Anyone here an Avon Rep - what's it like, is it worth doing?

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KirstyJC Thu 04-Jun-09 14:22:17

Afternoon! I was trying to think of some ways to earn a few extra pennies and am wondering about becoming an Avon Rep - we don't get any catalogues around here so maybe it would be worth a shot.

I just wondered if anyone else here has done this and what it is like? Do you need lots of storage space for items/catalogues? I assume you get a certain amount of catalogues which you deliver, then collect later and deliver to other homes etc, otherwise you would need thousands of them?!?

Also, I am on Mat Leave at the mo' but if I did this I think it would be good to continue once back at work full time, although maybe on a smaller scale. But, would that be possible if there is no-one here to receive deliveries of catalogues/items? I'm wondering if maybe I'm getting a bit too carried away and should just stop spending money instead of trying to earn more...!

sweethome Mon 29-Jun-09 21:04:11

Hi Kirstyjc I am an Avon Rep and will start become sales leader since some of the people that I know interested to be Avon Rep as well.

You can contact me on my email if you want to know more details about how to run Avon. It doesn't cost you anything, what you have to do just meet as much people as you can and always bring your avon brochure with you all the time. You don't need to storage or money to start this business.

Anyway, where do you live?

yen_tri at yahoo . com

Avon rep packed in recently as she said she kept getting bills from Avon, for stock that they said she couldn't return if the customer changed their mind and the cost of the brochures etc was more than she made, but I have never done it before so don't know if this is the case, although the last one packed in and said the same thing.

I have a friend however who's sister has done Avon for quite a while and she doesn't seem to have any problems, maybe it depends if you have a good area or not, I have seen some reps doing sales at school fete's as well which could be a good opportunity. I think with things like this you get out what you put into it but I would definately check out the return stock policy and cost of brochures before commiting.

Good Luck

TracyGriffin Thu 09-Jul-09 15:51:24

Hi, I have just started work for Jamie Oliver's brand new company, Jamie at Home. It is a party plan business so I am fitting it in around my 2 year old as I am a full time Mum and my husband and his job. I have been doing it 3 months, love it and am earning suprisingly good money. It is in the same vein as avon in as much as you choose your hours and I cant speak highly enough of the company !!! Give me a call or drop me a line if you want to chat about it - 07956 357817. If not, hope you find something that works for you and good luck !!

kando Thu 09-Jul-09 15:57:53

Sorry sweethome, but it's not free and it does cost you!! I know it's not much, but all the same ...

I'm an Avon rep. You have to pay an administration fee (I think it's about £50 but you pay half from your first order and the rest from your second). You have to pay for your brochures too - 50 brochures costs just over £8. To earn any money, you need to have orders over £78 for the lower discount (about 20%) and £148 to get a discount of 25%. I've been doing for a year and really like it, but it took a while to build up the customer base. But if no-one else does Avon in your area, you'll no doubt get a great reaction - I did after the last Avon rep gave up for my territory and it's just been getting better for me. I cover quite a large area, I'd say I used to deliver to around 150 houses, but I've cut it down now as I've come to know the ones who don't return the brochures or who tell me they are not interested.

Sorry, I have to go now but I can come back later to see if you want any more info! HTH

kando Thu 09-Jul-09 16:00:04

Not had any problem with returning stock - sometimes they can be a bit slow to credit your account and sometimes they say the haven't received your returns, but as long as you follow the instructions for returns then you'll be fine. I always return my unwanted products via the carrier when he delivers my orders, rather than sending in the post. Your friend must have been unlucky atwork sad

kando yeah I think she was sad she said the carrier was a pita, which didn't help, but then again I know others that seem to do ok, it's like all selling you get out what you put into it, if you don't have enough time or umph then you will be pretty hard pushed at any kind of job like Avon, betterware etc.

sweethome Sat 18-Jul-09 22:29:41

kando - the fee not £50 but £15 and you don't have to pay it straight away. I pay the adm from my profit that's way I said it didn't cost me anything wink

livvylouis Tue 21-Jul-09 12:12:21

I have not long started as an Avon rep and I love it! I am now on my second campaign and I am making money not loads but enough to make it worth while. The admin fee is only £15 and you pay this in two instalments from your earnings plus you dont pay for the books for the first two campaigns so I was able to make a good profit. The main reson I like Avon is that you get out of it what you put in if you dont feel you have much time one week because of family commitments etc you can take the week off with no worries, I say give it a go and good luck.

johnnyo Sat 28-Nov-09 13:48:29

Hi, if you are looking to earn extra income then i highly recommend they have postions for "Avon Reps", "Avon Representatives" and "Avon Sales Leaders". Please contact Wayne or Nadine via the website above.

covkimbo Fri 01-Jan-10 18:16:29

If you want something a little more ecofriendly and a company that pays cooperatively (no one gets paid a fat salary and we are all paid as distributors) why not have a look at my site?

WheresMyWaistGone Wed 06-Jan-10 22:33:58


Just to add another idea to the pot - what about Usborne Books?

I have been doing it for a year and love it, and more to the point my little one loves the free books!

Max £38 to join (often much less) and you get £100+ of stock and stationery in the starter pack, no targets to meet, grow your business as much or as little as you like.

Haven't updated my site with the January info yet, but please do have a look

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TanB Sat 23-Jan-10 15:02:47

Hi , Im not an Avon rep but I too needed some extra cash and looked into various business opps including Avon whilst on Mat leave - I joined a network marketing Company/A British PLC and am now back at work four days a week - So glad I didnt join Avon as I dont have huge amounts of free time and need to do things at my own pace. Let me know if you are interested in any more info!

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AvonAngel Mon 15-Mar-10 21:43:16

I have been an Avon rep for a little while and I really enjoy it. I have found that being an avon representative is worth while but I did have some great advice from my sales leader which makes a huge difference. I am now also a Sales leader and I enjoy helping others to get the most out of their venture. It also fits in well with my 3 young children and no childcare costs! Selling Avon successfully does take effort and determination but it certainly can be worth while. Take a look at my new website if you would like further information or if you are interested taking things further you can also apply. There you will find my email address and contact details. I am always happy to help in what ever way I can. Good luck in how ever your future takes you.

AvonAngel Mon 15-Mar-10 21:57:19

Also just to clarify - The admin fee is £15 not £50. This is payable over your first 2 campaigns but your brochures are free for the fist 2 campaigns!

Cards Wed 24-Mar-10 15:24:01

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organicmummi Thu 25-Mar-10 18:26:42

Hi Kirsty!

I have been with Neal's Yard Organic since January which is the home selling arm of Neal's Yard. You pay £95 and get a fantastic kit to get you started which is worth over £260. You also get lots of training to help you acheive whichever goals you set. You earn 25% commission on sales and get your own website. You can do parties, pass brochures around your family and friends, build a team etc. It is as much or as little as you like and people love the products! I have never done party plan before and just wanted to earn some extra money while I am a stay at home mum. I love it!

Kirsty- hope this helps, happy for you to contact me if you want to chat, I know its a big decision! x

jane357 Wed 31-Mar-10 20:54:55

Hi i'm a Jamie at home manager and I have had a ball since i started in March last year. (i have even met the man himself 3 times) seriously though I have made a good part time wage from doing 1 to 2 parties a week . The products are great as you would expect and the company offer great training and support. I would be happy to send anyone any details if they would like to find out more

splatthefly Thu 01-Apr-10 08:02:19

I found Avon doesn't earn that well. Betterware have also just restricted their areas as they have so many distributors.

I now work as an independent distributor for Telecome Plus. They are a discount club. There are no "areas" which I like. It fits in with the kids as I work the hours I want.

You can watch the companies video at

splatthefly Thu 01-Apr-10 08:04:50

Sorry, got the web address wrong. When I checked, its actually at

If anyone wants any other feedback or have any questions answered on Avon, please let me know.

essexavon Fri 02-Apr-10 22:30:00

I've been an Avon Rep & Sales Leader for nearly 2 years & I love it. I take my children with me; my customers spoil them rotten & it's great excercise for us. I can buy all the latest products at a discount & set my own hours around my family. I'm currently recruiting new reps in the Essex area, so if you're interested please visit my website & I'll happily answer any questions you have, & hopefully get you started earning some extra cash as an Avon Rep yourself smile.

kateconroy Tue 25-May-10 12:49:13

Hey Everyone,

Ive done Avon in the past but for the last 2 years Ive done Oriflame. It works in kinda the same way as Avon, but you can earn more with Oriflame, 30%! Plus you get lots of free products and items at a highly discounted price. I also believe the books are cheaper too

Oriflame dont advertise as they get by on word of mouth, and have been going strong for 40 years world wide by offering top quality products

They do returns, as long as its within 90 days, for a full fast refund.

You'll be suprised how many people say "Oh Ive not seen this for years" when you mention Oriflame and your customerlist will quickly build up.

Im looking for 5 new consulatants all over the UK so if anyone would like more info email or call/text on or 07876571198

Butterpie Sun 13-Jun-10 12:51:02

I've just started Usborne less than a month ago (with a week of holiday in that time as well) and I have already made £75 clear profit, as well as getting £250 worth of free kids books and I have no obligation to carry on if I don't want to, I would get to keep the books for my own children (with the ones where you get the kit for free you usually are only leasing it and have to pay a weekly fee and give it back if you stop). I have enough parties booked to make around £250 profit over the next four weeks and I am on track to get my joining fee refunded, another £65 of free books and to reach Team Leader status by the end of August, at which point I will get a £200 bonus and better commission rates and so on.

They ask for £38 to start off, but you get over £100 worth of free books and stationery for that-I orginally joined because I wanted to get quite a few books in for my own kids and I had my eye on the discount! I planned to just join, order the books I needed and then just put in the odd order for friends, but as soon as I told people I was doing Usborne, they wanted parties and to order!

I have a 3yo and a 7mo (who is very clingy and comes to every event I run-the three year old comes to some) and I don't drive-i just put my kit under the pram as people can order from the full catalogue of books right up to teenage, so the kit is just as examples really.

The commission payments for the higher-ups have just gone through, they are all making really good livings out of it and are really happy, as you get further up it is more about looking after your team than actually doing events, although they do seem to each do two a week or so. Obviously you have to do it for a while and you get out what you put in, but I asked this afternoon what the Group and Divison Leaders make a month (the next two grades above team leader) and the first two replies were £3208 and £1705- and that is on top of the commission they will have earned on thier own sales! It has certainly made me focus, and, barring anything odd happening, I expect to be promoted for the first time by the end of August.

With team based things like this, it really is vital what team you end up in, if you get one that isn't very enthusiastic they won't help you as much

If you want to know more, email me on AliciaJDuffy at gmail dot com

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