I'm Wendy Kuchnicki, and I am your go-to Kitchen Guru for all of your tough mealtime challenges. I now have my own direct sales business selling Pampered Chef and this is the best job I have ever had. How did I get here? If you had asked me 5 years ago "what do you think of being in sales", my reply would have been "seriously, me? I am not a saleswoman!".
In a previous life I had a full time job as a chemist, then as a QA auditor, for a large pharmaceutical company. I retired when my third son was born as day care was no longer affordable. I was a stay at home mom for 8 years, then fell into a part time job as an office manager for my neighbor who is an exterminator. By the time I left in 2016 I was running his office and making all of his important business decisions for a small hourly wage. I also had very little flexibility in my work schedule because he needed someone in the office to answer the phone. When I realized how much responsibility I had running someone else's business, I thought, "why should I build someone else's company when I can build my own?". Of course that leads to the most important question: What do I want to do instead??? What is my passion? What will I enjoy, and what products will I use in my own home as well as sell? Then I got an email from a Pampered Chef Director who's party I had attended and I thought "THAT'S IT!". I love to cook and bake, and I love to entertain. What could be better than to cook and entertain in someone else's house?
It is now almost 2 years later since my big revelation and my leap into the world of sales. You know what I have learned? I don't have to sell kitchen products, my passion for them sells Pampered Chef. It's never about selling pots, pans and food choppers, it's about teaching my customers how easily and quickly they can prepare a healthy meal so they have more time to spend at the dinner table with their family. Every time I go to work I go to a party with good food and great people. Through my business, I have met people and gained close friends that I never would have met otherwise, as well as reconnecting with friends that I had lost touch with while I have been working to build my network. I have pushed myself to grow, to escape out of my comfort zone and challenge myself in ways that I never thought possible. I make my own hours, work when I want to work, and if I have a family commitment or want to take a few days off it is no problem because I work when I want to work. My biggest "aha" I have had is this: if you don't ask the answer is no, and it will always be no, so never make assumptions about the outcome.