Business Tips and Tricks, Hope Wissel

Out of the Box Gift Giving

Has your gift giving list grown?  Has your office just decided to hold a Secret Santa?  Are YOUR friends looking for gifts for people in their office or do they know someone who is looking to give gifts to their co-workers or customers?  I know this sounds OBVIOUS but have you approached them about using YOUR products as gifts.  Now, I don’t mean just hand them a catalog to look through, I mean really help them with their gift giving dilemnas.

I have been tossing around an idea and figure it is a little late for this year but one never knows….”outside the box” gift giving.  I can’t take all of the credit for it, I saw an article which also made me think that this was a good idea.  Remember the wish list of your childhood.  You know the one where you scoured the catalogs and sale papers making a list of EVERYTHING you could possible want then gave it to parents who shared it with everyone in the family.  What if we were to provide our customers with a gift list where they could give us a few words about that person that they need to buy for and in return we make practical suggestions from our product lines for them?  I know you are all thinking – when do I have time to do that in addition to my shopping, work (full and part-time), kids, etc.  I am not saying offer it to everyone but what if you offered it to your hostess or those VIP customers who shop year round with you, never missing an opportunity to share your business with others.

Let’s try it with some of our Thirty One products:

  • Busy Mom, Mom Taxi – what about a Thirty One Timeless Beauty bag filled with pens, pencils, note paper, crayons, etc. to leave in the car.  You never have to hunt for a pen or you can keep the kids busy while in the car.timeless beauty for kidsI forgot my pencil bag
  • Hubby, Mechanic, Car fanatic – How about an organizing utility tote filled with everything they would need to take care of their car?  They can keep everything in the trunk – organized so there is still room for the groceries.

dad's car kit

  • College Student, Commuter – How about a Large utility tote filled with everything they would need in an emergency?  Blanket, jumper cables, first aid kit, etc.  We gave my daughter one when she started driving. I know, most people have AAA but honestly sometimes they tae FOREVER!  In the dead of winter, would it be nice to have a filled bag in the trunk that could possibly help out if a good Samaritan stopped to offer assistance.

large utility tote


So, have I sparked any ideas?  Are YOU thinking outside of the box?  Some people will think it is tacky to give a gift of the product you sell but think about how special it will be if it is combined with something that they would know you picked out just for them.  I mean we all LOVE our products, why not share them with friends, family and co-workers.

What are you doing for gift giving this holiday season that is “outside of the box”?  I am still looking for a few gift ideas, how about sharing YOUR best company gift idea with us.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!


Hope Wissel

Top 5 Picks

Another Monday Morning after a busy weekend.  Over the last week I have seen local stores (including WAWA) change their decorations and product from a fall theme to Christmas.  REALLY!  We are only 11 days into the month of November and already we are counting down till Christmas?  Can we get to Thanksgiving before we start counting down?  We seem to go from Halloween to Christmas, glazing over Thanksgiving as if it barely exists.  Well, why should I be any different, right?

So, here are some of my customers top picks from Thirty One for this holiday gift giving season:

Happy Holiday LUT  Our Large Utility Tote in the Snow Daze print personalized at an additional cost.  This versatile bag has webbed handles secured with grommets, a wire support around the top to help to hold its shape and collapses for easy storage. Use this tote for: storage, grocery shopping, carrying presents to family and friends and the list goes on…

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Our amazing “Perfect Party Set” (on the left) is back and available for customer purchase! It is thermal to keep food warm, and expandable! It holds up to 2 9×13 casserole dishes and is “Potluck Perfect”!!   A great way to carry your contribution to the family holiday dinner.  And the new Perfect Bottle Thermal (on the right) makes a great gift when paired with your host’s favorite wine!  How about your favorite school bus driver with a LARGE bottle of water?

10 J  The Organizing Utility Tote is part of our Spirit Collection and makes the perfect gift for that special man in your life. This tote has 7 outside pockets (2 with mesh).  You can have it personalized with a special message for that someone special, or you can choose from one of 63 College logos.  This is great for tailgating, storing items in the car, or just going on a road trip.

20 gifts under $20 My last recommendation is our “Gifts for Under $20”.  These are great gifts for teachers, bus drivers, bosses, co-wokers, friends, family and anyone else that you want to make feel special.

I have now added my blog to the “Christmas Countdown” craziness.  If you already have a Thirty One consultant, please consider placing your order with them.  If you don’t and are interested in any of these AMAZING products, check out my website.

This holiday season consider doing business with a small business – whether it be a local merchant, a direct seller or a crafter for when you buy from them you are helping to keep your dollars within your local community.  I won’t promise that this is my last holiday product pitch but I will keep it to a minimum.

Make your list, check it twice and start to shop EARLY to avoid the rush.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

#hope  #hopes31

Business Tips and Tricks, Hope Wissel

Is Your Office Mobile

What is the first thing you think of when we talk about “mobile offices”?  Some will say social media, cell phones and email while there are some of us that still think about carrying catalogs, forms, etc in our purses/cars.  You remember, the old days when you had a box of business cards, order forms, catalogs and anything else you might need to give to a potential customer when you are out and about in your trunk.  Of course, there are always those famous out and about bags that we carry in our purse when it is not convenient to get to the car, right?

In today’s digital world, there are many ways to be mobile-friendly.  An article on the Direct Sales Education Foundation shared some tips on how to be mobile friendly in a cost effective way.  If you are in direct sales, we have been bombarded with training and information on this.  Some of us are a little slower than others (count me in this group).  Here are two that stood out for me:

  • Limit what you ask for.  WOW!  I love to gather information on people with the intention of using it later to connect with them.  Sometimes, less is more.  When you meet someone and give them YOUR company information, all you really need is their name, their email address and their phone number (if they are willing to give it).  I have found that most people will share their email before they will share their phone number.
  • Offer text message coupons and reminders.  Thank you Jason Dorsey for this lesson at National Conference.  To say the least, I am not there yet but I am working on it.  I need to learn an easy way to send the same message to several of my contacts without it being a mass message AND without it taking me hours to type and send.

For those of us who are old school, we have a mobile office in our car.  Thirty One has two options depending on your business – the Super Organizing Tote (on the left) and the Organizing Utility Tote (on the right).  Both have 7 outside pockets for carrying all those extras.  The Super is taller and has a zipper closure.


Mobile Office  This is MY mobile office which is always in my car except when I am refilling it.  It is the Organizing Utility tote with a Fold n File which is great for my hanging files.  I always have a hostess packet, fabric swatches, personalization swatches, catalogs, order forms and current monthly specials with me.  You never want to be unprepared, right?  Maggie from Beauty Control began using this mobile office about 2 months ago.  It has saved her at least TWICE when she headed to a party and forgot some of her paperwork.  What a great feeling to get a text that tells me that I “saved” her party.

There are many other uses for both of these products so what if you don’t need a mobile office.?  How about: diaper bag, overnight bag, gym bag, quick trip to the grocery store, travel bag, car organizer, snack bag…..what would YOU use these bags for? We would love to hear from you…

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!