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Pampered Chef: Bookings Considering PC

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  1. Hello.. I met with a recruiter today who happened to be a director who did a show I hosted a few weeks ago. Im considering joining and have done a lot of research, but Im nervous about getting started. Im trying to get 6 people to commit to shows but Im not having a lot of luck. I do have 2 shows scheduled from my party that she is going to "give" me should I join, the first is the end of this month. Im wondering how hard is it to really get started. Im not a pushy sales person, but I believe in the product, have a lot and think it sells itself, of course Ill sell and love what I do but I am not pushy.

    Im looking for advice on if I should sign or not and if others had hesitation. If I do this I want to be successful and get at least the $1250 in sales the first 3 months to maximize what I can get and grow from there, but at least that.

    Any help or words of encouragement and ideas would be great.
    thanks
     
    Aug 11, 2005
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  2. DebbieSM

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    Call everyone you can think of. Call friends and family, let them know that you are planning on starting your own business but you really need their support and help. Phone calls really help your business and you never know maybe they have thought of the same thing you have. You never know, just ask. Good luck with your new business.

    Debbie :)
     
    Aug 11, 2005
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  3. PamperedGinger

    PamperedGinger Advanced Member

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    I understand your concerns. I have been a Pampered Chef junkie since college...started having shows to furnish my kitchen. Fifteen years later I'm selling PC. I started 2 years ago...just had my 2 year anniversary!

    My feeling is...why NOT give Pampered Chef a try. You have NOTHING to lose and EVERYTHING to gain. You can get $350 worth of products for only $90, an opportunity to get the new Professional Roasiting Pan worth $90 for FREE, a chance to get additional FREE products for your first 3 months, AND a PAYCHECK! You only have to try for 4 shows...catalog, kitchen, fund-raiser, or bridal!

    Give it a try...you have your group to support you and all of us rooting you on!
     
  4. pamperedbecky

    pamperedbecky Legacy Member

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    I agree with Ginger....it's worth a try and worst case scenario, if you don't like it after four shows....you're done and you've got the wonderful products. I found when I started out, I would ask everyone I could think of if they'd do me a favor. Then I'd go into how I'm starting my own business, I'm so excited, the products are great, etc.... It seemed that when they looked at it as doing me a favor, they were pretty likely to book a show. Not necessarily for all the bookings rewards, but the "favor" angle helped.

    I also think it's good to ask everyone you can think of. Not just good friends. I was pleasantly surprised how many "acquaintances" were willing to have shows for me and it gave me a chance to get to know them better.

    One other thing to consider is doing those two shows your recruiter would give you, do an open house yourself, do a couple catalog shows (out of town friends are good for this) and maybe do a fundraiser or something. That's one way to start! Some people do one Open House on a weeknight and another on the weekend to accomodate schedules, so it could be two separate shows. And as you'll hear here, don't call it an "open house." Calling it an actual Kitchen Show helps with attendance.

    Good luck to you!
     
    Aug 11, 2005
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  5. BethCooks4U

    BethCooks4U Legend Member Gold Member

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    I agree with Ginger too but FYI, the Roasting Pan is worth $145 (not $90) so it's even better than she said! :D

    Call your recruiter or ask us if you have any concerns! There are a lot of experienced (we say "seasoned") consultants here and a lot of new ones going through just what you're feeling! It's a comfort place. ;)
     
    Aug 12, 2005
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  6. chefjanet

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    Try a "Grand Opening"

    Hi there,

    I agree with Becky that scheduling an Open House early on can be a great way to introduce your new business to friends, neighbors and family. I suggest calling it the "Grand Opening" of your Pampered Chef business. You can create all kinds of excitement by decorating with balloons, etc. Offer a special door prize raffle at the show and award extra tickets to anyone who schedules a show to help you get started.

    Another idea that I've suggested to many new consultants is to trace the outline of one of your hands and write a preferred date for a show on each finger. Then add the headline, "Could You Give Me A Hand in Getting My Business Started?" Set it on your demo table and ask each guest if they would be willing to support your new business by helping you to get started.

    Of course, you are never going to know success unless you are willing to give it a try. We've all been in your shoes and for some reason, decided that the consultant opportunity was more about "what could be" than "what might not be". Good luck in your new business!

    -Janet :p
     
    Aug 12, 2005
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  7. pamperedbecky

    pamperedbecky Legacy Member

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    I love that idea! How cute. That's such a great way to do it. Or you could do a REALLY big one on a big poster board to really attract attention. Thanks for sharing that idea. :)
     
    Aug 12, 2005
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  8. PamperedGinger

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    Thanks Beth...kids interupted and got distracted.
     
  9. BethCooks4U

    BethCooks4U Legend Member Gold Member

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    No worries. ;)
     
    Aug 12, 2005
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