Social-selling businesses are more than just extra income

      Stella & Dot were featured on Lowcountry Live (WCIV)

      By Tessa

      MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV) -- It's no secret that the economy has many folks strapped for cash. One local group of budding women entrepreneurs, however, is looking to improve their cash flow and they are gaining more than just financial freedom. They are finding opportunities to make new friends.

      West Ashley wife and mom, Leigh Ann Garrett, is a senior stylist with social-selling company Stella & Dot. While she signed on to the company almost a year and a half ago as a way to earn extra income, she has found a way to have a little "girl time," too.

      "I never leave a trunk show not having made at least one or two new friends whom I stay in touch with," Garrett said.

      Garrett encounters women from all walks of life. "We all have commonalities. I enjoy meeting new people and find there's a lot of us women dealing with the same issues."

      The idea of social-selling companies or "home party businesses" isn't a new concept. Over decades, other successful companies, like Mary Kay for example, have helped to raise the self-esteem of women while giving them a chance to earn extra income and bond with other women.

      If you have been toying with the idea of starting your own home business or joining a social-selling company, experts suggest that you choose one based on your interests. A good "how-to" checklist can be found here.