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: Part-Time PC Consultants?

  1. Stephanie S

    Stephanie S Member

    202
    0
    I'm curious to know how many of you do this part-time? Perhaps I should clarify a bit further. How many of you have a full-time job (Mon - Fri, 9-5) and do this on the side? Any suggestions for striking a balance while getting the business up and running?

    I work full-time during the days, and find that I spend my entire evenings on the computer as well. Not much of a life right now, but I'm willing to do all of the grunt work in order to have a successful part-time business.
     
    May 18, 2005
    #1
  2. Tammi123

    Tammi123 Novice Member

    43
    0
    I do..

    I work full-time, and also do PC on the side. I have struggled with wanting to be on the phone in the evenings, after being on the phone all day. I have decided, something that I read on this site, I will be doing most of my calls on Sunday evenings, so that the stress of my FT job doesn't interfere. For others that work FT, how have you tackled the Big MAC calls? Obviously, we can't call the next morning. I'm interested in seeing everyone's ideas.

    Thanks--Tammi
     
    May 18, 2005
    #2
  3. Stephanie S

    Stephanie S Member

    202
    0
    Sunday Night Calls

    I too have tried to limit my calls to Sunday nights. I feel that it's a good night as people aren't in the rush of the middle of their week. They are relaxed from the weekend, etc.

    What time do you aim to call between?
     
    May 18, 2005
    #3
  4. Ann F

    Ann F Advanced Member Gold Member

    688
    0
    I work full-time, but not necessarily M-F. I have to work some weekends, too. So far, I haven't done any M-A-C's. That's a new concept for me. I tried to do the Sunday night calling for host coaching and bookings, but couldn't get past the 300 lb phone syndrome. Now I make a few calls through the week and some on Sundays. My children are grown, so I don't have to worry about ball games and such. I'm trying to have 2 shows/week. I think my average is probably 1 1/2. I started last July 1st, and I'm loving it! Good luck to every one.
     
    May 18, 2005
    #4
  5. PamperedGinger

    PamperedGinger Advanced Member

    707
    1
    I work full time as a teacher and I have 4 children from ages 13-6. I do Pampered Chef kitchen shows 1-2 times a week. According to P.C., that makes me full time with Pampered Chef.
     
  6. Stephanie S

    Stephanie S Member

    202
    0
    I hear you on the 300 lb phone syndrome! what strategies are you using to get over that? Have you been successful in finding strategies to obtain bookings? Have you approached people at your full-time job? I'm a little nervous to do that because I don't want my company to think that I'm distracted from my job there.

     
    May 18, 2005
    #6
  7. Tammi123

    Tammi123 Novice Member

    43
    0
    Sunday calls

    I usually try to call after six. That way everyone is pretty much finished with dinner, and hopefully just relaxing.
     
    May 19, 2005
    #7
  8. Part-Time Pampered Chef

    I also work full time during the week. Trying to juggle a family too is fun. Fortunatly my son is 17, so I dont worry about him, much. I try to schedule a day on the weekend for family time, :D
    or time for something I want to do, like horseback riding, or working with my of my horses, that is why I got into this business. I also found what works best is when i get home from my day job, I relax for about a half hour, to catch my breath, then start dinner, while dinner is cooking, I sit with my husband and talk , after dinner is when I start to work, try schduling your calls for certain days from certain times. Make a list of what you want to accomplish that night, I know if I dont, I will forget to do something. :eek:
    Good Luck!
     
    May 29, 2005
    #8
  9. Chef Becca

    Chef Becca Novice Member

    35
    0
    The Power Hour Concept

    If you set "office hours" you'll find that it really helps. Train yourself to start - and stop - on time. The power hour (give or take 15 minutes) is a good place to start.

    The first 30 minutes spend host coaching current hosts and calling potential hosts getting new bookings.

    The next 15 minutes use to call recruits, or potential recruits if you don't have any yet.

    The last 30 minutes spend servicing those people that you've talked with. Maybe putting together a host packet and mailing it, preparing business info for a potential recruit, closing a show...preping for your next show...whatever it might be. This is where the time can be flexible.

    As you start adding customer care calls like the BIG MAC calls, you will want to adjust this schedule. But more than likely if you got in to PC part time you don't want it to dominate ALL of your free time after your FT job. So if you discipline yourself to about an hour each night then you can really knock things out.

    Consistency is the key to everything in this business - show schedule, recruiting, sales, incentives and yes time management. It seems that if you can get into a routine it flows a lot better.

    Hope this helps some! :rolleyes:
     
    May 29, 2005
    #9
  10. PamperedGinger

    PamperedGinger Advanced Member

    707
    1
    Becca brought up a good point about the Power Hour (Belinda Ellsworth's tapes explains this in detail).

    I find that I can't find an entire hour to devote at one sitting. To make it work for me, I break up my hour into 15 minute blocks. I will do host coaching for 15 mintues then later that day I'll do another 15 minute BIG MAC block. Later I will do customer care, and finally I will do a 15 minute block of downline calls/training. It works for me.
     
  11. Stephanie S

    Stephanie S Member

    202
    0
    Host Coaching tips

    I'm looking for some host coaching tips. I've participated in the Tele Class, I've registerd for a seminar at the conference, and I've read all of the available material. I find that many of my hosts are extremely shy on the phone. I also find that I am having a hard time trying to convince them to invite as many people as possible! I try to work with them on their wishlists, and when they realize that they will need to push their guests to purchase, in order to reap the benefits, they tend to shy away as well! Any suggestions? Oh, and I even use incentive coupons that I found on the flyer section of this site - I think they're great. I hope they work. Thank you!
     
    May 30, 2005
    #11
  12. PamperedGinger

    PamperedGinger Advanced Member

    707
    1
    Here is what I have on Host Coaching. (I don't remember where all these came from...some from class and conference....some from boards and emails...maybe even some from here!)
     

    Attached Files:

  13. PamperedGinger

    PamperedGinger Advanced Member

    707
    1
    Still more....
     

    Attached Files:

  14. PamperedGinger

    PamperedGinger Advanced Member

    707
    1
    And more....
     

    Attached Files:

  15. PamperedGinger

    PamperedGinger Advanced Member

    707
    1
    Gosh...didn't realize I had this much!
     

    Attached Files:

  16. PamperedGinger

    PamperedGinger Advanced Member

    707
    1
    More....

    A lot of this might be outdated.....check before you use.
     

    Attached Files:

  17. Stephanie S

    Stephanie S Member

    202
    0
    ha ha. thanks so much Ginger! These will be a great help!
     
    Jun 1, 2005
    #17
Have something to add?

Draft saved Draft deleted