The cubicle is becoming extinct, and those looking for freedom oppression of florescent lights and water cooler gossip have companies like Avon to thank for it.
No point in burying the lead for this one. If you want a job with a flexible schedule and no demanding out of touch boss breathing down your neck, there are options out there for you. The work from home world is blossoming and there is no reason for you not to take advantage of it.
Today we will be taking a look at the company Avon to see if it is a good fit for you.
Founded in 1886 (That’s not a typo), Avon is one of the oldest, and one of the largest beauty and cosmetic companies in the world.
One of the things that makes Avon notable (and indeed, this is the reason that we are discussing it today) is that it is a company that offers its sales representatives the option to work remotely—thus setting their own schedule.
Once you take the steps to become an Avon sales representative (we will discuss those in a minute) you are essentially running your own business, purchasing your inventory through Avon, and then figuring out for yourself how to best make money out of it.
If you do decide to take this career path you will be in good company, as there are around six million Avon sales representatives working around the world.
Let’s take a look now at how you can become one of them.
How to Get Started
Becoming an Avon sales representative is actually relatively simple.
The first thing that will you need to do is submit an application and this can be done online via Avon’s website.
Once you submit your application it may take a few days before it is processed but eventually you will be contacted by an Avon corporate representative who will go over what it will take to become a sales representative, as well as how their business model works.
If there is a sales representative in your area you will then be put into contact with them so they can tell you in person a little bit more about their experiences with Avon.
You will also be able to go to this person to help answer any questions you have once you actually start out.
If after speaking with the sales and corporate representatives you decide you would like to move forward and work towards becoming a sales rep, the next thing you are going to have to do is pay the joining fee.
Avon’s joining fee varies depending on what part of the world you are in, but if you are in the United States you should expect to pay twenty-five dollars.
Fortunately, the joining fee not only gets you in but it also will get you your starter kit. The starter kit comes with order forms, sales information, and a website from which your customers can go to buy merchandise from you.
Once you have your kit you can start taking their online training classes to learn how to make the most out of it.
You will also want to start learning as much as you can about the line of products that you will be selling as possible.
Chances are, no one will want to buy from you if you don’t understand your own products, so study up!
You will also want to start buying samples, as new sales reps get a hefty discount.
Finally, take the time to set up your website.
I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you how big online shopping is, so take your time with this part of the process, and do the best that you can.
And that is it!
Once you have done all that you can get started!
How you proceed from here is entirely up to you.
Tell your friends, share your new job on Facebook, Twitter, etc.
Do everything you can to establish a customer base, and start making money.
Now if recruiting is not your thing, you might want to try some affiliate marketing instead.
How Much You Can Expect to Make:
How much you can expect to make selling Avon is subject to a lot of different variables.
Since you have to buy your own materials (brochures, business cards, products) you must consider not just how much you are making from your sales but also how this number compares to your own personal costs.
As an Avon representative, you will make between 20-50% commission on everything that you sell so it really does vary tremendously from person to person how much you will make.
The average Avon sales rep is only making around $1500 a year, but keep in mind that with over six million representatives the amount of effort by each individual sales person that has been factored into this average varies pretty significantly.
Many people who are working hard at their sales and treating Avon like a full-time job make significantly more than that.
Selling Avon definitely is not for everyone.
It is a lifestyle that requires patience, people skills, and of course, a firm understanding of the product.
If you are not into make-up, lipsticks, cover up, eye liner, handbags, etc, chances are you probably aren’t going to have very much luck making a living selling them.
Similarly, if you know going in that Avon is not something you are going to put a lot of effort into you should also reconsider it as a career path.
The work from home lifestyle can be very rewarding but it also requires discipline.
If you are not a self-starter you are also probably going to have a very difficult time making Avon work for you as a sales rep.
Still, for those that love the product and know they have what it takes to give this job a serious try, becoming an Avon sales rep is a great way to set your own schedule and start making money from home!