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Pampered Chef: Prospect- Kosher and no car

  1. chefann

    chefann Legend Member Gold Member

    I know there are threads on here dealing with these issues, and I will do a search to get what info I can from them. I just wanted to get a current-day perspective, since some of the threads may be pretty old. And this way, I can get current feedback from people who have dealt with this type of situation.

    I worked a booth last week with a clustermate at a home business/franchise fair. We didn't get a lot of leads, but those we got are recruit leads. (yay!) One of the women I spoke to seemed to have several issues with direct sales business. When I approached her, she made a comment that led me to believe she thought we just wanted her to have a party. Once I explained that we were there to talk to people who were interested in making money, she opened up a little.

    However, she keeps Kosher, and seems to have in her head that she would be somehow hobbled in her business by that. I did try to address that concern by telling her that she could always do kosher demos, or by using hosts' tools (when they had them). But the other big issue is that she doesn't have a car, and has a very small house (she told me that when I mentioned that I knew consultants who do all their parties at their own homes). Detroit has LOUSY public transportation, and she said she doesn't have friends who would be willing to drive her around.

    If you've dealt with consultants on your team who have worked around either or both of these situations, can you please share how they made it work?

    Oct 8, 2009
  2. Nfldfran

    Nfldfran Member

    I can't help with the Kosher aspect of the challenges but no transportation was an issue with one of my consultants who signed in August. It is also a concern for another who is planning to sign this month or next.

    One of the suggestions I had for both these women is to work out a "deal" with the host. In exchange for a ride to and from the show the consultant can offer an extra product (or add to the free product). She can use the host discount to accomplish this. An extra $20 in free product does not cost her that amount.

    The girl who signed in Aug knows students who live nearby. Several of these people have cars. In exchange for a ride she invites them to a home cooked dinner the evening before or after her show.

    If shows are not too distant she gets a taxi and keeps the receipt for taxes.Of course the taxi driver is a huge help with the bags too.

    I hope some of these ideas are helpful
    Oct 8, 2009
  3. I don't have a car right now. I use my husbands on the weekends and in evenings. If he's not available, or we overlap, I find him a ride to and/or from work, or I borrow a neighbor or friend's car. Where there is a will, there is a way!

    As for keeping Kosher, if she is using her tools, and preparing the food, I don't see it as a problem. She can offer to buy the groceries andhave the host pay her back at checkout. That way she knows what she is using is kosher.

    I would think keeping Kosher would be a huge advantage in certain communities. She could market towards those communities as a kosher pc consultant. It could be brilliant!

    Good luck!
  4. susanr613

    susanr613 Senior Member Gold Member

    I spoke with HO over a year ago about the kosher issue - the consultant can order another kit within the first couple weeks after signing. S/he has to write an e-mail to HO explaining the kosher situation.

    Then, the consultant can have the kosher set at home and to bring to other kosher houses, and bring the non-kosher set to non-kosher homes. She can use her PC $ to buy duplicates if she anticipates needing them for dairy and meat. For example, she might need 2 DCBs, one for the 30 Minute Chicken and one for the Potato Chowder (made with milk and cheese).

    Ann, if you make any progress with her, I would be happy to get on the phone with you and her to brainstorm more workarounds for the kosher situation.
    Oct 9, 2009
  5. chefann

    chefann Legend Member Gold Member

    Thanks, Susan! That helps a lot with that issue. I will be in contact if I need to pick your brain a little more.
    Oct 9, 2009
  6. Grandmarita

    Grandmarita Advanced Member Gold Member

    I have heard that we have Amish consultants. Now, there you have a challenge. They do not use electric in their homes, and they do not have phones (generally). If there are exceptions, they probably are Mennonites. Amish do not drive cars but are not ashamed of hiring rides or sometimes bartering to get wherever they want to go.

    Like someone said, where there is a will, there is a way.
    Oct 9, 2009
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