Thirty-One Gifts is a direct sales company that specializes in monogrammed handbags, totes, lunch bags and other carryall products. The company was founded by Cindy Monroe, a working mother who enjoyed shopping in boutiques but never had the time to find the items she loved with her busy schedule. She created Thirty-One Gifts as a way to bring the boutique experience home, with the added benefit of giving women the benefit of earning an income from home. The company's mission is "to celebrate, encourage and reward women through offering quality products and an outstanding opportunity to become successful business owners." As a Thirty-One Gifts consultant, you earn money by selling the company's products, either on your own or by throwing parties that encourage others to buy your wares.
Starting Out as a Thirty-One Gifts Consultant
The company does not have any information about how much it costs to get started listed on their website. You are instructed to find a consultant in your area to get started, and the company can help you track one down. Once you find a consultant online, you then can choose your options for getting started. There are two consultant kits available: the New Consultant Display Kit ($99) gives you approximately $300 in products to get started, while the customized New Consultant Display Kit ($149) comes with $300 in products that you can choose to have monogrammed. The company will provide you with online parties and e-vites, customer and consultant referrals, and the opportunity to partner and collaborate with the Home Office as well as other Thirty-One consultants.
Compensation as a Thirty-One Gifts Consultant
Neither the Thirty-One Gifts website, nor the catalogs list a compensation plan for the company. A careful review of the agreement you are to sign before enrolling as a consultant states that you are only considered active if you turn in $200 in commissionable sales per month. A quick Google search turned up a forum for Thirty-One Gift consultants; one of the consultants listed mentioned that the initial compensation is 25%, which increases as others join the company. However, please remember that this information is not verified in the company's official website. To receive accurate information about Thirty-One Gifts' compensation program, you need to contact a representative in your area directly.
Thriving as an Thirty-One Gifts Consultant
It's difficult to give advice on thriving as a Thirty-One Gifts consultant since the information on the website regarding compensation and benefits is so sparse. Greater transparency about the commission structure would be very helpful for anyone wishing to join the company, but until then, you have to make the effort to contact a consultant before obtaining any accurate information. Presumably, you thrive with Thirty-One Gifts the way you do in most direct sales companies: by selling products and earning commissions, and recruiting others to the company as well, creating a sizable downline.
Is It for You?
To enjoy your career as a Thirty-One Gifts consultant, you need to enjoy direct sales and parties to sell products. You need to feel comfortable with recruiting others to the company. It also helps to enjoy selling the boutique-style handbags and other products that Thirty-One has to offer.
Thirty-One is a faith-based company, meaning that it mentions the principles of Christianity in its catalogs and other materials. For some people, this is a turn-off while others strongly prefer to work in a faith-based environment.
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Sarah Baker is a documentary filmmaker and writer currently living in New Bern, NC. Her first book, Lucky Stars: Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell, will be published December 2009. Read more about her.