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The Inside Story on Working as an Avon Representative
Member Name: MrsDave
Advantages: This is a self employed job that can pay well and has many perks.
Disadvantages: Avon aren't very open to listening to their Representatives.
When you register as an Avon representative, all that basically means is that you go on a wholesalers books. Providing you meet their minimum order target, which is extremely reasonable compared to most wholesale distributors, then you can purchase their cosmetic and beauty products at reduced prices while charging your customers slightly more to earn your wage. Avon even provide you with full colour brochures and the opportunity to purchase samples, bags and stationary to help you on your way. I'm not sure what more they could do for a self employed associate in all honesty?
When you first start out, it is very hard work. I started selling Avon at a time when they're prices were a bit higher than they are today and the products were exclusively aimed at women 30 and over. Even then I still earned a respectable income once I'd become established in my round though. You have to speculate to accummulate initially so that means spending money on the paper bags and all the samples and so on. But this all helps to gain your customers trust and respect so as time goes on these start up costs will pay for themselves. There is presently a £15 fee to join as this covers their administration fees and their first lots of brochures too. I note that many people complain about this but unfortunately we established representatives would have to foot the bill for too many people who start then don't continue if this fee doesn't take care of the initial costs involved.
The exclusive representatives magazine you receive each campaign is nothing to get too excited about as a representative though it is worth looking through. The clearance items will often come up cheaper if you purchase them from the customer sale booklets to be very honest with you but Avon think we don't realise this. The one thing I do love about this magazine is the president's club demonstration pack that sells for around £30 each campaign and includes all the must have new products. I regularly purchase this for myself and to use at Avon parties and to give to loyal customers to try out as well.
The actual work involved in this is really very simple when you get into it. You just put brochures through the doors of your allocated terratory. Avon do not enforce terratory because we are all self employed though we all consider it bad Avon etiquette between ourselves to wander onto someone else's patch. You quickly find that a round that took you an hour to begin with soon only takes you fifteen minutes when you have established who doesn't want to order from you. Every six months you should recanvass these houses in case they have changed their minds or someone new has moved in. It is worth it to pick up an extra customer or two.
When you get your orders in, just take them to your PC and enter the order numbers into your computer. You could use your local library if you do not have a computer at home. It takes me about half an hour to upload my orders and with the hour I spend bagging up the brochures initially and three hours taking them out and picking them up again that's not a lot of work for around £80 commission. In fact that is more than I earn per hour from my main job.
If you have any problems, you can usually get through to a customer services advisor in good timing and they will sort it out for you. If an item is missing from your order, they will get it sent out without any fuss. Also, they guarantee all their items so you can return them for any reason and get a full refund. This makes the business much more affordable to run.
There are a couple of downsides to being an Avon representative as there is with any job. For one thing I am not very happy with the range of samples presently on offer and have had to increasingly throw Avon parties by means of demonstrating products. I also find it a little annoying that Avon allocate set amounts of stock per campaign as this means you may miss out on something priced at £2 in one campaign but then you can buy it for £3 in the next. The final little annoyance for me is that this is a very seasonal job and though I find I may earn £20 an hour in Spring and on the run up to Christmas, I may only earn £4 an hour at other times of the year.
If you are thinking of becoming an Avon representative then I would say the main requirement is that you have a hard working personality and you enjoy using Avon products as this is one of the main perks of the job. People will buy a lot more from someone like myself who smells of Avon perfume and wears their make-up and jewellery than someone who wears no make-up and perfume at all. You should try to work smarter rather than harder when it comes to labelling up your order forms and brochures and opt for either printed labels or customised stamps to keep your hourly wage at a good rate. Have a look through the previous brochure whenever you get your orders in as you may well find items are on offer in the previous brochure and you can back order them at that price.
I personally think that the most suitable people to organise an Avon round are those who have young children and are looking for work that doesn't require childcare, and those who work in office settings and are able to take orders at work. It never hurts to send brochures out to your husband's colleague's wives and girlfriends or take them into local shops either.
My final piece of advice is that to be a sucessful Avon representative, you have to enjoy it. It isn't just about the commission you get in cash but also the perks you get through being able to purchase all of your toiletries, jewellery, make up and underwear at extremely low prices.
Summary: I haven't been doing this job for all these years for nothing!
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