Do not consider being an Avon representative if you already have a full time job as being a representative is now a full time job. Before you can become 'visible' on their website, you need to have had at 3 campaigns where your sales have been at least £174.00. To achieve this you need to spend hours delivering and collecting brochures and orders, then hours again delivering orders (having to return if no one is at home on your first delivery attempt).
I worked as an Avon representative for about one year.The reason I joined as I was working part time and I wanted an additional income. I did enjoy it but it was so time consuming.
The Sign up
What got me interested in Avon was the advert you see every day on TV of the women trying different make up and there was a catchy song which caught my attention. So i went on the avon website and clicked the apply button I filled out a simple application form which asked for my name, date of birth, address, contact number and email. I submitted the application the next day my phone rang and it was the manager of Avon that worked in my area. She discussed the opportunity with me and asked did I want to go ahead and I did so we arranged an appointment for the following day for her to call out to my house to get me set up.
So the following day she called out at the correct time and arrived with a bag full of receipts, books, some samples of perfume and lots of info. so now she needed to set up my online account so I started filling in my details again on her computer and I go to a section were it was asking me if I had a credit card, my marital status, if I had home internet access and if I rented of owned my property.... what? why do they need this.so I bought it up and she explained it was for how much credit I could have on my account for placing orders. she give me my account number and talked me though the system and helped me get books ready for customers. we went thought a booklet that went thought everything from top to bottom. She left me her number and welcomed me to the team.
The 1st Week
So the 1st day I had a list of friends and family and might be interested. I started making calls to see who wanted a brochure nearly all of them said yes so I spent the day delivering them out to. I was buzzing felt like it was going well.
so half way though the week the area manager called to see if I was available she met up with me at my house. she give me my territory near my house were a can deliver brochures. so me and her set out with a handful of books. we went to the first door and an older lady answered and the manager explained who we were, so she took a brochure of us and we told her to leave the book out on a certain day so we can pick it up. The manager stayed with me for around an hour helping me get some brochures out. After she left I thought that it was easy so the 1st door i knocked on by myself and grumpy man answered and told we were to go.... I didn't know what to do. so I after that all the doors I went to I did not knock I just posted them threw the letter box.
Pick Up Time
So I picked up the brochures from my friends and family all of them ordered maybe they were feeling sorry for me.... ill never know . Some orders were around £25 but the highest one was £80 i was shocked I didn't know what to say.
so the time came for me to pick up the brochures i delivered near my house. Getting the brochures back was a nightmare. some people left them in the garden in the rain, some people didn't answer the door . i would try 3 times to pick up the brochures if there was no answer at different times.
Placing the order
So I had to get all the order forms together and add all the products to my order I double checked it about 4 times before submitting it After this was down I could see my order total and my commission. The order was around £400 and i was getting 25% commission so I made around £100 but i had to order more brochures which were about £6 and the 1st part joining fee was £10. so my commission came to about £84 so i placed the order and just had to wait a couple of days for delivery.
Door goes and there is a guy from yodel outside with about 5 boxes and a pack of brochures and he helps me lift them in to the living room. It takes me about 2 hours sorting the products and bagging them up.some products were out of stock and coming with my next order.now I just had to deliver them lucky on the order form every one wrote there number down so I began phoning around to see who was in to deliver the products,collect the money and leave a new brochure. so eventually i got all the products delivered and the money collected in. Then I paid my bill and kept my commission I was happy enough.
That is what happens when you 1st join. I loved the products avon sold from make up, bubble bath, clothes, jewellery and lots more. very order I got more customers I started posting online in buy and sell groups on facebook which built my customer base. the thing I hated the most how much time it took up as once i got a full time job i did not have time of it but I did pass my customers on to someone else that was doing it.
I have been an Avon representative for almost 20 years now.
I never intended doing this but made enquiries for a new representative when our old one finished and ended up being roped in to do it myself.
I never had to pay any start-up fee back then but I believe people do these days.
---How It Works---
You have to buy the Avon brochures which come out 18 times a year, also you buy the bags to pack the goods in. Being in Wales we are also now supposed to charge our customers for the bags as well!
Most people get given an area to canvass but I never did so I would find customers where ever I could - from family and friends, local hairdressers and mums from school.
You give out catalogues with order forms and are supposed to let the people know by writing on the form what day you will be collecting the orders.
You place the order online every three weeks and the items get delivered to your home for free.
You then have to bag up the items and collect the payments to send back to Avon.
Then when you delver the order you can also deliver the next brochure - and so the cycle continues.
What you make depends on the amount of goods you sell.
You get commission back at the following rates:
Orders of over £78 - 20%.
Orders over over £148 - 25%.
Orders totalling under £78 do not qualify for anything - but you do get free delivery if the order is over £10.
The way you get your commission is that you get charged the reduced price by Avon but charge the customer the full price - therefore you keep the difference.
Avon has a no-quibble guarantee so if anyone is dissatisfied with a product they can get a refund or exchange. You therefore have to get a credit online from Avon and refund the customer.
Returns are easy as once you notify Avon of what is to be returned you can print out a form to include in the parcel and give the package to the driver when you next get a delivery so returns are free.
---Advantages for Avon Representatives---
The website is easy to use for both orders and returns. New brochures can be purchased at the same time and delivered with your items.
You get a special brochure for yourself each campaign which shows new products that are coming out in future brochures and gives you the chance to order then at a reduced price.
You also get a discount section each campaign where Avon sell off discontinued lines at very reduced prices.
I began in a small way with a toddler in tow but over the years I managed to get lots of regular customers and would use my commission on either items for myself and children or save it for Christmas.
About 15 years ago I was selling so much I made it into the Presidents Club - which meant then that you had sold over about £4500 in a year I think. I had a mug and got invited to a special dinner and another time I earned a gift and chose a liquidizer.
If you can get regular customers you are onto a good thing and for me it worked well - I would drop orders off when driving back and forth to school and young son enjoyed helping me to bag everything up and deliver it.
Then in 1996 I became ill and since then my Avon has dwindled. Not being able to get out and about has meant I have lost many customers - though I still have a handful who mainly come to the house to collect there items.
I still like getting the books and being able to order - though I am currently running at a loss as I get no commission on small orders but still have to buy the books. Still for me it is worth it to keep in contact with people. I now tend not to buy catalogues for every campaign but do every other one so it cuts down on the costs, although coming up to Christmas I do buy each catalogue.
I would give each customer their own brochure and not bother to collect it. They would ring me on a certain day with their order (or email). This saved a lot of time and effort. Also with fuel costs these days the more journeys you can save the better.
Always be willing and happy to exchange items. I have heard that some reps hate doing this - but it is all part of the job.
Back-ordering - this means that when you are putting one order in (say for book number 4) you can also back order from the previous book (number 3) and maybe get something cheaper - then you can either pass the saving to the customer - or keep it for yourself.
5 stars. I have been very happy with my time at Avon and have nto had any problems.
I have now been an Avon rep since January 2008, and for the most part it has been a good experience. After the first few campaigns you get to grips with the quick brochure turn around (3 weeks average, but closer together at Xmas) and the way that earnings are deducted from prices, rather than given to you afterwards.
The way it works:
There is a fifteen pounds charge to become a rep and for this price you get your first two lots of brochures free. There are two thresholds which you need to achieve each campaign in order to receive either a 20 or 25% discount. This discount becomes your earnings as you are selling the products on to the customer at the full price. Basically if a customer spends £4.00 you pay about £3.00 (on higher discount level) and keep the extra pound they pay you. There are 18 campaigns in a year. Products are delivered to you by a courier and you pack them into bags (which you buy) and collect the money on exchange of goods.
I was lucky as I started off with quite a large round and managed to build up a good customer base. After reading online forums it seems that a lot of your success depends purely on the area that you are given to canvass and whether people are interested. It is also helpful to give books out at work and to other mums at school. Unfortunately I could not do this so was relying on my allocated areas. This was okay until I moved house in May '09 and was a few miles away from my territory. I had to rely on people being in when I called round, it was becoming increasingly expensive (especially with rising petrol costs) and in the end I decided it was not making sense to carry on. I met some very nice people (and the odd weirdo!) whilst doing Avon and was reluctant to stop so instead of doing so I have kept my account going by ordering for myself and family/friends. I do not order enough to get discount, but I still get free delivery and it means that should I take on an area again I will not have to pay to re-join.
Becoming an Avon rep will not make you rich (unless you are one of the lucky few) but it will probably give you some extra spending money or at least cover your own purchases. I'd say it's well worth a go.
My experiences of being an Avon Rep have been up and down.
I have been an Avon Rep for almost two years now, I was recently a Sales Leader with Avon and a Rep at the same time but Avon let me down and then closed my Sales Leader Account after I complained. I am still a Rep and maybe in the future will become a Sales Leader Again. So my experience as being a Rep
I live in area 742 for Avon. Our orders get submitted on a Tuesday and get delivered on the following Monday. I am not usually around to take this order in so my neighbours take this in for me. Avon is becoming more and more popular and the products are getting better and better.
This year Avon are celebrating their 125 years and there is fantastic offeres and promotions coming out in the campaign brochures.
Being a representative gets you out and about and gets you talking to customers and keeps you fit at the same time. Most of my customers are work colleagues, friends, family and neighbours. Not everyone puts an order in each time.
Avon sell everything from underwear, to perfume, to jewellery to make up and skincare products.
It is not as easy as just selling the products and delivering them. There is some costs which you need to fork out ie for your books, your samples you may wish to order to promote products to customers, your bags etc... but you can buy these with the commission you earn and then start making money.
To qualify for your commission as a rep you have to hit £78 to earn lower commission rate at approx 20% and £148 to hit the higher commission rate at 25%. My orders vary from £50 - £600 its mad. Christmas time is always a great time for Avon Representatives as this is the busiest time of year so buying presents etc..
I really enjoy being a rep for Avon and will continue to do this.
I would recommend becoming a Rep to anyone who would like to earn a little bit of extra cash.
I have just moved back home and am continuing my psychology degree with the Open University. Now I have a lot of time to spare and a friend recommended to me to start up as an Avon representative whilst at the same time looking for other work (which I did not the Jobsite website). I was a little bit apprehensive to start this because Avon selling is not an hourly wage, I have to put a lot of effort in, in order to reap the rewards. But I guess that is the same with a lot of jobs.
SO WHAT DOES AVON SELL?
Avon sells a huge collection of items in a brochure. These items include: skincare, make-up, jewellery, men's items, bath and body items, clothes, fragrances, lingerie and present ideas.
SO HOW DID I CONTACT AVON?
I saw an advert on the Jobsite website with an Avon sales leader in my area advertising work in my area. It had her telephone number in the job advert so I gave her a ring. She talked me through the ins and outs of Avon and I decided that it was the sort of thing that I could see myself doing. We met two days later, she arrived at my house with my starter pack. The starter pack included two packs of order forms, 40 brochures, 20 for my first and 20 for my second campaign. I was also given an Hello Tomorrow magazine (which I will explain later on in the review) as well as copies of the brochures for myself and a few starter leaflets to explain bits and pieces about Avon to me and a calling book. The calling book simply allows me to keep track of house names and numbers and the customers that I have posted brochures to. The lady also explained to me that I would be having a small fee taken out of my first and second campaign order for the starter kit and for setting me up as a rep. This fee was £7.50 per the two campaigns making £15.00 in total. I did not mind this really because I could understand what a pain it would be if they signed up numerous people who ended up not working for Avon or even putting in a first order.
Firstly the area manager that each Avon representative is allocated in their area allocates their given territory (an area you are allowed to sell in).You do not have to have a territory if you simply want to sell to friends and relatives but you might as well ask for one. So I was given in total around 200 houses within a walking distance from my home. I went around these houses to find that unfortunately a lot of them were actually flats or bed and breakfasts (I live in the south west by the coast so as anybody can imagine who has been there, it caters for a lot of tourists). So I rang my area manager to ask for her to remove the roads with flats on and to allocate me another area which she did with no problems.
WHO IS THERE TO HELP YOU?
The area managers and your team leader that you are given (or who for example I actually seeked through the job advert) are there to help you if you have any problems. They can be contacted either through email, telephone and your team leader can meet up with you if you really need to.
HOW I STARTED SELLING
I have worked in the beauty industry for some time now with two different companies so I am very aware of the type of products out there from all the different brands. So my previous work has given me a lot of confidence in approaching customers and advising them as well as listening to the customer's needs and what they are looking for. So I tried to use this confidence and rather than push brochures through everybody's letter boxes I knocked on people's doors and introduced myself and asked them whether they would like a brochure. I thought it was key to explain to people how much Avon had changed over the years and how they are up with many of the premium cosmetic brands with the technology they use. My mum did Avon representing and was a team leader with my AVON reps who she guided (but this was about 30 odd years ago) so she gave me some guidance too.
WHAT WERE PEOPLE'S RESPONSES WHEN I KNOCKED ON THEIR DOORS?
Well it was a mixed response really, everybody was very polite. I would say 1 in 10 people accepted my offer of a brochure which makes it quite hard work being turned down by 9 people each time (theoretically). But I kept my morale up as I approached each door. I had a few lovely ladies who were thoroughly excited to see an Avon brochure who had not seen one for years. These ladies are perfect for picking up more business because they talk about their products to friends.
I put printed stickers on the brochures to say the date and time I would be picking the brochure up and for them to either leave the brochure outside their door or I could knock on their door if they wanted any advice on anything.
From my experience so far with Avon I have learnt that you do not need to purchase many brochures (yes Avon charges the sales representative for the brochures). I purchase about 20 or 25 per campaign because I rotate them. Once I receive the books back from the first lot of customers I seek new customers.
The first campaign an Avon representative does is the trickiest. I certainly found it slightly tricky because you have to learn how the online system works for ordering the products (or you can order on the telephone but this is very difficult). Secondly you are learning about all the products to tell your customers about. Thirdly you are finding your customers. So the next campaign is not so difficult. When I delivered the first campaigns products to the customers I also gave them the next campaigns brochures. Majority of customers purchase (even if it is a small amount) every campaign. There are 18 campaigns a year.
HOW TO INCREASE SALES
On the order forms given to customers with the brochures I printed sticky labels with print saying 'spend over £20.00 to receive 2 free samples.' Unfortunately the sales representatives have to also pay for samples which are from 20p to £1.25 (so they are not cheap). This is why I need to have a minimum order to give out samples. In the next campaign I am going to put 'refer a friend to receive a free gift.'
AM I MAKING MONEY THROUGH AVON?
I knew from the beginning that I would not make a lot of money with my first couple of campaigns simply because of the start up fees, customers not spending loads (probably to check I am genuine) and through having the smallest number of customers and through buying stationary, bags to deliver products in, brochures and samples. However, as the weeks go on more people know in my area that I work for Avon so people ordering from me are asking me to pop brochures through their friend's doors, which is increasing my sales.
WHAT IS HELLO TOMORROW?
As I mentioned previously in my starter kit I received an Hello Tomorrow magazine. This is a brochure for sales representatives with demo products in at a cheaper price. These demo products are for in 2 brochures time so you can show customers prior to the brochure which contains them. However, it is crucial not to get too carried away buying products for yourself or else you will end up spending what you earn per campaign. Hello Tomorrow also contains sections to purchase samples and stationary as well as a clearance section you can buy from.
SO HOW MUCH DO I ACTUALLY EARN?
Each sales representative has to place a minimum order of £72.00 which is easily done. If you place an order between £72.00 and £135.00 you make £1.00 per every £5.00 so 20% and if you place an order over £135.00 you make £1.00 per every £4.00 so 25%. My first campaign was £400 so I got £100. And each campaign is increasing luckily. Certain items I do not make 25% due to there being a fixed percent on them (for example if they are a new brand or a limited time brand appearing in the Avon brochure for example, Hello Kitty, Roxy, Country Rose etc.
WOULD I RECOMMEND AVON SELLING?
I would certainly recommend Avon to somebody who is passionate and motivated to do well. To somebody who is confident to knock on people's doors and to somebody who has another income. Avon will not give you enough income to live on unfortunately unless you happen to have 100s and 100s of customers who spend huge amounts. Unfortunately in my area that is never going to be the case I don't think. But I enjoy it, I love chatting to people and advising them. Some people really enjoy it when you turn up to take their orders for example, retired ladies who are at home all of the time. It is an added highlight to their day. I also love that Avon will refund items even if they have been tried. I do not think that any other brand does that for simply the reason of you not liking it. I have been really impressed by Avon and they are always looking for more representatives. If you are new to an area it is also a great way to get to know people. You can also host parties to sell more and I am not sure I am confident enough to do that but I would love to do one in aid of Breast Cancer Research which Avon raises a lot of money for as well as another charity. For example, if people buy cakes and the money goes to the charity and then hopefully I will get some orders from it as well.
4 Stars from me - anybody can work for Avon, you do not have to have an interview process you simply need to be enthusiastic! There are also lots of other earning opportunities and ways of getting on the ladder to make more money higher up with Avon. I am a part time student so although I now have another job alongside Avon it gives me some extra money through something I thoroughly enjoy.
I personally think that Ding Dong Avon Calling is a thing of the past... Avon is more up market with a fantastic range of products and once more people see that Avon is simply great products at great, reasonable prices more people will turn to Avon.
I began selling Avon when i was at college with the aim of making a bit of extra pocket money on the side. The first and main thing that i will say about being an Avon representative is this - the harder you work the more you will earn! Now lets be honest, most people love a bit of Avon so it is very unlikely that you won't receive any orders, however, the number of orders you get depends on the amount of work you're prepared to put into each campaign (by campaign i mean brochure). If your thinking about becoming an Avon representative but are just planning on passing a few brochures amongst your family, friends and work colleagues, then don't expect to earn a lot - perhaps between £10 - £20 per brochure which is every 3 weeks. But if you are planning to go door to door in your local area, that's when you will start to earn a lot more as the amount of orders you get will increase. Be careful not to enter another Avon representative's 'Territory' though, by this i mean don't put your brochures out on a street that is already covered by another Avon rep. You can check with your assigned Sales Leader if there are any streets that are already taken by another rep.
You can simply post your brochures through your neighbours doors with a note of when you will be back to collect it, or even better you can knock in person and ask if they would like a brochure. This is what i did and i found this greatly increased the amount of customers i had as i think the face to face contact helped. Don't be frightened of knocking on their doors, it's not like your trying to sell them double glazing! The worst they can say is "No", i never had anyone be rude to me, only polite "No thankyou's" now and again. In the end i had roughly 12 regular customers who were all neighbours and then i had my family and friends. The lowest i ever made on a campaign was about £25 because i'd only received a handful of orders, the best i ever made was around £130 at Christmas time with some very generous orders. Proof that the Christmas period is the best time to be selling Avon!
It isn't all as simple as it looks though, it can be hard work and i found that i was out most nights either dropping off brochures, collecting brochures and dropping off orders. People aren't always home so that would sometimes mean having to go back and forth a number of nights to catch them in. This can be particularly frustrating if you are carrying everyone's orders with you and some of them aren't home so you end up lugging them round with you. Then you've got to log in to the representative website to put all the orders through, then there's the delivery day when everyone's orders arrive in boxes and you have to make all the orders up into bags. This would sometimes take me a few hours if it was a large order.
As well as a bit of extra earnings from being an Avon reprsentative, there are also other benefits too such as your own reps brochure where you can buy Avon products for yourself cheaper and there's incentives and rewards for reps achieving good sales. There's even oppurtunity for career progession if you are serious about Avon and you can become a Sales leader in charge of other reps and earning commission from their sales.
I don't recall there being any large start up or sign up costs when i became an Avon rep, perhaps a small admin fee of £7 or so. You do have to pay for your own brochures and Avon bags to put your customers orders in, but you can just take this out of your earnings. If i remember correctly these used to cost me about £3 or £4. I eventually gave up selling Avon because i became too busy to be going out every night delivery and collecting brochures. But if you have got an hour or so free each night to go out 4 or 5 times a week then i would certainly reccomend giving Avon a go! It's also a good way of meeting new people and even making new friends with your neighbours!
I'm a student, so naturally I have a lack of money. It's hard to find a job, so becoming an Avon representative seemed like a good idea. I have a large family and a fair amount of friends, so I thought I'd be quite successful.
It wasn't that simple really.
I had to pay a membership fee when I started, 3 years ago. I paid £150 which seemed a bit steep but my area manager convinced me that it was a good idea and that £150 was a small amount compared to how much I was going to be making.
I took the plunge, and it seemed slow at first. I was making about £30 a campaign, but I expected things to pick up. This wasn't the case though. Even now, after paying for brochures I make maybe about £30 a campaign, so that's £30 every 3 weeks.
It's not a lot, but maybe I would make more if I was a more pro-active representative. I only give catalogues to people I know, but I'm sure if I ventured around my neighbourhood my sales would definitely increase.
This isn't really an option for me though, because I don't have a lot of time. But if you do this full time, I'm sure it would work REALLY well for you.
When growing up, my mum always found jobs that would mean she could stay at home and be with me and my younger sister - I have fond memories of helping her with her Avon round , and remember it all quite well , and so when I was looking to earn some extra money - Avon was one of the first things that came to mind.
I was not looking to do a large round as my mum had done in the past, but to sell to friends, family and a few homes close by to where I live.
I work in London from 9-5 every week day, and so I needed Avon to be flexible with that.
How does it work?
I was given 20 free brochures and a calling book. The calling book is so that I can keep track of which houses I had put a brochure through.
When first starting out with Avon, you meet your local area rep, who will answer any questions that you may have and guide you through the process of Avon.
My rep was great, she knew that I would not be around to sign for my order when it came (as it comes on a Thursday) so offered to take it in for me. I was also given my her email address and phone number for if I had any problems.
I was assigned different houses near by me in an email shortly after meeting my rep, so I set about filling in my details on the Avon order forms I was given , slipping them into the brochures I had and then looking at 20 houses I could visit.
On the form you need to specify a date when you will be back to collect the book and/or the order, so I looked at my calendar and made sure I choose a weekend day. I also had to specify a date when the order would be delivered, knowing that it would be delivered to me on 01/04 , I choose the weekend after this to be my delivery date.
I found this process quite simple and also nice and flexible to work in around my hours in London.
First came the brochure drop and I remembered a couple of "golden rules" from my mum - always check that the house does not have a sign which say "no leaflets/junk mail" because, although I do not consider Avon to be junk mail, it is unlikely that you will get orders from these houses and in some cases, you may not get your book back either - so if you had wanted to recycle the brochure (as you have to start paying for your brochures after your first campaign) , you would not be able to and so , in theory could loose money.
The second was to be as quiet and as quick as possible when pushing the brochure through the door, as Avon is still cold calling and to be standing around for a long time uninvited outside somebody's house can annoy some, so it's best to just be un - intrusive.
I made sure that I had a record of all the houses that I put a brochure through, this process only took me about 45 minutes all together, so very quick and easy.
Collecting orders and making money
Next came the day to collect the orders/brochures - and this was a little more daunting!
To make any money, it had been explained to me that I needed to collect orders to a value of 78.00 and then I would get 20 per cent of whatever I made in orders - so if I made £100 in total, I would get £20. If I managed to make £150 of orders or more, I would be given £25 percent on orders made - so if I collected £200 worth of orders, I would get £50.
I knocked on doors and a lot of people were very polite but said no thank you , more people than expected had left there brochures out and a lot had been very helpful and left them in plastic bags to stop the rain from destroying them.
With these free brochures, i was able to "test the water" and see who was interested and who wasn't.
There are certainly people who were interested and I came back with about £50 of orders and 14 out of the original 20 brochures - not bad!
I still had another week before the order needed to be placed, and so re-used my brochures and got a £10 order from a friend and another one order the second time around - I was very pleased to have made more than £78.00 and Avon have rewarded me for that by sending me a small version of a new product ( if I had made the £150, I would have got the full sized product).
Placing the orders
I registered with a special number and was able to place the orders I had online with avon, as well as ordering bags and new brochures, you just enter the product number and the item is added to your order for delivery. You can send back any unwanted items next campaign. I was given a guide price for the order.
Delivering is easy, I put brochures for the next campaign in with the orders and collected the money in cash - it is better to do this as cheques could be a problem and are harder to chase up if you do have a problem with them.
Another tip I used from my mum, was to take a "float" out with me of change, so that if an order came to 5.95 - customers were not looking for small change.It just helps to keep things simple and easy for me and the customer.
How do I get paid?
Now I have the money, I pay that into my bank account, I pay myself the 20 percent ( or minus 20 per cent ) and then pay avon through their site. I was sent a statement with my order. I have ordered 30 brochures for next campaign, and my family are getting interested in ordering - I think with more time, and re-use of the books, using the knowledge I have about who likes to order and what wisely ( it is a good idea to put free samples of new products that you know certain customers will like, in with their orders) - that I can continue to achieve my targets and make a little extra money.
My overall view
I would recommend this highly , if i can do it working full time - anybody can and it's a great way to meet your neighbors, if you have just moved as I have - and also a fantastic reason to go out and get some fresh air and exercise! Have fun!
(This review also appears on Ciao under the name Little-Lily)
I first decided to become an avon representative about a year ago now. I had been warned i may be made redundant in my full time job, so i decided having a second income would benefit me incase i lost my job. I only did avon for a few months as it was so time consuming! I got another full time job, as i was made redundant and it was a lot further to travel, so didnt have enough time to do avon in the evenings, so i gave it up.
I applied on the avon website to become a representative, all you need to do is fill out a few details eg, name, address etc. A few days later an avon lady phoned me and arranged to come round to my house and have a chat about joining avon the next day.
She came round and explained how avon worked, and i decided i deffinately wanted to give it ago. So she provided me with the first set of catalogues for free, lots of order forms and a list of the houses i could post the catalogues to.
You can also give catalogues to your family, friends, and work collegues to increase your sales.
You have to stick to the list of streets you are given, otherwise if you just post a catalogue through anybodys door, you could be in another avon representatives territory!
I think i was given about 80 houses to start off with, all within 5 minutes walking distance of my house, so at least i didnt have to travel far! This gave me a bit better knowledge on how to get round my estate as id only just moved there, and now i know my way round! I also got to know who was living locally, and i loved meeting all the little old ladies! They always bought avon products, i think just so i would come back and they would have somebody to talk to, bless them.
You need to fill out your details on every form you put in a catalogue, as people might need to get hold of you about the products, or about when you are collecting the catalogues. This can be very time consuming, writing you name and phone no. on so many forms! You put a form in each catalogue and post them through the doors on your designated streets.
You write on your form the day you intend to go and collect the catalogue, and you must stick to it! Otherwise people will think you are unreliable and not bother buying from you! It always seemed to be raining the day i had chosen to collect them, but you have just got to go out their no matter what the weather is like!
The first time i collected the catalogues i was so pleased with the amount of orders i got, i used to get about £200 worth of orders, which sounds alot. But when you only earn 1/4 of that which would be £50, i didnt really think it was worth it for all the time and effort you have to put in to it.
Out of this £50 you also need to buy your own carrier bags to deliver the products in, catalogues and samples to try and get your customers to buy things. I think i only ended up with about £35 at the end of it, and you got paid every three weeks.
When you get all your orders in, you just submit them online, and you get them delivered free which is great. You also get a discounted catalogue, which i used to love and end up spending the £35 i had made on avon products for myself! I didnt think £35 was worth having to spend on things like food or bills! So i just decided to treat myself with whatever i earnt.
I used to get shampoos for 50p, mascaras half price, all the new products you could buy before any body else had even seen them. This is the only part of avon that i really liked. I also used to get lots of free samples, but i used to give them out to customers to encourage them to buy them!
I did not enjoy going collecting catalogues, as people always forgot to leave them on the door step for you, they lost them or they werent in so you couldnt get them back! You had to keep going back to get the rest of them, which made it very time consuming.
Then when it came to delivering the products, you need a decent bag to carry them all in, they can be very heavy, especially if somebody has bought loads of bottle of bubble bath etc. It used to annoy me trying to deliver to people, and have to keep going back as they werent in. People never had any money in the house so i was always having to go back another day for them too!
Also it is a good idea to always have some change on you, as people always used to give you £10 or £20 notes, so you will need some £1 coins to be able to give people change.
It was hard work paying for the avon order, as most of the money people gave me was all in change, then bank only accepts coins in money bags and you have to have the right amount in each money bag. You can go to the post office and pay for your avon order with the change, but there was a charge for this service, i cant remember exactly how much it was though, and i could never get to a post office during the week anyway as i had a full time job too.
I used to just pay it off online with my debit card, and keep the cash myself. I found that they easiest way to do it.
Overall, i used to love it when the avon products all came, and you could have a good look through all the make up and beauty products, but it was just too time consuming and not enough money to be made for the effort that goes into it!
You've probably seen the adverts on TV, the claims by women that becoming an Avon representative was the best day of their life, how it is the best job they ever had, how they earn so much money from it.
I'm going to go through my own personal experience of being an Avon representative, although I do enjoy being an Avon rep, I do think those people of the TV exaggerate just a little bit!
If I get enough orders in I get to choose make up for myself, and effectively I get it for free
I became an Avon representative about seven months ago. I'm not sure what my total earnings are but so far I'd say I've earned around £500 for it, as well as this I get to choose products from a discount catalogue before any of my customers get to see them, so I am the first person, really, who gets to try them out!
How I started
Being only fifteen years old and still at school, I am too young to get a proper job, so I decided to become an Avon representative.
Really, you're meant to be at least eighteen years old to join, but since my mum and I do it together, the woman who sorts out all the Avon in our area (she is like our boss) said that it will be fine for me to do it, as I am a very mature and responsible young person (ahem).
Anyone can become an Avon representative. All you have to do is sign up on the Avon website (www.avon.uk.com) by filling out your name, address, date of birth, phone number, email address, all that sort of information, and then not long after that, (it only took three days for me) a woman, the person who is going to be your boss, sort of, will come to your house and discuss with you how it all works, what you have to do, stuff like that. She also left some catalogues and order forms for me to get started, and I was so excited by the next weekend when she came back to collect them I had loads of orders for her to send off for me.
Basically, it is free to join, because although they say there is an initial starting cost of £15, you won't notice this if you get enough orders in (say around £100 worth) because they take this out of your first two orders, £7.50 each time. You might be thinking, £7.50 is a lot, I would notice this being taken from my first orders, but I don't think it is that much considering how much you can potentially earn.
You have to try really hard to get lots of orders from customers. You can ask anyone you know to order from your catalogues, and you can go to people's doors in your neighbourhood (the woman will give you a list when she visits and explain all this to you) and sell products to them.
How it works is you give someone an Avon catalogue with an order form tucked inside it, and then a few days later you get it back off them. They will have written the products down that they want to order on their side of the form, (you will have put your name on the top so no other reps can use it) and then you either send all the order forms off that you collect in, or if you have internet you can fill them all in online, which takes time but is quicker than doing it by post.
From the total amount of all the orders you collect in, you earn around 20% off this total cost. You have to buy your own brochures after the £15 is paid off, it costs around £4 for 15 brochures.
This time I've made about £30. The highest I've ever made is £60. I've heard about people making about £150 per order which I think is amazing, they must spend a lot of time doing theirs as I spend quite a while on mine already.
Below are my personal advantages and disadvantages that I have found myself since becoming an Avon rep.
Obviously the fact that I am earning money from it
Having a discount catalogue, which means I get to choose my Avon products first before anyone I know that buys Avon from me
I get free make up, that I would have had to pay for before
I've got to know my neighbours better, because I've been round there asking if they want to buy any Avon!
Making my friends jealous as I've got a job and they havent, mwahahaa (only joking, of course!)
Free delivery from Avon of all products (unless I order extra ones from the same Brochure, which is then £2.50 delivery charge)
Can take a while to sort out orders and fill out the order forms
You have to meet deadlines, as you have to collect in orders and send them off, or put them into the computer by a certain amount of times
I don't always want to take brochures round the houses, or collect them in, if I am ill, or it is raining etc, but I have to now that I've started because people depend on me for their Avon
Would I recommend being an Avon Rep?
Yes, I would recommend it, I would say why not. Its not for everyone but after reading this if you think it sounds like something you'd enjoy, then I'd say give it a go!
The only thing I would say is that being an Avon rep is something thats not really for men, not to be sexist or anything! But as it involves selling makeup and beauty products and the discount brochures have no mens products in them, I don't think this is something that men would enjoy doing or get much out of.
The main reasons I enjoy being an Avon rep is earning a little bit of pocket money (although not much) and you do only get paid every three weeks, about £20 each time, on average for me, depending how much I've spent myself aswell which is always quite a lot, but I love buying make up from Avon as I now get something back from it, which is something I didn't have before. Lots of makeup!
I hope this review has been helpful to you
I wrote this originally about six months ago and same still applies
I recently became an Avon Rep and did so for a bit of extra cash. I work part time in an office but wanted something else that was flexible to fit round my existing job and my two little boys.
I requested more information on the Avon Website about becoming a representative and the next day the Avon area sales manager rang me and made an appointment to come and see me.
Due to the fact I had researched what the job entails and how much I could expect to make on the internet I had a good idea of what was in store.
I was amazed to make £560 worth of sales in my first campaign.
This is not easy money, but for me it was fun money as I loved showing the catalogue to friends, family and going door to door too.
I doubt anyone could ever become mega rich just from being an avon rep (maybe from being a sales leader but I am not one of those....yet!) but so long as you know its just a bit of pocket money, its a worthwhile venture!
Like many people I am always on the look out to see how I can make a bit of extra cash. I'm not really confident enough to try party plan but though that I could make Avon work for me as I could work round my young son.
I input my details onto the Avon website requesting information about becoming a representative. A few days later a lady contacted me and stated that she could come to visit and give me some information on working for Avon. We arranged a time (although I did feel that they get a bit frosty if you cannot make the first date that they arrange!) and left it at that.
The woman came to visit and spent a great deal of time playing with my son who was then 3 months which was nice. She then produced this contract and just expected me to sign it! I explained to her that I wanted some information first before I signed my life away.
She then proceded to give me the basics of Avon and emphasized how one woman was now a millionaire from doing it. I thought "what they hell" and signed up. After she left I realised that she hadn't given me any streets to canvass, I contacted her and she told me to find my own! I knew my friend had recently quit being a rep so I just took over her street.
I was given two campaigns worth of brochures and some leaflets to go through. That night I dropped off loads of catalogues and returned a few days later to pick them up. This is where the problems began. People just blatantly would not answer the door, they had thrown the catalogues out (cheers) or just didn't provide an order.
I kept it up though and seemed to make an ok amount of orders. Although when you take into account the amount of time taken to key in orders and then bag them up when the stuff is delivered the commission just doesn't seem worth it.
Avon also seem to phone constantly. They ask for the avon representative, not even my own name which is really annoying. They most of the time try to persuade you to purchase bulk amounts of products to flog at a special price to you. Fine if you can sell them, not so good if you can't. I just normally tell them no but my friend keeps agreeing and is majorly out of pocket!
I have also had an occasion where my order has been small and I have had a phone call from them asking why its not bigger? I mean seriously, I can't force people to buy stuff!
All in all, I don' think that doing Avon is worth the hassle. The catalogues are expensive to buy and I feel that they pressure you into buying products. This is only my opinion though, many others love working for them!
I became an AVON Rep 4 years ago when buying my first house for a bit of extra cash.
When the Area Manager came round to sign me up I thought I had no chance of reaching the minimum order (now £78) to earn commission at 20% but as you get your brochures free for the first 2 campaigns (covered by the £15 admin fee taken in two £7.50 payments from your commission) I thought i'd give it a go, so I gave my mom (who i had never seen buy anything from Avon ever) a book and i couldn't believe it when she gave me a £50 order telling me she didn't realise what reasonably priced things Avon had (she doesn't wear makeup so toiletries and underware she bought). With this encouragement (I know she only spent £50 because she's my mom and she wanted to help me!) I took a book to work on the Monday and by Thursday (order date) I have £260 of orders, I was soooo glad I didn't quit at the first hurdle!
So moved into the new house and 5 campaigns later (a campaign is 3 weeks) I decided to become a Sales Leader and recruit my own team of reps, and I have gained so much confidence from this you wouldn't believe, as well as some extra pennies in the purse each month (commission on team sales ranges from 1-12% depending on the team members order as well as the size of your team, I get around the 5-6% mark). A cash fast start bonus is paid to you also if you recruit 5 people in your first 3 campaigns of being a Sales Leader.
Avon also have great events, a gala dinner for those in its Presidents Club (selling over £6500 in the year) and a fantastic event called Live Your Dream for Sales Leaders with recognition and prize giving such as cars and holidays.
Avon also allow Sales Leaders a website (mine is www.myavon.co.uk/westmids) at the moment these are free (but theres a planned charge of £5 per campaign but no timescale has been given for this).
Obviously the extra cash helps but i've made some fab friends and built my confidenc through doing Avon and would definate;y recommend giving it a go (the £15 admin fee is only payable if you place an order so you have nothing to loose by giving it a try - you might surprise yourself like i did!)
I am writing this as a very new (1 week old) representative. I have been living on a tight budget for some time, so I decided to give Avon a try. I have been in to every money spinner going - Ebaying, Credit Card Tart, Pet Sitting, Party Planning, Ironing Service - you name it I have done it! So it's a wonder I haven't tried Avon yet. I will tell you that I haven't because I have seen so many people do it and fail. Not make any money - or worse - lose money on what they have spent themselves to boost their order total. So I was very sceptical when Sandra, my consultant / recruiter, came round to our appointment, last Tuesday evening.
It was all very sudden, I expected her to come round, tell me about Avon and then let me think about it - but before I knew it I was telling her which streets I could / couldn't get to, and deliver brochures! She was quite friendly, despite being a larger than life, Far Away wearing, more lipstick on teeth and cup than lip type of woman. Very assertive and confident, and most importantly inspiring. She gave me lots of ideas and praised my ideas for making Avon work for me!
How it works is there are 2 minimum order values - one is the lower, one the higher. Mine were £78 and £148. If you achieve the lower order value you get 20% discount / commission or if you achieve the higher you get 25% discount / commission. The reason I say discount / commission is, say you get £200 of orders in. You place your order with Avon, they will bill you for £200 - 25%. This is £150. You then collect your £200 in, send £150 to Avon and you have made £50 commission. Or you put a £50 order in for yourself on top of the £200 orders you get, you will be invoiced for (£200 - 25%)+(£50 - 25%) - so in effect, you get 25% discount on your order, plus 25% commission on the others. You get the brochures for the first 3 campaigns free - if you achieve higher minimum order value. After that they cost £3 for 5 - pretty expensive really, so after 3 campaigns I imagine you will need to be making a bit, to afford your brochures. Important you get them in too - so you can put them out again to more homes. You pay £15 to join, split over your first 2 campaigns.
So I set about canvassing the streets. I went to 109 houses - which took 2 delivery attempts as I only had 60 brochures, I printed out a welcome note and stuck it to the brochure and I collected them in at the time I stated I would. I didn't get one order! Not one. Not even a single bit of interest! However, I got 14 orders totalling £249 from friends, colleagues and family.
I have placed an order for Christmas presents and samples, to give out with the next order, plus some items to wear and showcase on myself. All in all, with the discount / commission applied - plus my orders, the order comes to £229 - so I will make about £20, plus I got a few presents, etc as I say. Not too bad.
When my leader came round to show me how to input the orders on the computer last night, she explained to me that you should keep going back recanvassing areas - but she also gave me a new area, which I am going to try this campaign. To be honest it all felt a bit rushed because I joined so late in the campaign - read my profile for an update on how I get on in the coming months! The website is great, it has loads of ideas to boost your business and how to register self employed - tax implications, etc - competitions for agents and customers, product specs to help you sell. Expert advice - what more could you need!
A bit of hard work never hurt anyone, so I am going to try again with this campaign, and give it until Christmas. I am not expecting mega bucks, but a little bit extra will help me for Christmas - I am also going to try hosting an Avon party - but for this I will need some demonstration items, which will cost me a bomb. So we will have to see. It would be nice for other people who already do Avon and are successful to share tips on here, which is why I guess I suggested the category - I look forward to reading your experiences
Thanks for reading mine so far! xx