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Pampered Chef: 18 year old recruit lead

  1. wadesgirl

    wadesgirl Legend Member Gold Member

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    My niece who just turned 18 over the summer has been expressing an interest in PC since earlier this year. She did a catalog show for me then and wants to do one now. She's struggling finding a job that will pay her but also be flexible. Last night we talked about her catalog show and her mom (my sister) mentioned that she should start her own business under me. I would love to sit down and talk to her but I'm a little apprehensive. She is a senior in high school and really doesn't know much about "the real world". I'm a little afraid that she will require more work than me or her mom have time for! Anyone have any good advice on how to deal with someone so young?
     
    Sep 26, 2009
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  2. mscharf

    mscharf Advanced Member

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    I would not prejudge!! Give her the same tools and advice that you would give any recruit. That is the beauty of this business, You can do as little or as much as you want to determine your own paycheck!
     
    Sep 26, 2009
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  3. Darcy

    Darcy Gold Member

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    I agree with Michelle. You never know, Many students work for extra income and they put many hours in at low paying jobs. You can offer her a great way to make good income and truely enjoy doing it.

    Darcy
     
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  4. wadesgirl

    wadesgirl Legend Member Gold Member

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    I got to thinking that a lot of the products she mentioned yesterday are in the kit:
    Food Chopper
    Cookware
    Forged Cutlery

    I'm not prejudging her just trying to figure out the best way to approach her. Maybe I'll have my sister sit in with us when we discuss the business that way if my niece ever has any questions my sister can be there for her too.

    And since she wants to do a catalog show, she could just turn it into her first show.
     
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  5. crystalscookingnow

    crystalscookingnow Senior Member Gold Member

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    I just signed my 20 year old cousin. I think if she has the ability to do a catalog show, she could give it a try. While it does require work, if she enjoys it & doesn't mind putting the work in, she may have a very successful business by the time she's out of college (if she's going) or by the time she's 25 when most people are just thinking it out.
     
  6. DebbieJ

    DebbieJ Legend Member

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    I just signed an 18 yo. There is no reason to treat her any different than anyone else.
     
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  7. gilchrist_pchef

    gilchrist_pchef Member

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    Okay, I am 24 and I started this business when I was 19. I don't know if I would ask your sister to join you when you talk to your niece; if your niece wants her there she will bring her. Treat her like any other adult. I am very successful at this biz (selling about $3000 every month) and I still get treated like a baby by older pc consultants :) I have seen many older consultants that are immature, so I don't think age matters.
     
  8. susanr613

    susanr613 Senior Member Gold Member

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    anyone remember a 19-year old named Jillian Eisenberg???

    it doesn't matter what age, if you have smarts, passion, and drive, you can achieve anything!!

    have fun with her!
     
    Sep 26, 2009
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  9. AJPratt

    AJPratt Legend Member Silver Member

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    I think your niece would be like any other consulant: they can make it or not. Its up to her! I wouldn't invite the Mom unless she is your upline director.
     
    Sep 26, 2009
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  10. wadesgirl

    wadesgirl Legend Member Gold Member

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    Good point!

    Yes I know Jillian was very young when she started!

    Good to hear from someone who was that young when you started!

    That's why I posted, I guess I just see her differently because she's my niece! I've known her her whole life! I also cannot believe that she is 18, I guess she is an adult now I should treat her like one.
     
    Sep 26, 2009
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  11. AJPratt

    AJPratt Legend Member Silver Member

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    I love this board, because aside from all of the great info and advice, you can use everyone here as a guage to check yourself. I am always asking "Is it me?!" LOL
     
    Sep 26, 2009
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  12. wadesgirl

    wadesgirl Legend Member Gold Member

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    Exactly! That's why I like to post things here. I can see everyone else's opinion on what I'm thinking!
     
    Sep 26, 2009
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  13. patty42240

    patty42240 Member

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    I would say that the time you spend with your niece teaching her the business will be an investment in HER future. Give her the guidance she will need and don't give up on her. She is young and she is going to be trying to find her *place* in the world. What better gifts can you give her than the gifts of your love, time, and guidance.
     
    Sep 27, 2009
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