I’m a big advocate for direct sales opportunities like being a Stella and Dot stylist. These replicated business models have low levels of entry and often come with the training and resources needed to effectively market a business. The flexibility that comes with being an independent consultant makes it a great business idea for parents and military spouses.
Today, we sit down with Jessica, a Stella & Dot stylist She shares her stories, tips and favorite resources.
About Stella and Dot
Stella & Dot is probably one of the most well-known direct selling jewelry companies today. The company was founded by Jessica Herrin who also happens to be the founder of WeddingChannel.com.
Jessica’s mantra has long been that today’s smart women deserve it. She strives to create an opportunity where women can pursue a career of their choice while enjoying irresistible style.
Launched in 2003, Stella & Dot reached milestones of $100 million in stylist commissions and $200 million in sales. That year, the company also expanded to the UK and Germany.
About Jessica, Stella and Dot Stylists
My husband and I have 4 children. Three boys and our little girl. Our two sons have special needs. I had a full-time banking job but the boys had so many therapy and specialist appointments that I was no longer a reliable full-time employee. I tried several work from home jobs and nothing really “paid”. I started freelancing cleaning houses, working part-time as a salon receptionist and teaching hip-hop because they were all flexible. Even though they were flexible I still felt “all over the place” with the kids’ appointments, IEP meetings and my 3 work schedules. I was running, running, running endlessly. I ended up hosting a Stella and Dot trunk show in May 2014 My friends and I had a blast and I literally love the product With some hope (and a little self-doubt) I became a stylist just to see it through. Within a few months, I knew this was something I really wanted to focus on. I just celebrated my 2 year anniversary with Stella and Dot and have since quit my other 2 jobs and have a full-time income working part-time hours as a stylist. I still teach hip-hop because I love to dance.
What made you choose Stella & Dot over the other options out there?
First product! I loved everything and so did everyone else. The trading platform is also great. Business works when you do. I loved that there were zero quotas and the business was extremely flexible. If I’d had a busy month with other obligations, it wouldn’t have been a big deal. I am not being micromanaged to sell. I am not being disabled. You can just come and go as you please if it is necessary in your life.
Where did you get your first sale and hire?
My first sale was my launch party. Launching as a stylist was amazing. I was the hostess and stylist so I wasn’t earning our 25% commission. I also earned all the free jewelry a hostess usually gets. Through our new Stylist promotion, I earned thousands of free jewelry to get off to a strong start. At my launch party, I booked shows with family and friends for the coming months. At those shows, I met women I had never met before and booked shows with them. Before I knew it I was out of my social circle and thriving.
The first women to join my team were a mix of salon colleagues, women I met at trunk shows, and friends on social media who saw what a blast I was having. Suddenly, I had a team of 5 people. Now I have a team of 40 people.
How many hours per week do you work on your Stella & Dot business to meet your income goals?
Every stylist has different goals. I am always focusing on promoting and growing my team. You can work 2 hours a week or 40 hours a week. Right now I work about 10 hours a week of networking, team coaching, and hostess coaching and about 5 hours of trunk show work. So give or take about 15-20 per week.
What advice would you give to someone looking to join a direct sales opportunity?
no matter what Direct selling company If you are considering joining, make sure you like what they offer. It’s much easier to “sell” if you love it yourself. Next, I would say just believe in yourself. If you believe in yourself, others will too.
What are some of your favorite resources or tools to help grow and maintain your Stella & Dot Stylist business?
We have an amazing app called Dottie for phones and iPads that makes working on the go so easy Our Stylist Lounge has the most amazing features and tools that I don’t find myself using many outside sources. In addition to our own equipment, I love red stamp For social media and invitations.
Stella and Dot Stylist Opportunity
The stylist is able to sell this on-trend jewelry through traditional in-home parties in addition to a personal consultant website and social media.
Enjoy up to 50% off on stylist personal purchases. Commission 25% – 35% on personal sales and opportunities to earn bonuses, special benefits and rewards.
No inventory is required with this opportunity. There are also three business kits to choose from this time making it an affordable option for almost everyone
Stella & Dot prides itself on its supportive, strong community. Not only do you get access to online training and support but also a handy app.