All You Need to Know About Hosting a Thirty-One Fundraiser

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Have you ever thought about doing a fundraiser with Thirty-One?


Do you have a child in an extracurricular activity? 

Here is a little twist on the traditional way of doing fundraisers.  Instead of offering a fundraiser to an organization such as your local High School Cheerleaders, I am offer parents of the cheerleader a portion of my commission to help you pay for your child’s sports activity.  You can use this for any other organization that a parent must pay to have their children participate.

**I do them for entire organizations as well, I just want you to know it is possible to do this for a single member also!

What kind of fundraisers can I help you earn money for?





Show choir



School trips




Relay for Life


Beauty pageants

Study abroad programs…

You name it…we can do it! I’ve also done fundraisers for In Vitro Funds and Adoption Funds!

What’s in it for you?

  • You can earn the money it costs for your child to join a team sport for the year. You’ll earn 30% of all sales from your fundraiser

So how does it work? 

It’s so simple!

  1. You get a packet in the mail with catalogs, order forms, and customer special fliers.
    1. If you have “helpers” that’s even better! I can send more than one packet for Grandma, your best friend, your sister…anyone who wants to help you collect orders!
    2. If it’s a whole group doing the fundraiser, like a dance team, I will send a packet for EACH mom.
  2. We will set the event up online through my Thirty-One website. People will be able to order from all over the country under your fundraiser’s name.
  3. We can also set up a Facebook event. I set it all up, post at least 3 times a day, and give away prizes! It’s a great way for people from all over to be able to see the product and order from your fundraiser!

Don’t have a fundraiser need of your own?

  • Pass this on to a friend that might be able to benefit from this, think of your friends and family who could benefit from this!
  • Do you know someone who is trying to earn money for a trip? Mission trips, youth group outings, church outings, cancer benefits (or other medical bills benefits), anything you can think of…I can help!

I’ve been doing fundraisers for Thirty-One for about 6 years now. I’ve been with the company for seven years! If a great, easy, FUN way to earn some money for your fundraising efforts is what you’re looking for, you’ve come to the right place!

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


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Tracking Your Taxes for Direct Sales Consultants

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Everyone dreads taxes, right? I have fought the battle of taxes for almost 6 years and finally come up with the easiest system ever for me and my team to track our taxes for our direct sales business!

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). Ask your upline, I’m sure they have a great one for you to use!

Happy Taxing 🙂


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



Joining Thirty-One: Why NOW is the best time to Join Thirty-One!

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All the things you need to know about becoming a Thirty-One consultant!

If you found this post, you’re probably thinking of joining Thirty-One.  And let me say, #1…kudos to you for researching first! Let me tell you all the great information you need to know about becoming a Thirty-One consultant! I’m going to answer some frequently asked questions below for you.  Because ultimately, I would love for you to join our team!  But first, you can watch this quick video to walk you through the most essential points of becoming a Thirty-One consultant!

NOW is the best time to join because it’s the fall selling season! This is the time of the year that direct sellers bring in the most sales due to the holiday season. But not only that…you get on the biggest selling season of the year, and then come January, Thirty-One is merging with our sister company Jewell. This will bring our current customers a fresh new look at some products AND a whole new base of customers. This is something you don’t want to miss out on!


What’s in that fabulous KIT?


You get every bit of this product (over $400 worth) and it’s YOURS TO KEEP! This also comes with all your order forms, catalogs, and everything you need to get started!  Becoming a Thirty-One consultant is FUN! It will be like Christmas when that hot pink box lands on your doorstep!


Do consultants have a monthly/quarterly quota to stay active?

To stay active with Thirty-One, consultants only need to submit $200 in sales every rolling three months. A qualifying party for Thirty-One is only $200! Very easy to stay active!


Does the company supply consultants with a website? If so, what is the cost?

The cost is $12.95 a month.  You will receive the website and newsletter FREE during your first three months you join Thirty-0ne. And you can cancel that at any time.


How do I submit orders?

You submit orders via your personal website in what we call our “Back Office”. You will need to have access to a computer. Here you will place party orders, create online orders, and do business supply orders


Can my customers order from my website?

Yes! Your customers can go directly to your website and place an order or re-order without hosting a shopping event.


What is my initial cost to become a consultant?

It only takes $99(around $118 with shipping and tax) to secure your consultant display kit!  It comes with over $400 in product you get to use for yourself and your parties


What will I get with my kit and when can I expect to receive it?

You will get all the products on the back of the new catalog (and the picture in #1 above) along with 25 catalogs, mini catalogs, invitations, and 50 order forms… in addition to other start-up paperwork.  You will receive your kit in 3-5 days.


Can I set up at fairs and festivals?

Yes!  This is a fun way to get your name out in your community!


Where are products shipped from?

They are shipped from the home office in Columbus, OH through UPS and Fed Ex. We also have a warehouse in TN


Are there any other hidden fees?

No, Thirty-One does not charge you any other fees throughout the year. Even if you never sell a dime, you will never owe a penny back to Thirty-One for giving it a try!


What can I do to prepare while waiting for my kit?

You can visit to order address labels for your catalogs and business cards.  They are FREE, all you have to do is pay for shipping! You can find free coupons by googling first!

And you’ll want to spread the word about your new business.  Tell all your family and friends and start booking those parties!!!  Your best bet is to have what I call a “launch party” at your house.  Invite everyone you know and do your own party when your kit arrives.  That way you can enter your first party, you’ll make all the commission, and you’ll earn all the free and half-price items as the hostess-so you can add to your kit for FREE!

You will also be added to our team page and have tons of step by step training at your fingertips.  That’s the best part of our team…you will ALWAYS have help no matter what you need or where you’re at!


How are Consultants paid at Thirty-One?

We are a paperless company!  You will need to set up for Direct Deposit. Effective August 1, 2013 consultants will be paid twice monthly. If you choose to have a check sent to you there is a $4 charge.  We get paid by direct deposit on the 10th and 25th of each month.


What incentive programs are offered to the Consultant?

There are a few different incentive programs such as the Start Swell Incentives. Leadership Trips (I’ve been to Cancun, Riviera Maya, and Punta Cana) and BOY do they love to give away free Thirty-One product! Thereare TONS of incentives throughout the year where you will earn free product. We believe in our mission. Celebrate-Encourage-Reward


Does the company offer consultant incentives?

Yes, Thirty-One offers us challenges during various months to receive something FREE or have the opportunity to qualify for various things. I personally love a good challenge and its funny how

your customers will help you get there too!


How do I collect money from customers?

As a consultant, you can accept cash, checks, or credit cards for the full amount owed including shipping and tax. Consultants are not charged for this service. Thirty One accepts all major credit cards.


Do I have to have a separate business checking account to become a Thirty-One consultant?

No. Although, by having a separate checking account for your Thirty-One business it may make it easier to track business income and expenses.


Is there a penalty or fee if I decide to get out of the business?

No. Just contact home office and let them know of your decision.  There is never a penalty for not selling…you have nothing to lose by trying!!!

These are just a few questions to help answer some things you may have been wondering about.  I would LOVE to chat with you more about the opportunity to join our Thirty-One team! Please do not hesitate to message me if you have any questions. We have an extensive new consultant welcome program and training on our team. You will never be in this business alone!

If you’re like me and want all the information you can get, or you would like a packet mailed or maybe even to chit chat…please fill out this form!

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










What’s in your purse?

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Every woman needs to be prepared. Now you can be prepared with Thirty-One in style! Get your zipper pouch today and pack in style!


Step #1:

Pick your favorite zipper pouch!

Step #2:

Fill it with all of these great things to keep you prepared for anything!

nail clippers
mini notebook
mini scissors
bobby pins
safety pins
mini kleenex
Tide pen
spare phone charger
eye drops

mini sunscreen
hair tie
baby wipes
feminine products
toothpicks and floss
gum/hard candy
spare house key
nail file

Want your own? Message me today!


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


Apps for your direct sales business

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Every month, I have the pleasure of meeting with my dear friend, Melanie Moore. Talk about a fabulous brain…this lady INSPIRES me, MOTIVATES me, and feeds my imagination to the fullest! We always have the best networking and brain storming sessions! We always walk away with at least ten new ideas and plans to keep our calendars full! And Melanie and I have teamed up for some exciting news we will be announcing VERY soon…so stay tuned! You don’t want to miss this duo in action!

So one thing she taught me was an app for  your phone. It’s called genius scan


1. So what can you use this amazing app for? Sometimes I have consultants send me their conference call notes scribbled on a  piece of  paper. Makes it very hard for me to read. I can use this app to create a PDF of their notes. And it lets me crop out their kitchen table before I do:)

2. If someone sends you a contract that you have to sign or mail back to them, print the document, sign it, and then make it into a PDF with this app! And you can email back to them a signed PDF copy! How insanely cool is THAT??

3. You can also scan receipts with this, and save them to your appropriate drop box folder for tax purposes.


I am SO excited about this app! You have to go check it out!!

 This is the description from the website:

Genius Scan+ is a scanner in your pocket. It enables you to quickly scan documents on the go and email the scans as JPEG or PDF with multiple pages.In addition, Genius Scan+ integrates with Box, Dropbox, Evernote or any other cloud service app installed on your Android phone to let you export your scans wherever you want.The Genius Scan scanner technology includes smart page detection, perspective correction, image post-processing. Typically, when you take a photo of a picture, you are not perfectly aligned and the light is not perfect. Genius Scan takes care of that for you.Still not convinced? Genius Scan has more than 10 million users and has been featured multiple times.But first, the key features (aka.: what makes this scanner different from the camera)
– Detects page frame and corrects perspective
– Enhances the scan with color or black-and-white post-processing
– Emails the scans as JPG or PDF
– Creates PDF documents with multiple scans
– Export documents to any app supporting JPG or PDF files
– Documents are processed on the phone, not sent to a third-party server

Wondering how our users use Genius Scan?
– To quickly scan a form you just printed when you don’t have a scanner
– At the university, to take a picture of a whiteboard
– On the road, to archive receipts
– To make a copy when you have no copier available
– To archive handwritten notes or share them with colleagues
– Save the perfect recipe after cooking
– Save handwritten memos, or book pages for future reference
– Share a good restaurant menu on Twitter


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


hostess coaching tip for direct sales consultants

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Very quick hostess coaching tip!

Think like a lady…act like a BOSS! Help your hostess feel at ease while collecting orders:


And the “Checkout” app is a FREE app you can get for your hostesses. I signed up for the My Consultant app before they started charging for it. So I have no need to change, but it’s FREE, same thing, just look up Checkout App







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


Marketing your direct sales business door to door…say WHAT?

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Check out this quick video to explain how EASY it would be to have an excuse to knock on people’s doors this summer and pass out your business information!


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


Become a Thirty-One Consultant

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So WHY would you want to become a Thirty-One Consultant? That’s what this post is all about! I want to tell you all the benefits to becoming a consultant with Thirty-One. And also why OUR team is the right fit for YOU!

become a consultant

So, before you join any direct sales company, you should do your research!

1.  First, you need to research the company

Is it a solid company? Does it’s core values match up with yours? Thirty-One is all about celebrating, encouraging, and rewarding women. And boy do they do it well! Thirty-One was named from 31 Proverbs which talks all about celebrating women who are leading the way.

2. Research the enrollment options

Thirty-One is offering 2 different enrollment kits. So you get to pick your patterns! This is SO important. Because you have to love what you’re selling.  If you’re not passionate and in love with the products you are trying to sell….you won’t convince anyone else why they should buy from you.

3. Research the career path

How easy is it to advance in the company? If it’s hard for you to understand, ask someone! With Thirty-One, it’s so simple. You recruit 2 people underneath and start earning commission on THEIR sales. You recruit 4 people and meet certain quotas and you become a director. If you work hard with Thirty-One, you can easily advance quickly! Make sure you understand the career path before you join!

4. Research your upline. What is your Upline?

Your upline is who you’re enrolling under. Ask them about what kind of team she belongs to. Are they supportive? Ask her who her director is. She should KNOW who her director is! This is a great sign that she is on a good team. The support you receive from your team, will make a big difference in your career.

Our team is top notch! We have trainings, conference calls, incentives to get you out of your box, daily team tips, weekly newsletters, and monthly newsletters. And much more! So just make sure you know what kind of TEAM you’re getting when you enroll under someone!

Thirty-One also offers something called C&C meetings all over the country, bi-monthly.  Directors hold these meetings, so you’re sure to find one near you. AND…home office sends a gift to every single consultant who registers for the meeting and attends! This sets us up for success by getting new product into our hands to share with our customers.

5. Ask about what kind of incentives the company offers

Thirty-One is always setting their consultants up for success.  Before the launch of every catalog, we have the opportunity to earn whole kits full of new product so that we don’t have to fork out money to keep new products in our kits!

We also have a chance to earn conference attendance for FREE

And as I said above, you also get a new product every other month just for attending a one hour training bi-monthly

I have also earned trips to Mexico 3 times and one trip to Punta Cana!

Thirty-One and our team would love to have YOU join us. If you’re interested in more information about joining our team, please don’t hesitate to contact me. You can view some picture of our team on this website. Just click this link: Our Thirty-One team

We also have a start up tab for our new consultants on this site. It walks you through your first steps as a consultant.  It’s password protected and you get that password when you sign up!

Our new consultants also get a welcome packet full of information on how to kick start your business!

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



These 2 chics are crazy!

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I’m introducing a new segment called Brain Swap! My friend Melanie Moore is just as crazy as I am. Her big brain and big ideas motivate me, keep me focused, and help spark my imagination. And I LOVE it and I LOVE her! So I’m going to be introducing her to all of you very soon! Along with some very exciting news 🙂


But these segments will be direct sales tid bits  and tips from our lunch dates. Once a month, Melanie and I meet for lunch and brainstorm idea after idea on how to run our business. We share everything with each other to help our own business, our kids, our lives, and our teams. She’s my side kick! And we have some VERY exciting news coming up that I can’t wait to share with everyone!!

So…tip #1…has absolutely nothing to do with direct sales. It’s just plain FUN!

Melanie taught me about something called Geocaching.  If you want something fun and cheap to do with the kids this summer, this is the coolest thing EVER! There is literally a treasure hunt in your back yard and you didn’t even know it! You download this FREE app and it shows you where hidden boxes are, all over the United States.  You use the GPS on the app to find the hidden “box” and hints on where to find it. This was our very first one we did. My kids are 11,13,15, and then i have 2 babies (19 months and 5 months). And my big kids had a blast with it! You can literally do this ANYWHERE you go! Now every time we get in the car…my kids ask if we can do it! It’s a great way to spend some quality time together, without costing a penny, and just building memories together. I am SO thankful Melanie showed this to me! When you find the box, you mark it FOUND on your app. You can also pay for a premium app with them and find even MORE boxes!


I’m still in awe that there are little boxes hidden everywhere around me…I have to find them ALL….lol!!!

There is an app for your phone that you can download called Geocach and this is what it looks like:


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Check out this website for a Geocach 101 Guide:

Geocach Website


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



Thank You cards for Direct Sales Consultants

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First of all, be honest…do you even SEND thank you cards to every one of your customers? 

Until about 6 months ago, I didn’t! But I feel 100% better about my business now that I am. I know each and every person is getting an estimated shipping time and a THANK YOU for supporting my business.  When was the last time YOU got a thank you card from someone? I bet you can count it on one hand, right?

Why not set yourself apart in the direct sales industry by providing REMARKABLE customer service? Send a thank you card!

And then make sure you’re giving an effort on that thank you card to make a personal connection. The person who orders from you may not know I have 5 children. They may not know that I don’t look like a super freak crazy purse lady stalker. So if I put my picture, and a picture of my children, maybe she’ll be more apt to open an email or respond to a text.

~THINK about everything you do

~Be INTENTIONAL about everything you say

~And be PURPOSEFUL in the way you conduct your business 

Here are my thank you post cards, front and back. I made these from a template on

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