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Pampered Chef: Busy, busy, dreadfully busy ... (and worried about being inactive)

  1. Intrepid_Chef

    Intrepid_Chef Legend Member Silver Member

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    Last March was my best ever. This year, my March stunk to high heaven, and I am worried about the effect this will have on my summer. Under the new system I will officially be "inactive" in May though I won't lose career sales unless June (Sell-a-thon) stinks too.

    I have some GREAT things planned but they are all in the fall ... a craft fair, a downtown festival and a booking that has historically been the biggest ever, etc.

    Last year I was only working 4 days a week ... now I have my 5th day back plus a LOT of demands on my time. I frequently work days that are 12 days long and have had weeks where I work 7 days straight. At the end of them, all I can do is collapse and sleep. When I do find the energy to make calls or send e-mails, nobody is home and the response is dismal.

    Other than snagging every fair and flea market I can find, what are some SURE FIRE ways to stave off becoming inactive?
     
    Apr 27, 2009
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  2. Jolie_Paradoxe

    Jolie_Paradoxe Senior Member Gold Member

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    One catalog show would be enough
     
  3. pampchefsarah

    pampchefsarah Senior Member Gold Member

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    Your own catalog show, a Mystery Host show, set up your own Vendor Fair.

    Staying active only takes one not-even-good show. And, you're Lady Di - you can do this!
     
    Apr 27, 2009
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  4. candiejayne

    candiejayne Veteran Member

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    I don't have any advice, but I wanted to say that I'm glad to see things are looking up for you at work... :)
     
    Apr 27, 2009
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  5. pamperedlinda

    pamperedlinda Legend Member Gold Member

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    No one will go inactive in April this year. With the new program, everyone starts fresh. If you don't submit anything for April you will technically be 'inactive', but you will not lose your career sales. If you don't submit anything in May, then you will be really inactive and lose your career sales. See the new Career Plan info on CC or talk to your director or call HO Career Solutions for more clarification.
     
    Apr 27, 2009
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  6. Intrepid_Chef

    Intrepid_Chef Legend Member Silver Member

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    My March sales counted for April since they were submitted April 1. But I'm a bit worried about May and the rest of the summer. My director is pushing the "have sales every month" thing by pointing out that we don't get the chance to place an order at a discount if we're not active. Like I ever do that anyway ...

    She also points out things like paperwork packages and Sell-a-thon have to do with whether we are active. It just feels to me like she is out to make sure she and any others in our upline don't lose anything by us not being inactive.

    Yes, it took 3 people to be laid off and ultimately, one to leave this earth in a tragic case for me to get my hours back. The flip side is that our staff is half the size it once was, and all of us are incredibly busy. I also have had a new area of coverage which is much more demanding than the other one. and more rewarding.

    My roomate asked how I would maintain the business. I said I do most of my work in book parties anyway. But it felt like I was running in circles a LOT and beating the same dead horses. Mystery host shows never worked out for me.
     
    Apr 27, 2009
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