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[2021 Update] 9 Espira Products by Avon Worth Your Best Health

[2021 Update] 9 Espira Products by Avon Worth Your Best Health

Updated for 2021 with more information to be added. Note that Espira is being rebranded to re:tune by Avon but I still want people to be able to find this blog post with the tag Espira especially since it’s been popular already this new year.

January 2, 2021 update: Our Espira line was rather popular and now it is being re-branded as ‘re:tune’ by Avon. It is part of our re-launch of the brand for beauty from the inside out. Many of the products are the same. There are a few new items. As for anything leaving, well, I will be honest in saying that as of now, I am now sure. But I will update this page ASAP. Because many reps are wanting to keep the protein and powdered greens. We also want the vitamins back. Keep an eye on this page for updates. Until then, you can still order the Espira products right now. New ones and rebranded ones will be available on January 6, 2021.

In 2018 Avon released a new health line called Espira. geared toward helping you be at your best every day. After all, Avon is now more than simply embracing your external beauty (initially it was financial independence). In an article by prnewswire.com Scott white Avon chief executive officer had a lot to say about the products when they came out such as, “We are very proud to enter this critical category with highly innovative high performing line of products that is unlike any other on the market today.” If you were wondering where the name of Espira came from, Betty palm president of social selling for Avon says, “The name is spirit derived from the words aspire and inspire – born out of a desire to help people feel and look their best. The inspiration for Espira came directly from our representatives as they lead busy lives as moms, nurtures, caregivers, volunteers, community members – and CEOs of their households and Avon businesses. Our goal is to develop products that would support them and their customers in living healthier and more productive lives.”

There are many benefits to living healthier and taking the time to do so. I realize that this is not easy for many. Though one small thing can make a big difference.

You could name off a list of ways that living healthier is a great thing, but I will stick with four.

  1. A Healthy Weight
  2. Better Sleep and Higher Energy
  3. Improved State of Mind
  4. Prevention of Disease and Injury

A few years ago, before I began selling Avon again, I decided to improve my own health. Much of it for personal reasons. I happen to be thin and have always been thin and I never liked being thin. There were and still are misconceptions about being thin. For one, I get asked if I have the body of a child and am sometimes mistaken for one. I already look 20 years younger than I am and no, that isn’t always a good thing. I am not even 50 yet. Being thin which doesn’t help matters. I have been asked if I have an eating disorder. No. I have never been diagnosed with an eating disorder, though for a time in high school I think depression may have been the root cause of my looking thin. I do have a fast metabolism that has slowly started to not be as fast since I hit 30. Also, I have a few other issues that have plagued my body and again, this never helped. The lowest I have ever been I think was 96 lbs. That was a LONG time ago. I had something going on that was never fully established but has since not been an issue. Three years ago, again going back to before I was a rep, I began a small journey to gain weight and be healthier. I was 112 at the time. And given my height, I was actually at the low end of a healthy weight. I gained 24 pounds in four months, roughly. I was very happy. Then I got busy with other things and that part of my health went to the wayside but I managed to maintain my weight for over two years. I once gained an extra 5 pounds because I had to take meds for the back issues I have. I get spasms so bad I can’t breathe or sleep laying down. I can’t move at all. It is not fun. Then two years ago I was told that for whatever reason, my back was going weak. Which I thought odd because in taking care of a special needs child 24/7 and lifting and bending and what have you, I used my back a lot! I went into physical therapy and began doing core exercises. Then college started just last year and my mind went elsewhere. I lost all the weight I had gained within a semester. Luckily my back hasn’t had trouble though my right hip has. Again, I decided to get back into it. But it took me until the beginning of April of this year to do it. I had planned to start the beginning of March. I couldn’t get back to the gym due to corona. That’s when I decided to use Daily Burn and use MyFitnessPal. I have always planned my monthly meals and prepped them every four days. In the last two months, I have gained 3 pounds. I told myself to take it slow because that way I can ensure I keep up the routine of being healthy. I have had trouble with sleep but I do have mixed insomnia. Luckily that has been going well. I also wanted to use some of Avon’s wellness products to get back on track and to let you, the customer, the reader, the curious to know about it. I know that being healthy can help with much of the matters I face on a regular basis.

The Espira line originally included vitamins for men, women, men and women over 50, and kids as well as an energy pack. All of which are no longer available. What products we still have are (some will be re-branded):

  • Espira am protect
  • Espira hunger pack
  • Espira hydration supplement
  • Espira ideal cleanse
  • Espira metabolism boost
  • Espira plant power protein (vanilla and chocolate flavored)
  • Espira power greens and
  • Espira restful sleep

Let’s look at each product a bit more closely.

  • AM Protect – this product helps with hair skin and nails water balance immunity UV exposure protection and eyesight using vitamins and minerals consisting of vitamin C niacin biotin calcium and sodium just to name a few. It also has a list of herbs in it two of which I would like to mention. One being horsetail which prevents edema (water retention) in lutein the eye vitamin that prevents vision loss and cataracts.
  • Hunger Block (now re:tune Hunger Block) – For those trying to cut back on how much they eat one of the best ways to do that is to fill full already. Fiber is one good ingredient in doing that. Fiber expands in the presence of liquids. Also, it takes longer to digest. The hunger pack has glucomannan and rice flour. Glucomannan is water-soluble and absorbs 50% of its weight. Each capsule has 1 gram of glucomannan along with other ingredients like rice flour. Directions say to take two capsules with eight ounces of water before a meal. It is best to stick with the recommended 8 ounces of water to prevent choking and also this helps with the absorption of water with the fiber. healthline.com has a wonderful bar graph, please click the link to see it, showing how effective this ingredient is in preventing hunger. Using three variants of glucomannan over a five-week trial.
  • Espira Hydration (Now re:tune Hydration, Berry Flavor Only)– Many of us don’t drink enough water. Then for many of us, we drink enough water but need electrolytes. Electrolytes can be thought to be most commonly used for two reasons: during workouts and when we are sick with vomiting and/or diarrhea. But to be honest we need them for regular functions as well. How much depends on our activity level or if we are sick. Espira hydration gives enough to use at least every day. It has electrolytes zinc vitamins B&C and antioxidants. The re-brand will only be in berry flavor as it was our most popular flavor.
  • Espira Ideal Cleanse (now re:tune Ideal Cleanse)– This cleanse is for three days and meant to aid in your digestive system and metabolism re-boost. Cleansing the system means removing anything that may disrupt the body’s ability to function properly. Loading and Constipation are two of the symptoms you may have before taking this. By removing toxins, you improve the digestive process. This is not a detox. Detox eliminates unhealthy foods only and a cleanse can do that along with help in curbing cravings I’m getting rid of other nasties at the body. Other benefits include an energy boost and an improved mental and emotional level of health. the am capsules have apple fiber dandelion and horsetail as well as antioxidants inflammation blood sugar control reducing cholesterol and blood pressure as well as promoting a healthy liver. I haven’t mentioned the benefits of horsetail in Espira AM protect. The PM capsules also have fiber but the kind that helps eliminate waste. Not to make you feel full. As well as calcium and magnesium and Aloe Vera powder which can help lower blood sugar and is a natural laxative.
  • Espira Metabolism Boost (Now re:tune Metabolsim Boost) – Many look for ways to boost their metabolism so that they can lose weight period two things are very good at doing that. Green tea and caffeine. Espira metabolism boost has both plus guaran (which has antioxidant properties such as caffeine, theobromine, tannins, saponins, and catechins), and cocoa beans.
Before and After
Metabolism Boost

Caffeine is well known to help give a boost in burning calories and adding a bit of oomph to energy in the morning. It does still help, and it can also blunt appetite by just a bit.

Green tea in an article entitled ‘7 Foods that Naturally Speed Up Your Metabolism‘ by Self (the magazine) shows that consuming green tea can burn 70 to 100 calories per day because of the effect of anti-oxidants to the tea and 24 ounces of green tea is said to help. This pill has 667 milligrams of green tea powder which is equal to 2 cups of tea and 190 milligrams of caffeine which is equal to 2 cups of caffeine per serving.

  • Espira Plant Protein – Many people Think meat when I think protein. But plants can have some protein as well. Espira protein has sources of protein from sprouted quinoa amaranth yellow peas and globe artichokes. Each serving is 21 grams of protein. It is only 120 calories per serving and provides all the essential amino acids as whey protein and has fruit enzymes that make it easy to digest. The product is free of the allergens: dairy, soy, peanuts and tree nuts, is gluten-free and vegan. I like it because it isn’t overly sweet and doesn’t have a weird bitter or bland taste to it as many other protein products can have. I have also tried other plant proteins that are rather grainy. This is not grainy at all and blends in well with any fluid. Even water. Water usually makes protein powder taste weird, but I like how this can go in a blender bottle and mix just fine. It can get a bit foamy in an actual blender. But that is okay with me.
  • Espira Power Greens – Not everyone likes veggies and though I enjoy them I may not eat as much as i should. Low in calories and so is this product. Greens and superfoods as well as vitamins and minerals that you come to expect in vegetables. There are a few fruits in there as well one of them being Apple. It also has dairy-free live probiotics. I can attest that this is helped my digestion a tremendous amount. It isn’t the best tasting, but I have found that it’s better and soymilk. I tried it in different fluids and recommend it mixed with soymilk. Unless you are allergic or unable to have that particular ingredient.
  • Espira Restful Sleep (now re:tune Restful Sleep)- Next time talking about how we don’t consume enough water or veggies we also have sleep issues. This supplement is a non-habit-forming period to help you relax it has melatonin hops chamomile and passionflower. I’d like to discuss passionflower for just a second. I feel it is a lesser-known supplement for nighttime rest period I happen to have several boxes of passionflower tea in my cupboard that my mom gave me I am slowly going through it.
before and after
Rebrand of Restful Sleep

Passionflower boosts gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in your brain and because of this, the brain starts to slow down and helps you relax and fall asleep. It helps with those racing thoughts at the end of the night.

  • Espira PM Restore – Just like with Espira AM Protect, the Espira PM Restore has ingredients meant to be beneficial to everything on the outside. it has antioxidants and Bioactive Collagen Peptides stimulate your body’s natural mechanism for building new collagen for younger, firmer, healthier-looking skin. I recently learned more about collagen peptides and while many take collagen to make their skin look younger, it has other benefits as well. great for skin hydration, skin elasticity, healthy joints and bones as well as good for your hair skin and nails. Your muscles and ligaments get benefits as well. Because as we age, our bodies produce less and less of its own collagen. Yes, we make collagen. At age 25 is when the amount begins to decline. Depending on our lifestyles, we may lose it quicker than others. Also, if you are looking to gainmore muscle mass, this can help. Now, don’t expect it to make you into Arnold Swarzennegger. It doesn’t work like that but in a study noted by PUB Med and found in an online article by healthline.com, “In one study, 27 frail men took 15 grams of collagen while participating in an exercise program daily for 12 weeks. Compared with men who exercised but did not take collagen, they gained significantly more muscle mass and strength“. Espira PM RRestore only has 2.5 grams of collagen so it may not be enough to build muscle mass. Though I suggest Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides. It has 20 grams of collagen per serving. A great addition to Avon’s Espira products if you are interested. I take it in my coffee each morning. Avon Espira Pm Restore is also a powder that you can mix into a liquid of your choice. I recommend anything similar to water.

Please note that † These statements have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Please consult your physician upon planning taking any supplements.

I hope this has been of some use to you and that you take the chance to visit my online store and get some of these great products yourself. I would love to know if you already take any and comment about them below. Have you had any health concerns that you have tackled this year so far? Is it going okay? It can be hard for anyone. Especially when our support system may be small like mine. Just remember that no matter how small you start; it is something and it counts. Baby steps. Stay safe out there world, we may not be in the same boats but we can still be here for one another.

New Items!!

re:tune Hair, Skin and Nails

Now, I normally take a chewable because I already take pill form of meds for other things and hate pills. Though this is crushable, I would also have to add it to a smoothie. But, I am generally in a rush and prefer chewables.

Antioxidants and nutritional building blocks to promote a healthy response to UV exposure while helping build healthy hair, skin and nails.

BENEFITS
• Clinically demonstrated to enhance skin firmness and luminance
• Provides structural support for building hair, skin and nails
• Visibly reduces skin redness after UV exposure
• Gluten-free
• 60 tablets
• Vegetarian
• Non-GMO
• No artificial colors
• No artificial flavors
• No preservatives

TO USE
Take 2 tablets in the morning.

Re:tune Inner Beauty Collagen Booster

Now, this product I am interested in because I already take a collagen supplement by Vital Proteins that is vegan and I mix it into my coffee every morning. I started because I read about it helping my nails as I am trying to grow them out to help not pull out eyelashes (trichotillomania). Now, I don’t know how much collagen this has in it whereas I know how much is in my current brand. I do know that the older you get, the less you body makes of collagen. This is also why 20-year-olds look youthful with plump round faces. I have mentioned how young I look to people. This is not why I use it. But others want to supplement it for that reason, others for health benefits. Collagen has a lot more to it than benefiting your youthful looking skin. It can also help your joints and muscles. But it is best known for your skin. I promise to have a product review of this one.

Supports healthy collagen production for firmer-looking skin.

A powdered mix of marine collagen peptides to promote toned, radiant skin.

BENEFITS
• Contains Naticol, clinically proven to reduce the appearance of crow’s feet and wrinkles and improve skin elasticity
• Visible improvements in skin firmness & brightness in 12 weeks
• Contains Naticol®, an ingredient that visibly improves skin hydration significantly after 6 weeks
• Unflavored powdered mix that can be added to hot or cold beverages
• 30 Servings
• Non-GMO
• No artificial colors
• No artificial flavors
• No preservatives
• Gluten free

TO USE
Add one scoop (2.5 g) to any beverage of your choice. Stir until smooth or use a shaker cup.

Warning: Consult your physician prior to taking this product if you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition.

I hope that you enjoyed this update. I plan on updating it as the ingredients become available. Remember that most new products wont be available until January 6, 2021.

Easily Create a Useful Facebook Group: Avon Biz Boost

Easily Create a Useful Facebook Group: Avon Biz Boost

One thing I have noticed with the Social Selling for Avon Social group I am in on Facebook is that a LOT of people ask about whether or not they should have a group for their Avon and many don’t know the differences or benefits of having one. As both a business page and group page can seem very similar and therefore confusing. I had this issue up until recently. Though I took the rather quick course on Avon Social Training about setting up a group page, I find that the courses lack a bit of explanation beyond setting up anything social media-wise. Sorry Brains (name of the techs and specialists the bring up the ability to share posts through our Backoffice on Avon). We need something a bit more detailed.

It has been a few weeks since I have posted anything new and while I have a long list of things to write on and pages to update and yada-yada-yada, I must stress that it’s a mix of quarantine/social distancing/ and the end of the school year (college semester and the beginning of summer break (here in America at least) and I needed some time to just not do a whole lot. Granted I have made new sales during all of it, I just wanted time to relax. I still want more time off. But I know I can’t do that forever. I have goals. Even with goals, I need rest. It is essential after all so I can keep going. As we all need time to relax and not do as much if not anything. I happen to be doing laundry while writing this up. I wrote the rough draft yesterday and my brain almost wasn’t having me do that. It took hours!

On with the post.

Differences

Let’s first get into the differences between Facebook pages and Facebook groups. That way I don’t already confuse you with the similarities. A page is like a web page for fans. Where you can all keep up on updates whatever that page is about. Pages also require real people to run them just as they would with a personal page and this is how they can verify that it is more or less a legit page. Celebrities and TV shows are common pages that we see. Business pages are there to promote goods and services. They also show up in search engine results via Google or whatever search engine you use Ann can give information to potential customers looking into your brand.

Groups are community-based where people with shared interests can converse and share opinions. You get a notification on posts on a group depending on your preferences. Where you don’t get the same with pages unless you set them up to be seen first on your wall feed. The one way that you will see pages more than groups on your wall is with your ad preferences or interests if Facebook also tracks your web perusing’s. Make it is put out advertisements and of course this is how Facebook makes money in the first place. Though it isn’t recommended for Avon representatives to do this with their page as there are a lot of tricky things that go into placing an ad especially if there is anything to do with health involved with the ad. Such as with Espira it’s better not to promote that product as it is considered to be not FDA approved anyways

Groups also reach out to more people And have a better organic reach than most pages that don’t do advertisements. Groups are a more efficient way of promoting your page however and getting a better organic reach.

Now the question is should you or shouldn’t you? I have made a rather simple chart consisting of three questions referencing two either one to help you figure out if you want or need a group for your business page at all.

PageGroup
Do you want to inform people of events or announcements?Do you have people who want to connect with each other via interests?
Do you want to produce content/blogs?Do you want member driven content?
Do you want others to know you are a business?Do you want to attract supporters?

Now, most Avon reps have a page. I want to state that many reps use their page for business. This is not a bad idea per se. One of the perks there is you don’t have to add followers or send requests to people you already know. BUT, groups for personal pages run as a business are a bit different. I prefer to keep my personal page and business page separate. Groups for personal pages are great if you are setting up events or whatnot that involve friends. Such as if there is going to be a reunion of some sort and you want to invite and include anyone on your friends list a personal group page would be more ideal. Whereas a business group page is not just for any friends or family that might be your customers but for other customers who aren’t your family or friends and are found outside of all of that and for people looking for business but not needing to be on your personal page or your personal group page. And also business group pages can reach people that you don’t know outside of your area that can be both potential customers or supporters. hopefully, that isn’t all too confusing. not every Avon representative has a group page. But it is not a bad thing to use if you want to get more people to your business page. It’s like using a fundraiser to get more customers you’re not necessarily promoting your business you are using your business to promote a charity or fundraiser of your or a customer’s choice so you’re reaching the people in a different way than you would with a business advertisement in a newspaper, for example. Also, pages get interaction with “likes” and groups get more interaction with comments. Though both can get them one seems to dominate over the other depending on a mix of things.

Theme (Subject matter/Interest)

I want to feel a simple yet more detailed description of setting up a business group page for your Avon business. It isn’t just enough to think of a name for your group but to think of a theme, if you will that you know people can all connect on. My mentor for example likes to show-off her nails using Avon nail Polish that her salon nail tech helps her with. You could use something similar for hand in nail care with Avon by setting up a group surrounding anybody interested in taking care of beautifully polished manicured and decorated nails. And my first time creating a page I have decided to go with skin and beauty care because they do go hand in hand a lot of people want to look pretty with or without makeup in that requires skincare which leads to beauty care. I decided to go with this because of the popularity of my Kashmir foundation post On YouTube getting the most views. Though one of my most popular block posts has been on hair dye. Now a lot of my other posts related to her care or popular but not quite as popular as the hair dye but All in all I feel that my skincare and beauty care post between the two is it good seemed to go with.

I want to give an example of different groups I am in that have different themes or interests.

  • Hirschsprung’s. My daughter has an intestinal disease, and this is a support group for both people and family members of people with the disease.
  • Congenital Rubella Syndrome. I was born with CRS and have yet to meet anyone in person with the same condition; this way I can feel less alone in my condition.
  • Mompreneurs. As someone trying to work from home selling Avon and writing up posts and such, I am essentially in business by myself and I find these kinds of groups helpful. Mind you not all entrepreneurs are willing to accept Avon reps as legit business folk and I have run into many people who feel Avon is an all-out scam. Believe what you will. I won’t argue simply because this is what I do. Avon has been around for a very long time.
  • Two Avon related groups, one for my Mentors team that I am a part of and one for learning how to sell on social media that also keeps us up on new features we can use. I also follow Avon USA and Avon International which are a mix of being a page and a group.
  • Book Clubs, I love books and do have a page for that but also use it as a group.
  • Blogging, I blog, and having support is great not just for knowing when new versions of WordPress come out but to also promote my posts and share others. It’s a community worth looking into.

To note:

There are a lot of ways to connect a group to your page. Groups I do have is for my potential team, which I need to start building this summer as one of my business goals, and with this group, I want to be able to connect everybody that would be on my team to help discuss things that are coming up and such and I’ve wanted to start doing that more and more and I’ve been taking notes for my mentor who runs her group. She not only connects to us through her Avon business group page but through email as well as through text if need be. We also have meetings on Thursdays and today happens to be a Thursday so I will be attending that. And it’s just a great way to connect with other people that are Avon representatives within that same group. We have done well this year as a team and we have risen again this year on our sales. this is what a group page does, it brings people together. Whereas, again, with pages, it’s more to promote rather than two connect with the same interest.

In creating a page, as I have mentioned above, today I’m taking the leap and finally creating my new group page. I have mentioned that you can create a group for your personal profile and that it is a bit different when you create a group page for your business profile. and since we are creating a business page group I will walk you through how to set that up.

Create

  • Go to page settings of your business page – Turn on the group’s tab in Templates and Tabs.
  • Create Group – Go back to the regular viewing of your page and click groups. From here you will see “create group”.
  • Fill out Fields – This part has changed a bit over the years. So, if any information you find here is different elsewhere, check the date of the post. This post for example is for the 2020 year. A post that is dated from 2010 may have slightly different instructions. Either way, fill out the information about your group. Such as:
  • Naming your group – Mine will be ISpeakAvonlish Beauty care Tips.
  • Invite people who already like your page if you have any
  • Select Privacy
  1. Private – Only members can view this page and the posts therein.
  2. Public – Anyone can view, member or not
  3. Group Visibility – This is for search within Facebook (recall that pages are found more in search engines outside of Facebook but not groups, as much)
    • Visible – Anyone can find this group
    • Hidden – Only members can find it.

I need to stress something has come about recently, if you select your group as private, you cannot change it later as groups used to be able to do. There isn’t even a “secret” option that you may be familiar with. Keep this in mind when creating a group.

  • I’m ready for my cover photo Mr. Daville! – You can either picture a cover photo from a search, create one in Canva, or use one from Avon’s Social section of creating and posting Avon related things from your Backoffice. I created mine ahead of time. I wanted it uniquely mine. Note that group cover photos are differently sized than page cover photos or personal profile cover photos. They measure 1640×856 last, I recall.
  • Complete the About Section
  • Refine Group Settings – Here you can change group type. Yes, type. I don’t mean theme. There are 6 kinds of groups.
  • General (I will be using this one for my new page)
  • Buy and Sell
  • Gaming
  • Social Learning
  • Jobs
  • Work
  • Create group rules – You can get to this either from the side or within the 3 dotes above the post area, click Moderate Group then Create Rules. There are pre-made ones you can use, and you can add others yourself.

Tips

  1. Turn notifications on to “All Posts” That way you can moderate better. If you decide to have other admins for the page, this will help them as well.
  2. Use messages to chat with members privately. We now have rooms on Facebook. I will write up on that in another post.
  3. You can create events on group pages like you can with personal or business pages.
  4. Use Files. If you have a group for your team, here you can create files to help others keep up anything business-related. If you don’t need it, don’t worry about it.
  5. Use Insights. Just like with pages, you can see how different posts are doing and adjust accordingly. Knowing what works and what doesn’t.
  6. Connect your websites. Your business page will already be connected and easily accessible to others. But if you want to add your website, you can.

I hope you found this useful and if you have any questions, feel free to ask down below in the comments. Stay safe. I have provided a video if you would like to watch that for a different method of instruction.

7 Reasons a Business Plan Will Make You an Awesome Rep

7 Reasons a Business Plan Will Make You an Awesome Rep

Roughly 18 years ago I don’t think I would have ever thought about getting a business plan set up when I originally started with Avon and “before the days of mom-hood”. I already was working at the time and for whatever reason that I simply don’t recall, I started selling Avon. I liked it and my small business grew over a few years. After moving to another state that does not have a huge population, I stopped selling. I did try once more but the town I was in was more of a Mary kay town. Not that I am upset by that. We had a few Avon reps but honestly making money there was not going to be easy and also, there was a lot going on in my life that it didn’t seem to go well. Fast forward to 2.5 years ago when for personal reasons I had to show that I was doing something with my life. As if being a parent to a child that is 24/7 care wasn’t enough to show that the regular 9-5 job would not suit my needs as a mom. While there are a ton of jobs that you can work from home for, many of the well-paying ones require training and educational backgrounds that I don’t have or a much more dedicated workspace where it would have to be quiet so I can be on the phone all day. No thank you. I already use the phone for keeping up with doctors, therapists, the pharmacy, transportation services, and all the fun stuff that comes with being a mom of a child with special needs. Hey, I won’t say that I won’t call a customer for taking orders. That’s a bit different. This time I started with a super small idea of a business plan. Okay, so it was more of a small sum of money to get stuff going and running with it from there. Not the best idea.

Avon is always on the look-out for new recruits and we offer many enticing perks of being a rep. The thing is, and this is noted on many blogs and websites that discuss starting a small business, that you still need an action plan. A business plan. You don’t just jump in with both feet. But we tend to anyway. This shouldn’t stop you from having a business plan even after signing up as a rep. After all, there is training involved. Constant training. It is much better now than I first became a rep ever so long ago. Granted you have initial charges such as sign up fees and perhaps getting your starter kit. Which I highly suggest you invest in. But after that, you should at least give yourself an idea of how to financially go from there.

At this point, you may be wondering what the benefits are for having a business plan for being an Avon representative. How hard can being a rep be? You get catalogs/brochures and hand them to people. They browse, they buy, you earn. Well, there’s more to it than that. There is marketing as well but also if you demo products, you will need to figure that in. Because if you buy the catalogs and little demo products to show off, you still need to make up for the cost of buying those. Otherwise, you will be in the red. Let’s go over some good reasons to have a business plan even as an Avon rep. It is a business for you after all.

Chalk Board with "Success: Go Get It" written on it.
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  • To Have Goals and Objectives – What is it that you want to get out of being a representative in the first place, financially? It is an extra $100 a month? An extra $300 a month? To eventually be the one source of income you have (super big goal)? Or just as pocket money for what not (small goal)? When the company first started, it’s good to keep in mind that our founder wanted to help women earn their own money. Most of the time they were stay-at-home wives with husbands that worked. They sometimes had extra time on their hands and could have also needed a boost of esteem. The company started before women could vote. And that says a lot. Don’t worry, there are a lot of male reps out there. Our founder sort of started as one. No matter what your goal and objective are, you need to use that as a starting point. Don’t be discouraged if it doesn’t always happen. In fact, many of us current reps were hit hard during COVID and some of us are still recovering. We had to reassess our goals and objectives. And that is fine. You can do that on a regular basis if you feel it needs to be done. You can grow not really having a goal other than just to sell but as you grow, having a plan for a goal and objective is at the top of the to-do list.
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  • It helps you plan your own business purchases better – You don’t just spend on things you can’t afford to make your business grow if you aren’t making back the money you invest. Say one month you make less than you had previously, well, you may need to rethink any purchases you get for a demo or for yourself. It is fine to buy for yourself in this business. But if this is your only source of income sometimes you may need to forgo doing that. If you have a regular job outside of Avon you may be able to get away with it. Though if you want to plan an event such as a fundraiser and have an on-site set-up, you will need to know how much you can do for that and not be in the red and not really be earning anything.
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  • It’s good for taxes – Even if you don’t meet the $600 in earnings each year, it is still good for taxes. And no Avon doesn’t really send out info unless you make a certain amount. Other than that you can do it yourself. If you are new to it, you can get tax help. It does help if you feel you aren’t doing well in the market to decide to keep going and reassess or perhaps stop altogether. Not everyone stays being a rep. If you do well, you will know you are on the right track and also if you get help on taxes, you will know if you are in good standing with Uncle Sam. Or if you are reading this in another country than use can use whatever other figurative characters your country may have. We use Uncle Sam in many ways including for military recruit and not just for being nice in referring to the IRS.
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  • Keep yourself accountable – Are you doing what you should be doing as a rep? Are you sure you are out there selling or maybe using your social media to the best of your ability? I will be honest right now I am taking a break from social media because it is the end of the school year and I want to focus a bit on not just my college courses but my kids finishing strong. Though they really don’t care. I still am very aware that I have a goal to meet. I am only readjusting because I am busy. So, my business plan keeps me thinking of how I am managing everything and not hurting myself in the end. I have a responsibility I gave myself. I need to keep to it. It is part of my overall goal to make a better life for me and my kids.
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  • Work out what isn’t working out – Is your plan working for you if you already have one? Do you think whatever plan you gave now will be good in the next six months? Is that ad you took out really helping and should you be paying for it? These and other questions play into having a business plan. If that ad isn’t working, stop. Just stop. I have heard of many reps doing ads on Facebook to no avail and they get discouraged. It brings in views but not money. It could be for a number of reasons. Mostly it isn’t engaging enough. But that is another topic for another day. In the end, if it isn’t working either take it out of your plan or reconfigure it.
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  • Viability – Many start Avon because they love Avon. We are mostly all guilty of that for those of us who chose to be a rep for that reason. But it has to be more than interesting int he brands. You need to show you can do it. Not everyone likes Avon. Some like Mary Kay. I had a friend that liked Mary Kay and did ask me to join. I just didn’t care for how the business model worked out and there were downsides I was aware of. This time around I did Avon so I can prove that I am not just being a stay-at-home single mother. I have a plan to get to a point in my life, a goal I keep to myself, and having to start somewhere was an idea I had to prove that I am trying my best to keep moving forward. I am more than just a mom of three who can’t work a regular 9-5 because I have familial limitations and a small support group. I have one but they can only do so much. I love Avon. I trust the history it has. I like that it started as a business for women that was the idea of a man. But this can’t be the whole reason for becoming and staying a rep. I want to be self-sufficient. I know pretty much where the earning lie in light of which people tend to buy. And this should be considered when you have a business plan. Is there going to be competition? Is there a market for it where you are locally?
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  • Lay of the Landscape – The last reason leads me to know where you stand as a rep in the industry. I am still new. I am well aware of that. I am nowhere near the level of my mentor and that doesn’t bother me. I know if I make the right moves I could move on up. But if I feel I can’t then I will change my plans. As I have mentioned when I moved to a town where I honestly couldn’t make it as a rep. I knew that. I have a much better chance of where I am and a better chance of moving on up. As long as I keep myself accountable.

Business plans don’t have to look complex. You are not a multimillion international hub. You are staying small. Think small, to start. You don’t need to be fancy-schmancy and have the same plan as a bigger company or as a rep that has been in the business longer than you. This is why business plans can be personalized. It wouldn’t hurt to take a few classes but if you are fine scouring on the internet, let me tell you it can get a bit overwhelming knowing where to look. You may not know what a business plan looks like and that’s fine. I am here to help. Keep in mind that math is involved. Dreaded math. I went and found a great post written by Susan Ward of thebalancesmb.com titled One-Page Business Plan Templates. Mine turned out to be more like 3 pages and that is why I did a video on it referring to it as a 3-pager. It really is comprehensive to use and that’s why I chose it. You can change it if you need to, over time, and choose a different one, but I really liked her post and information on her page.

Part of any small business, even being a representative (essentially a contractor because you are selling the companies products for them), it is good to know that you need a plan. It doesn’t have to be fancy but it helps to know where to start and how much to start with so that you can plan how much you will earn and how you will run what you do as a profit and not a loss. No, it isn’t easy. But it can be done and can be profitable. You won’t become an overnight success. No. Success takes work.

We are still taking on new recruits through campaign 12. If you would like to join with me as your mentor, that would be great! I would love to help you become the best boss lady (or guy) you can be. It’s free still and you have a great option for starter kits. Click this link and sign up. If you want to see how it looks signing up, check out my Avon Representative FAQ page for any questions you may have and if you have others, comment below.

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