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So you want to be a Stella and Dot Stylist
Thinking about starting a side hustle selling… something, but not sure what? There are lots of different companies out there but Stella and Dot is one of the best for budding entrepreneurs to get started.
Stella and dot offers supportive, ongoing training, high commissions, bonuses, starting package comes with tons of jewelry.
Not sure if you have the skill set to start this kind of side hustle? Well, you don’t actually need any sales experience: they will train you. You just need to be passionate about beautiful jewelry, and the drive to succeed.
Reasons to become a stylist with Stella and Dot
You want to share your love of affordable and beautiful jewelry with your friends.
Some people just love jewelry. When they put it on, they feel beautiful, special, loved, and strong.
Stella & Dot New Moon Earrings
You love meeting new people and bonding over common interests like bracelets and rose’.
When you’re hosting a trunk show, you get to create a fun and exciting experience. Trunk shows are often hosted for bridal showers, birthdays, girls night out, girls night in, and other special events.
Stella & Dot Totem Bracelet
People are always telling you have great style – they wish they could steal your look.
Give people the gift of feeling sexy, beautiful and powerful with your personal style tips, and ideas. Spread your love of beauty with Stella and Dot.
You understand how a pretty necklace can make a person feel empowered.
I’m such a big fan of statement necklaces. When I wear one, I feel like I own any room I walk into. All eyes are on me, you know? Stella and Dot has a great selection of statement necklaces, and pretty little things that are eye catching.
Stella & Dot Hazel Statement Necklace
You want to build a bigger professional network
When you’re having your trunk shows, its often hosted by a friend… or a friend of a friend. Many people are able to quit their day jobs, or use Stella and Dot to supplement their income. If you have a day job, Stella and Dot fits into your schedule because you create your own. And every person you get to meet during a trunk show is not only a potential customer for Stella and Dot, but a potential partner for your working endeavors. Teachers, managers, associates, dancers, clinicians, they all wear jewelry. You never know who could be at these parties and it is a fabulous way to build your personal network.
Stella & Dot Casablanca Bracelet
You appreciate integrity, quality, and affordability.
Stella and Dot isn’t some crappy china store jewelry. Their designers take a lot of pride in their production and make it an affordable luxury to wear and enjoy.
Stella & Dot Laurel Lariat Necklace
Talking about style tips is one of your favorite hobbies.
If you’re the person your friends turn to when they need fashion advice, you need to turn them on to Stella and Dot.
Stella & Dot Elise Pearl Cuff
You’re completely obsessed with fashion blogs and outfit of the day posts.
There are so many great ideas out there and Stella and Dot is a wonderful and recognized name in jewelry and fashion. If you love the OOTD, make Stella and Dot part of yours.
Stella & Dot Arabesque Chandeliers – Silver
You want to help women feel good by looking good.
It’s true that when you look good, you feel good. Sometimes women forget to take extra time to care about themselves and their appearance and it shows in the quality of their marriages, children, and work. When you look good, you feel good. When you feel good, you glow.
Stella & Dot Grace Chandeliers
You’re ready to control your own destiny and fortune.
If you want to hang out with your friends, meet new people, make more money and play with beautiful jewelry, and be in control of your own destiny and fortune, Stella and Dot might be the perfect side hustle for you. Imagine being able to earn hundreds of dollars an hour over the weekend and put it towards your student loans, mortgage, or holiday on the caribbean. Don’t work harder, work smarter.
How to sign up to be a Stella and Dot Stylist
Sign-up to be a Stella & Dot Stylist Today!
Choose your plan
Essentials – is your basic plan, it gives you everything you need to gets started.
More to Love – if you’re really serious about making money with Stella and Dot, the More to Love plan is going to provide you with enough samples to entice even the most weary customer.
Ultimate Kit – This is for those who know they have the personal network, tenacity, and clear plan to succeed selling Stella and Dot. You’re deep in the trenches of everyday style and fashion, you probably have a fashion blog, and you’re ready to take your career to the next level.
Every plan comes with:
- 50% off your first 30 days
- Your personal website
- Dottie, the easy-to-use business app
- Digital and printing marketing materials
- Online and in-person training
- Trunk Show display tools like a neck forms and tray
- Your New Stylist Workbook & more launch guides
Read up on the training
All Stella and Dot stylists receive access to excellent training that will show you exactly how to host trunk parties, find new clients and hosts, and close the sale.
Connect with other stylists in your area and the community
Many communities have regular meetups with other stylists so you can collaborate, and share your best practices.
Set your schedule and start hosting trunk shows.
When you’re ready to get started as a Stella and Dot Stylist, take a look at your calendar and start booking your first trunk shows.
Sign-up to be a Stella & Dot Stylist Today!
Take the quiz!
Do you blog? Thinking about starting a blog but not sure which niche to choose? This “What Kind of Blogger are You” quiz will help you settle on a new niche… or try and guess which niche you’re already in!
It totally pegged me right. What about you?
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Side Hustle Series: How I Got My First Viral Pin Using Tailwind
There are so many different steps to blogging. The best bloggers usually look so professional it’s hardly any wonder that they’re not millionaires. And quite a few of them are. If you look closely, they’re incredibly organized, use video, and pay hundreds of dollars a year for different tools. What you often won’t see, is the team of people supporting their photography, recipes, and content creation and marketing.
And then, there’s the rest of us bloggers – the ones who try to be our own version of professional while still maintaining that sense of individualism. We grab at ideas, write whatever comes, and hope something sticks. To put it simply, we’re bootstrapping.
I’ll be honest with you – I fall into the second category. When I started blogging I was desperate to get some traffic to my blog and I came across a great idea: make a round up of my favorite pins.
You’ve seen these before; they’re very popular among food bloggers. But I don’t blog about food, so I had to find something else. And then it occurred to me: 30 day challenges. It falls nicely within my niche of life skills, but is broad enough to attract a wide audience.
I put 30 of my favorite 30 day challenges on my blog, and used 7 or 8 different pins to break up the list of links.
I also created my own pin for the blog post.
And then, after it was published, I logged into Tailwind and pinned all of the available images to over 30 group boards. More than once.
And you know what? It worked.
This one post drives more visitors to my blog than any other. And when it went viral, I could hardly believe it!
For about a week, I got more traffic to my site than I ever had before. Then it started to taper off. But looking back, I notice that daily I get the most traffic to that blog.
I absolutely know that using Tailwind to schedule my pins helped immensely. It let me space out each pin so I didn’t flood all of those group boards. It also allows you to repin them multiple times. Sometimes pins take off, sometimes they don’t.
(I am an affiliate for Tailwind – if you click on one the links and sign up I may earn a commission at no cost to you. Tailwind is for sure my favorite blogger’s tool and I’m so happy to be able to share it with you today.)
Now, is Tailwind completely responsible for the virality of the blog post? Not entirely, no. It takes people interested in the content to repin and visit the post in order for it to have that virality requirement. But it allowed me to reach a much larger audience than I would have been able to do myself. Instead of spending hours and hours EVERY DAY repinning my pins, Tailwind does it for me. I schedule pins once or twice a week, and then spend a couple of hours on Pinterest in my free time because I just love Pinterest.
Tailwind also offers a free trial. Your first 100 pins are free to schedule so you can get an idea of how it works. If you love it, you can sign up for the monthly or annual plan. If you’re not ready to make a commitment, there are still some features you can use. We’ll talk about that in a bit.
Some tips on making a viral pin:
Great content – I know you’ve heard it a thousand times, but it’s true. Providing real value is the best way to get people to visit your blog. For me, rounding up some of my favorite challenges provided value to those looking to change their lifestyles.
Several Pinnable Images – The most common pin size is about 1100×705. It shows really well in Pinterest’s feed. But the text also needs to be readable, you need a great headline or title, and it should be pretty and eye catching. I make at least two for each blog post. For the one that went viral, I had eight pins.
I keep to two or three different templates and just edit the text and background accordingly. That way they feel similar because they fit within my brand, its less work, but they’re still unique.
The more images you have available for pinning, the more opportunity for the pinning. So I suggest making at least 3 pinnable images for each blog post. It’s a lot of work, but I’ve noticed that any post I’ve posted more than one pin, tends to get a lot more traffic.
Group Boards – If you’re only pinning stuff to your own boards, you’re missing out on a great opportunity for others to see your pins. The name of the game is to get others to pin your pins and they’ll get a better chance of that if your pins are going to group boards. Once you’ve found group boards, make sure you follow the group rules so you don’t get kicked out. Nobody likes a spammer. Also make sure you occasionally share pins from the group boards you’re apart of. This is important because it keeps the board healthy and encourages more pins from that board to show up in the feeds of other pinners. (Which means your pins will inevitably see a boost.)
Do you need some group boards to join?
You can try searching on pingroupie.com but it hasn’t been updated in nearly a year.
I have a list of group boards I’m currently accepting new contributors for. All you have to do is follow my Pinterest profile, and then fill out this google form. I check it about once a week, so once you sign up just look out for your invitation!
Tailwind Tribes – Yes, back to tailwind. Tailwind has this really amazing tool called Tribes. You can join these tribes and submit your pins to them, and others in the tribe will repin your pins for you. They largely exist on reciprocation – usually pin for pin or pin for 2-4 pins. The people who share your pins are the ones who will make to go viral. This is a great place to start that potential.
Tailwind Tribes are free! You only need an account but you don’t need a subscription.
Just sign up here to get started.
Of course I highly recommend a subscription – you can do a monthly or a yearly and I promise you the yearly subscription is absolutely worth it. If I could only buy one tool for my business a year, it would be the yearly subscription to Tailwind. With the monthly subscription you get a certain number of scheduled pins each month and they cap out at 400 a month, which is about 13/day. I pin about 75-100 a day. And it has truly made all the difference in my business and traffic to my site. A solid 90% of my traffic comes from Pinterest.
I have a Tribe you can join called The Millennial Life. It’s a lifestyle tribe for millennial bloggers. I ask that you repin as many pins as you share and know that I regularly go through to check who is pinning and who is not. You’ll get one warning before your removed if you’re pinning but not sharing.
If you pin consistently using these tips, you’ll start to see your blog traffic spike, and take off. I hope you’ll share your results with me! I love to celebrate successes!
If you want even more detailed Pinterest advice, check out my book, Pinteresting Business now available at jessicafwalker.com and Amazon.
Don’t make these seven mistakes in your eCommerce Business
There is so much to learn when you’re launching your own shop. At first its really exciting, and then as you start to develop it, you find all these things that ALSO need your attention and it’s hard to manage them, especially if you’re a one person operation who already has a full time job.
This blog post by Shopify addresses the seven most common mistakes an eCommerce business owner can make, and how to get ahead of them.
Me personally, I only recently fixed problem #4, and I’m still trying to figure out #6.
To read the whole post, go here: Shopify Blog:
One of the greatest lessons I learned was about setting up Facebook ads for my store. Over 17 videos in this Facebook Ads course taught me how to set up my pixel, identify my audience, choose the right medium for the ad, and send it out into the world.
Tell me in the comments what mistakes you’re worried about in your side hustles.
#SideHustleSeries: The first 3 steps to setting up your Shopify store
If you’ve finally decided to bite the bullet and set up your own store on Shopify, congratulations! Store ownership can be vastly rewarding, and incredibly lucrative if done properly. While setting up your shop can be sold as “easy”, the truth is there are a lot of details that go into it. Today, we’re going to talk about the first three steps to setting up your Shopify store.
When I opened my shop, Polka Dotted All The Things Boutique, I was a little overwhelmed with all the options. It helped to just choose one thing to focus on at a time, before moving on to the next. During Shopify’s 14 day Free Trial, I organized the theme, apps, and products that I wanted to sell, and made sure it was all operational before opening it to the public.
Now for me, I took about 12 of those 14 days, but if you find after two or three days or even a week that you’re ready to open shop and get rid of the password page, you can learn all about that here:
The first 3 steps to setting up Shopify stores:
Shopify has a list of free and paid themes. You can also find themes off site but that’ll require you to upload it yourself. For my store, I used the Debut Theme, which is free on Shopify. There is a really great list of free themes here – though some of may no longer be free. Just be aware of that.
Don’t spend too much time picking a theme. You can always change it later and as Sheryl Sandberg says, “Perfection is the enemy of done.” So pick something that you think will work, and move on.
One thing to keep in mind when you are picking a theme is if it is responsive. Responsive means that it switches from Desktop to Mobile and Tablet with ease, and doesn’t look all weird.
You can customize the colors, fonts, and more in the customize theme section of Shopify.
PIN FOR LATER – SHARE WITH FRIENDS
You have a space to keep a blog on your store and I recommend that you do… first thing. If you are able to get two or three posts up before you launch, that’s great! Make sure they’re focused around your niche, and that they provide value to your customers.
It’s a great way to bring in traffic, and you can link to your products within the blog using the buy button sales channel. You can also share them in groups that promote blog posts and on Pinterest. If you want to know more about building a blog you can check my blogging 101 e-course.
If you’re starting a print on demand teeshirt shop, for instance, your blog posts could be about where to wear the shirts, new designs, your creative process, etc. Some print on demand companies will give you a voucher for a sample item so you can see the quality of their work. You can use that sample to produce some great photos for your blog, and for the launch.
The app store on Shopify has so many amazing options! From free services to super intense paid services, and everything in between, whatever you’re looking to do with your store, it’s yours to do. The App Store makes setting up Shopify incredibly easy.
I recommend starting first with Shopify’s free apps.
Some of the apps will only let you install them if you’ve already signed up for a Shopify plan (like Pinterest and Buzzfeed). Other apps are free to download but require an additional paid subscription to the service the app provides.
They also have a collection of apps called “Launch Your Shop”. Inside you’ll find lots of the Shopify apps, but also you’ll find Oberlo. If you’re planning on Dropshipping, Oberlo is the place to start. Its free for your first 500 orders/mo, and only $29/mo after that.
AfterShip allows you to send tracking numbers to your customers so they know where their package is. It even works if you’re dropshipping. Its free for your first 100 customers/mo, and prices start as low as $10/mo for 100 with their full features.
Plug In SEO is great, but only works if you have a paid plan. Don’t worry about that for now; on day three we’re going to focus on SEO.
You’ll probably want something for reviews, personal recommendations, upselling, and email marketing. Make sure you explore the different apps available and choose what will work best for you and your budget. Also remember that if it doesn’t work the way you want it to, you can always reach out to the owner/creator/company and ask about additional features, pricing, and more. Or you can uninstall it.
There are many more steps to setting up Shopify stores, and I hope you’ll keep checking back because in this Side Hustle Series, we’re going to dig deep.
Did you hear? Melyssa Griffin, infopreneur extraordinaire has decided to close her free Facebook Group for Business, Online BFFs. The news was fairly heartbreaking, though not unexpected having listened to her most recent podcasts. It’s true she hasn’t been present in her incredibly large Facebook group of over 70,000 members in quite a while. Other than the quick promotions she did for her friend’s coaching program, and raising over $100K for charity back in the spring, she really hasn’t been seen there much.
And it’s no wonder what with growing a million dollar business in just over two years. Her focus is on other things, and I can’t fault her for wanting to create deeper and more meaningful connections. It’s hard to do when your platform is in the thousands. I found it particularly telling through her new podcast, “Pursuit with Purpose”. The description says:
…”in 2016 I hit my first million dollar year, and yet I was totally miserable.”
Not to criticize too harshly, especially since I do consider Melyssa a great mentor, but there are some people in the world who will never be happy with what they have. She wasn’t happy teaching, so she started blogging about personal development. And that wasn’t quite right, so she moved on to web design. She wasn’t happy with web design, so she started making courses. And now she’s not happy with that, so she’s starting a podcast. Melyssa has accomplished some incredible goals in just a few years and she should be so proud of the business she’s built. Instead, it seems like she just keeps looking for something else to get her to her happy place.
I truly wish Melyssa the best of luck in her future endeavors, and will be watching out for what she comes up with next.
But for those of us who rely so heavily on Facebook groups for promotion, sales, marketing and help, where do we go?
Well, luckily, Melyssa asked people to share their favorite Facebook groups for business to give her members another place to go. There are literally hundreds of them out there, and this list has compiled the largest groups. More than 40 Facebook Groups for business are on this list, all of them with memberships of one thousand people. I personally love the groups that are between 500-1500. They’re small enough to be keep track of all the postings, but large enough to encourage participation. The large groups have incredible amounts of participation though, and I find so much useful information there.
Quick plug: If you’re just getting started blogging, sign up for my free e-course! Hundreds have used it to start their blogs effectively to make money as a side hustle. Use the form below.
The Ultimate List of Facebook Groups for Business
https://www.facebook.com/groups/BizTechCollective/ Digital Marketing Squad
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1501478083461108/ The Entreprenuer Inqubator
https://www.facebook.com/groups/fempreneurs/ Fierce Entruepruial Leaders
https://www.facebook.com/groups/branditsociety/ Brand It Society
https://www.facebook.com/groups/smartbcamp/ Smart BCamp: Business Community
https://www.facebook.com/groups/vaclinic Virtual Assistant Clinic
https://www.facebook.com/groups/FAEntreprenuer/ Feminine Affluent Entrepurenur
https://www.facebook.com/groups/182622742089243/ creative super heros
https://www.facebook.com/groups/413283888860005/ Super Hero Entreprenuers
https://www.facebook.com/groups/nerdygirlmastermind/ Nerdy Girl/Guy Mastermind
https://www.facebook.com/groups/559126410943827/ Blogging Babes and Business Bosses
https://www.facebook.com/groups/257882564543901/ Adventures in blogging
https://www.facebook.com/groups/rymixersclub/ Connect and Cultivate with Ivory Mix
https://www.facebook.com/groups/bizninjas/ brazen business owners
https://www.facebook.com/groups/7daytrepchallenge/ Millennial Entrepreunuer Community
https://www.facebook.com/groups/goindependent/ humans of online business
https://www.facebook.com/groups/adventuredaze/ Brendan burns mastermind group
What’s your favorite Facebook group, not business related? Link me in the comments!