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Pampered Chef: Bookings Would you drive 4 hours for a show?

  1. etteluap70PC

    etteluap70PC Legacy Member Gold Member

    I have a couple leads 4hrs away... Hmmmm what to do? I know try to recruit them. I will do my best...
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2010
    Jan 10, 2010
  2. chefsteph07

    chefsteph07 Legacy Member

    No, I would not drive 4 hours for a show!
    Jan 10, 2010
  3. otisbg

    otisbg Advanced Member Gold Member

    I would never drive 4 hours for a show
    Jan 10, 2010
  4. lovescooking

    lovescooking Member Gold Member

    I would not drive 4 hours for a show but I would offer to do a catalog show. My sister lives in Georgia and when she wanted to have a show I suggested a catalog show. After we closed the show people where still asking if they could order from her and guess what...you guessed it she has been a consultant for over 2 years!
    Jan 10, 2010
  5. pkd09

    pkd09 Future Director Silver Member

    I did once for a relative and spent the night. Good visit with family and a write off.
    Jan 10, 2010
  6. NooraK

    NooraK Legend Member Gold Member

    One way thay's quite far. If it was family, and I could make it a weekend trip, I'd consider it. If the host was for sure signing and wanted me to come suppot and train her, I might.
    Jan 10, 2010
  7. BethCooks4U

    BethCooks4U Legend Member Gold Member

    I would. Host coach like crazy. Make sure she knows how far you are coming and tell her that you need at least 6 people and 4 outside orders MINIMUM. Definitely work on recruiting the host. If she's not interested, recruit someone else at the party - it's actually easier. After all if the consultant had to come so far the area must be in need of a consultant. ;)

    I've gone much farther than that but mostly for family and made it a mini-vacation. Bookings are either made for when I can be back or catalog shows if I don't have a new consultant to leave behind. ...my family lives almost 1000 miles from me.

    I did a show in Houston for my niece. She got a booking (catalog show). The catalog show got a booking but the host wanted a live show so after some urging and thinking the catalog host signed. Now I have a TX team. She'll be a director as soon as she gets her team to start recruiting.

    Anything's possible.
    Jan 10, 2010
  8. hmolah

    hmolah Member

    NO! Even if you have a $800 show and make $160 - you're still spending at least $50 of that on gas not to mention any other freebies you might give away. If the lady had a guaranteed CONFIRMED guest list of 25-30, then maybe, but that is still a bit far unless it is a close friend/family member. I'd think you'd need it to be a $1000 show for it really to be that profitable for your time/gas/expense that you'd make! Consider asking the lady to become a consultant and doing the show on her own! You'd earn WAY more from her that way!

    Just my 2 cents....
    Jan 10, 2010
  9. kcmckay

    kcmckay Advanced Member Gold Member

    personally I might. I'm going to try to get a friend that lives near Hartford to have a show night before Launch meeting in hartford. It's only 2 hours and a nice write off for a visit with a friend. She is also a recruit lead so it would be totally worth it. In fact I need to get in touch with her now to discuss this option and see if she's still interested in having a show. It's about a 21/2 hour drive.

    I would happily drive 8 hours to Pittsburgh for a show if my SIL wanted to and I'd get to see my nieces! Next time I plan a trip out there I'll have to see if she's receptive to having a show and if I get bookings interest maybe I'll recruit her or a friend!:):D

    Actually I'm glad I opened this thread. I might just be on to something after all!
    Jan 10, 2010
  10. Malinda Klein

    Malinda Klein Advanced Member Gold Member

    I actually drove 5 hours for a show, and ended up getting 3 bookings from it (750 show). i tried to talk them into having it the same day (or two of them), but they didn't want too. I ended up turning them into catalog shows...
  11. NooraK

    NooraK Legend Member Gold Member

    One of the execs got started because the consultant that did the party she went to drove so far that she didn't want to come back. She said that anyone who wanted to sign up would get all the bookings.
    Jan 10, 2010
  12. wadesgirl

    wadesgirl Legend Member Gold Member

    I personally wouldn't. I have narrowed it down to about an hour from here. It's not worth it to me. Since you said you have a couple leads maybe you could get them to do a party on the same night or weekend so that you only have to make one trip.
    Jan 10, 2010
  13. chef131doreen

    chef131doreen Veteran Member Gold Member

    NO, NO, NO I would not do a show that far , Have her do the show you can be on the phone on speaker phone , sign her just before tell her you will answer all the questions ect , She can make the commission , free products , bookings , ect you know
  14. Brenda K.

    Brenda K. Member Gold Member

    I would definately do a show 4 hours away. I have done that numerous times. It is a great way to build your team. One of my top selling consultants in my team is a consultant that lives 5 hours from me. You can go to the show and tell someone you will give them the bookings off the show to sign up on your team.

    Also, I go to MPLS once a year for a family vacation and always book a show there to write it off on taxes.

    Last thought the Dakota's are great. I live on the border of MN and ND. We are very nice! :chef:
    Jan 10, 2010
  15. StacieB

    StacieB Veteran Member Gold Member

    Where in the Dakotas are the shows?

    Unless it is family 4 hours is a little far.
    Jan 10, 2010
  16. scottcooks

    scottcooks Veteran Member Gold Member

    Yup a relative called and I will cook it! I got a more local rep to assist with bookings though.
    Jan 10, 2010
  17. PamperedchefDaly

    PamperedchefDaly Member Gold Member

    Depends on where it is. Yes, if it's family or near family where I can visit. No if it's a random booking.
  18. gaddischef

    gaddischef Member Gold Member

    I'm willing to go about anywhere -- especially if I'm trying to earn the trip! I would definitely host coach and try to recruit like the previous people have said. I love to meet new people and you never know where your next superstar is going to be! :) Or your next huge show!
    Jan 10, 2010
  19. Intrepid_Chef

    Intrepid_Chef Legend Member Silver Member

    Only if it's family or people I know really, really well, and only then if the weather is good.

    I posted last November about the "party switch from hell" ... I drove 90 minutes for that show ... turned into a 2.5 hour drive into the snowbelt ... and after all that, long story short, it didn't work out. Oh, and my fuel pump went on my aging car the next day. Coincidence? I think not.
  20. robochick84

    robochick84 Member

    75% of my shows are 4-5 hours away. Thus far I have not had success with booking locally, but my friends and family where I grew up are willing to do so. It gives me the opportunity to take these trips and take in extra sights at the same time.
    Jan 11, 2010
  21. raebates

    raebates Legend Member Staff Member

    I've enjoyed reading the responses. For me it would depend on a lot. I generally limit myself to within 2 hours of my home. However, The Furry Guy's cousin will be getting married this spring. They live about 4 hours from us. If the cousin's bride wanted to have a PC shower I wouldn't hesitate to make the drive.
    Jan 11, 2010
  22. Pampered Chef Mommy

    Pampered Chef Mommy Gold Member

    I would! I drive 6. :chef: You have 2 ways to think of it.. like someone else said host coach like crazy and you have a great show. the other there must be no one in the area thats taking care of them so shes coming to you. ( not meaning anything bad if there are other consultants in the area that you know, just stating business) 2nd way to look at it there may be leads to share the business and help show them or your host the way..

    Good luck!
  23. BadGirl

    BadGirl Member Gold Member

    Absolutely not, would I travel that far for a show.

    I limit myself to shows under an hour away from me. And that's why I'll never make high levels within TPC....I'm too lazy. But having a full-time job, a toddler and four older step-children, a husband just about to graduate as a Doctor, and a part-time catering business, and we're about to move into our new home, I just don't want to put that much effort in to it.
    Jan 11, 2010
  24. raebates

    raebates Legend Member Staff Member

    Oh, my! :eek: I'm surprised you find time to trave 10 minutes from home.
    Jan 11, 2010
  25. etteluap70PC

    etteluap70PC Legacy Member Gold Member

    I would not say you were lazy! It is a choice you have made for your family! If my DH was not out of work I would not even consider this. I am at a point where I NEED to step up my business and I am looking at this as an Opportunity!

    Thanks for all your responses. I'm thinking I will go for it. Now to get it scheduled!
    Jan 11, 2010
  26. Patty Davis

    Patty Davis Member

    Sounds like it is a super-personal preference. You have to weigh the pros & cons. Personally I would, but I live in Texas, and 4 hours can be a day-trip! I too have family 3+ hours away and have a strong group there. When I go to my sister's, I book multiple parties and we have a great time! I also have family 10+ hours away, did a spring break show so I could write off the trip and recruited my niece to take the bookings.

    Good luck and let us know how it goes!
    Jan 11, 2010
  27. Sheila

    Sheila Legend Member Gold Member

    I'm on a small island (Okinawa, Japan), so I haven't been presented with that situation yet. I'd probably say no, unless it was someone that I knew, beyond a shadow of a doubt, would produce enough guests and outside orders to make it worth my while.

    I am planning a trip home to TX in May and e-mailed out to a group of friends/family that I'm looking for 4 bookings all in one weekend. I've booked 2 of the 4 May slots yesterday & had a 3rd one agree to do a show today! :D Lisa (pampcheflisa) has graciously agreed to loan me some equipment to work that weekend. I'll try to recruit and if I do, they will get the show they are attending and any bookings off that show ... but I doubt that I'll recruit at all 3/4 shows. So in exchange for loaning me the tools, I'm giving Lisa the other bookings! :D I certainly won't be flying from Japan back to TX to do them. ;)

    But I will tell you that if you decide to do it ... don't forget to log your mileage!!! :D
    Jan 11, 2010
  28. no way unless she had CONFIRMED 25-30 minimum guests and $200 minimum in outside orders. Now here's an idea i heard of once...have everyone invited come as if you were going to be there....and have an "at home" catalog show sort of...the host will have to have made the recipe(s) and everyone shops while they eat...if the host as a lot of pc products, you could try to talk her into cooking with her products and who knows....she wont realize it but she is acting as the consultant (can we say recruit?!) and your host can turn in the orders made that night.
    Jan 11, 2010
  29. I drove 3 hours for a friends show, which I signed up to be a consultant. Monday will be my first show I do, and starts my 30 days..Any suggestions on recipes, what comes in the kit (door prizes) etc?
    Mar 4, 2010
  30. cookinfletch

    cookinfletch Member Gold Member

    I'm driving 3 1/2 hours to Newport News, VA for the Director Express, then having my husband's family host a show for me!!
  31. jbdowd0798

    jbdowd0798 Veteran Member Gold Member

    I am driving to DC (3-4hrs) to do a show for a very good friend of ours. We will also see our adopted son (host program) that we haven't seen since the summer, and maybe one or two others. So its worth our while to go. plus the first show she did for me was over $900!! Yeah she'll make sure she has tons of people to make it worth my time and energy!
    Mar 4, 2010
  32. Shannen

    Shannen Novice Member

    I don't know if I would go that far... I was considering turning the show I have tomorrow into a catalog show but did tell her that we need at LEAST 6 people and gave her a ton of ideas for outside orders. She confirmed that she has 12 people coming at least, so I'll be going out there. I love the idea of trying to get a recruit by offering to give them the shows! I'm totally going to do that!
    Mar 4, 2010
  33. esavvymom

    esavvymom Legend Member Staff Member

    As a general rule, no, I wouldn't drive that far- but for family/friends, or launching a new consultant, yeah- I probably would figure out a way.

    By the way- this question was raised almost 2 months ago....any status on if the show has occurred and how it turned out?
    Mar 4, 2010
  34. brendaziz

    brendaziz Member

    Go with your gut. If you WANT to do it, do it. If the thought makes you wanna cry, then you have your answer :)
    I was gonna post a similar question today about if someone would travel 90 minutes for a show! I decided to do it though. It's worth it to me.
    Mar 4, 2010
  35. etteluap70PC

    etteluap70PC Legacy Member Gold Member

    I have not yet gotten ahold of the gal who wanted to host. I have called 2-3 times and either busy or not home. I will do the show if she want's it. Especially with the weather clearing up.
  36. ChefMary412

    ChefMary412 Advanced Member

    It is funny that the answer is kind of dependent on where you are/grew up. Someone from rural Texas or Oklahoma would easily travel over an hour just to go to the grocery store. They might not have as many leads close by.
    I am from Rhode Island originally... and a 4 hour trip would really be something that we spend months planning.. haha.:p
    Mar 4, 2010
  37. jbdowd0798

    jbdowd0798 Veteran Member Gold Member

    LOL Mary- you are soo right!! I've lived there for a few years (Navy) and you do- you plan your trips off the 'island'. lol :) I do miss RI though!
    Mar 4, 2010
  38. DEBBI

    DEBBI Member

    i do them, i turn them into a getaway for dh and i
    Mar 5, 2010
  39. pampcheflisa

    pampcheflisa Advanced Member Gold Member


    Sheila, this made me literally LOL!!!

    I fall into the same category, I think I would only do it for family/close friends. All of my mom's family is from Houston, so I wouldn't hesitate driving the 4 hours and spending the night for them at all!!
  40. etteluap70PC

    etteluap70PC Legacy Member Gold Member

    If my kids were older I would!
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