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Picture it: I’m hosting my 10th-ish Pampered Chef party in my home. I’ve made a feast for my guests. I’ve done such a good job at sharing my excitement for my party that I have more guests than I do seats. Every time the Consultant talks about a product, I paw through my drawers, find it and rave about how much I love it! I’m having so much fun, my smile is actually starting to hurt my face. Everyone is eating, participating and having a fantastic time.
Then comes the point in the party when the Consultant talks about the business. Having tried others before, I didn’t really listen. I had a full-time job, I’m a landlord and I had hobbies. When was I going to have time for this? So I ignored her and started cleaning up a bit. But there stands The Husband. He’s happily nibbling on the treats we made, leaning on the kitchen island and listening. She asks if anyone has any questions. He raises his hand and says he does. *Oh, God. Please don’t let him embarrass me* He asked 3 or 4 insightful questions, none of which make me want to crawl under a rock and die. Thank you, Lord.
The party continues. Everyone places their orders. I hug them all and thank them for coming on their way out. As my Consultant is getting ready to leave, she hands me info on the business and tells me my guest sales total. I just had a $1,100 party. That’s pretty sweet! The host rewards attached to that level are fantastic and I quickly get to work picking out all of my free and half-priced items, my host special and anything else my little heart desires.
The Husband doesn’t want to pick out any products. He wants to see the business information.
He thumbs through the information and that’s when he says “Babe, you should sell Pampered Chef.” Being that I love him and all, I decide to actually respond to his idea. I gave him all the reasons I couldn’t do it, I didn’t want to do it and I’d never do it. Then he got me with simple math.
“Your party was $1,100, right? That means that in the 2 hours she was here, she just made a minimum of $220.” Ok, maybe this isn’t such a bad idea after all. I’m a numbers girl. Show me that it’s worth my time and I’m all over it. In 4 hours (counting setup and party entry, etc), she made $220 minimum. That’s approximately $50 an hour. Now, I want to see the business information.
I want it. I want it all.
All of the perks and ‘rules’ were something I could live with. Even though I had been hosting for years, I still didn’t have everything I wanted from the catalog. Darn that Pampered Chef, they kept adding more awesome stuff that I had to have!! The best part was, I could try the business and if I didn’t like it I could quit with no strings. That was a huge consideration when joining the other Direct Sales things I had sort-of tried. I started to let myself dream about what I could do with the extra money. I had credit card bills from when I was 18 and didn’t realize that plastic money needs to be paid back with paper money. I could meet new people. I could have a business that was all my own. My efforts to make my job more efficient would actually be appreciated because I’d be the boss. Decision time.
I like food. I like free kitchen stuff. Let’s do this.
Not only do I like food and kitchen stuff, I realized that my job was pretty stressful and I could use a fun outlet. So, I was a bunny. I jumped in head first. Determined to make this the best accomplishment of my life thus far. When I go in, I go all in. It was not easy. But I networked. I found other consultants in my area, on the Internet and on YouTube that I could follow. I watched our company publications and took notice of the people who were winning the awards and always mentioned in the newsletters. I found them and I watched. I took ideas and adopted them to be my own. I did spammy things. I’m not proud of that. But I am proud of the fact that, in time, I learned better. I built a team. Because I didn’t have an engaged upline, I didn’t know how to lead my team. Most of them quit, but I kept building and learning how to do better. I qualified in 3 weeks instead of their 30 day target. 39 days sooner than it takes most people.
I paid off $7,000 in credit card debt in the first year
and quit my job after 2 1/2 years.
Today I have a strong, connected team of awesome people. My business is growing faster than ever and getting stronger every day. I’ve been a Consultant since May 2013 and it has been the best decision of my life. Rather, the best idea The Husband has ever had (besides asking me to marry him, of course). He later disclosed that he had an ulterior motive as well– he knew I’d be making even more unique recipes and delicious treats and would need a taste tester.