Pampered Chef: A WAHM's Guide


Pampered Chef is a direct sales company that was founded in 1980 by Doris Christopher, a home economist and educator. Christopher recognized a market for professional-quality cookware for the average American kitchen, and created the company around this mission, "We are dedicated to enhancing the quality of family life by providing quality kitchen products supported by service and information for our Consultants and customers." A Pampered Chef consultant is responsible for selling the company's products, which center around cookware and entertaining. Pampered Chef was acquired in 2002 by Berkshire Hathaway, and operates in 5 countries: the US, Mexico, the UK, Canada, and Germany.

Starting Out as a Pampered Chef Consultant

To begin working as a Pampered Chef consultant, you need to apply online or through another Pampered Chef consultant. You will have to purchase a Business Opportunity Kit, which costs $155. The kit comes with several examples of the company's product line, as well as business supplies and training. The company supplies you with continuous training, up-to-date information about the company's products, your own website, and professional business supplies for your duration as a consultant.

Compensation as a Pampered Chef Consultant

Your commission rate depends on the total amount of your sales per month. If you sell $1-$749, you earn 20% commission. This amount is raised incrementally; for example, if you make over $4000 per month, you earn a 25% commission. In addition, you can increase your income by building a team. The company website states that a Director can earn as much as $25,000 per year and up from there. As a Consultant, you earn your commissions by selling the company's products to individuals or by having "cooking shows," party-style demonstrations where you can sell your wares.

Thriving as a Pampered Chef Consultant

Pampered Chef also offers a compensation program, although the information about that program is not readily accessible on their website. To thrive as a Pampered Chef consultant, you should work not only on selling their products, but also on building a team and rising through the ranks as a Director.

Is It For You?

If you are passionate about cooking, entertaining, and food, then you will enjoy working as a Pampered Chef consultant. But before you get started, make sure you have the right personality for the job. In direct sales, you are responsible for selling the company's products to other people. You need to be comfortable with marketing and selling.  You also need to be comfortable hosting Cooking Shows or having someone else host while you demonstrate.

In addition, if you want long-term success with the company, you will need to be comfortable with recruiting others to your team and motivating them to do well. Finally, you also need to be able to pay for your Business Kit, which costs $155.

Noteworthy Information

Pampered Chef has three charitable initiatives: Round-Up from the Heart, Help Whip Cancer, and Family Resiliency Program. These charitable projects are based around founder Doris Christopher's personal beliefs and are devoted to feeding the hungry, strengthening families, and finding a cure for cancer.

Have more questions about working with Pampered Chef? Check out our discussion forums!

Work From Home Jobs