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Pampered Chef Thread: Thinking about joining -- Are there too many consultants

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    Question Thinking about joining -- Are there too many consultants

    I have never been a consultant before and am concerned about getting bookings -- There seem to be a lot of consultants out there and I do want to have the opportunity to grow -- I don't have a lot of friends who share my interest in cooking. Is the market saturated?

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    Quote Quote by SusanK
    I have never been a consultant before and am concerned about getting bookings -- There seem to be a lot of consultants out there and I do want to have the opportunity to grow -- I don't have a lot of friends who share my interest in cooking. Is the market saturated?

    The national average says that a community can handle 2 Directors for every bank in an area. Considering that a Director has a minimum of 5 Consultants under her I would say that the market is definetely not saturated. I have been a Consultant for almost two years in the same area and I am always running in to people that have never even heard of The Pampered Chef. As far as not having alot of friends who share your interest in cooking: the beauty of this company is that even if yo don't like to cook (or don't have time) all of our products are designed to get you into the kitchen with ease and out of the kitchen with ease. After all, we all have to eat!

    I hope I have answered your questions! If you are looking to join, I would be happy to sign you.

    Sherri

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    Quote Quote by SusanK
    I have never been a consultant before and am concerned about getting bookings -- There seem to be a lot of consultants out there and I do want to have the opportunity to grow -- I don't have a lot of friends who share my interest in cooking. Is the market saturated?
    I agree, I come into contact with many people who have never heard of/been to a party before. I encourage you to try it out, I'm sure it would work for you! Feel free to email me with any questions you have! PamperYourKitchen@hotmail.com

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    Quote Quote by SusanK
    I have never been a consultant before and am concerned about getting bookings -- There seem to be a lot of consultants out there and I do want to have the opportunity to grow -- I don't have a lot of friends who share my interest in cooking. Is the market saturated?

    Susan,
    I live in a small town and there are many consultants in our area. The great thing about Pampered Chef is that I have never run into the problem of bookings. There are TONS of people who LOVE Pampered Chef and just don't know anyone who sells it. We have a household name. Pampered Chef is one of America's most beloved companies and it shows in people who attend our shows and want to purchase products.

    Having said that, if you don't ask people at your shows if they would like to have a show or you don't make an effort to do a good job being a consultant, then you might have a hard time getting bookings. As with any job, you do have to put some effort into doing a good job. Bookings will not usually jump into your lap. It is important to stay consistant in your show schedule so you do your best presentation. I find that if I take time off, my next show I'm a little off....ok, I'm a little off MOST of the time!

    Are you currently working with a consultant? If so, you should talk with her about your concerns. If you are not working with anyone and would like some additional questions answered, please feel free to contact me or post your questions here. We are all willing to do our best to answer any questions.

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    I am working with someone and will give her a call tonight. Does creativity help -- I have quite a few ideas for shows. I love to cook, so I was thinking about doing a Christmas dessert show, a pie show, and I love to make Baklava - which is not that hard, although it looks it -- so I thought I might be able to teach the people at the party how to make that and maybe another dish (using the products, of course). I am assuming you don't have to use all Pampered Chef recipes - although they are great. Thanks for your help.

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    Creativity helps a lot, but is not a necessity. More important is to have FUN! People want to come and have fun. Doing fun shows is a great way to show your creativity.

    No, you don't have to only do Pampered Chef recipes, but it does help. People want to be able to purchase cookbooks with the recipes so they can make the same thing. You'd be surprised at how many different recipes there are for you to choose from.

    Call your consultant tonight and ask her your questions. CONGRATS and WELCOME!

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    Susan:

    It is so worth giving this a try! And as Ginger says, remember to have fun! I take my business very seriously, but I make sure not to take MYSELF seriously at my shows. And as far as your concern about too many consultants, consider this fact:

    Last year, 750,000 Cooking Shows were held in the United States (a total of 900,000 shows, including catalog shows). The population of the state of California is 33,000,000! We haven't even begun to scratch the surface!! Business is everywhere!

    Looking forward to having you on board!

    Mary
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