turn out good for you. You just have to keep consistent with it.”
What would you say to a spouse who was hesitant in in going forward with this business opportunity?
Matt: “What counsel would you give, put me on the spot here and she knows I like that. I would say to the spouse you know sometimes you got to go out on a limb and help your wife. See if she can do something like this to help your family. I mean some of this you got to know whether you can handle financially. You start with talking about money. I was okay with it right at the beginning and then we got more into it, and I was like okay with the email. Then we got further into it and I was still okay with everything’s.
It’s still going good so that communication of our how are our business is going. It has to work for your family and that questionnaire that was good that helped me build confidence in her. I don’t know what else to say, I just I gave a shot and it’s working. I think like you said earlier or what I shared is that sometimes the growth is more more than just financial. The other type of growth that you can see in your partner is just as important or even more important because this could be learning skills and talents. Developing talents that your wife or partner will need in the future to do something else something else so taking the risk may be exactly what you all need.”
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