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NEW! Facebook Music Library for Videos

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You all know how much I love creating videos. For me, making a video is so much better than just typing out a post. You can see my face, hear my voice, see my body language, just like a real conversation.

So I just went in to edit a recent Facebook video I madeand WHAAAAAAT? There seems to be a new feature where you have an entire system of music tracks to add to your videos in Facebook AND Instagram. This new feature is called “Sound Collections”.

Once you agree to terms and policies, you’ll be added to this amazing library of music where you can filter by mood, genre, sounds, music, instrumental only…a complete library. It is INSANEly awesome!

I’m waiting for Facebook to take over video editing entirely. YouTube dropped it’s video editing and is working on rebuilding that, but this has left a HUGE area of gain for Facebook. Looks like they’re jumping right on that train!

This feature is, most likely, like every other feature where you will see it rolled out in waves. So don’t worry if you don’t see it yet…it’s COMING;)

Crazy cool! What do you think?

 

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Do You Have Business Insurance?

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So … you know how I have mentioned my business BFF, Melanie Moore, a few times here on the blog? Well, she has been after me to blog about this topic for a long time because she believes it is a resource that every direct seller needs, whether you have been in the business 10 days or 10 years. I will be honest, I kept pushing back on her about writing about this because it is totally out of my norm for this blog, it is something I am not an expert in, and truthfully it is a little depressing talking about insurance and accidents … but here comes a #truthbomb – “sometimes bad stuff happens to good people”! I want nothing more than to share an awesome resource that could help you should any of that bad stuff happen to you, something that will protect the well-being of your family & your personal family finances!

So here we are, I am going to do it!
We are going to talk about getting BUSINESS INSURANCE for your direct sales business!
YES, such a thing does exist!
YES, you can get it quickly and easily!
YES, you need it!

Why You Need Business Insurance:

Times have changed, my friends, and if you do not have insurance coverage for your business, you should! You are entering people’s private homes, what if you knock over the Hostess’s prize possession with your bag? Or you are carrying-pulling-dragging products, tables, garment racks, and shelving units into vendor events, what if you take out another vendor’s table or worse, hit a child with one of your poles as you blindly walk in carrying more than you should because you are trying to minimize your trips in and out to the car? And with the Spring vendor event season upon us, I have noticed more and more venues requiring “proof of insurance” in order to participate. Do you have proof of insurance for your business? Most home owner’s policies DO NOT cover your business.

I know, I get it, “but that would never happen to me”. But that’s just it, it DOES happen to people like us every day. You need to think proactively for your business and be prepared for the “what if”, just like you do for your home, your health and your cars. Insurance exists to cover the unknown and the accidents.

 

Getting Quotes:

I am sure you can connect with your own local insurance provider and get quotes, but I went with an insurance company that was referred to me. Just so you know, I do not get any kick backs for this, I just want to provide you with information and a valuable resource that I have found to get you & your family protected!

This insurance company specifically caters to direct sellers and understands our language, that is what I like about them. For only $75 a year, you get $2 million in general liability insurance for your business (including property and bodily injury), plus $3,000 for property coverage (including products and samples). I have looked into other options and for me, this is the best deal.

 

Printable Insurance Certificates for Events:

But here is what I love the most about this company, the printable event insurance certificates! I can download and print them myself anytime I need to provide them for an event (I just bring it with me to each event). Other companies require you to request a certificate and then you wait until they send it, some charge you extra to print a certificate, but with this company, I can just go print it on my own whenever I need it. They have been a Direct Sales Association Supplier for 27 years, which is quite impressive. And I know that they offer health insurance for Independent Contractors too, but I have not looked into that yet myself, you can check it out on their website.

When you apply for coverage from them, you will have to choose your company from the dropdown menu, they cover A LOT of companies, but not every company out there. A quote from their FAQ page says, “Because we must look at the nature of the product being sold, we must qualify all direct selling companies. When you enroll you need to select from the approved list of companies the one you represent. If your company does not show up on our list then our insurance carrier has not approved issuing a policy to cover your activities on their behalf. We cannot write policies unless your company is on the approved list of companies. Remember coverage will only be for you as a sale representative for the company you register for as an authorized representative.”

 

Do Your Own Research:

I invite you to check out getting insurance specifically for your business, the truth is …. when you are working with tons of people, taking credits cards and cash, carrying things in and out of locations … you just never know what is going to happen. I am not claiming to know everything about everything when it comes to business insurance, but I can tell you for certain that for $75 a year, it gives me enormous peace of mind that my family is protected from loss. You will need to do your own due diligence and research what is best for your family.

Here is the company we are referring to in this article: http://www.independentdirectsellers.org/

 

 

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Get Control of your Email!

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As we go into the New Year, one thing you should do is get control of your email.

Having an inbox full of messages, read or unread, is a time sucker. It not only wastes time, but it can also:

  1. decrease productivity
  2. cause you to miss important messages
  3. cause stress and anxiety
  4. waste time searching for important messages
  5. decrease your customer service (because you’re simply not staying on top of it)
  6. decrease bookings (oh, didn’t see that someone wanted to book a party)

…and so much more.

So what can you do about it?

  1. Set aside one hour a day until you have gone through every single message and either deleted it or put it into a folder. CLEAR YOUR INBOX.
  2. Start unsubscribing to every single email from stores, newsletters, and other unnecessary emails you get that you’ve been subscribed to all year long. Don’t just DELETE them, UNSUBSCRIBE so you stop getting an abundance of those on a daily/weekly basis.
  3. There’s also a site called Unroll Me (click here: https://unroll.me/ ). This site will link to your email and allow you to mass unsubscribe from everything you’re subscribed to.

So who’s with me?

Let’s get organized! More New Year’s tips coming your way soon!

Want more tips? Join us over on Directly Social. CLICK HERE: https://www.facebook.com/groups/directlysocial/

Melissa Fietsam @DirectlySocial

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Have you joined our FREE Facebook group?!

If not…HOW COME?!

join directly social

Click here to join:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/directlysocial

What is the Directly Social Facebook group for?

It’s a positive environment for DIrect Sellers to come together and share ideas on working your business. We share ideas, we help each other, we brainstorm, and give each other advice!

I’m always posting ideas on ways to help you in your business and teaching different aspects of Social Media (which is my passion).

I guarantee you will love the environment and all the ideas you will come across in there. You’re bound to ignite some PASSION for your business again!

What do you get from being a Directly Social member?

  1. Tips and tricks to work your business
  2. Monthly themed posts for your customer group
  3. Advice from all Direct Sales consultants, regardless of what company you’re with
  4. Tips on increasing bookings
  5. Tips on increasing recruiting
  6. Tips on increasing interaction in your customer groups
  7. Tips on business in general
  8. AND SO MUCH MORE!!

So come see us! And don’t forget to share with your friends!

JOIN HERE

Melissa Fietsam,

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What’s this LinkTree for Instagram all About?

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So there’s a cool new website that allows you to make a “link tree” for your instagram account! It’s actually called Linktree.

My friend Te’Amo Blakely just casually mentioned it last night and I was like HOLY COW! This is awesome!

What is Linktree?

It’s a website that provides you with a unique URL to list in your Instagram profile. When they click on it, they will be led to your linktree site with multiple links available for them to click on! How wicked cool is THAT?!

Want to check out my Linktree?

If you would like to check out my Linktree to see what you can do with yours, click here to follow me: FOLLOW ME ON INSTAGRAM

And simply click the link in my profile to check it out!

How much does it cost?

That’s the best part! It’s FREE! WHOOP WHOOP!

How do you set up Linktree?

1. Go to LINKTREE

2. When you link your Instagram account, you’ll be led to a page like this to “add buttons” and links.

3. Then click on the SETTINGS button and you can choose your color scheme.

It was the easiest thing to do! There’s no tricks or crazy hoops to jump through.

You can even pick the colors for your page:

Way to go Linktree! You know we love to customize everything! And it looks like you’ll be able to personalize that even more soon!

So what links/buttons should you create?

  1. Your facebook business page
  2. Your closed customer group
  3. Your shopping site
  4. Pinterest account
  5. Twitter account
  6. I linked one to a Google Survey
  7. I linked one to a NOTE on my Facebook business page
  8. You could have one link to customer specials each month
  9. Link to your blog
  10. Link to your opportunity event
  11. A specific YouTube video

The possibilities are quite endless! So what do YOU think you could link to? Who’s ready to check out this new tool called Linktree?

I will say that I’m going to continue to watch this. I have been using a Google Survey as my link with lots of information loaded on it, and I really like it. I haven’t decided which one I will stick with.

Melissa Fietsam @directlysocial

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Hostess Coaching Notes on your Facebook Business Page

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I LOVE the NOTES on my Facebook business page!

And I’m going to show you how to create a NOTE for your hostess coaching! This is a tool your hostess can use to share all of her party information. Which of course, has all the information YOU need to share with people.

Below, you’ll get a template to make your OWN NOTE and you’ll see how I share those!

Check this quick video out:

Now, I’m even going to give you a template to get started on your own!

Here is my exact template for my NOTE below:

Everything in BLUE is a link to a certain page on my website or elsewhere.

Becky is hosting a Thirty-One party and we want to show you all the basics so you can see what it’s all about in a SHORT, EASY, & FUN way! So kick your feet up and check out all there is to see!If you need anything at all, contact her consultant:

Melissa Fietsam, Ind. Executive Director at Thirty-One Gifts:513-225-1775: www.buymybags.com: buymybags@hotmail.com

Here’s Becky’s direct Thirty-One Gifts party link to order:

BECKY’S PARTY LINK

You’ll want to check out TWO catalogs! The Spring catalog and the new SUMMER style guide!

SPRING THIRTY-ONE CATALOG

SUMMER THIRTY-ONE CATALOG

April Thirty-One Gifts customer specials are AWESOME!! For every $35 you spend, you get one of THESE two items for just $15!

APRIL CUSTOMER SPECIAL

Join my customer group for weekly giveaways AND a monthly giveaway of over $150 in FREE PRODUCT:

CLICK HERE TO JOIN CUSTOMER GROUP

Here’s some of my personal favorite SUMMER products to check out:

VIEW SUMMER ALBUM

If you’re interested in booking your OWN easy peasy Facebook party, here’s the HOSTESS specials for April:

APRIL HOSTESS REWARDS

And if you’re interested in joining Thirty-One Gifts, you don’t want to miss out on FOUR enrollment kits to choose from! Only in April, we have TWO $50 enrollment kits:

JOIN MY TEAM

If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to let us know!Melissa Fietsam, Ind. Executive Director at Thirty-One Gifts:513-225-1775: www.buymybags.com: buymybags@hotmail.com

And don’t forget! You can get these 2 items below for $15 when you spend $35 this month!

Shopping made easy with Melissa Fietsam, Ind. Executive Director at Thirty-One Gifts: www.buymybags.com

So what do you DO with this NOTE?

  1. Share with your hostess: You want to share this with your hostess and let her know she can share it onto her main timeline and shout about her party. She can email the link, she can Facebook message it, text it, whatever she wants! Just copy the URL at the top of the NOTE or simply click the SHARE button ON the NOTE.
  2. You can schedule a post with Cinchshare to go into your actual Facebook party ON YOUR BUSINESS PAGE. This will only work if you do your parties on your business page. Schedule to share the NOTE in the party and then do a giveaway for anyone who shares that note onto THEIR timeline to tell everyone their friend is hosting a party and see if they would like to order!

BAM! You just worked your business like a BOSS!

Have fun creating your NOTES today ladies!

Melissa Fietsam

 

Making Some Changes in my Direct Sales World This Year!

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So I’m implementing some major changes in my business this year!

This blog will now be geared towards ALL direct sales and nothing company specific will be posted.

My gift is SHARING and we’re gonna do it up BIG in 2017! Loud and PROUD!

I read this book and YOU need to read it too! Click on the picture below and it’ll take you to the link to buy!

You can also check out her website here: http://www.jensincero.com/

Thirty-One Gifts, I'm a badass

Seriously the BEST  book to read to get into the right mindset for 2017 and your Direct Sales business!

I am going to share a few pages you can find me on, as we’re shutting down the Big Pink Playground that I shared all my ideas on. I want to give you the places you can find me, so you don’t feel abandoned:)

1. Social Cinch Club: free direct sales trainings from the experts in our field:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/SocialCinchClub/

 

2. Cinch Socials: Tuesday LIVE tips and free training:

https://www.facebook.com/CinchSocials/?fref=ts

 

3. DS Synergy: Facebook page with ALL direct sales consultants to share ideas:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/DS.Synergy/

 

Now let’s rock 2017!! My goal is to help YOU rock your business this year!! I cannot WAIT to share all the exciting things in my corner!!!

 

 

With love,

Melissa Fietsam

 

 

 

A Small but Might Victory from Using CinchShare

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This is simply ONE example of what CinchShare can do for your business.

I want to send a reminder on the last day of each month to our team.

It’s important for NEW consultants to see this every month. And it’s important to remind our seasoned consultants.

So instead of posting today and forgetting next month…I’ve already scheduled this exact post to go out on the last day of the month for the next YEAR. BOOM.

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LAST DAY OF THE MONTH!
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Alright…who are the late birds entering orders today?!
For those of you who have been around the block, you KNOW you don’t want to wait until the last minute to enter your orders.
1. All orders with the March customer specials MUST be entered by tonight or they will fall off their order. So if you have orders entered for next month already, make sure no one has this month’s special.
2. If you go to enter your orders at 11pm. And someone’s credit card gets declined, you’re…well…kind of screwed! Because it’s going to be awfully hard to get a new credit card from someone at 11pm. So get those orders in EARLY!
3. I make all hostesses aware that I refuse to enter orders on the last day of the month. So all orders have to be in the day BEFORE. That way I never have to deal with this!
Congratulations on a great month and I cannot wait to celebrate all of you for your accomplishments next month!! Now let’s get ready to ROCK next month!! WOOT WOOT!
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Being able to schedule posts to your social media sites is INVALUABLE. And to have a reliable source like Cinshare.com to help you…that’s priceless. And just so you know, I get NO royalties or kick backs from CinchShare. Or anyone for that matter.

I will never promote something I do not believe in wholeheartedly. They are good people with a great mission who actually care. And for that reason alone…I LOVE THEM!
If you’d like to check them out, head to www.cinchshare.com and see what they can do for YOU! If you think this is cool, you should see how easily I schedule ALL of my hostesses Facebook parties on MY TIME!
Melissa Fietsam, Ind. Senior Executive Director at Thirty-One Gifts
www.buymybags.com
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Creating CONSISTENT Sales in Your Thirty-One Business

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Who doesn’t want a base of $500-$1000 (or more) in sales every single month? BEFORE you even add your catalog and home shows into the mix?

Watch this video and see how YOU can create an environment for consistent sales in your Thirty-One business. This will be a 3 part series this week! There are THREE things you can do to increase your sales each month:

So the idea is…

  1. You host your OWN party every single month. Same timeframe! Every month. CONSISTENT. So your customers can count on this every month.
  2. You put VALUE into those retail orders that are usually not highlighted in your business.
  3. You give people a REASON to shop. You’re doing your job each month by highlighting the holidays, the specials, and the reason WHY they should buy that month.
  4. You’re giving people who don’t want to host a party an avenue to shop.
  5. You’re teaching your customer that YOU are a professional, you take your job seriously, and you are there to HELP them with their shopping needs. All about being USEFUL!

Here is the post I put on my customer page:

Good morning ladies!! I have started a “MARCH BUNDLE DEALS” party on my website for everyone! We’re going to do a mystery hostess and I’ll draw the winner on Saturday morning! Anyone who orders will be entered in to win the hostess benefits (as long as we reach $200)! You have until FRIDAY to order!
It’s a great time to take advantage of these BUNDLE deals that are only available this month!!

Don’t forget! Mother’s Day, Graduation Gifts, and Father’s Day are right around the corner!!

When you’re ready to order:
1. Go to this party link: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1051824924908269.1073741849.1022317247859037&type=3
2. You’ll automatically be entered!

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1051824924908269.1073741849.1022317247859037&type=3

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Stay tuned for the next 2 ways to stay CONSISTENT in your sales each month! I’ll have those up by the end of the week!

Melissa Fietsam, Ind. Senior Executive Director at Thirty-One Gifts

www.buymybags.com

#31 #31bag #31bags #thirtyone #thirtyonegifts #increasesales #increasebookings #directsales

Tax Time for Your Thirty-One Business!

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Everyone dreads taxes, right? I have fought the battle of taxes for almost 8 years and finally come up with the easiest system ever for me and my team to track our taxes for our direct sales business!

Start NOW. Do not delay when it comes to tracking your business. A new year, a new YOU! Just DO IT!

Watch this 5 minute video that explains how easy it can be!

All you need:

a 1/2 inch binder

12 pocket folder inserts

and 12 sheet protectors

(and whatever tax form you use for tracking your taxes)

You can download mine here: http://1drv.ms/1IwHYZn

And here’s another invaluable tool for you:

Everyone NEEDS this app! Download this app on your phone ASAP! I discovered this at our Leadership Council a year ago.

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This has a GPS tracking system. When you drive, its tracks, when you stop driving-it tracks. You don’t have to put in start and stop #’s. It does it for you! You can go back in later and swipe whether the drive was personal or business. AND…you can also add notes to the GPS locations. So I can put in, post office/hostesses addresses/Dollar Tree/Walmart/Staples…all those frequent places so it’s easier for me to see where I went!

AND…it will email your list to you whenever you want. So you can have your mileage sent to you once a month to print and put in your tax binder. Seriously, it is AMAZING!! It is a must have for anyone in direct sales or running your own business! GENIUS!

Check it out here and look for this app on your phone:

MILEIQ: https://www.mileiq.com/

 

 

Happy Taxing 🙂

Melissa Fietsam, Ind. Senior Executive Director at Thirty-One Gifts

513-225-1775

www.buymybags.com

buymybags@hotmail.com

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