All the buzz around Poshfest 2018 had me thinking…was attending actually going to be WORTH it for me??? I mean, I’m somewhat a part time Posher, so I wasn’t sure if asking for tickets as my super early birthday present (thanks hubby) would beat out something else to come along. But whatever, I’m all about investing in myself now-a-days so let’s get deep into Posh Fest 2018 and the answer to that one nagging question…
Quick side note; I did not get the chance to attend all parts of the experience. I bought my tickets in May (one of those “buy now, ask questions later” whims). By the time I realized the schedule week of, I also realized that I have a kid that I kind of needed to make sure was all set before going 😝. I got it squared away, although I’m not sure what kind of mom that makes me **shrugs**.
Before even going, I wrote out the main reasons I was even attending and questions I hoped to get answered.
-I’d like to go to get re-motivated
-I’d like to learn something new.
-Do I want to continue down this path? And if yes, how do I do it while being a full time wife and mom?
So when I first arrived after getting all registered and snapping a few pics I found a seat and began to unpack a notebook. I walked in right as the session on utilizing Social Media was ending. Although I missed a huge portion, I caught enough to be useful. One thing I learned is to develop your own brand hashtag to use for your business, that way people can easily find you and your merchandise. It also sets you apart in a sea of thumbnails and tags on social media platforms.
The next panel up discussed something I was very very interested in…how to get organized and schedule your Poshing. This is a HUGE one for me since I have a one year old and hubby. I really took a lot from @jbchic and how she uses a tracking app to measure how much time she’s spent sharing, listing, photographing, etc.
What I also learned is that some of these ladies enlist help. Whether it’s from a friend, family member, or even have to hire a babysitter to watch the kiddos so they can free up time to work. It makes it feel more realistic and down to earth that even the greatest Poshers get help to get it all done.
The panel following that was was presented by the Poshmark COO. He discussed the My Sales Report which highlights your sales and showed different ways to look at your own business. I’m naturally analytical so this stood out as one of my favorite parts. In fact, I was so excited about the report that I went to talk with the tech team to see if they might consider adding time stamps to pull into the spreadsheet so I can see which part of the day I get most sales; morning, afternoons, and evenings. I hope that proves valuable and maybe they will put it on there.
After that, I really had to head back home. I ended up missing the happy hour, but even so I was looking forward to day 2 and all that had to bring. I already had ideas floating around on how to get organized and things I needed to start doing.
Y’all are going to think I’m crazy…I was late 2 days in a row 😝! I wanted to be there that morning, but with all the rain and then needing to make sure hubs was all set to watch our little one ALL day without a car since I was taking his, it basically made it impossible.
I arrived in a similar fashion as the day prior. When I walked in, most people were already seated at the main session. I decided to do something different this time though, instead of sitting down, I strolled through the other areas to see what all was offered.
I stopped through at the market (something I hadn’t intended on doing) to talk with some vendors and view/feel product. While I was walking around I spotted Poshmarks CEO Manish Chandra. Now of course I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to chat and snap a pic.
After my roaming around I did proceed into the main room to grab a seat and hear the last few Posh stories before the big reveal of some awesome features being added to the app and hearing Manish discuss Poshmarks beginnings.
I especially liked the historical aspects brought to light. It’s an encouragement to hear how they started small, kept pushing forward, even almost closed down, and finally made it to where they are now!
All of that wrapped up with a group photo and good byes to any that wouldn’t be attending the Posh party later that night.
So after all this, what did I think? Worth it?
I will say for me, it’s a yes! Yes because I got all my questions answered and yes because all my intentions like being re-motivated were sparked. Also yes because I got to meet the one person who started the whole thing anyway and hear his story.
Now for you, I would say it’s totally worth it if…
1. You’re able to make room in your calendar to go, especially if they’re in a city close by. I don’t think I would have been able to make it any other time.
2. You have the drive to make this a part time or full time job and you’re not satisfied with just being a buyer. I believe the information is just as great to both sides, but for the most part, learnings center around helping be a better seller.
3. You’re excited about what you’ve done so far and want to try and go to the next level. One Posher who spoke during the panels really encouraged doing something new. What’s the worst that could happen?
All in all, I’m so glad I got to attend. I think for future I would try to go again if they’re close by in Austin or Houston. Nothing like seeing the app come to life in a room full of excited people ready to learn and open to sharing. My next post will deal more with in depth “ah hah” moments and big take aways for future sales. I hope it will prove helpful to anyone just starting out or those who have been stuck in a rut.
‘Til next time, happy Poshing!!