Be Your Own Choo-Choo: Getting New Customers as an Avon Rep

Be Your Own Choo-Choo: Getting New Customers as an Avon Rep

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.

Jackie selling cheese at the mall, That 70’s Show.
  1. Leaving Out Catalogs
  2. Person-to-Person Sales
  3. Selling on Social Media
  4. Becoming A Rep
  5. Links to other pages and blogs about being an Avon Rep


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.

Photo of 4 photo collage: top left Avon catalog on a cafe table, top right Avon catalog in a grocery cart, bottom left, an old woman holding Avon catalog while under hairdryer at the salon, bottom right Avon catalog on the back seat of a car. Copyright iSpeakAvonlish.com
  • 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.

Person-to-Person Sales

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!

Easily Create a Useful Facebook Group: Avon Biz Boost

7 Reasons a Business Plan Will Make You an Awesome Rep

Creating a Facebook Page for Your Avon Business + Pointers

Becoming a Rep

Avon Representative FAQ

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.

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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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