Back in October, 2010 I was working as a middle school reading teacher in a suburban area. I had a fabulous husband, a good job, a crazy dog, and was living comfortably. I enjoyed online shopping (what woman doesn’t?!) and had recently been overly enjoying shopping the Stella & Dot website. Over the previous six months, I had placed five orders from the website, getting myself some seriously fabulous jewelry. My husband noticed the fifth box arrive on our doorstep and he handed me $200 and said, oh-so kindly, “Why don’t you just shop from yourself?!” I thought he was crazy because I had never, ever, in a million years, EVER thought of myself doing sales of any kind. Home parties? Yuck! But then, I figured if I could have 12 of my friends each do a show one month of the year, I’d have fun and earn some shopping money. Simple, right? Yep- it sure was! At the end of the month, I finally decided to do it. I signed up to be a Stella & Dot stylist, with the intention of having one trunk show a month, enjoying the discount, and have a lot of really cool jewelry to wear and love.
I actually did my first trunk show a month later over the Thanksgiving weekend. I was not only the stylist for the show, but also the hostess, which helped me deal with the nervous feeling. I figured it was just my friends so I’d be fine. I had only a few pieces of jewelry and used my kitchen counter to lay everything using serving platters and vases as displays… and my friends went NUTS over the jewelry. Over $2000 in sales and SIX trunk shows booked later with friends who saw it and loved how easy it was and I was absolutely hooked! I earned my investment back immediately from this show and got over $500 in free jewelry and kept saying how easy the whole experience was. I knew I had to figure out a way to do Stella & Dot trunk shows more often than my original plan; it was so much fun and I loved connecting with amazing women while styling them with cool jewelry over a glass of wine. SO much better than my “day job”!!
Along with my husband and a Stella & Dot mentor, I laid out a simple plan to grow my business. My “why” for doing Stella & Dot had changed from wanting some shopping money to seeing this as a way for me to be able to leave my full time job and stay home when I was finally able to get pregnant. My new plan was easy: book 4-6 trunk shows a month (that’s only 1 a week!) and since I loved the idea of sharing this amazing and stylish business with others, I added sponsoring to my list of goals, too. The best advice I ever got was to “be consistent”, and so even though I’m not top in sales or top in sponsoring, the fact that I am consistent in reaching my goals has made all the difference.
I now have a thriving business with Stella & Dot!! I quit my teaching job and I have a wonderful team of bold, tenacious, stylish business women who have become dear friends and I love mentoring and helping them launch their own business…designed to fit their life!! I have been top ten in sponsoring and team building for three years and am one of the top sellers, mentors, and leaders within the company and am grateful every day this came into my life! Curious about how to style your own life with Stella & Dot? Let’s chat! You never know- it'll probably fit perfectly into your life too!