Thermomix is said to be "the most advanced kitchen appliance on the market today, and is without rival." You can't buy a Thermomix from a store, you can only do so via a Thermomix Consultant. A Thermomix Consultant will come to your home and conduct a demomstration of the German manufactured machine for you, your family, and your friends. A demonstration will show you how to make 6 dishes, over 2 hours.
Ever wondered what it takes to become a Thermomix Consultant? Perhaps you've thought about becoming a consultant yourself? It is said to be a great little earner, particularly for Mums who would like to return to the workforce, but find it hard to find a job with flexible hours.
Melissa "Thermoqueen Longwarry" has taken some time to answer a few questions for Melbourne Mums Group, regarding her own personal Thermomix journey, and how working as an Independent Consultant works for her:
Melissa and her Thermomix
How would you describe your Thermomix?
A space aged magic robotic machine! It's beyond amazing what this machine can do.
How long have you owned your Thermomix, and which model?
A TM5, the newest model, since June last year. I have been consulting for the same time I have had my Thermomix.
How has Thermomix helped you / your family?
My youngest has nut allergies cooking in my thermomix allows me to cook fast; I have 3 kids age 2.5, 4 and 6.5. I now know exactly what's in my foods because I cook from scratch.
How often do you use your Thermomix?
I use my thermomix every day, most times multiple times a day.
Who uses your Thermomix at home?
My kids help all the time they love it, I have numerous photos of them cooking with it. Hubby knows what to press when it's singing when it's finished, he is too scared :)
What is your favourite Thermomix recipe?
My favourite Thermomix recipe would have to be a family traditional chocolate pudding I have converted to a Thermomix recipe. It's my nana's who passed almost a year ago.
What made you choose to become a consultant?
The last demo I attended, the consultant, who is now my group leader, saw how excited I was by the Thermomix, and asked if I had thought about the business side of it. I attended an interview and here I am today.
What job did you do before kids?
Before I had kids I had may jobs, hospitality, call center work and beauty therapy.
What are the pros and cons of becoming a consultant?
All pros, I love what I do, the Thermomix sells itself for sure but you have to love people, enjoy what you do and be a people person. The training and support from Thermomix is beyond anything I have ever had before.
Isn't it tricky trying to convince husbands that a kitchen appliance worth over $2k is worth buying?
Convincing my husband was the hardest part! It took 3 years to convince Ben to get a Thermomix, and it was only that I became a consultant that it was OK. Now he is totally converted, and talks about it to everyone, everywhere.
Would you say you need to be a sales person to become a consultant?
Certainly NOT, the training gives you all the information you need. The ongoing support and meetings are fabulous.
How many hours do you put in per week and when do you carry out the majority of your work?
Majority of my work I'd say 90% is at night, the odd occasion I do a weekday demo when the kids are at school, creche and kinder.
Approximately 45 hours per month, that's approx 10 demos per month.
Do you see a future in your consulting career or is this a 'stop gap' job?
I do see a future, I often wondered that when I first joined - if the sales stop when you run out of people. You start with one person hosting, who invites their friends who either purchase or book a demo who then invite their friends and so on. It can't possibly end, I love my work and I work hard for what I do. I haven't been able to find another "job" that allows such flexibility around your personal life, amazing incentives, income and such team spirit. It's the ultimate journey that never ends.