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Welcome back to the Do What You Love, Love What You Do series. This time I reached out to Jamie Makin, the rock star Pampered Chef Consultant that inspired my fab banana waffle sticks and more. She has graciously taken the time to answer some questions about her experiences with Pampered Chef, as well as discuss her passion for training and blogging.
Pampered Chef Consultant and Blogger
Business (Company) and Industry
Years in this business/industry
It will be six years in May that I’ve been with Pampered Chef. And for two years I’ve been a blogger with the last six months blogging being an area where I put the majority of my energy.
What is your favorite thing about your business/company?
In my past life, I was a social worker. Every day I helped people work out problems and taught them life skills. My business and my blogs are one way I can continue helping people solve issues in their life or businesses by sharing what I know. Honestly, I didn’t realize I really enjoyed the teaching aspect of Direct Sales until I started growing a team. That’s actually what lead to my desire to start the blogs!
What drove you to be a part of your business or start your business?
Honestly? I did the math.
I was hosting a Pampered Chef party, probably my 5th or 6th one at this point.
I love cooking and experimenting with food, and the products were amazing. But at the end of my party, when the orders were tallied up, I was looking at my free products and I did a quick calculation. I’d heard what the commission rate was and I realized that, in 2 hours, this woman had made $200 off of my party.
And let’s face it, I can’t argue with math like that. I knew I wouldn’t be making that at my first show, but damned if I wasn’t going to try 🙂
The blogs came along once I realized people needed information. And what better way to spread it than the good
Initially, it was the Pampered Chef blog. WhatsJamieMakin.com is where I am able to share recipes using real food that don’t require any obscure ingredients and are easy to make. Not to mention, so many people hate cooking. I’m hoping that if I arm them with easy recipes as well as the Pampered Chef tools to make them faster, they’ll at least not despise dinnertime anymore. Additionally, there’s also some misinformation out around how to care for and use PC tools. So, there’s some of that on there, too. That product does you no good sitting in the box now, does it?
And then, came the next blog. Throughout my Pampered Chef career I was also approached by a number of my friends in Direct Sales and Network Marketing companies looking for information on how to advance their businesses. They had watched me do it and wanted to know how. That got me thinking, I had to search for that information on my own!
Many companies equip their consultants with the basics- book parties, host coach, make the sale, rinse and repeat. But what about how to stand out from the crowd? What are some *other* ways to get shows- or to even hold shows?! Not everyone wants to schlep all their products to people’s homes.
What has surprised you most about working in (your field)
Honestly, I’m actually surprised by how much I enjoy the camaraderie of others in Direct Sales and network marketing! Since I’m not much of an extrovert, or even really a people person (which is very weird to admit if you saw me around the people in my group/inner circle). Furthermore, I don’t have many real-life girlfriends. But it’s pretty great getting to know so many people who are walking the same line as you and totally get it when you say you have to plan out your Facebook content! My non-DS friends look at me like I’m insane when I say stuff like that. It’s hard to make friends as an adult. Happily, Direct Sales/Network Marketing makes that a whole lot easier.
The level of work
With the blogs, I was very surprised by how much work goes into them! I think everyone, including me, thought you just have an idea, type it out and publish. Bam! Done.
Nope. That’s not how it works. That’s not how it works at all. There’s the content. Then the graphics. Then the promoting. Then the maintenance of your site. It’s a lot. But, it’s worth it.
If you were the founder or a key executive what thing would you improve or change?
I firmly believe that leadership training should be available to everyone as soon as you have just one person in your down line. It can be declined by the consultant (maybe it was just a family member looking for a discount), but it should be offered. One of my biggest gripes was that I didn’t have access to Director level
This is one of the things I’m aiming to change with my Now What blog. I’m getting that information out to the people, like me, who want to go into leadership prepared. Who want to know what systems they’ll want in place. It’s easier to put a system in place with 2 people than it is with 200.
Biggest piece of advice if they take the opportunity to join your business
I have two and can’t pick one over the other because they’re both so important.
Get out of your head and just try it.
That goes for anything. If it doesn’t put you in harms way financially or for life or limb, just give it a shot. What would happen if you pick teal over purple for your logo? Will someone hate it so much that they unfriend/unfollow you? Great! You don’t need someone that doesn’t like teal in your life. Just ask your Aunt to host the party. She won’t yell at you and throw a margarita in your face.
We can get so hung up in analysis of our options, that we end up not taking any action! Action is what moves you forward…whether it was the “right” decision or not. The best thing to do is just choose, execute, evaluate the result and continue. We’ll never know unless we try.
Always come from a place of helping, not making money.
Examples of it in action
For instance, if Sally hates to cook because she hates to clean up afterward, you can offer to come to show Sally, and a couple of her friends, a few sheet pan meals that she can throw together with just one pan to clean up after! Additionally, is Nadia a brand new mom who wants to feed her baby totally organic, homemade food? Show her how with the Manual Food Processor, a few special tools and our
What would you have done differently from the beginning
See my second piece of advice above? Yeah, that comes from experience. I did all sorts of spamtastic things in the beginning. Constantly posting/talking about my products and how to buy them, tagging friends in sales posts on Facebook, asking people to host constantly….icky stuff. I kinda forgot that my friends weren’t as head over heels excited as I was. But I didn’t know better then.
What tool(s) are essential
I think you need to find a coach or trainer that speaks your language. This doesn’t mean you have to spend money. In all honesty, lots of coaches give away free
Needs to be the right “fit.”
For instance, I had found a
So, start looking for whatever kind of coach you need. Try out a few. Move on if they don’t resonate. Search Pinterest, podcasts, Facebook… everywhere, until you find someone that turns on that light bulb.
Then go do it.
What type of training or courses do you think would benefit someone joining your business?
Initially, selling skills such as crafting a story or creating a content arc for social media is something that is really not talked about from company
What is your big dream for your business? Or your next big goal for it?
Pampered Chef Consultant
First off, I also want to continue to build my Pampered Chef team of awesome foodies without rank in mind. In other words, I know it sounds a little odd not to say, “I want to be at the top of the company”, but my position isn’t what the goal is. It’s helping customers love their products and helping my team achieve what they want out of their businesses. If I can do that, then I’m sure I’ll make my way toward the top of the company naturally.
Additionally, I want to be able to say “I have a blog post for that!” when someone has a question, either about direct sales or Pampered Chef products/recipes. Additionally, I wanna make Google page 1 my best friend. If I have knowledge that others can use, I like to share that, I’ll be continuing to do the same.
What would you say to anyone considering starting any business of their own/ jumping into the entrepreneur life
It isn’t easy, but it can be simple. If you know why you want to do this, other decisions and actions become clearer. Figure out what the worst thing that could happen is. If you can live with that, that go for it!
Where can we follow your journey?
Well, I pretty much live on the internet lol! I blog over at WhatsJamieMakin.com about the foods. If you’re looking for more Direct Sales & Network Marketing wisdom, join me at MakinItSocial.com. If you like pizza and margaritas, come hang out in my house with my Homies on Facebook at WhatsJamieMakin.com/group.
Anything else that you would like to share?
I want to encourage everyone to be themselves. It’s exhausting trying to be who you think the world wants you to be. Embrace your particular brand of weird. Be yourself and the people who appreciate you for you will flock to your tribe.
And that’s a wrap!
First off, I would like to extend a very big THANK YOU! to Jamie Makin for sharing experiences with being a Pampered Chef Consultant and blogger focusing on training and resources for Direct Sellers.
Furthermore, if you read the first installment of the series, you may have noticed that Jamie and I both touched on the philosophy of analysis paralysis. In other words, y’all, don’t be that squished squirrel in the road!
That what if? That’s your potential knocking on the door of your heart and begging to find the courage to override all the fear in your head.Rachel Hollis, “Girl, Stop Apologizing”
Okay, now it is a wrap!
Please, continue reading and subscribe to the DWYL series. My hope, it’ll help you to find your passion, do some sound research and analysis, and make that leap and live the life you have dreamed of living. And live your “what if…”