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Advice About Becoming an Avon Representative

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Has anyone had experience as an Avon rep? What is the downside of it all? I have not been able to find reliable advice from the Net, so I had to ask my ThriftyFun network. How much money can it realistically generate, what time involvement, what upfront costs? Thanks!

Kim from Moses Lake, WA

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By Teri01/18/2011

Downside to Selling Avon:

1. Just like any business you get out of it what you put into it. You have to work at it to produce results (profits).
2. You can't just drop Avon books around and expect orders, it takes some effort and planning.
3. It takes time to establish your business and build up a customer base.
4. It is not an 8 to 5 Monday through Friday business. Business can happen anytime and usually does.
5. Returns - Sometimes customers change their minds and take advantage of the Avon 100% satisfaction guarantee. That means you'll be sending the item back to Avon.
6. It's not for everyone, but it compares very well to other business opportunities available today.

Upside to selling Avon:
1. Low start up cost: immediate signup online for only $20.00 to start. Just go to www.youravon.com/pflanagan to get started.

2. No minimum sales requirements for each campaign. A campaign is a 2 week period.
3. Avon is a recognized name throughout the world. This means you don't have to convince people about the quality of the products or the 100% product guarantee.

4. Avon establishes a credit line for you. This means you are able to place orders with Avon, receive the products, deliver the products to your customers, then pay Avon. So, effectively, Avon is lending you money to start your own business! Very few companies will send you the products first and receive payment later. You have no large investment up front.

5. No required inventory - Instead, concentrate on selling and sharing Avons opportunity with others for faster success.

6. Make your own hours - Be there when the kids get home from school, or launch a full-time business, it's up to you.
7. There are orphaned customers; they no longer have an Avon rep to order from, and believe me, there are lots of them!

8. It's fun to receive your order from Avon and share it with your customers!
I hope this information helps you decide on Avon.

By Maddy07/29/2010

Hey! I'm still new to all of this and I was wondering if someone could e-mail me some advice on how to grow the business. The girl who signed me up hasn't really been all that helpful and I was hoping one of you could share what you know! Please email me at rockingwritergirl@hotmail.com
Thank you very, very much!

By Teri12/13/2009

How To Become An Avon Representative!

Great Question! Avon has made it easy to sign up online and begin immediately, it only takes about 15 minutes to have access to the Avon page after enrollment. This is the new 21st century Avon.

How Much Does It Cost To Become An Avon Representative?
Answer: The fee is $20.00 to sign up and includes the initial Avon kit.

I became an Avon rep in 2006 and it was one of the best decisions I ever made. Avon has quality products with 100% guarantee. You can be your own boss, work in your own time, and earn what you deserve. There is no limit to what you can achieve.

My husband and I have shared this business and have a sizable income with Avon. Remember, you'll get out of it what you put into it.
Good luck, Teri

RE: Advice About Becoming an Avon Representative

By thaisha12/12/2009

I use to sell avon. I currently will sell avon off and on. I love getting women activated and juiced up to sell avon. Not only is it fun but here are some tips that made me successful with my avon business. Again I believe if you share secrets. Key word not only will others be successful but there is more happiness and giving than receiving and if everybody can get a piece of the rock than that makes me not only happy but blessed.

First If you find that you sell avon and you don't have a good upline, try to get out of that district or upline and join a winning team. My upline always encourage me to do fundraiser (which I didn't take advantage of). Car Magnets, t-shirts, hats, pins, flyers, business cards. Parties, Friends, word of mouth, family, hairdressers, laundromats, bus stops, unemployment offices, just become a walkin advertisement person. Just read the manual about advertisement to make sure you don't do anything illegal, like advertise in your email or advertise through your vehicle license plate.

Again avon will lift up your spirits and if you are a people person like me that occasionally you have the tendency to feel blue like most women. Than Avon will lift your spirits because in when you talk to people that makes you feel better.

By Julie02/09/2009

I have been an Avon Representative in Townsville for 7 years. I started with 2 customers, my Mum and a friend. I now have just under 400 customers and am always on the look out for new ones. I think the key to being a sucessful Rep is to serve your customers well. Deliver on time all the time. Resolve problems as quickly as possible. Offer little gifts at birthday and Christmas time. The customer appreciates the gestures not offered in the retail stores. You will be suprised at the respose.
Julie.

By Jennifer (Guest Post)01/30/2009

Hey! I'm still new to all of this and I was wondering if someone could e-mail me some advice on how to grow the business. The girl who signed me up hasn't really been all that helpful and I was hoping one of you could share what you know! Jennifermurphy6 AT hotmail.com
Thank you very, very much!

By Debbie Cornish-Maine Independent Sales Rep (Guest Post)10/20/2008

I have been doing Avon for about 2 months, I love it! I have joined other things and it killed me in cost. I have not spent more than 10.00 out of my pocket. Anything now comes out of my commissions and I run it just like a business. I am now an Unit Leader and currently adding a 2nd Generation of reps. My sales alone are over 600.00 and I didn't know anyone when I started, I didn't have the friends and families to ask, but I proved to myself that you don't need to know people to make money. That is what I am teaching my team members and they are also getting good sales. I truly believe if you take the online training classes which are free, listen to your upline, You will succeed.

By Andria (Guest Post)10/19/2008

All I can say is that there are no "Get rich quick schemes out there that work"! And, AVON is not one of those that promotes that, so, right off the bat, you know you are working with a GREAT company. I have been in AVON for a little over a year, am a Unit Leader. I quit a $60K a year job and couldn't be happier. AVON has allowed me to purchase a new car, travel to visit my grandchildren, and work with people who truly want to improve their financial independence. I hope to promote to Advanced Unit Leader by the end of the year, and my income will increase even more!
This is the best move I've ever made! AVON doesn't sell itself, but through friends, co-workers, family and the internet, you can't lose! Someone in a previous post to you mentioned that you can buy AVON on line and you are competing against AVON. Well, apparently, she didn't want to make her business grow because AVON makes available to each and every representative the ability to have their very own AVON website! Also, another person mentioned how expensive brochures, samples, etc, were, well, they are VERY INEXPENSIVE. You do hav to spend a little in order to make a lot. By having your own website and advertising it on your brochures, your friends and family can order from you, online, anytime 365 days a years, 24 hours a day! And, YOU get the profit!

By Laura (Guest Post)09/06/2008

I'm an Avon Rep in the UK and I find it a great way to fit around my full time job. There is not minimum period to stay on so what have you got to lose?

By Karla Hoffman (Guest Post)08/28/2008

I am Karla A new Avon Independent Sales Representative. I am out of Cedar Rapids Iowa. I love Avon. The start up cost is $10.00 and you can make good money. It is what you put into it. I have put in some time and have 3 people under me and have been showing a nice profit. Check out my site at www.youravon.com/karlahoffman and there is a contact me button I would love to explain it all to you! Regards, Karla

By Renee (Guest Post)08/27/2008

Kim, I too am from Moses Lake:) I've been selling avon off and on for about 10 years. There's a lot of avon reps here. If your just looking for a little extra cash thats great! If your in it for a full time income and looking to get rich, not so great. I love being a rep because I get a discount for myself. You just have to make sure you don't get sucked in and over order for yourself. It can get very expensive, even with the discount. Good luck to you! Renee

By Cathy from Townsville, QLD (Guest Post)10/01/2007

I was in Avon a few years ago. As long as you have a good clientèle, you can make money. I moved towns, and started again, but with the cost of buying brochures, I was lucky to break even. Also, if you do go ahead, do not give goods without receiving payment. This happened to me on a very large order from someone I considered a friend. Needless to say, we do not speak any more, and I never saw a cent. It is time consuming, and you will buy a lot of items because they are bargains, but as long as you can commit to it, it should pay off for you. People here do letterbox drops. A current rep will want you to sign up under them, as they get brownie points for introducing new people. Good luck!

By Georgjeana (Guest Post)08/09/2007

Hi I have been an Avon rep going on 3 years now. I am so glad I joined Avon. I am an Advanced Unit Leader and the earnings on my team alone brought in over $100,000 last year. I even won a great cruise to the Bahamas last October! I wish I would have joined long ago.
There is no "downside" to selling Avon. With Avon you can have a profitable home-based business with unlimited earnings potential. Avon gives you all of the tools to become successful for only a $10 start up fee. To see my personal Avon site and learn more with no obligation go to www.TallmadgeAvon.com or www.start.youravon.com and view the opportunity video. If you decide you would like to join my winning team enter my code:"gseal" in all lower case. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Georgjeana
Here is a pic of me and my husband on the cruise

RE: Advice About Becoming an Avon Representative

By Fionar Booker08/05/2007

When my son was little I was an Avon rep. I sold to neighbors and later co-workers and friends. But, you are tempted to buy all the cute stuff for yourself. You need to market yourself by buying little samples to give out to prospective customers and/or if they ask for them tp smell scents or see colors or whatever and that adds up. Biggest drawback is that NOW people can order on line directly from Avon. So, you're competing against your own company and they offer great sales. So, I would say, "Take a pass."

By Betty Stanley (Guest Post)07/26/2007

Well, i have been a avon rep for 10 years. The more you sell the more money you make. On your 1st 4 campaign you earn 50% of what you sell. It only cost you one time fee of $10.00 to start. You can sell for as long as you want or stop when you want. If you want to sign up to sell you can sign up under me and i will be there if you need any help. I love being a stay at home mom of 2 and taking off when I need to. If I can help you just email me and I can get your started asp. bettysavon AT itexas.net

By sandy [63]07/26/2007

i have been an avon rep 2 different times. the second time which was 2 yrs ago was a mess. i didnt have the customers enough anyway that bought alot every campaign. the manager said she would give me so much help whenever i had a question. i emailed her 1 time with a question from a customer about lipstick. never did i get a question back. even after leaving a message on her cell phone and with her secretary. i stopped selling it.

By DR (Guest Post)07/26/2007

In my past experience it was not worth the time and effort . I tried it twice. In my area you can get the same products for cheaper at the store. When I did place a order half of it would be on back-order or they would sent me the wrong order. All of your catalogs , bags and etc. Are not cheap. In my area it was not profitable.

By Deb (Guest Post)07/25/2007

If you have a large clientel, yes it can generate a goodly amount. You have to work it. It doesn't work itself. If orders are not paid for you can be stuck with them and trying to resell. Most times you can return it but it is alot of hassle. I have known a few who were very successful representatives. Personally for me, it was not lucrative. I did not know alot of people where I lived and that played a factor as well. Good luck to you should you embark on the journey with Avon.

By Hope07/25/2007

I was an Avon rep at 3 different stages of my life and at 3 different sets of rules from the company! I never really 'made money' in the sense that once I deducted all the costs of doing business, especially auto costs, there was very little cash to 'play' with. I was always in the top ten sales reps in my district. Also, I cannot use any of the scented products, but I had no problems selling them because people either LOVE Avon or HATE Avon as a rule. Keep in mind that no matter how many customers you may have, there is a limit as to how much make-up they will be buying. In the old days the jewelry was a much better quality and was an easy sell. Nowadays...not so much. You must be aware of certain laws that apply to accepting checks from folks. NEVER, NEVER take a check that is dated later than today's date!!! Another big issue with checks is that you cannot access all the funds deposited into your checking account until all the checks have had time to clear. You will get zapped with fees for ISF - insufficient funds- and if any of those checks bounce you will be charged for that as well. The other biggie that cancels 'earnings' is having to return to deliver products time after time to people who "don't have the money right now" or just don't answer the door! With the current cost of gas, I know I wouldn't go back to selling Avon even if the rest of the problems could be easily solved unless I could somehow have the customers come to me to pick up their orders!!!

By Camilla (Guest Post)07/25/2007

First off, I've been a rep for 6 or 7 years (I've lost count). I won't lie to you and say that it's a breeze and you'll become fabulously wealthy. It can be as hard or as easy as you want it to be. But, like many things, "you only get out what you put in." Some things to consider: 1) You have to like the product yourself. How good of a salesperson can you be if you hate what you sell? 2) You have to have tough skin (figuratively speaking). You may have rude customers; you don't have to keep them as customers. You may have customers who just don't like what they bought. Haven't we all? You'll have to take that in stride. Yes, you do have to pay for returns, but that's part of the cost of doing business. Wal-Mart has to pay for returns too, in the form of shipping costs, customer service salaries, etc. 3) You have to treat it as a business, and this takes discipline. You DON'T have to order tons of brochures. You DON't have to pre-order the latest perfumes--I've been burned every time I have. You DON'T even have to go to the Sales Meetings, although they can be motivating. You DO have to exercise restraint. You'll bankrupt yourself if you try to demo everything in the book. If you must demo, pick one or two things that you'll actually use/wear. It's also a good idea to set up a separate account for Avon money, so you don't "accidentally" spend it until the Avon bills are paid. You'll also have to keep track of income/expenses for taxes, just like any home business.

The main question you need to ask yourself is what you want out of it. Do you want to make enough to live comfortably off of so you can be a stay-at-home parent or do you want to make gas money? Do you want to do it to "get out of the house" and meet people, or do you want to do it to get a discount on your own stuff (nothing wrong with that, although you'll have to submit an order of at least $25 to get a discount)? Some will tell you it's only $10, so you have nothing to lose, but $10 is still $10 that could be put somewhere else if you're not sure where you're going with it. I hope I've given you some food for thought. If you have any other questions, feel free to email me at calnorth at yahoo dot com.

By Tina (Guest Post)07/25/2007

I tried twice to become an Avon Rep. It only cost $10 to start, but every two weeks you're buying catalogs, which get VERY costly. The business takes quite awhile to build up, since there's so many reps out there. Then you end up buying many samples. Also, you're responsible for returning the merchandise to Avon that's returned (more money). I didn't find this a good business for me. I'm currently doing Partylite candles, having a blast (kit is free) and making lots of money! This is fun! Can't really say that about Avon. Sorry, but this was my experience. Tina

By Mary in CT (Guest Post)07/25/2007

I sold Avon in college. I love the products, but quickly watched my profits disappear when I bought stuff for myself! You have to be very disciplined and make sure you seperate your profits right away and put them in a bank account. Otherwise, its fun.

By Kim [2]07/25/2007

I'll be realistic and tell you there are a lot of down sides to selling Avon, since no one has told you of them. You purchase your own books, supplies, demos. If you have to call Avon it is long distance fees, unless your District Manager can handle your issues. Everything is cheaply made in China, so your customers may return a lot of things that dont look like what was in the Avon book. Items don't come in when they should--you can wait on backordered items for 1-2 months (especially at Xmas). At the monthly meetings District Managers will persuade you to take 10-20 bottles of awful perfume no one wants to buy and you will be billed for them and have the hassle of trying to return. If you get orders, no one wants to pay right away, so you have to hassle people for your money. After 7 years of selling, I found I was my best customer and it was costing more than it was worth with all the hassle mentioned here. Anyone selling Avon will not be truthful because if they get you to sign up to sell they will benefit from your lead. Be cautious before making a decision.

By Georgjeana07/24/2007

lol that last post had a typo "boos" is supposed to be "boss" unless you want to put booze in there. I guess you could call the booze for time off. lol

By Georgjeana07/24/2007

I could post everything I love about being an Avon Sales Rep but then I would be writing a book. The 3 best things about Avon to me are:
1. Working my own hours. I am a busy mom running the kids all over and errands. I get to spend more time with my family and never have to call the boos for time off.
2. Making new friends. I have met so many wonderful new friends since I've been selling and recruiting.
3. Income and Success. I never thought I could earn the money that I am earning selling and recruiting for Avon. I even won a great cruise to the Bahama's!
Check out my picture and all of the great reasons to become an Avon sales rep at www.tallmadgeavon.com or Email me for more information I am an Advanced Unit Leader with reps in all over the US
georgjeana

By Kim Churchman [3]07/23/2007

Thanks, so far everything I hear is positive, except from people who categorically oppose any job involving selling. Avon's stuff is very nice product, they were the first major company to stop all animal testing even in ingredients purchased by them. They even lend you credit to get you started with product and as you noted the first four campaigns the rep's share is half, great! I'm moving toward just plunging in.

By christyboyle07/22/2007

I have been an avon rep for 6 years now and I enjoy the chance to be a stay at home mom of 2. The earnings for new reps are 50% on your first 4 campaigns(every 2 weeks ) there after are based on your sales... If i can be of more help please let me know (I can even get you started )e-mail me if you have any more questions myburban2 AT yahoo.com

By Angel (Guest Post)07/21/2007

I have a friend who sells...
IF you can build up a good customer base- 200 or so people that will buy from you each year and if you can get about 50 people to order from you each month- you will do wonderfully!! There is relatively little start up cost and if you love the product you will save quite a bit with the discounts and special ordering options etc. This is about all I know- I "sell" Tupperware to get out of the house and buy the best for my kitchen- but it is not a moneymaker. I think given the right customer base Avon would be a much better choice as it is typically consumable and fairly inexpensive to begin with. I would try it out if I were you! What could it hurt? From what I can tell there is no penalty if you don't sell, so enjoy the discount.

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