Wow, our intrepid Avon Representative pictured here sure looks busy, ha ha! That’s because Avon is a business and it takes a lot of hard work to be successful at it. If you’re looking to add a hundred bucks a month to your family’s finances, it’s not that bad. Hand out a few brochures, connect via Facebook, email, or text, and deliver the goods. It really is that simple.
If you’re looking to earn a real living though, as I am, it takes time, devotion, passion, and strength to get your business to grow. I will always be honest with you on this site. I am not where I want to be in my business yet. But I am determined to make it work; to build a team, to sell online, to make an actual living. Little by little I am watching this fledgling business take off and soar. I have started recruiting, I sell a little more each campaign, I get a little braver every time I approach someone new.
Here’s what I’ve done so far in my business: I’ve invested tons of money in products that never sold. BIG mistake! Only invest if you are already making a profit. Avon now has three featured products per campaign (a campaign is a two week selling period. We have 24 campaigns a year). If your budget allows, you can invest in these three products to use as demos. If your budget is tight, you can invest in samples.
Also, I’ve done several events like having a vender table at a huge Fourth of July celebration, being the makeup artist for a fashion show for charity, and holding an open house in my home. I didn’t sell much at any of these events, but I view them as successes because I gained a lot of contact info from them. Moving forward, I plan to do the occasional event but focus on getting info and recruiting rather than selling.
My third discovery is that I’m not good at selling face-to-face. Now, if you’re a huge people person and are thinking of joining Avon for the social aspect, good for you! Avon offers the tremendous opportunity to sell any way you wish. You can have parties, you can visit offices with a rolling makeup case full of inventory, you can talk to the lady in line ahead of you at the grocery store, or you can sell online. Selling online definitely isn’t for everyone. It is a lot of hard work. But I find that the hard work is paying off. This is why I always say that shy reps are welcome as a part of my team, Team From the Heart. You CAN sell Avon and never speak to strangers! Some will tell you it is the effortless way of selling. I am here to say that isn’t true. I work my butt off. But I have fun doing it.
So you’re on the fence about joining. Maybe you didn’t know it was going to be so much work. Maybe you’re nervous about talking to strangers. Maybe you think it will be too expensive. Honestly, you don’t have much to lose by trying. The start up is very low (I have a little poem. Ahem…$25 gets you in the door, $50 gets you even more, and $100 gets you products galore!). Whichever kit you choose, you are getting products worth many times what you are paying. It can’t hurt to try, right?