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Tupperware Consultant - worth it ???


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#1 Pea

Posted 22 July 2005 - 06:50 AM

Hi,

I am considering becoming a Tupperware consultant and am wondering if it is worth it??

I would be interested in doing demos on a Thur/Fri night, and then on a Saturday.

Any feedback would be really appreciated  original.gif

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#2 ~Sophie~

Posted 22 July 2005 - 04:52 PM

I have been selling TW since last August and I enjoy it very much!  Yes I make money, just enough for some play money for DS and me though, plus I get my TW at wholesale.

I do about 2 parties per week and have everage sales of $700 per party.  There are weeks when I hate it and weeks when I love it, just like any other job really.

If you join up before 17 August you will be really helping out the person recruiting you to get the next lot of free gifts (I have a cupboard full of linen, glassware, toasters etc).  BUT a new spring/summer catalogue will be out at the end of August and that may be a better time to join as people want to see the new stuff that comes out.

Hope this helps
Sophie

#3 ramath

Posted 26 July 2005 - 08:53 AM

I have been doing Tupperware since May and absolutely love it,it is good money for the time that you put in,and it is easier than a lot of jobs to fit around your schedule,PM me if you want to know anything else!


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#4 helenc

Posted 26 July 2005 - 09:43 PM

My cousin is a Tupperware rep and she's loving it! She's doing really well, too.

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#5 Shellby

Posted 26 July 2005 - 10:25 PM

I have been doing it since Jan and I love it, its fun and very social. Its nice having something that is my own.

I have just gotten a new full time job so I am going to have to demote from Manager but to demonstrator, but I'm not going to leave as I love getting the free gifts, making the extra money and getting together with other people.

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#6 Rubo

Posted 27 July 2005 - 12:49 PM

Sorry to butt into this thread, I too am considering becoming a Tupperware consultant, and I just have a few questions...

What are the sales targets you need to reach? Is it easy to reach the targets?

How many people do you find you need at each party to reach the sales targets?

Do you need a consistent number of bookings each week to make money? What happens if you need a break, or go on holidays etc?

#7 Neen

Posted 27 July 2005 - 02:15 PM

Yes, it's worth it!  Lots of benefits - you can work your own days/nights, schedule holidays whenever you please, get your own Tupperware heavily discounted and often free when you achieve certain challenges, plenty of training and support, you get out of the house and have lots of conversations that aren't about kids, etc.

I've been going about 9 months and it's been great.  I do 1-2 parties a week which is enough for me.  Some weeks are busy and others not.

Sales targets - they vary, but you aren't obliged to meet them.  They just offer gifts and bonus' when you do achieve them.  I think you have to put though about $300 per quarter to stay on the books (not 100% sure though so don't quote me).

How many people do you need at a party?  Well, depends.  I did a party with two people (host and one guest) and had over $1200 sales and two bookings (the host had orders from other friends and a booking from her sister who couldn't make it).  Other parties have been very small.  It all balances out.

It's good to have a consistent number of bookings, though took me a little while to get things flowing.  Once you're up and running it seems to just all fall into place.  Like I said earlier if you need a break or go on holidays you just don't book parties into those weeks.

It's also important to have a good manager - mine is excellent and doesn't put pressure on.  She understands what it's like to do this and have young children as she's been going for 15 years and her kids are now finishing high school.

I am enjoying this 'job' and it fits nicely with young children.  Happy to answer any questions you have.  Fire away!  

Janine

Luke - 2/4/02
Isaac - 21/6/04

This message was edited by Neen on Wednesday, 27 July 2005 @ 2:16 PM

#8 mrs.watto

Posted 28 July 2005 - 07:37 AM

I'll give the other point of view as I did it for 4 months in 2004 and did not enjoy it. I just wasnt good at it, you really have to have a nack at doing this kind of work.

Dont get me wrong, I did do very well out of it. I had some really huge $$$ parties and got a lot of free gifts during my time but I found it very hard to get parties booked, and when I did it was when it suited the host, not me.

I was desperate to get a party booked as I found it hard to get people to commit so I ended up doing them all weekend long having no time with my family.

Also, make sure you have a spare room etc in your house. We dont and I found it hard to keep all the paperwork, display items and orders waiting delivery out of the way. It drive DH nuts.

I suggest you go along to one of the sales meeting nights and see how you go. Give it a try as you never know, you may have a talent for this line of work!

Good luck!

Angela
DH ~ Andrew
DD ~ Lucy Marie 06/09/03
DS ~ Jonah David 19/11/04

#9 Callistra

Posted 28 July 2005 - 05:22 PM

I did it about two or three years ago for about six months, and enjoyed it very much. I had problems dating parties though - if people said they weren't interested, I didn't hassle them too much.
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However, it was fantastic to learn that I could run my own business, and that I was making a profit, and I learnt heaps about myself, about party plan structures and business while I was there. I mostly stopped because I ran out of parties, and now I sell something else party plan instead which I think suits my personality better.

So go for it! Party plan is one of the best ways women can earn money around their families and hobbies, and it's full of other women who have been successful, and are willing to sit down and teach you how they did it. Every one does it differently. It's also the EASIEST way to run your own business. (Stock sucks. I hate having stock lying around the house. It's a waste of space and money. Stock is money spent but not profit. It's a risk it might never BE profit! The other thing I hated about T/W was that you bought everything and then had to package it and deliver it. original.gif Yes, I am a slacker.)

Also, remember that this is a BUSINESS. It *can* be a hobby, but if you do not pay attention, it can easily cost you way more than you think. Keep a close tab on all of your spending, and analyse your business every now and then to see the big picture.
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#10 ricebubbles76

Posted 29 July 2005 - 04:20 PM

Hello Everyone,

I have been given some great advice for people doing party plan work.  I am about to embark onm y own party plan journey and if you want to know what I have learnt, PM me your email and I can help you out.

Sorry to butt in on your thread, but the advice I have found invaluable.  Just thought I would share.

Oh, it is free.

#11 aunty-moo

Posted 29 July 2005 - 08:28 PM

Hi,

I have been a consultant for just over a month now, and I LOVE it!  I know it is only early days, but I seem to have a knack for it, I find selling it really easy and have only had parties $ 700+, the last two were $1,000+ very exciting!

I think I find the selling part easy because I really love Tupperware, I think it is a great product and I think if you are going to sell something it has to be something you really love and actually use yourself. People see that and that's when the sales are made.

I too find it hard dating parties, but I try to offer something a little different at my parties, not the 'norm' kind of Tupperware party that people roll their eyes at, everyone seems to have a good time.

Anyway good luck with whatever you choose to do original.gif

#12 Guest_relleh_*

Posted 30 July 2005 - 07:00 AM

I agree with AmandaJ - to have your own business you need to be very passionate about what you are doing.  It is different than working for someone else as YOU need the momentum to drive it.  You need to know (and probably already do) what your motivation is for selling tupperware.  You need to believe 100% in your product - which is not hard with TW.
I am a party plan consultant and agree with a previous post, it can be one of the best way for a Mum to make money as well as have a life.  I only do 3-4 parties per month and some months none.  I am making serious $$ for a great fun thing to do that benefits my daughter dramatically.
Good luck with it.

#13 Mumma3

Posted 01 August 2005 - 12:36 PM

HOpe you don't mind me butting in here, too. I've been thinking about Tupperware selling, but also have a couple of questions.

How does it work for tax? Do you need to have an accountant? What about the GST? How much paperwork is there to comply with everything?

HOpe you don't mind me asking, I used to do another party plan thing when DD was small, but that was before GST and I never got into it enough to think about tax issues, it's just that with Tupperware, everyone seems to say they make so much, I thought there would have to be tax implications.

Thanks

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DD 5/7/96
DS 2/12/98
DS 17/9/04

#14 Neen

Posted 01 August 2005 - 02:08 PM

To answer your questions...

You clear 20% on your sales, sometimes more depending on your costs.

Best to talk to an accountant to get tax advice.  Depends on how much you earn if you need to pay tax.  I think you can earn $6K tax free?  If so that's about 45 average parties a year.

Hope this helps!

Janine

Luke - 2/4/02
Isaac - 21/6/04

#15 Mumma3

Posted 01 August 2005 - 09:02 PM

What about GST? Do you have to do a BAS return?

Sorry to keep asking questions - not sure how worth it it would be iykwim original.gif

#16 mum2brodie

Posted 02 August 2005 - 04:43 PM

I have been selling Tupperware since 2003 and I have never had to pay tax.  I remember at my first meeting that is what sold me.  I think the dealerships pay the tax.

Felicity.

#17 ~Julia~Gulia~

Posted 03 August 2005 - 10:25 PM

Hey there fellow TW ladies original.gif

I have just signed up to go give it a go? What do I have to loose hey? I have dated my first 6 parties so I am qualifying for my Large kit which I am stoked about. Getting the forst 3 was easy then I had a bit of trouble then a few friends who said they'd get back to me actually did so I have my 6 now. I am a bit apprehensive about it but I know I love the products and will only stock my kit with the stuff that I personally would buy, not the more expensive stuff. If anyone else has any more tips, please pm me, I'm very keen to make it work.
Neen wink.gif I'll pick your brain more when i get back from hols.

Alison



#18 Neen

Posted 03 August 2005 - 11:33 PM

Alison, you'll do great!  It's very easy to sell, such a great product.  People love Tupperware and know that it is worth the cost - the lifetime guarantee is fabulous!  All you need to do is explain the product, give people ideas on how to use it (your customers will have stacks of great tips too) and it will sell.

As for what to put in your kit.  Always always always display Modular Mates (preferably a set), FridgeSmart and Rock 'N Serve.  These are the basic and most important products you want to have in your kitchen - I sell the most of these.

Good luck - we'll chat soon.

#19 blissfullytired

Posted 04 August 2005 - 01:54 AM

Like Mrs Watto I too provide the other side of the coin.  
I started Tupperware twice as I found that the original Distributorship I was with did not behave in a manner that was in line with my morals and values so I could not bring myself to 'make money' for them in good conscience.  I loved (and still love) Tupperware so for that reason I bided my time and changed Distributorships.  The next biggest mistake I made was agreeing to be recruited by my friend who was a Manager.  
I was actually very good at it and now have bundles of Tupperware sitting in my shed as I just can't fit it in the house.  I didn't know how much I had until we moved interstate and I ended up with four tea chests of it plus my three kits bags; an indication of just how much stock can pile up.
The biggest thing for me is that I really felt harrassed by my (friend) Manager.  Even though she knew that at most, I was only prepared and could only manage a maximum of three parties a week, because she was trying to achieve her goals she kept trying to 'encourage' me do more "because I was so good at it!"  I also hated having to report every week and feeling like I was left out of the loop because I was unable to attend Sales Meetings every week and could only attend the odd team meeting - I was leading the life of a single parent to two children under four who were not going to be made to feel that I too had left them (Dad had only moved away for work but little ones don't understand) which didn't seem to be a good enough excuse.
I also detested having to package and then make the deliveries - in this day and age, why couldn't peoples orders be delivered directly to them from the warehouse?  I don't need to make a delivery in order to keep up the personal touch; this also took me away from my kids for another few hours a week depending on where my delivery was to.  I am quite meticulous with my paperwork and created my own files on my computer but I did get fed up with all the paperwork that was required.
I guess the moral of the story is that you have to be clear and firm with your manager right from the outset as to what your goals are and not allow yourself to be swayed or pressured otherwise if your situation doesn't allow for more than you can give.  It really is money for jam and as other people have written, it just sells itself so it's not hard but you just have to make sure that YOU are running your business and others are merely consultants providing advice which you do not have to take if you don't want to and that 'clients' fit in with your schedule and not the other way around.
Good luck!

#20 Callistra

Posted 04 August 2005 - 03:51 AM

Yes, I hated the packaging of the tupperware and then delivery after the parties - I am much happier with Intimo, where the wharehouse DOES package each ladies' orders and posts them directly to the hostess, so I never have to see her again unless I want to!
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And there's less paperwork too, and much much much more relaxed attitudes.

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#21 Neen

Posted 04 August 2005 - 10:19 AM

Oh yeah, packing and delivering are the less exciting parts of the job that's for sure!  DH was asking me yesterday why they don't deliver from the warehouse and I just said that I guess it would push the price up a lot more.

I feel really lucky to have such a great manager!  I think this is a very important part to being successful and doing as much or as little as you want.  She has been doing Tupperware since her children were small toddlers so understands the pressure.  She never aspired to do heaps when they were that age and became a manager when they were in high school.  And the great thing is that there is no pressure from her!  My manager is nearly always the top manager in our distributorship but she doesn't get there from pressuring her team, she works hard, encourages us and we all do what we want to do.  Our team keeps growing and is very successful - all without pressure!

Anyway... better get this order packed LOL!  

Actually I think my least favourite part of the job is at the end of a demo having to pack up and wait for people to decide.  Some are very quick and know what they want, others dither around for ages.  

Enjoy!

Janine

Luke - 2/4/02
Isaac - 21/6/04

#22 mummyof2angels

Posted 04 August 2005 - 03:26 PM

Hi everyone.
I have been a Tupperware demonstrator for 7 weeks now and at the moment I love it. I don't mind the paperwork the packaging of orders or delivering them. I love going out and meeting new ppl. Its just my way of getting ot of the house for a couple of hours. I do 2 parties a week. Atm I am trying to become a manager. I have my first recruit. I am making good money too.

#23 Pea

Posted 07 August 2005 - 03:35 PM

Thanks for all the replies - I have decided to give the 3 weeks trial a go! original.gif



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#24 ~Julia~Gulia~

Posted 12 August 2005 - 05:42 PM

It is good to read the flip side of the coin. Like any job there are going to be bits you like and bits you hate. I'm a bit of a paperwork nut so I dont think that part will bother me lol. I havent done my first party yet - infact 4 of my 6 parties are really close together (4 parties in 5 days) so I'll be busy then. I'm very excited though. And my manager thankfully is really nice too, she is a single mum and Tupperware is her second job so she'll understand me needing to juggle my parties around my other work and my DH. I am hoping that if I do ok out of it I can drop back some of my shifts in my other work instead.

Neen - I'll be in touch soon - need to pick your brain more for tips before my first party original.gif

Is anyone in this thread a Car Driving Manager? Am I aiming to high to want a car lol wink.gif

Alison

#25 KristyMum-

Posted 13 August 2005 - 01:51 PM

I did TW while breastfeeding when I first started - checked with hosts first, no one minded, and I fed her as I demonstrated.  Not ideal but my first party was $1500 sales.  I did parties for a while and did quite well.

Now though I do it as a sideline thing and just do outside orders - I have UNI and three children under 5 so doing just 'orders' rather than parties works for me atm - I have some regular customers and plenty of people who will refer me to their friends/work/etc.

Maybe later I might take it up full time but I have other ideas for a SAHM to become WAHM - I'd still do TW on the sideline though.  I still get to buy my stuff at dealer prices, and I leave any extra money/commission in my account - when it builds up enough I use it for gifts for people or TW for myself.  SO in the end, doing casual TW means I don't really pay for my own TW iykwim.

THe sales targets are attainable. THere is always a way to acheieve something.  I ended up with some stuff I would have loved to buy but not been able to afford and really happy with them.

And the commission is 33.3% - one of the better rates going - I work on it being 22% though once you take your running costs out.
HTH a bit.  WIll come back and see if I've answered your questions properl;y!

Not all managers will accomodate casual dealers though, so be sure to check.
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Edit: if I don't have a car for the week, I arrange with the warehouse to deliver each order to the customer's address as is on the order form.  They do big deliveries for country orders as well.  This is a big help as a lot of my repeat customers live in remote areas/country or a long way from me.  not all will do this though so check.  
I do all my ordering via email, including all the info that's required.  I post my returns in unless I'm going that way.  I very rarely go to the 'office'.  Manager and I have an understanding about sales and unit meetings etc so for me, TW is quite easy in that sense.
If I went back to parties, yes I would go in, would pack my own orders etc but that's ok with me as I know that comes with doing regular parties and with any job there's always 'stuff'... iykwim.

Darnit my hands are so cold I can't type properly... back alter to edit! (that's what you get for washing lettuce under cold water!)

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