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Pampered Chef: Who to make checks payable

  1. krhodes74

    krhodes74 Member

    Good Afternoon, All
    I haven't had my first show yet, I just got my kit and I am looking forward to starting next month. But I was wondering who do you make the checks to. Do you prefer the hostes to have all of them made to her so the responsiblity is to her, then she writes you a check. Or is it better to have them make them payable to you. I am swaying with both of them and just wanted some extra input. :D
    Feb 16, 2006
  2. Sk8Mom209

    Sk8Mom209 Advanced Member Gold Member

    I prefer

    That the guests make their checks payable to me. In the event of an NSF I would rather have one customers check come back, instead of a huge check from the host for all guest orders.

    Also, sometimes a guest will not fill out their information completely on the order form and you can get contact information from the check.

    Just my preference.
    Feb 16, 2006
  3. jujubug

    jujubug Novice Member

    I have the guests make their checks out to the host and then the host writes me a check for the whole show. Once your business expands and you start doing shows where you don't even know the host: the customers are less likely to write their friend, the host, a bad check than to you, the consultant, who they will probably never see again.

    Also, you shouldn't have to worry about the host writing you a bad check because she has the money to cover it by the checks she has from all her guests. Sometimes I reassure the host that I will not deposit her check until she deposits all the checks from the show.

    Bottom line: you do what works best for you ;)
    Feb 16, 2006
  4. fruit76loop

    fruit76loop Veteran Member Gold Member

    Host spent $$$$$....

    Unless the hosts spends the $$$ from those checks!! :eek: And I have had that happen twice! So, I also prefer to get the checks made to me!
    Feb 16, 2006
  5. Sk8Mom209

    Sk8Mom209 Advanced Member Gold Member


    I have had that happen also and on $50 check is much better than a $700 check!

    From now on I have everyone make their checks payable to me and I let everyone at my shows know that if at all possible, I prefer debit or credit cards. PC handles them and I do not need to do anything. I have once or twice, even offered to pay shipping if the guest pays with a credit card.
    Feb 16, 2006
  6. chefjeanine

    chefjeanine Legacy Member Gold Member

    I agree with jujubug on this one. In almost five years, I've received only one NSF check from a Host (I'm knocking on wood right now!) and we were able to resolve the situation. I've always felt that guests are less likely to write a bad check to their friend than to me, a stranger.

    So far, so good.
    Feb 16, 2006
  7. Sk8Mom209

    Sk8Mom209 Advanced Member Gold Member

    Just the opposite

    In 3 years the only check that has bounced was a show everyone paid the host and the host paid me. It took months to get the $$ from the host and get my checking account back on track. When a $700+ check bounces in your checking account that you barely make it from paycheck to paycheck, it hurts. It really negatively affected my family and household for a long time.

    I will never go that route again. It is much easier to collect and re-coup from on small check. If I had everyone write their checks to me in that show, only the hosts check would have bounced, the show would not have been placed on hold, the orders would have arrived timely, the customer would be happy, which they weren't and some I lost for good, and none of my checks would have bounced and my household would not have been affected.

    Just my opinion. Better safe than sorry. It's all about what your budget can afford to lose.
    Feb 16, 2006
  8. janel kelly

    janel kelly Advanced Member

    I also have guests make checks out to me. I feel that this is my business so I'm responsible for any "money problems" that should happen should someone write a bad check. I would hate it if my host had to deal with a bad check. I feel they are doing a show for me so I don't like to ask more from them than I have to. The hosts might be fine with it if I did have them write me one big check but I've never asked.
    Feb 16, 2006
  9. DebbieSAChef

    DebbieSAChef Senior Member

    Host pays me!

    If I know the guests really well (once did a show fro a church member and I knew everyone there) I let them write the checks to me.
    But in the event that I meet a stranger, do a show, I explain that she is in charge of getting the checks and then writing me one big check. I have never had a problem.
    I never have a host give me any trouble about this. I explain how she needs to have all those checks deposited ASAP and that usually works out fine. Hosts understand that I shouldn't have to chase someone for money if they know them better than I do.
    For big shows I give a small thank you gift for paying with credit card or I offer them 50 cents off shipping!! I get alot of credit card orders and they really appreciate the fact that they don't have to write a check. It works out better for me and my host.
    Feb 20, 2006
  10. BethCooks4U

    BethCooks4U Legend Member Gold Member

    I always prefer debit or credit or cash for payment but if they give me a check I want it made out to me and so do my hosts. If the host collects the payments and a check bounces then her check could run the risk of not clearing. It is embarrassing to her and the guest and a pain for all. It the check is made out to me and it bounces I can call the person directly and she can work it out with me without any embarrassment. In 4 years I have had about 5 checks bounce and everyone was very quick to make good when it happened.

    If you have any doubts about funds being in the account or need to get the show submitted before the checks are cleared you can go to THEIR bank and cash the check and then deposit the cash into your account.
    Feb 20, 2006
  11. pamperedharriet

    pamperedharriet Legacy Member


    I like your idea!
  12. shano

    shano Member

    Now I live in a small city. It is actually called a village and we have one bank here. In the "bigger" city there is only three different banks. My little trick is that I have the guest write me the check and since the three banks are close to one another I will cash the checks at each bank. This way if there isnt enough in their account I can hold the check and not have it bounce on mine. It works. I have never had a problem. (knocking on wood).
    Feb 26, 2006
  13. DebbieJ

    DebbieJ Legend Member

    For any outside orders before the show and for all orders at the show, I have them write the check to me. I then deposit all of those immediately the next day.

    For orders after the show, I have them write them to the host and then she pays me for theirs and her order when she closes.

    I always mention that I take all major credit cards, but have received a lot of checks lately. Just depends on the crowd.

    In six months in the biz, I've already had one bounced check. The guest made good on it pretty fast with a money order for her order total PLUS the $10 fee my bank charged me.
    Feb 26, 2006
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