Do you want to work from home but don't want to start your own business? By working for a direct-selling or multi-level marketing company, you can earn money and set your own hours while selling to the customers of your choice, like family members and neighbors. Find out if working with this company is right for you.
Name of company: The Pampered Chef, global headquarters based in Addison, Illinois
What it does: The Pampered Chef is a direct seller of guaranteed, professional-quality kitchen tools and pantry items. These include cookware, preparations tools and gadgets like ice shavers and apple corers. The bread and butter of the business is the Kitchen Show, where consultants use their expertise to demonstrate the products by cooking or preparing meals in a home. In 2000, more than one million in-home Kitchen Shows were held in the U.S., and sales topped $700 million.
How long it's been around: Doris Christopher, an educator, home economist and mother, founded the company in 1980.
How it works: A prospective consultant pays an initial start-up fee to gain access to the company's tools and products. The Pampered Chef's Kitchen Consultants host shows or parties in homes to sell products. Consultants organize, develop and maintain independent businesses and determine their own hours and sales goals.
What you would do: As a Kitchen Consultant you will sell products primarily through in-home cooking demonstrations known as Kitchen Shows. Some consultants host shows at bridal expos, and many create online gift registries that enable customers to purchase products via the Web. Online registries allow consultants to cast a wider sales net by offering their customers access to products 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Cost to you: The Pampered Chef offers a "Super Starter Kit" of their most popular tools and business products for an investment of $100. Consultants get a commission of 20 percent on all products sold during a Kitchen Show. All commissions are paid on a monthly basis. Consultants can boost their commissions in the company by recruiting two or more people to join. The company also provides incentives in the form of free products, jewelry and vacations.
Where in the world you can sell: The Pampered Chef has home offices and consultants in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Germany.
The next step: After visiting the Pampered Chef Website or calling for more information at 800-266-5562, you'll receive a general letter and a catalog in the mail. The catalog showcases the current products featured at Kitchen Shows. After reviewing the materials, you can call the toll-free number provided to leave a message for a sales director in your area who will get in touch with you within 24 hours.