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Old 03-18-2014, 12:16 PM
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Question Looking for a new business opportunity

Hello, I was a consultant for Bona Clara but the company closed in February. I am looking into a new business opportunity and I am undecided between two completely different companies (Pampered Chef and Beauticontrol) I would like to get some input on both companies as far as compensation plan and consultant experience with each. Thank you for your help!!
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Old 03-18-2014, 01:01 PM
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well, one's food and one's beauty :-)

Did you enjoy the beauty industry or are you more pulled toward food?Do you plan on having tastings , parties, or more working online? Did you compare comp plans(that's always a big thing for me, since I DON'T do parties)
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Old 03-18-2014, 01:22 PM
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Both are great companies, but I think for women its much easier to buy something cooking related because they share it with there family. Beauticontrol is awesome too, but I think it is harder to justify beauty purchases. But I think both companies are stable, profitable and easy to stand proud to sell.
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Old 03-18-2014, 01:47 PM
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They're both consumable products which is a plus and I love to cook but as a business I'm a personal care products junkie so I would say you have to go with what you would love as a biz. But at vendor events food products are always hugely popular because who doesn't like to sample products. I have to be excited about what I'm selling. I agree with Alicia that I know a lot of women that want healthy beauty products but at regular store prices. Not that they can't afford them but they'll find a comparable one at Wholefoods so if you go with a beauty company I think great products at real prices will attract women more open to giving your products a try.
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Old 03-18-2014, 02:03 PM
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Well, you're asking in the bath/body section, so it's hard to say you are getting totally unbiased responses!

That being said, there is a woman in my networking group who was a leader with Pampered Chef for 7 years. She finally left and joined Beauticontrol two years ago. She said that her motivation was that the compensation plan was much better, and the parties are much less work. She also felt that skin care was recession-proof, and kitchen supplies were not.

I know people who are successful with both businesses, so it really comes down to what works best for you, but her experience is especially relevant to your question, especially since she was successful with PC.
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Old 03-18-2014, 02:16 PM
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I'm slightly very biased (lol) but I love working with beauty products! Ya get paid to look great and help other women look and feel great too!! What more could you possibly want? Of course there are other things you'll want to consider - commission rates, monthly fees, quotas, etc.
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Old 03-25-2014, 11:24 AM
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Originally Posted by liz.jewels View Post
Well, you're asking in the bath/body section, so it's hard to say you are getting totally unbiased responses!
smile... so true!

But then again, they are two completely opposite kinds of businesses so maybe you could eventually do both. I would highly recommend only going with one tho, to start with, as it takes some time and energy to get one off the ground. I would narrow it down to which one you feel the most passion for.
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Old 03-25-2014, 02:07 PM
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What I would keep in mind when comparing those two types of businesses is that the one is much more consumable (personal care items) than the other (cooking utensils) which should hopefully last quite some time. That's one of the reasons I went with personal care products myself - the potential for repeat sales.
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Old 03-25-2014, 02:46 PM
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I would add to go with what you're most excited about and can see yourself doing long term. My good friend sells jewelry and she's at the highest level and makes an incredible amount of money. I don't care what the pay is if you don't love the business you're in There are lots of great companies that have great plans but their products don't interest me.
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