Are you ready to be all over inspired? Recently, I got to talk with Olivia Starling about how she got past all her self-doubt, made the leap into entrepreneurship, and quickly grew a 6-figure online business.
She started in the same place you might be right now – working a corporate job, zero social media following, scared out of her mind, and no idea of what she was going to sell. Maybe this is where you are or where you’ve been. Either way, I’ll bet you’ll get a ton of value from this conversation with Olivia Starling.
Getting to Know Olivia Starling
It was kind of funny, how the conversation started. Olivia Starling casually started by introducing herself and saying that 7-months after opening her store and taking the $0-100k System, she was at 6-figures. No big deal.
Wrong. That’s amazing! What makes it even more impressive is her background. Growing up she worked in a lumber store that her dad managed and when she got out of school, she worked for a non-profit organization for four years. At the non-profit, she got to a point where they basically told her, sorry, but you aren’t going to be able to progress any further because “you don’t have the experience”. That was fuel to her fire.
To get the “experience” they said she needed, she decided to start her own business. Once she started down that path and joined my tribe, it wasn’t long before I got a message one day on Instagram that said “today I made more money than I will all year at my corporate job”. She ended up selling over $40,000 in a single day.
Getting Traffic To Your Products In The Beginning
Before starting her business, she had your typical social media presence. Olivia Starling had around 400 Instagram followers on her personal profile and no followers for her business. She started at ground zero. So, if you’re also at ground zero with no followers, no email list, or have never owned your own business, then make sure you have a notepad handy for what’s to come below.
Since she didn’t have any following to leverage, she did exactly what we talked about in this episode, and leveraged other people’s audiences – AKA influencers!
To find the influencers she wanted to work with, she followed a basic formula. The criteria the influencer had to meet was…
- She had to be following them
- Already be watching all their Instagram Stories
- And have purchased something from them
If she was doing all these things, that means that a lot of other people like her were probably also doing the same thing. And since she knew her products were great, if she could get that influencer to promote them, there would be others, like her, to buy it.
How Olivia Starling Found The Right Product To Sell
Before joining my $0-100k System, Olivia Starling actually took a drop shipping course. Although she wasn’t thrilled with the end result of the business she created, it did help her find a product to sell.
Since Olivia has no idea of what she wanted to sell, she just went on AliExpress and ordered a little bit of everything. Seriously. She ordered some clothes, shoes, bags, jewelry, and a bunch of other stuff. When it all arrived in the mail she stepped back and thought about what she was most drawn to. For Olivia, it was the jewelry.
I tell people this all the time, and it was something we covered in point 3 of this episode – don’t buy a ton of inventory in the beginning of starting your store. She bought samples, found out what she liked and what she thought her audience would like, then focused on getting sales on those products. Remember, it’s better to sell out of inventory than to be stuck sitting on a ton that will never be sold.
How Olivia Starling Got Over The Fear of Starting
Like me, Olivia Starling is a bit of an introvert. Maybe this is you as well? If it is, then you know it can be difficult to put yourself out there. Especially when it comes to reaching out to people and asking for something. Like influencer outreach.
Olivia actually kept this business a secret from her family until not too long before this interview. Yea, she had a 6-figure side business without her family knowing. She didn’t even ask them to help out by buying a few products in the beginning. She kept everything about her business anonymous.
She started up an Instagram account that wasn’t tied to her at all and just started reaching out to influencers using the formula above. This allowed her to stay anonymous and start getting traffic to her website. And boy oh boy did it work. One single influencer sold out her entire inventory.
Working From Home With a Family
Maybe you’ve got little kids running around and you can’t seem to get anything done. When I started, I had four little ones at my feet so I know it’s not easy. Olivia is in the same boat and says there are pluses and minuses of having your family in the same place you also run your business.
For Olivia, she has the goal of getting at least 2-hours of work in every single day. And although she might not feel as creative as when she has more time to herself (thanks COVID19), she’s doing what is in her control and not worrying about the rest.
If you want to hear all the awesome value that Olivia Starling shared in this episode and the two things that she wishes she knew when starting her business, you’ll need to scroll back up to the top and click that play button.
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I love listening to Alison because she shares from her heart! You can hear the passion in her voice and how much she loves what she’s doing. I’m excited to be able to listen to her marketing wisdom so I can put it in place in my business. Thank you for being real! Thank you for putting yourself out there and kicking fear in the teeth so I can learn to do the same!
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I was so happy to see Allison put out a podcast! She’s a huge inspiration and I admire her and her business sense! Already loving all the episodes!
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She’s been around the block, built a family and multiple, multimillion dollar businesses - what’s not to love about this HERo! Alison speaks from her heart and years of proven results. Would not be without this podcast in my back pocket.
- Info needs to be consistentby joness59 from United States
I missed that you mentioned the link to your bundle at the beginning of the podcast. At the end you mentioned the site is becauseicanlife.com/bundle. This is an invalid URL. I spent time trying to figure out the link until I saw it posted in the notes of your podcast. My feedback is to make sure the info you provide is consistent. Other than that it was a real good podcast. Hope this was helpful. Stephen Jones (your old Boise neighbor)
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Alison is so encouraging and a wealth of information! Real, Genuine and Relatable! So thankful she took the leap as she has paved a way for us to do the same!!!
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Seriously, if you are looking for a heart-centered coach who is going to break it down for you and hold your hand to the online marketplace, this is your leader. Follow her. Do what she says. Listen to everything she says. Take notes. Take action. Rinse and repeat. So happy this podcast has been born!!!
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I am loving Alison’s podcast! She is so down to earth and honest! You can hear the passion she has for helping others in her voice! She has over delivered once again. Can’t wait to hear more!
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I have been a huge fan of Alison for years now! So excited she has launched a podcast!
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This podcast is really great! Alison is such an inspiration!
- So inspiring!by Heather of come home from United States
Thank you Alison! You always know just what to say to help me get out of my way. I’m for sure going to start recognizing those fake negative thoughts and turn them around. ❤️
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It’s about time Alison made a podcast!! I’ve been waiting! She is a professional business mastermind, yet so relatable as a mother and woman. Go Alison!!!
- The Because I can Life Podcastby My Beautiful Child And Me from United States
Alison is the real deal. She doesn’t just preach and leave us on our own. Alison works her online business right along with us and teaches from her own experiences. She shares the highs and lows and gives us the tools we need to succeed. She is kind and welcoming and supports us even when we feel we are failing. The community she has created for us to find like minded people who want to make a difference is the best group I have ever been a part of. I love that she is always up dating her course that we have life long access. The fact that she takes the time to do FB lives a few times a week where she is open to all our questions is remarkable. I am grateful I found her. It doesn’t matter if you are just starting out or a seasoned business owner, Alison offer something for all of us. Connie Leonard
- Real and Inspiringby lastev from United States
Alison delivers relevant content that works. Most importantly, she is your biggest cheerleader and keeps you motivated to work hard and kick fear!
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I love listening to podcasts to inspire myself in my business growth. An enjoyable and helpful podcast!
- BEST COACH EVER!!!by Oak&Willow from United States
If you are looking to start your own e-commerce business, you will be hard pressed to find a more honest, passionate, caring person than Alison. She puts it all out there for you to see how to be successful. This podcast is going to change lives!
- All Entrepreneurs Must Hear Thisby seesnow99 from United States
I’ve been following Alison for a while now. I bought into her 0-100K system. My store is up & running thanks to her & a lot of hard work. If you want to have an e-commerce business & have the best support team ever, look no further. I’ve done tons of webinars & online research. Nothing compares to what I have learned from Alison. Her online Facebook group is nothing short of phenomenal. You can post your struggle & ask for help. Five hours later, you come back to loads of encouraging posts from fellow “clanners” who have been there & they’re offering helpful advice. I have been in her course since May 2018 & have watched her course get better & better. That’s because she’s constantly adding to it. The best part about all of this is that Alison is genuine. She really wants to see her students succeed. This podcast is just another way to encourage us & all of you at the same time. I’ve met her in person more than once & her sincerity is more than evident. Sit back & enjoy the podcast! Better yet, take that jump & come join us in the Because I Can Clan!
- Yes I can!!by A. Nieto from United States
Yes!! Loving the podcast! Real and raw reminding us all that we all start somewhere and we can each be successful.
- So. Much. Info.by An Interpreter from United States
I've learned so much about being an entrepreneur from Alison. Her teachings have changed my thinking, my shopping, and my future. I'm so happy she now has a podcast!!
- Yessssss!by ryanhelms from United States
Thank you Allison for sharing all your knowledge with us!
- Amazing!by sarakappas from United States
Alison is always so fun to listen to and as usual, is giving us amazing content that can really change your life!
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Alison is seriously the best and most talented business mom I've learned from! You rock!!
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This podcast is the perfect morning pick me up to kick my behind in gear and get motivated to live my best life everyday! I’m still in the beginning stages of my journey, but I’ve seen, heard and felt the real life stories of Alison’s students who continually inspire, support and encourage me to keep walking my walk and doing the work to realize my goals! Like Alison said, usually the best place to start is the beginning, so just jump in!
- Lucky us!by Wild Azalea from United States
Alison’s passion for helping others comes through loud and clear. I have already learned so much from her and look forward to future podcasts.
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I’m loving this podcast. I feel like I CAN do whatever I put my mind to. It’s so nice to have such a positive, motivational, sincere example of what you can do when you trust yourself and step out of your comfort zone. Can’t wait for more episodes.
- INCREDIBLE!!by Dragonmaster191 from United States
Seriously Alison is just INCREDIBLE!!! She is such a huge inspiration! She is so honest and real and you know she honestly truly cares about helping others succeed!!! I know she loves celebrating us when we learn from her and take steps to change our lives for the better....Because I Can!!!!! Thank you!!!!!
- My new favorite podcast!by JBest4 from United States
I’m loving Alison’s podcast! She has been so successful in her businesses and to have the privilege to learn from her is incredibly valuable. I could listen to her all day because she is so genuine and relatable. Her passion for helping others really shines through too.
- Awesome content!!!!!by dtorell from United States
She is so inspiring and has made the mistakes so we don’t have to. Thanks for your drive to help others help others
- Amazingby Sarah Because I Can from Canada
I was never one to listen to podcasts. But now I am hooked! Alison is brilliant I am learning and continue to learn from her. She knows the e-commerce business inside and out implement what she teaches it’s amazing! I am definitely enjoying the journey of the Because I Can Life.
- Like Rachel Hollis...but betterby Erin_Verb7 from United States
Alison is inspiring and makes you believe in yourself, but she doesn’t stop with the warm fuzzies. She takes you by the hand and shows you how to turn your money making dream into reality with action steps designed to help you create your own success, not just dream about it.
- Your Millionaire Best Friendby VinaHowell from United States
Alison’s podcast feels like an invigorating conversation with a best friend. If you’re interested in a life of “more”, learning marketing and e-commerce, and hearing someone whose persistence and authenticity is unmatched, this is the podcast for you.
- Awesome sauce!by Coolcv1998 from United States
Alison you are in your element!! You are so easy to listen to. This is as real as it gets. Can’t wait for more episodes. Add this to your list for sure everyone!! Just awesome!
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Alison just makes me want to jump up and cheer. She is so inspiring!
- ✨SO much goodness!by Briestarr from United States
Alison shares so much goodness in this podcast! If you want tangible tips to take your biz to the next level and get inspired at the the same time, listen in!
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I love that she’s not only shelling out entrepreneur inspiration, she’s giving out real step by step advise for moving forward with business goals!!
- So motivational! Love it!by elizathere321 from United States
Love all the free advice Alison!
- Awesome Alison!by Chelli C from United States
I’m such a fan of Alison. Her podcast didn’t disappoint!
- Rockstar!by Christine Michelle James from United States
Looking forward to this! She rocks whatever she touches!
- YESSS!! About time!!!by LINDS100k from United States
Love Alison J. Prince! Can’t wait to learn more from her in this amazing podcast!!
- Ready to learn!by tjshrews from United States
Ready to soak up more info from this lady and her amazing family. Gives great practical tips for growing an online business! And...I just love that her whole family is involved!
- The best Cheerleader!by KimHenrie from United States
When you are feeling like a failure, you need Alison to cheer you on and to keep you going. She’s always reminding you that you were made for more.
- From a Dads POVby StartupDadHQ.com from United States
So happy Alison has launched this podcast. So refreshing to find parent entrepreneurs who are crushing it in business but at the same time being REAL, TRANSPARENT, and VULNERABLE about what it's really like to build a business with a family (without sacrificing the family)! So many families out there are struggling working 9-5 or more and still unable to provide for their families. Alison's journey is a tremendous inpiration that it doesn't have to be like that and as a Entrepeneur myself I'm looking forward to some solid advice and tips through this podcast. Thank you Alison!!
- Left me wanting more!!!by kristin.sparks from United States
Alison I love your passion for helping others succeed, it comes through loud and clear. Can’t wait for the next one.
- Excitingby Queen Bee of three from United States
I’m excited to see how this podcast evolves! We all need a pep talk now and then but I can’t wait until Alison digs in to some more juicy details for those of us already working the program. And I would love to hear interviews with successful fellow clambers. Thanks again!
- Get Into This Community!by MindYourMomentum from United States
You will never find a more supportive community anywhere else online than in Alison’s Because I Can Clan. Beginner? Everyone’s cheering for you to succeed. Intermediate? Everyone’s cheering for your continued success. Advanced? Everyone’s still lifting you higher. No matter your level, you’ll learn something new every week, if not every day. So excited to now have a podcast to listen to on my daily walks! #becauseican #becauseicanclan
- Most Caring Coach❣️by 23569 from United States
Alison is the best inspiring coach to help people start their own online businesses. If you have a dream to do this, know that Alison can help, inspire, encourage, and nicely kick you in the butt if that’s what you need! You can do it with her help and with the help of her team, which includes her husband Jared and her children who themselves made $100k in less than a year. Legit legit legit! You can live the Because I Can life!
- Life changing!by rubyandedie from United States
Alison knows her stuff when it comes to e-commerce. If you have ever wanted to start your own business she is the lady to follow!! Not only that but she helps you build confidence and belief in yourself!! Seriously listen to what she says!
- So Grateful!by Brosky1213 from United States
Alison is such an inspiration!
- Love Alison’s authenticityby Sawshee from United States
Alison has a great way of sharing her passions as if she is already your best friend. She’s is truly authentic and wants to bring value to as many lives as she can. I’m loving this already! Keep them coming!!!
- Beca Millerby Beca Miller from United States
“Because I am not going to settle!” Alison is full of gold! I strongly recommend listening to her podcasts and learn how you don’t have to settle and can reach your dreams.
- Just WOW!by Walter Gro from United States
Alison is so inspiring and informative! We were so moved by her story of creating her business and changing her families future that we’ve got our kids listening too! Love it
- Love love love!by mlci from United States
Wherever you are in your entrepreneurial journey Alison has the message you need. ❤️
- Not aloneby melnemlove from United States
Having your own business can feel like you are all alone. Alison and her program make me feel like I have a personal coach and cheerleader. Can’t wait to see how far I can go...because I can!!!
- Alison is the expertby Mm1982us from United States
Alison isn’t just the expert, she is a mom entrepreneur and knows real life experiences and feelings and helps you overcome yourself and get out there! Excited you finally have a podcast!
- Best everby nyecreate from United States
This is will help anyone no matter where they are in trying to run their life and business.
- A podcast full of awesomenessby JLO52006 from United States
This podcast talks about the real life of a success entrepreneur, Alison Prince, and other like it. She tells you how to run a business and have a life too. She’s down to earth, tell it like it is presence, is exactly what people want to hear. She’s honest, open and funny. Take a listen, and you won’t regret it.
- Speaks from the heartby Lisa Dinsmore from United States
Alison has a great knowledge of business and shares that with us. She truly cares and wants other to succeed just like she has. I’m so excited to continue learning from her as she shares her knowledge.
- I’m learning new thingsby Trippy6911 from United States
My garage is full of stuff that I can sell, I had no idea where to start. My cousin recommended I listen to Alison and truth be told I’m beginning to have an idea on how to get my business going. I truly recommend listen to her or even watching her YouTube videos.
- Authenticityby Samantha Richardson from United States
She’s the real deal and no Bs, her passion to help others shows in everything she does. I love following/listening/ watching Alison because shes knowledgeable and is taking you through her experience! I’m soooooo excited for a podcast! Can’t wait to hear what more I can learn from this woman!
- Thank you, Alison!by stacyj:) from United States
Thank you for your words today! Very inspiring to me! Can’t wait for the next!
- The best!!by Lacegan from United States
Alison knows her stuff in the e-commerce world and is so great at showing others the path to success too!
- This is the best person & podcast to learn E-Commerceby Viciousinc from Canada
Alison is hands down one of the best people on the planet to learn e-commerce from. Not only has she successfully gone through the process and failed forward along the way, she also shares everything and does it with such genuine grace and humility. It’s hard to find people that walk the walk and do it in a way that lifts up the people around them. This is that person. Listen and more importantly apply everything she says. Thank you Alison!!
- Life Changingby N Family from United States
Alison is an expert in her field. If you want to change your financial future this is the podcast for you!
- Real Dealby Mashie422 from United States
She is so authentic and her messages are heartfelt and real. So glad to finally have a podcast from Alison!!
- Got my wheels spinningby iRunOnEmpty from United States
Alison has a way of getting you to not only think about your goals and your dreams, but Act on your goals and your Dreams. I’m ready for that Because I Can Life!
- Alison Prince WALKS THE WALK Like No Other Person I Knowby Supreme Dragon Slayer 69 from United States
Full Disclosure. I met Alison and her amazing family just a few years ago and in that time I have witnessed an incredibly humble person step into even more of her greatness. This is someone who chases Impact over Significance in everything she does. In a world where most “big marketing gurus” who just yell louder to be heard and rely mostly on manufacturing celebrity to become a house hold name... Alison has been actually walking the walk for decades. She is family focused. She is heart centered. But make no mistake. She is one of the most BRILLIANT Marketers and Business Builders in the world. She had proven herself time and time again on her multiple businesses in multiple niches. All. From. The. Ground. Up. So yes. I know her. Which makes me qualified to write this review bc if you do have an opportunity to ever meet her in real life, feel good knowing she is the same in real life as she is on this podcast. Dave
- The real dealby Utah PT from United States
If you really want to know what it takes to change your life then you better listen. Alison knows what it takes to start and grow your new online business and love your entrepreneur life.
- So happy Alison finally is releasing a podcast!by Arushi-315 from United States
So ready to listen to all these episodes.
Welcome, welcome. This is Allison coming at you from the beautiful mountains of Utah. All right, get ready for today's episode. Get ready to be inspired. Today's guest does not hold back. She is so gracious to share so much good information with you about starting your business. today's podcast guest is Olivia Starling. She is going to talk about how she made the leap into starting her own business with a ton of self doubt. In fact, she may even pull the trigger for months. Have you ever felt that way too? Oh, so much of her story is absolutely relatable. And she opens up to talk about the details of how she got started grew her successful business, and she's gonna reveal her biggest regret. Now my favorite part of this whole podcast interview has to be the part where when she was In her corporate job, her corporate job said you cannot move up the ladder because you don't have experience. So that is kind of the thing that pushed her to go get her own experience by opening up her own online store. And she soon discovered that she could make more in a day than an entire year working at that job. So needless to say, she has not gone back. She started with zero following she started scared she wasn't sure what she was going to sell. And she dives into how she became confident with the product that has taken her well beyond the six figure mark. And a little side note, she didn't even tell her family what she was doing until recently. So thank you to Olivia Starling for sharing so much with us today. Now let's dive in.
Hey, you're listening to the because I can live podcast We believe we can decide our own income, choose happiness kick beer in the teeth and never, ever stop. Why? Because we can. I'm your host, Alison J. Prince and I went from being a junior high science teacher to building four online multi million dollar businesses with four kids at my feet each week I'm bringing you real conversations that have led me as well as other experts to step into our dream online business lifestyle so that you can get the answers you need to craft your because I can as well take that first step and commit now to your because I can live by downloading your free personal bundle at Alison j friends.com. forward slash bundle. Olivia Starling I am so glad that you said yes to hopping on and sharing your experience. Alright, so do me a favor. I want you to just tell us a little bit about Olivia Starling.
Olivia Starling 2:54
Sure. Thank you for having me. By the way. I am a mom. I live in Colorado. springs. I started a business back in December of 2018. After signing up for your course, in about seven months, we did six figures. And since then it's just been the most wild and fun journey for me and my family. And I can't believe I'm sitting here telling the story right now.
I love it. Okay, so you just did, like, a year. What did you say?
Olivia Starling 3:28
hasn't even been a year. It was from December 2018 to July. That's when I hit six figures. Oh, my goodness.
Okay, so you just gave a really fast synopsis of that whole thing. So can we back it up a little bit? What was the thing that you were doing before you even thought about starting an online store?
Olivia Starling 3:49
I worked in the nonprofit world. I worked for a company called compassion International, and we were a ministry. I worked there for about four years. And I kind of worked my way up to a point where there was no further growth. And I got to a point where I really wanted to move up in a company and keep working hard. But anytime I applied for another job, they said, you just don't have the experience. And I wasn't sure how to get the experience. So I thought I would maybe start a business to show them my experience. And that's exactly what I did.
So you started a business to show the business that you were working at that you had experience?
Olivia Starling 4:32
Yes, because I was in marketing and they, they kept telling me that I needed more marketing experience to move up.
Okay. And then Okay, so, I love this story. I love this story. Okay, so you're gaining this experience, and at what point did you realize oh, my goodness, I need to quit my job because I'm making a lot more getting this experience than I would if I took that experience back into this nine to five job you
Olivia Starling 4:59
So I never thought it'd be possible to make out earn my job. But one day I texted you and I said, Today I made more money than I made in a whole year at my corporate job. And you would think that would be enough for me, but I'm such a safety zone kind of person. I love to be safe. And so I still didn't quit my job after in one day making over $40,000 until four months after that,
okay, I remember on Instagram when I pulled it up, and my direct message and what you said was, you showed me a screenshot of yourself. And it was I think it was 36,000 right? Was it 36? Yeah, first one, the very first one was 36,000. And you said, I'm crying happy tears because I never imagined that I could make what I make in a day. At my other job that takes me an entire year to do went on to tell me that the cells weren't even over yet. The day wasn't even over yet.
Olivia Starling 6:00
Yeah, it continued through the night. I think the first email I sent was at eight in the morning, and we made 17,000 off the email. And I was so excited. But I also was like, what is happening right now? So, after that email, the sales throughout the whole entire day just kept going. And I think it was for like a week after that we kept the code active and people kept using it.
Okay, so good. All right. So tell me you personally, when you started, did you have a big following? Were you known as an influencer before?
Olivia Starling 6:36
No, no, I think I have 300 Instagram followers on my personal but in my business,
I had nothing. Okay, so anybody that's listening right now, and maybe thinking that Olivia Starling had this happen, because she's been she's got a big following or an email list or a bunch of Instagram followers. No, she didn't. So not at all. How did you drive traffic
Olivia Starling 7:00
Use influencers Yeah, yes yeah influencers. So I kind of created this formula in my head of how to find an influencer. And it was somebody that I follow and I watch all their stories. And then somebody that I follow, I watch all their stories and I bought something from because they thought if I'm buying something from them, chances are that other people are too. So that was kind of my little breakdown of my formula. How to find the right influencer. And we've had pretty good luck with all of our influencers.
Okay, I love it. Thank you for sharing that. Okay, so now let's go back for some of the people that are just starting and just wondering if they should start a business or how they're going to get more experience for the job that they're currently in. Do you have a ton of business background importing, running a business? What is your background like? How did you grow up to be able to be where you're at today?
Olivia Starling 7:59
I didn't have have really any business background. When I was growing up, I worked for my dad he owned or he managed a small lumberyard in a town of 5000 people. And if I wanted anything extra, I had to pay for it on my own. So if you would have I would go in as young as 12 years old and count inventory, clean bathrooms, all those fun things. But then by the time I was 19, I was a manager and I was able to open and close the store and help out with a lot of duties like that. But that was kind of I just knew how to work hard. I owned a couple candy machines in high school, I had bought them with the money I made at the lumberyard because I thought it was kind of a cool idea that you would make money and not have to be sitting right there at a location that
I paid for gas money.
Perfect, pretty nice. Cool. That's all you need.
Olivia Starling 9:00
Yeah, a little bit, but I saw one of the candy machines in my basement. I just can't part with that memory.
Do you kids constantly go down there and get
Olivia Starling 9:12
candy? Well, it's not filled with candy. But berries are like, why aren't you filling it with
candy? I'm on their side. Olivia Starling. I'm on there. So yeah,
Olivia Starling 9:19
I should, I should do that. Yeah, I didn't know anything about importing though. I had never really actually run a business. Personally, I just really knew that if I wanted to hit my goals, just from what my dad taught me. I would have to work hard. That was all I really knew.
Okay. I love that. Because really, when you get into business building, a lot of people they come up to me and I'm sure I'm you've been interviewed a few times now. And they're like, you probably have had so much experience. You probably went to college for this. You're probably brilliant. And for me, I'm like, I'm just average. Right? I'm a mom of four bedhead Most days, I know how to work. I just know like, here's my goal. Let me go get it. Let me figure things out along the way, and not be perfect. Like perfection won't get you anywhere. You just have to start.
Olivia Starling 10:15
Okay. Yeah, that's definitely key. So
you listened something out there online, brought you into my world you joined, then how did you know what product? There's a bajillion products out there. How did you know what product to sell?
Olivia Starling 10:33
Yes, so I actually so I had first thought of the idea of passive income. And I think maybe it was an idea I always wanted to pursue. So I looked online at a lot of different people that were in the online space because there's so many different ways that you can sell product online or make money online in general. So I had actually previous to your course. joined a drop shipping course, which at the end of the day, I just wasn't overall proud of my business. I didn't feel great about it. But in that experience that I had of learning different things about selling online, I had found a product and the way that I found it was first I just went on Ollie Express, and I just bought everything that seemed interesting to me. I was like, Okay, I'll buy clothes, I'll buy shoes, I'll buy sunglasses, I'll buy macro made things. And then jewelry and I just thought all of these things, and it's so cheap. So it's not like I had any money to really back it up, but I had enough to buy some junk on AliExpress to figure out really what I wanted to sell. And when that stuff came in, I think it was kind of clear to me that I was more drawn to the jewelry and I I liked it and I find if I'm going to look at something all day and have to sell it, I might as well be something that I like to look at. So that's how I landed with that product. And I had picked it out right before I joined your course. So I had a little bit of a leg up just knowing what I wanted to sell.
But I love how you went through that process. You didn't know what you wanted to sell. And so you ordered in samples, just to look at it to see Okay, this one looks good to me. I don't want to do clothes, or I don't want to do shoes or whatever it was. And you said, You know what, I'm going to settle on this. I'm going to settle on jewelry and go forward with that. Okay, so when you figured out Alright, I'm going to sell jewelry. How did you get over the fear of being able to set up your website, do your first sell because I've known you for a while. You're not a huge extrovert. Like you're not loud and out there. You're more introverted. So how did you get past the fear? I don't think you're shy. It's just You're like me just kind of introverted. More okay in that way. Yeah. Nice.
Olivia Starling 13:04
Yeah, I love my little world. But it was hard. So I'll be honest, I was like you and I didn't tell any of my family or friends. I started this business. Honestly, I just started telling people recently. So it was just kind of easier for me to keep it to myself. And I think that's okay. Because if you feel safe, then it's selling to strangers is just normal. It's like I don't even care. But keeping that information to yourself is easy. So the way that I was able to sell and not just constantly hammer my family and friends for stuff or for buying products and things like that was just with influencers. So I set up the website and I was anonymous. No one knew who I was. He didn't name it, anything that would link it back to me. To be honest. I tried to keep it But no one would know it was me. And then I built an Instagram account and asked influencers and all I really had to do was send them my product and it felt like they were sold on it. So my first following I think of 5000 people, none of them knew who I was. And that also felt safe for someone like me, that's just so I'm introverted, and I might be a little shy. And a little I get nervous around people sometimes. So it just felt really comfortable when no one knew me and there was no risk.
Agreed. That's why I started e commerce is like, behind my computer screen and not have to have my face out there all over. Yes, I wasn't ready for it actually took me what, eight years, eight years before I really started put my face out there. So totally, totally, totally get that. That's why you commerce is so magical. Okay, so now you're going along, you finally hit publish on your website. You've got influencers sending traffic to you are they're coming to your website to purchase, right? Mm hmm. Are you doing any sales on Amazon or Etsy or eBay or any of those places?
Olivia Starling 15:11
No. And influencer posted and that weekend we sold every piece of inventory we had.
It's so fun because sometimes you're going along and you're okay, is this gonna work? Is this gonna work? And then you have an influencer that comes in sells you completely out? And then what are you doing for product now? So you've got a sold out site? And then what's going through your head?
Olivia Starling 15:39
First of all, I was how am I going to get more inventory because I just didn't know the cycles that a business should go through with inventory and everything was gone and people were going, how do I get on your list to sign up and how do I and I had no idea what I was doing. Honestly, we really didn't even know how to pack orders. So I had to go out and buy a printer. It was Easiest failing, because we just had no idea the impact that one influencer could really have on such a small business like ours.
Agree. That's why I love working with influencers. They've been building up this following and their tribe for years. Mm hmm. And you get in there with them, and then they share your store with them. And then yeah, they can sell, sell you out. And I love that you pointed out that you didn't even know how to ship your products. Like you had to go and buy a printer. You had to figure out the things you didn't try and learn everything up front. You just been Okay, I need to sell products. I sell products. Okay, we sold products. How do we ship? The next thing? Oh, we don't have any inventory. How do we get inventory in now are all your products from China? Do you have any local
Olivia Starling 16:50
Actually I have two companies in California and one in New York. And then I just recently started working with a company in China.
Nice All right. So you've talked about jewelry. You've talked about how you've got this business up and going. How are you doing it with your family? I know you've got little kids. You've got a life. Things are crazy right now. How are you juggling at all?
Olivia Starling 17:15
So yeah, right now we're doing really well if march was our biggest month ever, and we've beat our holiday sales, which was just such a huge blessing because I know so many people are strapped for money. And it feels like one of the first times in our lives that we are concerned about money. I will be honest, working with my family at home is amazing sometimes and other times it feels like a giant catastrophe.
Thank you for being
Olivia Starling 17:47
there's ebbs and
flows. I think with having everybody home my brainpower fills up a little less creative. I kind of can be more robotic right now and just Get the deals submitted, get things done, make sure I check all my boxes, that creativity juices just don't feel like they're flowing like they used to when I had space and time for myself. But we're just in a season where that's okay. And I'm trying to give myself grace. And I was talking to my husband the other night and I said, I know if this pandemic didn't happen, I'd be so much further ahead. And he said, Olivia Starling, everyone in the world is thinking that right now. So just it's kind of comforting knowing that we're all going through everything together, and that we're not alone in this and that it is okay to kind of give yourself grace and this time, keep working hard and don't stop the flow. But for me, just continuing that pace and continuing working every day. That's been a really important part of staying home with my family is making sure that I at least do two hours of work every single day.
Yeah, this is so good, because it's raw and it's real. And you just said that you're, you don't feel as creative and a little bit robotic. But yet you still had your highest sales month in the history of ever in the fourth quarter. Yeah. And you're still like you're balancing and all but yet you're able to give yourself grace. Like what you are doing right now is you're taking your life back. You are noticing, okay, this is hard, or this is different. And you're beating records, giving yourself grace and growing this amazing business with your family along side asking for snacks every 30 minutes.
Olivia Starling 19:45
Yes, definitely lots of snacking going on. Yeah, it's been kind of wild. But I think that just having I feel like I'm in so much more control because it's my business and I know a lot of people at job I used to work out are now worried about layoffs and things like that. And there's some kind of peace knowing that I am in control of my future and my destiny. And it's all dependent on me, but I know I can do it.
Thanks to your dad for teaching you about hard work.
Yes, yes. Shout out to your dad.
Okay, so for the newbies. So let's say let's have you go back to that moment when you're deciding, okay, I'm about to start a business. What do you wish someone could have tapped on your shoulder and said Olivia Starling, this is what you need to know. This is what you need to do. What do you wish someone would have said to you? When you were starting to think his business right for me? How do I pull the trigger? Do I start now?
Olivia Starling 20:45
Oh, that's a good question. I will say my biggest regret is that I social media stalked you for six months. Like anytime you posted I was all over it. Anytime you gave a freebie. I was all over it. And Danny If I would have just signed up in that period, I think six months further down the road. So that's my biggest thing is I wish that I had, I just didn't have confidence in myself. I didn't think I thought, well, all these people are doing it, but maybe they have something special that I don't have. And what if I sign up for her course and it doesn't work? And what would that say about who I am? If does that mean I'm not smart or something like that. So those are all of the fears and insecurities that I had. So I wish I would have just taken that leap of faith so much sooner because I would be so much further ahead right now.
I love it. I love it. Thank you for sharing that because I think that's so powerful is we are hesitant to pull the trigger on things like something in our brains or like Not yet Not yet. Not yet when it should be saying yes yet. Yes yet. Let's go. Let's go, let's go. And so you've been able to say Okay, I'm done. Waiting to this This happen. All right. So now we've got to hear your story, which is amazing. I love it. I love it. I love it. Next thing is where can people find you? And I know you actually have something an amazing offer so they can experience your brand. But first off, where can they find you?
Olivia Starling 22:17
Sure. So you can find me on Instagram, either at @starlettegalleria. Or if you want to follow my personal page, it's @Olivia Starlingisnotaninfluencer, which is the best handle
And that's where I can share my day to day stuff like having to crawl under my house to get a bazillion rain boxes to take to the fulfillment center and just random chaos that being a business owner brings
the truth. The truth. Yeah, running a business. Yes.
Olivia Starling 22:53
Yeah. If you're interested in that, that's where you should find me.
Awesome keynote tell everybody how they can expect Your brand. I know you have a special offer for them too.
Olivia Starling 23:02
Yes, if you use code I can you can take 40% off anything in my store.
All right, I'm so excited because I've been eyeballing these ear cuffs that you have. Oh,
Olivia Starling 23:13
yes, the air cuffs are so fine. So you don't need a piercing you just kind of clamp it on your ear. And everybody loves them. I'm wearing one right now actually.
in stock right now. Yes. Sweet. All right. I know what I'm doing when I get off this. So much for taking the time. I really appreciate you opening up and becoming vulnerable. Like it's hard sometimes to tell the truth behind what's going on. And I love how you opened up and told everybody your successes, crawling underneath the house trying to balance your family. I know a lot of listeners will be very grateful for you. So thank you.
Olivia Starling 23:56
Thank you. Thanks for having me. It's been a huge honor to be here.
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