Gem of the Week: Melly Bonita

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Meet our Gemstone of the Week: Melly Bonita, Star Stylist!

Question and Answer with Our #SDGemstones Gem of the Week, Melly Bonita of Wilton, Connecticut.

Tell us a little bit about your Stella & Dot experience:
I’m a mother of 3 girls and I work in PR & Marketing. I discovered Stella & Dot at a trunk show in Miami Beach almost 4 years ago and fell in love with the jewelry and the idea that I could do this myself, alongside everything else I and going on in my life.
My absolute favorite thing about Stella & Dot is the flexibility it allows me and my family.
I’ve designed a life where I work from home around their schedules and provide significant income to our family. We literally solve every problem with a trunk show!
Need more money? Book trunk show! Want to take dance classes? Book a few more! Want a family vacation? Book some trunk shows!

 

How many hours per week do you spend on your Stella & Dot business?
12-15. I have office hours at home 3 mornings a week for 3 hours and at least one trunk show a week.


What was your initial financial goal when you started with Stella & Dot? Now, what is your goal and why?
I wanted extra spending money to buy myself clothes. I started out doing just one show a month and I was very happy earning anywhere between $250-$500 a month.
Then I lost my biggest PR client and decided to step up my game with S&D and have a trunk show every week.
My goal was to replace the income I lost by losing the PR client and I have. With 4-6 trunk shows a month, and a growing team of stylists, I am now running a business that brings in on average $3000 a month!

 

What do you currently make on average monthly? How do your commissions contribute to your monthly expenses/financial needs?
$2500-$3000. My husband and I have a system where all of my base S&D commissions (25%) go towards the family “pot” for bills, household expenses, etc.
My last paycheck of the month, where I get my volume rebate and coaching commissions is all for me!
So each month, I push myself to hit 5K in sales and sponsor and coach my team to success so that I get nice chunk of the extra volume rebate money and coaching commissions.
It really works for us and has eased the pain of monthly bills. :-)

 

Tell us about you or a few things about your life outside of Stella & Dot (hobbies, career, family, etc.).
I still freelance doing PR & Marketing and I help my husband with his growing architecture firm. I am a fitness devotee and workout every day of the week before the sun rises!

I also LOVE LOVE to dance and often my workouts involve some sort of dancing like Zumba! My family and I love to travel and this summer we went to Colombia to show my children my family’s roots.

 

Tell us what brings you #SDJoy from your Stella & Dot business.
The friendships I have made with women from every walk of life. As you get older and wiser, you realize that women all have similar struggles and challenges and me MUST unite and stick together to make it all work for ourselves and our families.
It truly takes a village and my S&D sisters are my village!

 

Overcoming Obstacles: Complete the sentence – “I never thought I could _____ but now I have ____.”
Have promoted to Star Stylist and be successfully leading a team of women. I thought that was something reserved for other people of a much higher caliber than me. Seemed totally impossible, and then by simply changing my behavior, I was totally on my way.

 

Tell us what you find beautiful in your everyday life.
My children and their fearlessness and curiosity about life, because they do not contemplate “what if?”. Obviously my job is to protect them and I do from the harmful things, but I find it inspiring to see them try things for the first time without fear.
In the end, fear is what holds us back from doing something magical.

 

Personal Motto: Tell us what your personal motto is, i.e. a quote, a saying, or a statement that you have created.
Change does not come from doing what you’ve always done. It comes from doing what you’ve never done before.

Kayla Keigley Knows…. Stella & Dot is More Fun with a Friend!

Congratulations to Kayla Keigley, a new stylist from Duluth, MN on
sharing the #SDJoy with a friend!

One of the many joys about Stella & Dot is that it TRULY is more fun with friends — so from now on, every week I will feature one of our amazing Gemstone stylists who has sponsored for the FIRST time — and share with you their thoughts, experiences — and the lessons they are learning from sharing their #SDJoy with a friend!

What is your name (first and last)?
Kayla Keigley

Where do you live (City, State/Province, Country)?
Duluth, Minnesota, USA

How long have you been a Stella & Dot Stylist? 

Just under two months — and I LOVE it!!!

What do you do outside of Stella & Dot (work inside the home, full-time job or part time job outside the home, student, etc.)?
I work remotely as a National Program Coordinator for healthcare coalitions, our work focuses on preparedness, planning and response to everything from influenza season to severe weather to events like the Boston Marathon Bombing or Ebola.

What is your relationship/how do you know the first Stylist that you sponsored?
My first stylist I sponsored is one of our amazing daycare providers four daughters, she is a young college aged woman who is one of the kindest, most outgoing and fun loving women I have ever met. Within a week I sponsored not one, but TWO more women, one being a fellow runner who I met through an online running forum when we were both pregnant and the other a dear friend of mine and my husband.

How did you share the opportunity with your first sponsored Stylist?
What led to your sponsoring conversation? She was admiring my Stella & Dot when I came to pick up my two daughters from daycare and I shared my website with her so she could see more. She commented the next day that she wanted it all! I told her we could make that happen and let her build a business that works for her if she was interested. Knowing that she has a passion for style and fashion made our conversation easy! She joined within a few days.

What do you want MOST out of your Stella & Dot business?
I am so thrilled for the opportunity to learn and grow, to meet amazing and inspiring women and be able to build something that empowers other women to build their own confidence. I love getting to share this opportunity and helping others!

What is your WHY? What inspires you to reach for success with Stella & Dot? What would you do with an extra $1000/month? What would you do with an extra $5000/month?
I am so motivated by my two daughters, ages 5 and 3, more than anything my WHY with Stella & Dot is them….they are the same WHY for running marathons and tackling other new challenges. I am thrilled to be able to help our family experience the world with extra $$$ in our pockets!

Gem of the Week: Katie Bullen

1654276_10203239687898842_170322447_nMeet our Gemstone of the Week: Katie Bullen, Associate Director!

Question and Answer with Our #SDGemstones Gem of the Week, Katie Bullen of Annapolis, Maryland.

Tell us a little bit about your Stella & Dot experience:
I became a Stella & Dot Stylist about 4 1/2 years ago after attending a trunk show. I didn’t know it at the time, but I was really looking for something to call my own and something that could help bring joy to my own personal life.
I love Stella & Dot because I can still stay home with my 4 kids and be a great mom and wife, but I have something of my own that I am proud of and brings joy to my life along with a second income for my family!

How many hours per week do you spend on your Stella & Dot business?
20 hrs. 1 – 2 trunk shows a week (4-6hrs), and approximately 15 hours doing paper work, networking, coaching, etc!

What was your initial financial goal when you started with Stella & Dot? Now, what is your goal and why?
Just to make a few hundred dollars a month for fun spending money and to help pay some school bills for my kids.
My goal now is to bring in a 6-figure salary to help pay for private school for my kids and also to help my family travel.
Vacationing is my favorite thing to do- I enjoy being able to book vacations for all 6 of us without feeling guilty that I am breaking the bank!

What do you currently make on average monthly? How do your commissions contribute to your monthly expenses/financial needs?
On average, I make approximately $5,000 a month. So $60,000 a year, (which continues to grow each year), has helped my family be able to go on various vacations, and live life with more financial freedom!

Tell us about you or a few things about your life outside of Stella & Dot (hobbies, career, family, etc.).
I am a wife to Charles for over 10 years now and mother to 4 kids (Jake 9yrs., Lacey 8yrs., Chase 7yrs., and Brody 6yrs.) We live in Annapolis, Maryland. I love being able to stay home with my kids, volunteer at their school, and maintain my ousehold in a calm orderly fashion all while having a fun fulfilling job with Stella & Dot. We spend a lot of time on sports fields with our kids and I love not having to miss any of it!

Tell us what brings you #SDJoy from your Stella & Dot business.
My favorite part of my Stella & Dot business is trunk shows.
There is no better feeling than helping women accessorize their own wardrobe, shop for gifts and enjoy some much needed girl time over a glass of wine!!! After a stressful day for most women- I am a face that helps them relax and take time for themselves!!!!

Gem of the Week: Nicole Hensch

Meet our Gemstone of the Week: Star Stylist Nicole Hensch!

Question and Answer with Our #SDGemstones Gem of the Week, Nicole Hensch of Grand Rapids, Michigan!

Tell us a little bit about your Stella & Dot experience:
I fell in love with the Renegade bracelet and On the Mark necklace 3 years ago (STILL must haves!) and started researching the company. I signed up after extensive research and never looked back! Not only did I want everything at a discount (or free!) I was impressed by Home Office and Blythe Harris’ design resume. I love the corporate culture and they truly set you up for success if you’re willing to put in some positivity and motivation.

How many hours per week do you spend on your Stella & Dot business?
I spend 5 hours outside of Trunk shows per week. My schedule allows only one Trunk Show per week- sometimes 2. So, 7-10 hours per week.

What was your initial financial goal when you started with Stella & Dot? Now, what is your goal and why?
My original goal was nothing, just to never pay money for my accessory addiction! In the last year, I replaced my main income and enjoy making at least $1,500 per month. My Stella & Dot income covers my car payment, yoga retreats, and anything “extra” on top of rent/utilities. (Oh — and I LOVE the free accessories!!)

Tell us about you or a few things about your life outside of Stella & Dot (hobbies, career, family, etc.).
I’m a yoga teacher outside of Stella & Dot and love having a fairly flexible schedule. I’ve been practicing yoga for 10 years and would have never been able to leave a full time job to teach yoga without my Stella & Dot job. I have a supportive boyfriend & we recently adopted a dog that doesn’t mind modeling statement necklaces!

Tell us what brings you #SDJoy from your Stella & Dot business.
I LOVE meeting new women and the friendships Stella & Dot has brought me.. And I know this company is just getting started. Every time I hop in a car after a Trunk Show, I think “I get paid to do this!?”

Gem of the Week: Lindsay Haygood

Meet our Gemstone of the Week: Star Stylist Lindsay Haygood!

Question and Answer with Our #SDGemstones Gem of the Week, Lindsay Haygood, of Hitchcock, Texas!

Tell us a little bit about your Stella & Dot experience:
I found Stella & Dot in the summer of 2009 at a trunk show. It wasn’t until the spring of 2010 while working full time, contemplating grad school and planning my wedding that I somehow thought I needed something else to do and joined as a stylist. It began as a very part time gig that made great extra spending money for shopping, date nights, weekend trips, etc. When I decided to really pursue grad school I started booking an extra show a month to pay for it so that I wouldn’t have to take out any student loans. In August of 2012, I left my full time career to be able to spend more time with my son and family. What a blessing it is to have Stella & Dot and be able to schedule my own flexible work hours! I love that I am now a full time stylist!

Approximately how many hours per week do you invest in your Stella & Dot business?
15-20 hours

What was your initial financial goal when you started with Stella & Dot? Now, what is your goal and why?
When I began it was really just about making a couple extra hundred dollars that I could spend on whatever I want. Now…my financial goal looks much different since S&D is my full time gig. I have a great team of stylists so with my team and myself my financial goal is $3000 a month. 75% of this I spend on bills and not so fun things, but 25% I spend on fun things!

Tell us about you or a few things about your life outside of Stella & Dot (hobbies, career, family, etc.).
Outside of Stella & Dot I am a mommy of a fantastic little boy and wife to an amazing man! We do so much together! I am also a dancer so you many find me teaching the occasional dance class or working with area high school drill teams or even judging dance contests.

Brings #SDJoy: Tell us what brings you #SDJoy from your Stella & Dot business.
I love that my “job” is focused around positive relationships with people. Whether a guest at my show, a hostess, or a team member…my days are filled with building women up which I think is truly amazing!