Mom Turns $90 Investment into Six-Figure Salary: Non-Cooking Housewife Cashes in Big Time at Culinary House Parties

The concept is very simple, explains the Merrick, N.Y. woman during a recent phone interview. In 1996, she was invited to a home-based party where a cooking demonstration took place.

This event featured culinary equipment and gadgets offered exclusively by Chicago-based company Pampered Chef. Conducting the demonstration was a consultant who showed guests how to use each item in the simple preparation of focaccia bread. At show’s end, guests looked over the array of gadgets, ordering those they wanted. “I got so inspired with everything I saw,” recalls Lerner, “and wanted everything right then and there.”

Making Money at Home Parties

The hostess who threw the party earned $100 to $200 in free and discounted merchandise. The consultant running the demonstration made a commission on all the products sold. Curious about the money-making end, Lerner found out that consultants could get even more by signing up and training others, thus collecting a percentage of their sales. “I said ‘Sign me up,'” notes Lerner.

This process involved ordering a starter kit, then costing $90 and containing about $300 worth of merchandise. (The kit now costs $155, offering $500 in merchandise. By following specified company rules, consultants can acquire additional products at no cost to them for use in demonstrations.)

Housewife Turns Culinary Entrepreneur

Lerner called everyone she knew to inform them of her new venture. She asked them to book a show at their home within the next four weeks. Everyone agreed, and she was ready to take the next step. “Basically it was about learning how to make a recipe and playing with the products,” she says. “I knew I was going to fly with this because it looked so simple, and the recipes were so simple.” Subsequently, two friends hosting shows at their homes become consultants too. That meant Lerner would earn commissions not only from home shows she ran but also from products sold at their shows.

“I didn’t even know what I was doing, I was just beginning,” she adds. Her training included watching a few video tapes and guidance from the woman who signed her up. Running two shows weekly as a consultant in people’s homes, she started off earning $100 to $200 per event. Within a year, Lerner was making $2,000 per month. Now, 14 years later, she earns “way over” $100,000. It’s all about team building, says the culinary entrepreneur, who started with 15 consultants the first year and presently has 500 on her team.

And, of course, since entering the business, the non-cook has become quite the chef. Lerner’s repertoire at home parties includes the preparation of simple appetizers, pasta, pizza, vegetables, chicken and desserts. “With the economy the way it is, people aren’t eating out as much as they used to,” she says. “They love learning budget-friendly recipes, and I love teaching them.”

Secrets to Successful Selling in this Self-Motivational Business

Food makes everyone happy, she adds, noting that’s why her job doesn’t feel like employment. “I’m still out of my mind excited.” Her keys to success?

  • Love what you’re doing; you won’t feel like you’re working a day in your life. Smile and have fun with this.
  • Be consistent in booking two shows a week or 10 shows a month. If cancellations occur (typically there are two monthly), you’ll still be doing 8 shows a month.
  • Reschedule cancellations as quickly as possible.
  • Treat your customers well, and you’re sure to get repeat business.
  • Look for untapped opportunities to sign up consultants: For example, fund-raising events such as temple and church holiday boutiques; stay-at-home moms who can work this business into their schedule; or new brides who want to learn how to cook, need culinary gadgets and can use the extra cash. (Lerner rents a booth at bridal expos. “You meet them all in all shot,” she says.)

One of this job’s best features? “It’s really a part-time job,” notes Lerner, “with full-time pay.”

Earn Money With Internet Radio Stations: Perfect Avenue to Instant Fame and Wealth

Internet radio stations have become popular over the last several years. Listeners can dial into their favorite radio station and listen to hosts entertain them while they interview expert guests. They can also tune into programs like “Off The Shelf” and listen to experienced radio hosts interview bestselling authors, editors and other movers and shakers in the literary industry.

Gain Fame Through Internet Radio Programs

With just a little pizzazz and a passion for a specific topic or industry, listeners can create, host, manage and promote their own radio program. It’s an excellent way to gain instant fame on the Internet. The money involved is minimal to none.

Blog Talk Radio is one of the new popular Internet radio station providers. It’s easy to set up an account and start using the existing services. Follow the prompts at Blog Talk Radio, fill out the online registration form and submit it. Pick a catchy name for one’s Internet radio program, a name that will stick with listeners so they easily remember it.

New Internet radio station hosts will benefit from creating a schedule of upcoming guests to feature or interview on their radio program. Hosts can feature a recording artist like Maxwell, Dolly Parton or Willie Nelson. They could also play old Michael Jackson, Duke Ellington or Mozart hits for an entire hour and encourage listeners to leave personal comments about their reflections on the featured artist.

Famous Radio Hosts Interview Expert Guests

Program hosts who want to bring their listeners a wealth of current content by interviewing guests who are experts in their field can create a media sheet to send to potential guests and the press that lists the name of their Internet radio program, the host’s name and background, the show’s format (i.e. self-help, inspirational, sports, arts), days that the show is taped and the length of the show.

For example, “Off The Shelf” at Blog Talk Radio’s media sheet reflects that the entertainment program is hosted by Denise Turney, author of the books Long Walk Up, Portia, Love Has Many Faces, Spiral and Love Pour Over Me. The one page media sheet also reflects that the show is a one hour talk show that features bestselling authors, editors, publishers, poets, songwriters, literary agents and other movers and shakers in the literary industry.

Check out samples of existing Internet radio programs by browsing shows by category at companies like Blog Talk Radio, Live365, Radio Locator, Voice America and Artist First. Listen to three to four shows so that hosting a show starts to feel like second nature.

Search for guests like educators, entertainers, athletes, scientists or motivational speakers using Internet search engines like Google, Excite, Dogpile or Lycos. Invite the guest to be on one’s Internet radio show. Include the show’s one page media sheet with the invitation. Email invitations to keep a record of invites.

As the show’s audience builds, hosts can charge guests a fee to be featured on the show, continue to market and promote their shows and watch profits increase. Hosts can also feature commercial ads on their popular radio shows to generate revenue and grow wealth.

Managing Famous Internet Radio Show Schedules

Manage the show schedule by creating a spreadsheet or table that list the date and time of each show, the guest name and contact information. Update the schedule on a daily or weekly basis. Hosts who have personal websites can post their Internet radio program’s upcoming guests schedule on the main page of their website.

They could also create a special web page at their website to post all information about their Internet radio show. People who do this should include a link to their Internet radio show beneath highlighted information about each upcoming guest including the date and time for the interview. This helps to keep people who are already familiar with the host aware of appearances and speaking engagements that involve the host.

People who want to become locally, nationally or globally famous on the Internet can do so by contacting radio station providers like Artist First, Live365 or Blog Talk Radio and registering to create their own radio show. Internet radio station hosts can gain fame by scheduling engaging guests and using spreadsheets or tables to manage their radio show schedules.