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The Pampered Chef - The Story Behind the Creation of One of Today's Most Beloved Companies

Doris Christopher

The Pampered Chef is Doris Christopher's extraordinary account of how she turned an innovative concept and $3,000 investment into a business with annual sales approaching the billion-dollar mark. It is packed with real-life lessons and inspiring insights for small-business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs. In 1980 Doris Christopher, a former home economist and teacher, was itching to get back into the workforce after an eight-year hiatus as a stay-at-home mom. Drawing on her personal and professional expertise, and determined to make cooking easier and more convenient for families, she started selling high-quality kitchen tools through cooking demonstrations to groups of women in their homes. Today, the company she started in her basement, The Pampered Chef, is celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary and has grown into a corporation (now owned by Berkshire Hathaway) with tens of thousands of independent Kitchen Consultants who present more than a million Kitchen Shows a year, attended by more than 12 million people. The Pampered Chef is the story of the vision, energy, hard work, and chutzpah that drove Christopher and her company to the height of success. She describes her early days as a "one-woman show," chronicles the company's gradual expansion, its challenges and growing popularity, and the process, offers invaluable advice and sound strategies on how to found and grow a business, including: • Hard learned lessons for start-up entrepreneurs • How to create a business concept and set your priorities • Knowing when to expand and when to slow growth so that demand doesn't overwhelm your operations or supplies • How to counter the naysayers and deal with adversity Today, as at the company's founding, achieving a better balance between work and family remains central to The Pampered Chef's mission. The Pampered Chef brings Christopher's recipe for success to women, and men, everywhere. From the Hardcover edition.

The Pampered Chef is Doris Christopher's extraordinary account of how she turned an innovative concept and $3,000 investment into a business with annual sales approaching the billion-dollar mark. It is packed with real-life lessons and inspiring insights for small-business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs. In 1980 Doris Christopher, a former home economist and teacher, was itching to get back into the workforce after an eight-year hiatus as a stay-at-home mom. Drawing on her personal and professional expertise, and determined to make cooking easier and more convenient for families, she started selling high-quality kitchen tools through cooking demonstrations to groups of women in their homes. Today, the company she started in her basement, The Pampered Chef, is celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary and has grown into a corporation (now owned by Berkshire Hathaway) with tens of thousands of independent Kitchen Consultants who present more than a million Kitchen Shows a year, attended by more than 12 million people. The Pampered Chef is the story of the vision, energy, hard work, and chutzpah that drove Christopher and her company to the height of success. She describes her early days as a "one-woman show," chronicles the company's gradual expansion, its challenges and growing popularity, and the process, offers invaluable advice and sound strategies on how to found and grow a business, including: • Hard learned lessons for start-up entrepreneurs • How to create a business concept and set your priorities • Knowing when to expand and when to slow growth so that demand doesn't overwhelm your operations or supplies • How to counter the naysayers and deal with adversity Today, as at the company's founding, achieving a better balance between work and family remains central to The Pampered Chef's mission. The Pampered Chef brings Christopher's recipe for success to women, and men, everywhere. From the Hardcover edition.
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The Pampered Chef is Doris Christopher's extraordinary account of how she turned an innovative concept and $3,000 investment into a business with annual sales approaching the billion-dollar mark. It is packed with real-life lessons and inspiring insights for small-business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs. In 1980 Doris Christopher, a former home economist and teacher, was itching to get back into the workforce after an eight-year hiatus as a stay-at-home mom. Drawing on her personal and professional expertise, and determined to make cooking easier and more convenient for families, she started selling high-quality kitchen tools through cooking demonstrations to groups of women in their homes. Today, the company she started in her basement, The Pampered Chef, is celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary and has grown into a corporation (now owned by Berkshire Hathaway) with tens of thousands of independent Kitchen Consultants who present more than a million Kitchen Shows a year, attended by more than 12 million people. The Pampered Chef is the story of the vision, energy, hard work, and chutzpah that drove Christopher and her company to the height of success. She describes her early days as a "one-woman show," chronicles the company's gradual expansion, its challenges and growing popularity, and the process, offers invaluable advice and sound strategies on how to found and grow a business, including: • Hard learned lessons for start-up entrepreneurs • How to create a business concept and set your priorities • Knowing when to expand and when to slow growth so that demand doesn't overwhelm your operations or supplies • How to counter the naysayers and deal with adversity Today, as at the company's founding, achieving a better balance between work and family remains central to The Pampered Chef's mission. The Pampered Chef brings Christopher's recipe for success to women, and men, everywhere. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Kimberly Farr

Length:

8h 7m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

05:06


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:36


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

03:48


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:41


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

03:23


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

02:12


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

01:21


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:06


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

02:31


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:50


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

03:45


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

02:52


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

03:35


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

01:18


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

02:11


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:40


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:22


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:55


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:48


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

03:26


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

01:54


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

03:32


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

02:35


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

03:52


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

02:06


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

03:32


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:14


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

03:55


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

03:20


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:04


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:08


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:36


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:32


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

03:34


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:57


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:17


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

02:24


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

03:25


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:12


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

03:03


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:24


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

02:33


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:16


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:54


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:47


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:21


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:05


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

03:10


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

03:38


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

03:26


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

01:38


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:43


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

03:59


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

03:46


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

03:18


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

03:57


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

03:58


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

03:38


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:17


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

02:48


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

01:42


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:46


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

04:40


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

03:49


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:04


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:42


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

03:56


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:39


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:58


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

03:12


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

02:08


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

04:05


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

04:04


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

05:00


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:12


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:00


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

02:33


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

04:07


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

05:22


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

04:06


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:11


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

05:45


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

05:32


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

04:25


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

02:46


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

04:04


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

03:41


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

01:07


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

03:01


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

03:58


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

04:20


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

01:50


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

05:24


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

04:48


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

03:51


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

03:11


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

03:21


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

04:30


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

01:57


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

05:08


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

04:47


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

04:08


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

04:12


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

03:24


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

03:16


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

04:49


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

03:41


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

03:51


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

02:53


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

04:31


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

04:28


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

05:19


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

05:35


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

05:05


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

05:11


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

05:44


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

04:15


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

03:50


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

04:07


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

03:45


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

03:28


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

04:18


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

03:12


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

03:36