did I think I’d one day be a leader in a direct sales company. I have sales experience from the plethora of retail jobs I had growing up. But I went to college and even studied post-graduate work. If I was going to start a business, shouldn’t it be some one of a kind start up that’s supposed to skyrocket me to Silicon Valley?
When Munchkin #2 came around, I realized I’d spent a good part of my adult life wiping someone else’s butt and washing their spit up off my clothes. The epiphany hit me like a baby bottle to the head. I had no right to be hoity-toity about anything. Desperate to discuss a topic unrelated to toddlers, I wanted a job that offered a flexible schedule and the opportunity to be my own boss. I love the idea of a franchise, but couldn’t afford the buy in. Direct sales started looking better and better.
The direct sales industry has oodles of product variety to choose from. I was raised in a military and blue collar family that emphasized the value of a dollar; therefore, I wanted to sell something people would use every day. That’s when I thought of Pampered Chef. I saw the value in kitchen tools that would be used by families on a regular basis.
Fast forward 4 years, and I don’t know where I’d be without my Pampered Chef business. The business helps pay for dance classes, soccer teams, and is currently making payments toward paying off our forever home. You hear these stories a lot…the inspirational tale of a young mom finding herself in her business and climbing the ladder to success. Roll your eyes all you want, but it happens. I’m definitely one of those stories.
But I’m not hear to talk about some rags to riches diatribe. I want to share the benefits that you don’t see in a paycheck…the ones that couldn’t be traded for a million dollars. They’re the benefits I didn’t even see coming.
The Pampered Chef team I ended up joining happened completely by chance, but the friendships formed tell me it was all meant to be. I called a random consultant in my area whose sister eventually coached me to a life changing business. Through that business guidance and coaching, we have become good friends and confidantes.
The friendships I’ve created through my Pampered Chef business are ones that I dearly cherish. They are people who I can rely on as my cheerleaders in work and in life. As I’ve continued my journey through the Pampered Chef ranks, I have found an incredible circle of people from all over the country. We all have a common interest in food, family, and good times and we come together with a mission to help families create memories together around the dinner table. It’s quite an amazing experience.
For someone who just wanted to get out of the house a couple nights a week, these long distance connections have been such a blessing.
Becoming a mother was one of the greatest experiences I’ve ever been through. But it was also a huge hit to my self-confidence. I gained weight I had trouble losing. Despite my higher education, my conversations revolved around the sleep schedules of tyrannical toddlers. Childhood insecurities of being accepted and liked reared their ugly heads and my ego plummeted.
My Pampered Chef business has rescued me from despair more times than I can count. I have struggled with depression and anxiety since adolescence. The isolation of motherhood seemed to exacerbate the sadness. My direct sales business through Pampered Chef gave me the motivation to combat those demons. The business was a constant reminder that I was someone people enjoyed having around. The brief hours while I worked parties gave me a break from The Munchkins, making me a more patient mom when I was home with them. It was a business that was mine, and it turned out I was pretty good at it.
I still struggle with depression and anxiety. Some demons may stick around forever, no matter how many Pampered Chef parties I throw. I’m grateful for the renewed confidence to face my fears and make friends with an entire room of people. I’m even happier I get to model that self-assurance for The Munchkins.
Many direct sales companies offer fundraising programs for non-profits, sports teams, and various organizations. Pampered Chef is no exception to this rule. Direct sales companies are also known to partner with larger non-profits to raise money for causes that are near and dear to the company’s purpose. My company, for instance, partners with Feeding America and the American Cancer Society.
I am proud to be part of a company that gives back to the communities it serves. Feeding America helps feed millions of hungry families. Being part of that is an incredible feeling. Likewise, our donations to Help Whip Cancer has detected early signs of breast cancer in countless women. It is humbling to be a part of such a selfless community of people. This is work that has saved lives. Nothing to scoff at, in my opinion.
I am a law enforcement officer’s wife, so The Husband’s work hours take him away from us for days at a time. I will never claim to know what it feels like to be a single parent, but I do understand desperately needing someone else to take over the parenting reigns without any respite in sight. The Munchkins have seen me break down in frustration more times than I’d like to think about.
Oh but there’s a super sweet flip side.
I never realized that The Munchkins were going to watch their mom climb the ranks of a billion dollar company. They will one day imagine a woman who can manage a career and a family and I like to think they’ll imagine me. I have shown them that big goals can be achieved with hard work and dedication. They get to watch their mom build her own business and create lasting memories together as we cook in our kitchen. The Munchkins even enjoy creating healthy recipes with Pampered Chef’s kitchen tools, like my famous Chicken Bruschetta Zoodles.
They can proudly say “My mom runs her own business” when asked what their mom does for a living. And they’ll know I did it at home, raising them at the same time. They’ll know I did it all for them.
A lot of people out there give direct sales companies a bad reputation. In my opinion, they’re either customers who didn’t get the service they wanted or past consultants who gave up. These companies provide an alternative route for anyone who wants a flexible schedule and the potential for income growth. It’s a chance to earn a paycheck on your own terms…whether through individual sales, online parties, or live shows in someone’s home.
If you’re interested in finding out more about Pampered Chef’s business opportunity, check out my website!