1. Join Chef Success Today!
    Get support for your PC business today! Increase your sales right now! Download 1000s of files and images, view thousands of support threads! Totally Free!
    Dismiss Notice

Pampered Chef: Basic Office Supplies Needed

  1. ChefRiGuy

    ChefRiGuy Member

    58
    1
    Hey Everyone,

    Since it has been a while I need a little help. I am pretty low on extra money right now (hence rejoining PC), but does anyone have a basic list of some of the essential office supplies I should get to start.

    Stapler, Pens, Paper Clips, etc???? ;)
     
    Aug 6, 2009
    #1
  2. janetupnorth

    janetupnorth Legend Member Gold Member

    15,120
    2
    Stapler, pens, computer, printer, labels and I can usually get by! :)
    ...oops and whatever envelopes you use for host packets or to mail things.

    I don't think you need a lot of frills to do PC - really!
     
    Aug 6, 2009
    #2
  3. ChefRiGuy

    ChefRiGuy Member

    58
    1
    Cool yea that is the list I made and think what I used before. Is that company still around that does the business cards, ink address stamp, etc? It was like Town and Country or something like that?
     
    Aug 6, 2009
    #3
  4. chefann

    chefann Legend Member Gold Member

    22,238
    5
    Now it's Merrill. They have a link on Consultant's Corner.

    Keep it simple, and you won't spend more than you make!
     
    Aug 6, 2009
    #4
  5. ChefRiGuy

    ChefRiGuy Member

    58
    1
    Cool I JUST signed my agreement like an hour ago so don't quite have access to Consultants Corner yet, but will check Merril out. Any idea of the cost of business cards and the stamp?
     
    Aug 6, 2009
    #5
  6. chefann

    chefann Legend Member Gold Member

    22,238
    5
    They have a "super success kit" that comes with 500 cards, a stamp and a magnetic name badge for $42.00.

    If you don't care so much about having the logo, you can get business cards a LOT less expensively from VistaPrint.
     
    Aug 6, 2009
    #6
  7. ChefBeckyD

    ChefBeckyD Legend Member Gold Member

    20,466
    32
    AND a stamp. I use VistaPrint for all of my marketing needs.
     
    Aug 6, 2009
    #7
  8. Intrepid_Chef

    Intrepid_Chef Legend Member Silver Member

    5,185
    20
    I HEART Vista Print!!!

    Print your Office Max perks card and take it to Office Max ... you can get a thing of 50 VERY SUBSTANTIAL magnets to put on the back of your biz cards, and labels to use for mailing purposes very cheap.

    I personally give two sheets of these labels with every host packet, one blank and one printed with the show info, to each host. I instruct her to fill out the blank labels with the addys of her guests, and affix the printed ones to the postcards to mail out.

    Folders and pens and such are VERY CHEAP this time of year.
     
  9. BlessedWifeMommy

    BlessedWifeMommy Veteran Member

    1,762
    3
    Look for back to school sales. I use the portfolio type folders for host packets, any other time of year they are 50 cents a piece, I just got them for 15 cents.
     
  10. Intrepid_Chef

    Intrepid_Chef Legend Member Silver Member

    5,185
    20
    They are 9 cents at Walgreens and have been for a while.
     
  11. BlessedWifeMommy

    BlessedWifeMommy Veteran Member

    1,762
    3
    Of course, everyone always gets a better deal than me. he he! :rolleyes:
     
  12. DebbieJ

    DebbieJ Legend Member

    10,901
    2
    Yeah, I just made some cool ones last night. They have a house with a chef's hat inside. They are blue, which I think makes them stand out. They are premium cards, so they were $3.99 for 250 of them. :thumbup::thumbup:
     
    Aug 6, 2009
    #12
  13. DebbieJ

    DebbieJ Legend Member

    10,901
    2
    the necessities--pens, calculator, something to hold the money/checks at shows, envelopes of various sizes (#10 and catalog size), postage stamps, business cards, calendar/planner (you get one in your kit), separate checking account

    helpful--file folders, computer labels (I use the 30 to a sheet kind for almost everything, super cheap with the Office Max card), stamp with your info (for catalogs), binders, magnets for business cards
     
    Aug 6, 2009
    #13
  14. ChefRiGuy

    ChefRiGuy Member

    58
    1
    Thanks for all the tips everyone! I don't remember needing or having a separate checking account before...is it necessary? What is the PC debit card again and worth it?

    And how do you get the Office Max card again?
     
    Aug 6, 2009
    #14
  15. wadesgirl

    wadesgirl Legend Member Gold Member

    11,440
    34
    I love Dollar Tree for certain items. You can find printing labels there for really cheap.

    I am so happy that I have a different account, it would be very hard for me to keep my personal finances and my business separate. The debit card is hooked to your bank account and let's you purchase items for supply orders, etc.

    You can get the Office Max card on CC.
     
    Aug 6, 2009
    #15
  16. Jolie_Paradoxe

    Jolie_Paradoxe Senior Member Gold Member

    2,878
    16
    You do not need a separate one, but it's smart to have a separate account. I opened a savings acct for all my PC transactions. That way, your money isn't combined meaning less chances for mistakes.

    The debit card is basically just PC's way of linking to the bank account of your choice. The card number issued can and will only be used to pay for the shows you submit. You deposit the cash and/or checks for the orders in your acct, and PC withdraws it from the acct you specified.

    You will need to apply for one because after your 1st 60 days, they will only accept the PC debit card number for your shows.

    Welcome and Much Success!
     
  17. ChefRiGuy

    ChefRiGuy Member

    58
    1
    So I have a savings account and never use it (lol sad but no savings in it) I can link the PC card to that and use it as my business account?
     
    Aug 7, 2009
    #17
  18. Intrepid_Chef

    Intrepid_Chef Legend Member Silver Member

    5,185
    20
    I use an account that is barely active except for my PC biz. They won't let me use the real debit card for that account, which would get me points.

    But if I pay for every customer's order separately, they will let me use this or another debit card. It does get to be a bit of a pain, however. I only use my regular debit card for last-minute orders when I don't have time to go back to the bank to cover the deposit (even though PC takes forever to hit the debit cards, I take no chances) and then, I can't pay for things as a "consultant gift."

    They will also use your account to direct depost your checks if you so desire.
     
  19. NooraK

    NooraK Legend Member Gold Member

    5,884
    29
    You could. I chose to open a separate checking account because then I can use the check card for that to buy my business supplies etc conveniently.
     
    Aug 7, 2009
    #19
  20. NooraK

    NooraK Legend Member Gold Member

    5,884
    29
    And you should so desire, I think the fee for a paper check is now up to $4.
     
    Aug 7, 2009
    #20
Have something to add?

Draft saved Draft deleted