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A Review of The Pampered Chef MLM Opportunity

Jul 29, 2008
Pampered Chef is a direct sales company headquartered in Addison, IL. Its goal is to preserve the joy of the shared family meal for even the busiest modern families through time-saving tips, tools and recipes. In addition, the company strives to provide an avenue through which consultants can provide for their families with greater freedom using their unique talents.

Doris Christopher founded The Pampered Chef in 1980, because she saw the need for real cooks in regular kitchens to have professional-quality tools. She put together her expertise in the as a home economist and a teacher and began direct selling a collection of what she considered to be the essential kitchen tools.

Today, The Pampered Chef has grown to include 60,000 independent sales representatives worldwide. It has made over $700 million in sales and has served 12 million customers.

The Pampered Chef is a Better Business Bureau accredited business and a proud member of the DSA (Direct Selling Association). DSA membership is a promise to uphold the most ethical standards in business. It is a mandate for the company to be honest and forthright in all dealings, whether with consultants or customers.

The Pampered Chef has a long standing tradition of generosity. Today, the Pampered Chef sponsors many charities, including "Round-up from the Heart" in which customers are encouraged to round up their product orders to the nearest dollar or more. Proceeds go to America's Second Harvest--the nation's foodbank network.

The Pampered Chef product line includes as many as 300 items at a time, with 80-90% of those being exclusive to the company. Many of the products have become iconic. Who doesn't have the round baking stone? I won?t bake on anything else!

The Pampered Chef Kitchens employs home economists, chefs, product developers, dieticians and food scientists who work to continually develop new products, tips and recipes. They strive to make products that are not only time-saving, but multifunctional, so that kitchens are not cluttered with tools that are rarely.

Products are primarily sold through home demonstrations known as Cooking Shows. One million shows are held in the U.S. each year. Customers can also purchase products through an online catalogue on The Pampered Chef's website.

At the Cooking Shows, the consultant prepares a recipe selected by the host to demonstrate the tools and the recipe for the guests. As guests are in enjoying the finished product, the consultant answers questions, takes orders and books parties. So, if you decide to distribute Pampered Chef, you had better like toting products around and cooking before an audience.

Hosts receive free, discounted and half-price products, a 10% discount for a year, and free shipping. There are also monthly host specials, like 60% off of selected items.

It costs $155 to become a Pampered Chef Consultant, slightly higher than startup costs for similar network marketing opportunities. The fee covers a demonstration kit of 25 of the most popular products, a tote bag to carry them in, and business and training materials to help new consultants get started.

Consultants can earn product commissions, dream vacations, jewelry and free products. There are eight consultant career levels progressing from Pampered Chef Consultant to National Executive Director, a set up that is relatively simple compared with other mlm structures.

Unlike most network marketing opportunities, with Pampered Chef you actually make less on the sales of your team as you advance within the company. The best way to earn money with Pampered Chef is to sell a lot of product!

Pampered Chef is suitable for those who like direct selling, talking to a group, meeting new people and cooking. However, this type of direct sales opportunity may not suit someone looking to build a business beneath them and make residual income from their downline or from leveraging the internet.
About the Author
Cathy Yeatts is an online marketer and home business blogger. Get information about various direct sales and network marketing opportunities at the author's network marketing review blog.
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