Limerick’s Emma turns passion for jewellery into a career

Aine Fitzgerald

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Aine Fitzgerald

Emma Mullane says the business has gone from 'strength to strength'
LIMERICK woman Emma Mullane has packed in her nine to five office job to work from home selling accessories.

LIMERICK woman Emma Mullane has packed in her nine to five office job to work from home selling accessories.

In a brave move, which she feels has paid off, the Mungret resident handed in her notice at an accountant’s office and went out on her own working as a stylist for Stella & Dot, a social selling company that creates flexible entrepreneurial opportunities for women. The company specialises in boutique-style jewellery and accessories including wallets, bags and scarves.

“It’s an American company which launched around nine years ago. There are around 260 stylists in Ireland and it’s up to ourselves to go out and get the business. You invest in the stock and you make it your own,” explained Emma who lives and works in Mungret.

The one-of-a-kind collections have featured in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Grazia and Elle as well as on the wrists and necklines of today’s hottest celebrities.

Emma, 33, had been working full-time and when she had her daughter, Phoebe, 3, she began working three days a week.

“I wanted something quite flexible so that I could make a bit of extra pocket money,” said Emma on why she joined the Stella & Dot company last March.

“I was hoping to make €200 to €400 extra a month but I ended up making far more than I was making in the office and I knew if I was able to leave the office job I would be able to focus on this and make it even more successful.”

Emma who studied performing arts for three years and has also worked for Carphone Warehouse says the business has gone from “strength to strength”.

Trunk shows are the most lucrative aspect of the business. “I come and set up a pop-up boutique in your kitchen or your living room. Based on the sales at your party, you, as the hostess get free product. People try on the display items and they order and get their item brand new which is delivered to them by UPS. The stylist makes 25% to 35% in commission.”

Emma can be contacted at stylingbyemma@gmail.com