I'm new to Pampered Chef and just completed my 4th cooking show. I'm learning so much along the way--mostly the hard way (like don't bother with the Save Guest button...use the Save to Contacts or you lose their information forever or running out of catalogs because I didn't order more than the 25 that came with my kit early enough and had to scramble to get some from my recruiter!) I make phone calls to HO almost daily when working on the business with all my problems and questions with software, computer stuff, missing items in orders, etc. They are super helpful and sweet. Not one of them has been willing to host a virtual party with me yet, though. I'll keep asking because it's good practice! I still feel really stupid...like what does the unlimited warranty really mean with the executive cookware? Can they get it replaced if the non-stick is peeling even though they NEVER put it in the dishwasher and only used PC nylon tools after 10 years of use? If not, is it really a lifetime warranty?? What do I say to them? Also, is it unethical to tag an order to the back of a host's or use their 1/2 off if they don't want to? There is definitely a learning curve to this business. Also, I'm a terrible recruiter. Can I even make good money without recruiting? Four shows and at two of them I couldn't even book a party...but then I had that one where I easily booked two and one where I had to work just to get a definite maybe for the future. Lessons learned...or maybe not. We'll see. I'm here to learn how to do this effectively without having to make the mistakes myself...to earn from everyone else's mistakes before I make them. I want to buy the samples while they are still 50% off since I joined after the promotions to earn them (end of July), but I haven't made enough money to do that...and my main goal is to make money, not spend it. ARGH! It's so tempting to be my best customer. Any advice on all of these things would be greatly appreciated!