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Pampered Chef: Pampered Chef - Is it Flexible?

  1. acherry

    acherry Member Gold Member

    Hi Everyone,
    I need some help. I have a potential recruit who is very interested, but she is a single mother, looking for a full time job, and perhaps may do PC, but is very concerned about time. She read the flyer and thought "well, it looks like it would take a lot of time", I wasn't very quick on my feet (and I still don't know what to say to that as I'm married, but no kids), but I did think quickly enough to ask her to our next cluster meeting to "check us out", which she agreed. Now the question is...how much time is really into PC...I know how much time I spend, but that's b/c I choose to spend the time. I did mention to her that "as it is your business, what ever time you want to spend on it is your decision". I guess maybe I should have mentioned to "try and see", but I forgot, anyways, any other ideas on addressing the "time" factor. I do get this one a lot, but this is the 1st real interested recruit with the issue.
    Any help is greatly appreciated. (p.s. sorry so long, I babble on all the time!)
    Jun 2, 2005
  2. Shawnna

    Shawnna Senior Member Gold Member


    I am married, have 3 children with a full schedule, and I work full time outside the home as well as help my husband with the farm and his catering business. I don't have a lot of time to devote to my Pampered Chef business. However, I stay active - sometimes by the skin of my teeth - and hope to one day be able to do this full time. Some months I do a lot, some months I don't even turn a show in. That is what is so great about this business. You work your business around your family. The more you put into your business, the more you will make. That is up to each consultant. I hope this helps.

    Jun 2, 2005
  3. PamperedGinger

    PamperedGinger Advanced Member

    I think that is one of the AWESOME things about PC....it is SO FLEXIBLE! You can put as much time or as little time into it as you want out of it. If she wants to do this full time, then she is going to need to put more time into it. If she wants to do it part time or as a hobby, then she won't put as much time into it. It depends on her needs and dedication.

    I work full time as a teacher and I have 4 kids. My time is precious. I try to use my time wisely. I let hosts know that I can't call them until later in the evening. I do a lot of communication via email as I can do that late. I use my power hour broken up into 15 minute blocks. I take my cell phone and lists to call and do that at kids sports. I do all this because I do about 6 shows a month. In the summer, I don't want to do as much so I don't! Last summer I took 2 months off and didn't do any kitchen shows for June and July.

    My point...it will be whatever you want it to be. That is why it is so great!
  4. Hi,
    I have a rep, I love, I'm really intrigued by the biz but hesitate to join 'cause I'm afraid I will become inactive too in the future. I'm going to go to school fulltime in the fall (I"m studying two classes now), I work fulltime (I have to do studying there too to renew my license in July), and I'm a single mother of a high school senior. I obviously need extra money but I don't want to do extra shifts at the hospital as it is very stressfull. Am I being unrealistic by joining PC now in June and hope to qualify and then hope to stay active? What is it to stay active?
    Thank you!
    Jun 24, 2009
  5. babywings76

    babywings76 Legend Member Gold Member

    Have you talked w/ the consultant you are working with about your concerns? I think if you can give it a chance, you'll find the answers to your questions. When you first start, you can host your own show for one of them. Then just get a few people to host (family and close friends). You recover your costs after just the first couple shows. So you really don't have anything to lose.

    Each month you need to submit $150 in orders to be considered active. There's no penalty if you go one month w/o meeting that. It's your second month of inactivity which would then mean you would lose your career sales. But then you can just submit $150 in orders again and be considered active again. If you happen to go 6 months of inactivity, then your contract will expire and you would need to re-sign up if you want to be a consultant again.

    Best of luck w/ your decision. :)
    Jun 24, 2009
  6. Thank you, Amanda...
    If I had a teammember join under me then what would be my monthly requirements not to lose her in my downline?
    Jun 24, 2009
  7. susanr613

    susanr613 Senior Member Gold Member

    To respond to the original post. I am a single mother with a full-time job. When I am busy with Pampered Chef, I spend a few hours a week on the phone with customer care, booking, and downline calls (I have 2 people in my downline). I average 6 shows a month, so tack on another 5 hours per week average to do the shows (including travel) and paperwork (entering orders, printing receipts). So, when I'm really focused on PC, it's about 10 hours a week.

    Hope that helps -
    Jun 24, 2009
  8. Koolotus

    Koolotus Advanced Member

    Good answer Susan!
    This business is very flexible, but not optional! Tell her she can work PC into her life and you can help her, but that it is a business and if she wants anything out of it, she needs to show up to work.
    I love Susans Breakdown. So for about 40 hours a MONTH she makes approx. $800

    You've gotten lots of advice, my favorite is Listen more, ask questions, and talk less ;)
    Good luck and let us know what happens!
    Jun 24, 2009
  9. esavvymom

    esavvymom Legend Member Staff Member

    I personally spend way-too much time on my business for what I get out of it- but that's because I'm still working on being efficient with my time. (work in progress!)

    What I am learning though and would tell anyone new (to my team or anyone else's) - don't try to reinvent the wheel! The Pampered Chef resources they give us work just fine!! I've gone BACK to using basically what PC gave us for host packets and recruiting packets, and host coaching, and all of those things that we get caught up in changing or tweaking or making 'prettier'. It wasted alot of my time, and cost me alot more money. As I use the resources and flyers provided/available through Pampered Chef, my job is getting easier and I'm more successful as a result.

    Doesn't EXACTLY give you a time-answer, but it can, if she just uses what is provided- she'll save alot of time (IMHO).
    Jun 24, 2009
  10. beepampered

    beepampered Veteran Member

    Wow, Susan. I'm impressed with your efficiency. I spend a lot of time. I would do everything others have mentioned. I might add that you can "work" after the kids are in bed - with no babysitter needed. You can do training, make packets, enter shows and all the computer stuff at night.
    Jun 25, 2009
  11. babywings76

    babywings76 Legend Member Gold Member

    This thread originated in '05, so that's why I just addressed ElChef. :D
    Jun 25, 2009
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