Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Tupperware Tuesday: My Tupperware Story

If you've been reading this blog for any amount of time, you know that I am a Tupperware Consultant.  I try not to talk about it a lot, because I never want to be known as that "pushy" direct sales consultant who is always pushing her business.  I have struggled from time to time with the thought of even continuing in this business.  Well, all those doubts are gone now, and I see myself doing this for a long time! 

Me at 11 months, playing in my Mama's Tupperware Cabinet. 
For as long as I can remember, Tupperware has been a part of my life.  I grew up using Tupperware, and remember going to Tupperware parties with my mom as a child.  I loved playing the cheesy games and interacting with the people at the party.  Back then, there were only a couple of party plan businesses around.  I only remember Tupperware, Home Interiors and Mary Kay.  I always knew that I wanted to be a teacher, but I remember thinking, even as a child, I can be a teacher and sell something on the side.  

When I was around 10 years old, a Tupperware Director named Debby moved to our area and became good friends with our family.  She held several parties for my family members, and she attended our church.  After a few years, Tupperware offered her the opportunity to move again, and combine her region with one in the Raleigh area.  Debby still came back for visits.  In 2008, I saw her at a funeral and we caught up a little bit.  I told her that I had recently bought a house and that I was substitute teaching.  She told me that I should think about selling Tupperware.  I hadn't given it any thought until then.  A couple of months later, I saw a Tupperware booth at a local festival and looked through a catalog.  It had been a few years since I'd seen the products, but I saw the ones that I remembered from my childhood, as well as other new exciting products.  I decided that weekend that I was going to sell, and I called Debby on Monday to sign up. 

I didn't have any expectations going into it.  I didn't plan to make thousands of dollars or win any fancy prizes.  Being a Tupperware Consultant would be a chance to for me to get out of the house and to meet new people.  If I made money doing it, that would be great, but I was really looking for the other opportunities that would come along with it. I loved the products and I believed in them, because my Mama was still using the same Tupperware that she'd had for years.  I loved that Tupperware was a recognized brand and that most everyone had come into contact with it in their life at one point or another. 

Standing in front of the Friendship Fountain at Tupperware's World Headquarters in Orlando, Florida.
There have been some ups and downs in this business for me, but I love that I can work it when I want or need to, and if I need to take a break, I can.  One of the highlights of my time as a consultant was going to Jubilee in Orlando, Florida in 2009.  I had recently promoted to Manager and my team was going strong.  I won the trip to Jubilee and it was an amazing experience.  I got to meet and network with Tupperware Consultants from all across the United States.   I saw what owning your own Tupperware Business could do for you. I came back revived an on fire for my business... if those other people could do it, I could too! 

Things went well for a little while, and then my team started to fall apart, and I began working a lot at my new job.  I still remained active, but I was doing the bare minimum.  All the while, I had this desire to build my business, but I kept using excuses why it wasn't the right time.  Well, the time has come that I finally feel like I am ready to commit to making this business grow.  

I have made it my goal to become a Director with Tupperware by the time that I return to Jubilee in August.  I've already registered for the trip, and it will be a nice break from school before I enter my final semester.  I am already well on my way.  October was my biggest month in Tupperware. Ever. November has been a little slower, but it is still going good.  I've started building my team back up, and I am so excited to see where this journey takes all of us.  

Throughout all of the ups and downs, there has been one person there encouraging me to do what I can and helping and guiding me along the way... Debby.  She is truly an inspiration, and an awesome leader.  I can't wait to make this happen for all of us! 

Me and Debby at a Vendor Show.
I hope that you'll forgive me if I start talking a lot more on the blog about Tupperware.  I'm not trying to be pushy, but this blog is about my life, and right now, this is a HUGE part of it.  I hope that you will follow along on my journey to becoming a Director and that you will stop to offer encouragement from time to time.

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