Avon has long since been a company that strives to make lives better through fighting breast cancer, promoting women’s entrepreneurship, speaking out against domestic violence, and voicing women’s equality. This year Avon took it another step and provided food to those in need during COVID-19. Particularly for children, who often face hunger when money is tight. Already Avon has donated $2 million+ to Feed the Children. Each dollar will go towards giving food to someone who could really use it. I know that it is the time of year where you see all sorts of charities. It’s the time for giving. You can do it all year round but it’s during the holidays in particular that most find it hard to get a meal in. I have met people who had children that were in need of food. I have helped donate food to shelters and bagged lunches for other school kids. I have left a small amount of food and a drink to a young man I found sleeping in a spot away from the eyes of my store’s camera. I didn’t bother to wake him or tell anyone about it. I could tell he had been without a home for a while. So, in the midst of being overrun with ads and flyers and bell ringers, remember that many companies, like Avon, are helping to raise awareness. Because though 2020 has been a year for the books, helping someone out, no matter what time of year, is a huge gift anyone can give.
I won’t go too deep into my personal knowledge of how I am well acquainted with children needing food. But I will say that there is a strong stigma about feeding those in need. I’ve seen people make the worst comments. Some I won’t repeat here but let me give it to you honestly. Things happen. even when a person tries their best to prevent it, things happen. Kids do find themselves in the middle. And they have no control over that. Many have parents that have fallen on hard times. Many have parents doing their best and one thing after another pile up, making it even more difficult to know that there will be food for dinner or breakfast or lunch that day or the next. 2020 is no exception and for some, it’s something they may have never experienced until this year. Kids shouldn’t have to worry about when they get to eat or if they have to skip a meal. Granted, this happens a lot in other countries. I am not saying who has it worse. Only that it’s a global ordeal. Let’s not argue about who comes first. It’s not a competition. Simply helping a child or their family eat is what counts.
When I was younger, I bagged lunches for other kids my age at my school. I lived in California and I enjoyed bagging and counting lunches. I don’t recall how many lunches we bagged that year. I do have a yearbook but I would have to find it to see how many we did. I do recall it being mentioned though. But I lived in Bakersfield, California. I am not sure if they still do the program where kids help bag lunches for other kids. But I enjoyed doing it. I did it during my math class. I think we had several times where we did it and all the kids pitched in. We sometimes would meet in the cafeteria and the tables would be lined with bags. No names on them. Just bags. We would put apples and sandwiches and juice boxes in the bags. I think other things like fruit roll-ups but I can’t recall. It was over 20 years ago. It was my first experience in giving back to the community I lived in and I won’t forget doing that. I will never think that it didn’t matter. Because at one point in my life, I needed help to make sure my kids had food when times got tough. So, I appreciate all the effort people in these organizations put into helping feed kids.
About Feed the Children
Though you may look into who Feed the Children are as an organization, I feel it necessary to write about who they are anyway. They started their mission to feed children a little over 40 years ago. They work throughout the US to distribute food and much more to community partners. They also help internationally. In countries like Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Their reach isn’t just to partners giving out food. They also provide classroom items and help teachers with teaching supplies. The work in providing help during disaster relief. They do so much and for as long as they have been around they have helped a countless number of kids and teachers and communities to thrive where they need it most. Even military families. If you go to their website they have a 5-year plan as well. I like reading plans because it gives you such motivation to help meet that goal.
There are a lot of charities that I could mention. One being Covenant House which I see ads for every year. Geared to helping teens from all walks of life. I do want to encourage anyone to look into them as well. Since this reminds me of the young man I found that one day. He couldn’t have been older than 20 years of age.
This year, this time of year, give back. Go to my page and click on the button to donate. A minimum of $10 is all that they ask for. It’s up to you if you want to give more. Avon cares and I am so happy to be a part of a company as a representative that wants the best for everyone through any charity that we partner with. You never know who you might be helping. It could be that kid you’ve seen around town.
Many new representatives ask how they can get new customers. When you start as a new representative, you start not knowing much about direct sales or how to find customers. It’s okay to feel a bit perplexed. After all, it is a skill you build. Though if you have worked in retail, then you might have a leg up. My retail experience extends mostly to nutrition. Working at a few nutrition stores as well as being what they called an events specialist for food demonstration. AKA, “Hi would you like to try this new flavor of chips/creamer/bubble gum?” You name it, I pitched it to customers as they walked into the store. I loved that job at a first. Then quickly didn’t. Granted, I sent out samples of food. But sometimes I did the same thing repeatedly. Still, it did give me more confidence to talk to random people (I am an introvert). Even if I felt like Jackie trying to hand out samples of cheese on ‘That 70s Show’. Only, the difference being that I don’t think I am above working a regular job (Jackie). My circumstances are different (not rich or formerly rich or cut off from being rich or unwilling to work for what I need or want). I just feel odd talking to people randomly. Jackie only doesn’t talk to people when she doesn’t like them. Though I really do think she would have loved selling makeup to people as an Avon representative.
Avon can be much the same as selling something to a random person sometimes, but you get better as you go along. I want to start with where to leave catalogs/brochures. As a precursor, I recommend that you ask personnel if it is okay to leave these at some places as they may not allow it. For example, I am not allowed to advertise in the exact area that I live in. I can discuss it in general with neighbors, but I cannot leave out the brochures in public areas where other neighbors might gather at. I hear you can leave them at doctors’ offices, yet at only one of the places that I do go to for any medical treatment, can I do that. One. Other than that, I leave them at a local cafe where many others leave an array of advertisements for different businesses and occasionally at the laundry mat where they have washers better suited for some of the gigantic blankets that I have. There is also the issue of having to be licensed to go door-to-door here in Idaho. It’s to protect the customer from fraud and schemes. So, check with your state regulations as well. How do can you advertise, then? Mostly by word of mouth or via social media. I used to go door to door before the lights licensing happened. Still, if you are more able to leave catalogs at other establishments do it. But don’t do it where another representative already leaves out brochures. I find it a bit rude. They may already have an established customer base at that location.
Leaving Out Catalogs
If you are at a loss as to where to leave brochures, I can suggest a few places.
The tax preparation office – I do my own taxes period but from time to time I go there for extra help and it helps to make it look as if you are looking at a brochure already and then set it down when your name is called. As if you had already found it there or that you may have forgotten to pick it back up when you got up to attend your appointment. Whatever works for you.
The pharmacy – My pharmacy is at a local grocery store but, sometimes when I am getting advice and have to step to the side into the little waiting area, I can easily slip one of the brochures on the end table.
The bank – I get sneaky with this one. I’ll pull one out and then set it down as if I needed to pick up my purse and then attend to my little meeting with whatever bank personnel I am meeting with and forgot it.
The laundromat – This one I am more able to be bold enough to leave two to three out at a single visit.
The WIC office – It’s been years since I needed to use WIC but, there are times, I had to wait my turn for an appointment or for a checkup on how I’m doing. It wasn’t too hard to leave one at that location.
The bowling alley – I may go bowling only during the summer but it’s easy to leave one without making it seem obvious that you’re leaving one.
College campus – Many representatives are college students (I am an older student currently). But I still like to ask if I’m allowed to leave one there anyway just since case one of the staff says I can’t.
Daycare center – Again it’s been years, but I always asked if it was okay the owner may not like people advertising at their own business, but it does help to ask just in case. Maybe you’re on good terms.
The dressing room – Another great way to be sneaky about leaving brochures. It’s not like anybody’s going to notice that you’re the one who did it. Plus, it’s not too hard to figure that maybe you were waiting for someone to put back an item or bring out another item that was of a different color or size while you’re waiting in the dressing room to try that item on.
Hair salon – I have made it seem as if I accidentally forgot mine there only because most hair salons are trying to push their products to make sales but, if you feel that you need to ask, it doesn’t hurt to do so. Maybe it might be a private salon or a friend that you know personally that wouldn’t mind having you leave I brochure there.
The Gym – It depends on where you go gym wise. You could easily leave one in the cubby or locker that you used. But if you want to leave one upfront again, I suggest that you ask the personnel or owner of the establishment.
In the back of a taxi – It’s easy to figure that someone might leave something in the back of a taxi. Unless it’s a local taxi and they know you then I would just recommend asking them if you can leave some for customers. This is something I do on occasion as I don’t use the taxis often as I used to.
The dry cleaners – I haven’t had too much experience with this one but maybe there’s a waiting area that you could lay one out at.
Coffee shop or cafe – I had mentioned before that there is this little coffee place that I go to that has an array of other advertisements for businesses and such. I usually just go up to the owners and ask if there’s enough room for me to leave one there. It’s also a great place to set up Flyers if they have a board that you can set up Flyers at 4 special promotions or fundraisers.
Shopping carts – Have you noticed that a lot of people leave things in shopping carts? I once accidentally forgot my phone because I set it down in this little cubby thing while I was shopping and then when I got to the register, I completely forgot that it was there instead of putting it back in my purse. People can leave some pretty interesting things in carts. So why not a brochure?
During the year of 2020, in case you happen to read this at a later date as a new rep, getting the chance to get our and leave brochures may be a bit hard. You may not get to go to that great spot to leave a brochure. or that waiting area is blocked off. Or the establishment closed. Some potential customers may be hesitant to pick up a brochure. In their mind, they have no idea how long that catalog has been there, and if whoever left it handled it in a way that would make them feel comfortable. I have done a lot more advertising via social media because of this and though I did leave a brochure or two at the local laundromat earlier today, I have been handing out brochures to current customers while wearing gloves.
Another great way to get customers is to start with people you already know. When I first started as a representative a bit over 13 years ago (the first time around), I worked a regular part-time job. This gave me a pathway to handout catalogs to coworkers. I traveled a bit more back then and was able to meet up with family and sometimes family took the brochures to work and I got leads with their coworkers. Friends, coworkers, and family are the best first option. Next to leaving brochures. After that, it is using other forms of advertisement to reach potential customers. Get creative about it. I plan on getting a shirt that lets people know I am an Avon lady for when I go out to places. I may be unable to do this for a while. Normally, this would be the grocery store, but for a few months now, since January actually, I have been picking up groceries. Then as of this summer, I can have them delivered. Leaving me less of a chance to walk around with an Avon shirt. Get a sticker for your computer and car. If you live in an area where it is allowed (unlike me), put a sign in your window. Turn your garage into a tiny store. If you are wondering if you can have a physical store, Avon no longer allows this but that is not to say that there aren’t any to be found. There is a representative in Florida who had the chance to open one up long before Avon made this a no-option. But you can open a booth at open-air events. Be sure to get permission first from Avon. There is a process for this, and I hope to do it next year. I would have this year, but the world happened. The event is still going on, but I would rather stay safe just in case. Throw an online party or, if you can, an in-person party. Give out prizes. Like the lip balm sticks or whatever you feel would work. Start a fundraiser. I did one for the Ronald McDonald House in Boise. It was a small fundraiser, but I still did it. My son wanted to help kids in need, and it is still something he likes doing. And don’t forget to give any customers you get a gift for being your customer. I like to give a gift to customers who spend a certain amount or little paper coupons for referring people. Avon now has the option to let you create a discount offer to already established customers. I will have to write a post on that at a later date. It is a new feature we have, and it’s got all the representatives happy that they can do it now. It used to be you had to be a certain level in sales to get that.
Selling on Social Media
Fun Fact: Sometimes when you go on vacation you manage to gain new customers and sales. Don’t ask me why this happens. It just does. Once, I went to visit my dad. I handed my stepmother a few brochures as she had asked to have a few to set out in the break room at work. That very same night she came home with several orders that had totaled to just over $400. Back then we had the chance of getting a 50% commission. Not as high now but I sat there in shock. I hadn’t done very much and still came out with more than I expected in sales. I recall that one customer’s name was Cinnamon. Not sure if that was just for work or if it was her actual name. Either way, it was a name that stuck in my memory 17-18 years later. If you aren’t sure about doing things person-to-person, then leaving brochures and doing online stuff may be a better fit for you. Just to note that doing it online is something to always work at. It can take time. Think about it, we as being who is now always on our devices, see ads all the time. I think only once did an ad on Facebook for a product I ended up buying for my oldest as a Christmas gift is the one time an ad worked for me. Even commercials are not something I am persuaded with. Sure, some are comical and witty. I think at most the Pine-Sol lady was able to get me into that product and she still promotes it! That and Orlando Jones as the “Make 7-Up Yours” guy. I miss those commercials. Besides only a hand full of commercials, I think I ignore most. I tend to mute the TV when I see them. I would rather watch the show thanks. Kids though, they see it they may want it. That is why when you do online marketing for an Avon product to not feel as if it is defeating you. It takes work. Next to posting products, you have to actively engage with people. Put up something to make them laugh or something they can respond to. My page has new followers (42 currently) but I do get a few likes and sometimes comments. It’s been up for a year. It takes time to get a following and more engagement. Keep it to the 80/20 rule. For every two Avon posts, you make, have 80% of the other posts be about something else. I like to post about my crochet, my cat being cute, about things I care about. Last night I posted a link to an article about Robin William’s daughter donating to homeless shelters in his name as it was something, he did every year in Seattle. Not only is it about a generous act that is carried on after William’s death, but it also hits close to home for me. I have been homeless before and donations to people who are in a hard position mean a lot to me as someone who has experienced it before. Which brings me to another idea, you can do a fundraiser for causes closest to you. Makes care bundles for the homeless during the fundraiser and then use a portion of the sales customers have to add even more to the whole deal. Don’t forget to post about it. It is a great way for others to know that Avon is all for helping others. It is one of the causes I plan on doing this coming fall in light of the new school year. I knew a lot of kids at the shelters with their moms. There is no end as to how you can get optional customers.
Becoming A Rep
Becoming a rep is easy. Right now we have a join for a free promo that was only meant to be for part of the year but has since then been extended through the rest of the year. There is no better time to join than when it is for free. Also, when you join as a new rep and get your first order that is $60 bundle through your page, you get $10 for the next campaign. Additionally, you will get to pick a free gift. I recommend the $150 bundle (That’s what I did when I first joined), I will send you a few free products. Another great deal is that when you reach $200 in sales you get an extra $20 cashback from Avon and $40 if your sales reach $400. It goes on from there. These bundles are meant to be used as samples and they come with brochures you can start handing our right away. Be sure to check out your Avon U and Avon Social to get started with selling online and how to be the best rep you can be. To join my team, go to my referral page here. Don’t forget that when you join with me to go to my Facebook Team Page.
Stay safe and keep on being your own choo-choo for Avon!
Links to other pages and blogs about being an Avon Rep
I have known people who suffer from dry skin. Some worse than others. One is my mother who is always on the lookout for new products for her hands because that is where most of her dry skin is. It’s so dry that her hands sometimes hurt. She doesn’t like anything too oily and it needs to be absorbed into the skin quickly while lasting a good chunk of the day. I have a little bit of dry skin on my shins and don’t need anything too moisturizing. I like Avon’s CBD body lotion. It does the job and keeps my legs feeling less itchy.
Symptoms of Dry Skin
Dry skin is an uncomfortable condition many of us face and for varying reasons. Maybe someone does dishes at a local restaurant and their hands are always in water and around chemicals. Maybe during this pandemic someone is using the sanitizer just a tad too much and it’s drying out their skin. It could be a medical condition. Perhaps a side affect of some medication. Diuretics and cholesterol medication can dry out the skin. Either way, most of use who have any level of dry skin aren’t using enough moisturizing lotion or maybe not the right kind of lotion for our needs. Don’t feel bad if you fall into either category of non-use or not-the-right-lotion. I don’t judge you for it. It happens. Maybe you can’t afford the lotion you want right now or gave up trying to find the right lotion and went sans lotion.
The cons of dry skin are more than just being dry. Occasional dry skin is harmless. Season dry skin happens and more often than not expected in winter because there isn’t as much moisture in the air. As mentioned, other reasons for dry skin can be due to age, hormones, medical conditions, medications, laundry detergents, and also your environment. The ph level of our skin affects the moisture. Dry skin can appear in more than one way. Such as:
A feeling of skin tightness, especially after showering, bathing or swimming (I get this all the time with my skins and it is why I use lotion RIGHT after the shower to help keep in moisture)
Skin that feels and looks rough
Itching (pruritus) [Again I get this on my shins but also my scalp as I have a dry scalp and oily hair, the combination is rather annoying]
Slight to severe flaking, scaling or peeling
Fine lines or cracks
Gray, ashy skin
Deep cracks that may bleed
If you have had ongoing issues and not a single lotion has helped, I recommend that you see a doctor. There may be something going on that you aren’t aware of. My youngest daughter was born with eczema and had to have a prescription for a short while. It helped and now she just needs oatmeal lotion for her dermatitis.
Your age plays in when you are age 40 and older and it can get worse from there on out. Another reason to see the doctor when you feel an appointment is needed if no lotion seems to help, despite your best efforts. Especially when cracks in dry skin are an entryway for bacteria and infections.
Let’s talk about something you may not know. Your microbiome. On and in our body are tiny organisms that help maintain our bodily function. On the skin, there is a colony of these organisms. Don’t worry. It’s totally normal. It is still somewhat new territory to researchers but they do tell us that these organisms play a role in skin health just as the microorganisms in our gut play a role in our guts health. Hence why we have probiotics (adding to the body good bacteria) and prebiotics (feeding the body good bacteria) to maintain bodily function and yogurt to eat. Mmm yogurt. Yogurt can have varying levels of bacteria needed for the gut and how much you need can vary from person to person. The same goes for each person’s skin. According to dsm.com, there are documented to be over 200 different species of bacteria. Whatis interesting about all the microorganisms on our body, something I barely found out as of today, is that it plays into 3% of our total body weight! So for me, I think that is roughly a pound of my weight. Taking the idea of when we shed 9 lbs of skin each year to a whole new level. Also, I am now thinking of the movie Gatica differently, too. I wonder if he lost more skin cells with all that scrubbing each day.
Why Pro and Pre-biotics?
I mentioned yogurt for your gut to help balance the good bacteria inside and thus balancing how your body functions. This can be applied to the skin as well and our new line has this in the product. I found a great description of how both of these work on the skin on comfortzone.it and would like to share their description here:
Probiotics: living bacteria present in some foods (the best known are the lactobacillus and bifidobacteria present in fermented products such as yogurt, kefir, miso, tempeh, kombucha, fermented cheeses) or in food supplements. When applied locally, they influence the balance and the composition of skin microflora. Through the natural process of fermentation, probiotic bacteria produce acid compounds such as lactic acid that lowers the skin pH. The acid pH prevents the growth of the most harmful bacteria. Although the good effect for the skin of probiotic bacteria is documented, living ferments are generally unstable in cosmetic formulas.
Prebiotics: generally plant-derived (mostly fibers, such as beets and asparagus, beans, oats, garlic, dandelion and dried fruit, and especially nuts) that human beings are unable to digest. Good bacteria (or probiotics) eat these “prebiotic fibers” to grow, multiply, and improve the balance of bacterial microflora. Prebiotics, with adequate formulation techniques, can be used, with more stability, in cosmetics.
Why Moisture Therapy +Balance?
From the wash to the lotion and cream, Moisture Therapy +Balance cleaned the skin, improving the balance of good bacteria on the skin. It preps for the lotion or cream. Both of which are light-weight and bring moisture into the skin with a protective layer. Great for everyday use if needed and best used after a shower to keep in the moisture your skin needs.
• Rich, moisturizing body cream
• Highly moisturizing body lotion • Contains ingredients known to support and help create a healthy environment for the skin’s microbiome • Soothing formula immediately replenishes moisture for a smoother, softer, healthier look • Free from parabens, mineral oil and colorants
Close the bathroom door, it keeps in the moisture (unless there’s a reason you need it open)
Limit your time in the shower or bath to 5 or 10 minutes (you also use less water and lower your eco-footprint and cost of heating)
Use warm rather than hot water (hot water dries out the skin and can also damage it in the long run)
Wash with a gentle, fragrance-free cleanser
Apply enough cleanser to remove dirt and oil, but avoid using too much (buildup is no fun)
Blot your skin gently dry with a towel (I even have trouble to rubbing)
Slather on the moisturizer immediately after drying your skin
Wear gloves when doing housework. (cleaning products can damage and dry out the skin, making matters worse and also protects your hands from the elements during the winter)
Hypoallergenic detergent (unless there is a brand your allergic too then find what is best)
Use a humidifier (cold in the summer and warm in the winter, good for your nasal passages, icky coughs, and dry skin)
An extra benefit is that moisturized skin can hold in yummy perfumes and fragrances better. Unless you can’t do that, then you may skip this part. These products will be available July 22, 2020.
Be sure to stop by my online store this coming Wednesday, July 22, 2020, to order your Moisture Therapy +Balance products and also try out our digital catalog and win $100. Click the picture below to try it out and win! Offer until July 27th.