Erica Shows Her Daughters Where Working Hard Will Take You

Erica Batkins family

Celebrate the strength and determination of women like Erica, a Director from Chesterfield, MI, making dreams coming true for her family through the success of her business.

A mere five months ago, I made the decision to leave my job and put my full time and energy into my Tupperware business and amazing team members. I’m not going to lie, the decision was a hard one! Endless streams of thoughts and “what ifs” ran through my head 24 hours a day. See, there was a time in the recent past when my family had caught a glimpse of ‘rock bottom’ and it wasn’t a place that I wanted to go back to. We struggled with the decision for months, when my Business Leader finally told me, “You only fail when you quit working, and you’re not going to quit working, are you?” And she couldn’t have been more right.

And so, after teaching for 15 years, I walked away from my full time job

Almost four years ago, I started my Tupperware business to better my family’s income. What first just paid for health benefits, Tupperware through the years had been the income to pay off debt, saved us money with earning a free car, and even gave my family their first real vacation— a Disney vacation earned through the WOW! Program. Perhaps my Business Leader was right and she saw the beginning of something beautiful that I just couldn’t yet. And so, after teaching for 15 years, I walked away from my full time job.

We live a pretty simple, but busy, life at home. Even when I was working full-time, very rarely did we take vacations because we either couldn’t get the time off work to go, or there just wasn’t enough money left after bills and groceries. My husband and I have three beautiful daughters, one of which is turning 10 soon. Her dream (for the past three years) has been to get a new American Girl doll. We’ve all seen the catalogs, we know the girls want them, and we’re all familiar with the cost. Remember…we are the family of five who rarely goes out to dinner, let alone talk about getting an American Girl doll! Well, today that changed.

Never would I have thought four years ago, that this is what I would be doing.

Today, because of my income with Tupperware, I was able to book that Chicago weekend for my family, complete with a stop at the American Girl store, matching pajamas, cookies, and turn-down service for our 10 year old’s birthday and what will be her new American Girl friend. The best part is that she doesn’t even know it yet, and won’t until we actually get there! Everything that I have done with my Tupperware business has been all for my family, and my heart is jumping with excitement for our little girl and this amazing weekend that we have planned for her. Because of Tupperware, not only do I not have to worry about taking time off, but I have actually made MORE income than when I was teaching full time with a Master’s degree! Never would I have thought four years ago, that this is what I would be doing.

Erica Batkins Daughters

There is no greater gift I can give to my daughters than the gift of growing up confidently, working hard, refusing to fail, and never losing sight of your dreams. This “regular” Tupperware Girl has made lots of dreams come true for her family. I wonder which dream we should tackle next?

Erica Batkins, Director