If you have not heard of Tupperware you might just be living under a rock.
Just like Saran Wrap, I think this plastic container MLM business has become a household name.
I remember as a kid already hearing about this product but I had no idea that there was actually a different type of business behind it.
Now that I know a little more about life, I have a better understanding of what this simple container company is really about.
Being a working parent, I have seen many different opportunities that we all want to use to get out of the rat race, with way too many people coming up short.
The work from home boom is continuing to grow at a staggering rate, but the opportunity that we will be looking at today didn’t need the help of computers and other tech that are now associated with satellite jobs.
Tupperware is a company that hardly needs introducing.
You know the name, you probably use the product, and today we will be taking a look at how they can change the way that you earn money.
Let’s get started.
Tupperware is an Orlando based company that started its life in the year of 1946 in Grafton Massachusetts.
Since its origins on the east coast, the name of the game has always been food storage for Tupperware, and they mastered it so well that their name has become ubiquitous to the point that most people refer to similar products simply as “Tupperware,” regardless of the brand.
Like I said, you probably use their stuff, and even if you don’t, you probably refer to your reusable food storage units as Tupperware anyway.
That’s a huge accomplishment for any company, so good job there Tupperware.
Their product is and always has been great, and it is from that product that we have our opportunity.
Tupperware offers you the chance to work as an independent sales representative, buying product from them and using it to run your own grassroots business just like its competitors Melaleuca and Amway have done.
How it Works
If this is a career path that interests you, the good news is that it is actually pretty simple to get started.
The first step is to have a conversation with a corporate representative in your area.
They will fill you in on how it works being a sales consultant, and then provide you with the necessary paperwork in the event that you decide it is something you would like to do.
You shouldn’t have any trouble finding someone to talk to, as Tupperware is associated with many sales consultants, so chances are there is one nearby.
A Google search should be all it takes.
It is recommended that you do a little bit of research beforehand so that you can come to your meeting prepared with questions.
Keep in mind that there is a startup cost to working as a Tupperware sales consultant, so you want to be absolutely sure it is the career path (or side hustle) for you before you sign up.
That means that no question should be off the table.
Yes, it is rude to ask someone how much money they make, but with some tact it’s a little less uncomfortable.
Try “how much can I expect to make.”
Or better yet, “how much can I expect to make my first month, my first quarter, my first year,”
Even if the meeting does well, take a day or two to think things over before making a commitment either way.
If you do decide to move forward with Tupperware it will then be time to purchase your Tupperware starter kit.
Purchasing a Tupperware Starter Kit
It is worth mentioning that there are a variety of kits to choose from, so study your options carefully before making your decision.
They all come with different supplies, and are available at different price points, so be honest with yourself.
If you know that you are going to take this new position seriously and treat it like a career job, you might benefit from a larger package, but if the process is more a practice in exploration, a smaller kit should do fine.
Once you have your startup package, the job then becomes deciding how to use it.
The traditional path of the Tupperware sales consultant has been events like Tupperware house parties. You may even have been to one or two of them.
The Tupperware house party is exactly what it sounds like: a party at your house (or, I guess, someone else’s) where you get together with friends, or even strangers to sell some Tupperware.
Companies like Lularoe are using this tactic and I’m sure it does well because you can actually see, touch, and hold the products for yourself.
I certainly won’t knock the Tupperware party because it has worked for a long time and for many people, but I think that it does have a couple of fatal flaws.
Cons of Tupperware
For one thing, the Tupperware party can limit your clientele fairly severely.
Geographically speaking you are only reaching people within your town which means that eventually you will run out of people.
The other thing is that as you start out your Tupperware party is probably going to be attended mostly by friends and family.
That’s great, but keep in mind that eventually (probably sooner rather than later) they are going to get tired of you trying to sell them Tupperware.
The other thing is that this isn’t necessarily a big market for repeat customers.
Tupperware is made to be reusable which means that, well, people are going to reuse it rather than buy more.
These little plastic containers aren’t cheap either, so they better be reusable.
It’s for these reasons that you might very well do most of your business online or even consider doing some affiliate marketing.
Your startup package is going to come with a website with which you will be able to sell to people all over the country.
Of course, how you go about it is entirely up to you as that’s one of the perks about working remotely.
How Much Will I Make?
That is a good question with a complicated answer.
Due to the nature of this commissioned based business, how much money you earn is entirely contingent on how much Tupperware you are able to sell.
The unfortunate truth of the matter is that most Tupperware Sales Consultants do not make much money. In fact, the average annual commission is $260.
Keep in mind, that’s an average that stems from a lot of consultants who aren’t making anything at all due to lack of effort.
Still it’s very obviously a risk, and one you might not want to take.
That decision will have to be up to you.
If I didn’t find a legitimate way to make money online, this will definitely be one I would consider as some type of side gig.
What You Will Be Selling
For those that do make the decision to become a Tupperware sales consultant, let’s take a closer look at one of the products that you will be selling to help determine if it is something you think you could market.
I chose this product because it is simply the hottest product at the moment and it might make or break your chances of making them sales.
You have to admit that this company has come a long way and they have definitely evolved.
From their old school look to a more modern and STAIN FREE products, you have to give them credit.
I remember the stains that you couldn’t get rid of and most especially the smell that stuck to the plastic.
Tupperware Fridgesmart, Small
For the purposes of today we will examine the Fridgsmart, small container.
Of course, if you decide that you would like to become a sales consultant you should develop extensive knowledge of all the products.
Let’s take a look now at the features of the Fridgesmart to determine if it is something that you might like to sell.
- 4 ½ Cup Storage Capacity: You will want to make sure that you are well aware of the storage capacity of all of your products, especially if you take the Tupperware Party route. You may even find it helpful to say something like “4 ½ cup storage capacity—perfect for a sandwich.”
Your potential customers may not know exactly what four cups of storage look like, but they are probably familiar with a sandwich.
In any case, the storage capacity isn’t really a pro or a con.
People need containers in a variety of sizes, so just be sure to understand the capacity of your products.
- Adjustable Venting Section: This piece of Tupperware features a vent panel that will give your food a little bit of room to breathe. This feature is of course designed to minimize the capacity for excessive moisture build up.
- Built In Grid: This model also features a raised grid that elevates your food ever so slightly so that it doesn’t interact with moisture as much.
Don’t forget that you can also purchase some Tupperward products on Amazon.com or you can get some very similar ones if you aren’t interested in selling them yourself.
Other Things To Know
Like I said, in order to make this work, you want to know everything possible about the product.
For instance, the Fridgesmart features a lifetime warranty, it’s dishwasher friendly, but it is not to be used in microwaves.
I’m sure there have been too many accidents because of the fact that most don’t know about the whole microwave issue.
People are probably going to view the fact that it can’t be used in the microwave as a con but it’s still something that you should mention, of course, but you will have to learn how to accentuate the pros of your product while minimizing the cons.
Fortunately, with Tupperware it’s relatively simple.
You have brand name recognition on your side, and you also have a product that is simple enough not to have any major flaws.
And finally, people need what you are selling—your job simply is to convince them to buy from you.
So is Tupperware For You?
I was once big on MLM and this type of stuff but it is really not for everyone and without a program called the Wealthy Affiliate, I really don’t know what I’d be doing right now.
Without that opportunity, I would definitely consider this company.
Maybe this is more for my mom (which she does sell btw) but I do like these products.
Although a bit pricey for some but you have to consider the commissions that its consultants will receive if they do make any sales.
Not my #1 recommended business, but definitely something to consider, especially for you moms.
I think there are some obvious advantages and draw backs to this as a career path.
On the one hand, you work when and how you want to, with a product that is good enough to have a reputation for quality that spans over decades.
On the other hand, your income depends entirely on how many sales you are able to make.
If you are not a self-starter, or simply not very good at sales, this probably isn’t for you.
However, if you are comfortable trying to get people to buy from you, and dedicated enough to put in a lot of efforts, working as a Tupperware Consultant will pay off.