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

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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

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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.

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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 21:57:19

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!

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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

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SammieG Mon 14-Jun-10 21:13:49

Hi, just to let you know that you can't work in any other job and receive Maternity pay from another job, at the same time. You are entitled to 10 keeping in touch days which you can receive extra for from your employer, i've added a link...hope it helps xx
http://www.forparentsbyparents.com/index.html?pn=834

Bigroundal Sat 19-Jun-10 12:01:41

Hi
Im also considering Avon or Jamie at home but want to know how difficult it is to have to do your own tax and insurance?
Also I thought if you did Avon you did you own street, but Its been recently suggested to me that you are just allocated a street or streets of about 100 houses.Is this true?
Thanks

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tigerlily3 Thu 12-Aug-10 17:00:05

Hi
I have just started Avon, dropped off 30 books and today went to collect them. I only got 7 books back and one order of £7. I feel a little deflated after this and wonder if it is worth it?
It looks like I am not going to make any money this time, and actually cost me money...anyone thats a rep, could you tell me if it will get better if I stick at it? or will this be the same every 3 weeks?

I want to make money not spend it.

Thank T.Lily3

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flork1 Tue 12-Apr-11 09:44:01

Hi - seems like alot of people are doing avon! What skills/qualifications do you have?

2madboys Tue 12-Apr-11 22:07:01

Hi flork. I don't do Avon, but Phoenix Trading which is another direct selling business, selling cards, giftwrap and stationery. The skills I have that I use are admin skills (keeping on top of paperwork and finance stuff) and also just being enthusiastic about the product. I'm not really a 'salesperson', but I think doing this has made me more confident as I really want to do well so have made myself do things outside of my comfort zone! Hope this helps to answer your question.

samels001 Mon 18-Apr-11 22:05:23

Hi flork, I sell Usborne Books - the main skill I have for doing this is an absolute passion for the product I sell. The books are great quality and with over 2000+ books in the catalogue there really is a book to suit every child. I am actually a chartered accountant by training but needed the family-friendly flexible working that Usborne offers. I'm not a great sales or marketing person, but I do like meeting new people and having a really sociable job!

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HotchpotchHoney Wed 20-Apr-11 13:00:23

avon is a lot of hard work for not a lot of money. maybe i was just unlucky that the area i live in, either weren't interested at all or already had reps.
my first tow campaigns i only just managed to reach the £78 and that was mainly freidns and fmaily feelign a bit sorry for me. I was out every evening/morning delivering and collecting books.
For me it was just not worth it.

CarrieMUMofThree Wed 20-Apr-11 22:57:45

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CarrieMUMofThree Wed 20-Apr-11 23:01:25

you dont need any qualifications .. confidence is a big help, determination, willpower, friendlyness. as to be expected i suppose..

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goinggreennotgrey Tue 31-May-11 20:26:01

covkimbo~3 years, wow! I've not long started. But have really enjoyed it so far. It helps that I am using the products myself and can rave about them. Especially the Aloe Vera skincare range and suncreams. Haven't used better and such good value. Was sucked into buying Arbonne not so long ago, and Wikaniko skincare creams are just as good at a fraction of the cost!

I've just become an avon rep today! I done it for a campaign about 2 and a half years ago and gave up, my sister done it for a year but recently stopped due to going college and starting up her own beauty therapy business. My admin fee was £15 which they will take 7.50 off first and second orders. Im looking forward to it, mainly to get me out the house and to put on my CV! The good thing about it is you can make it as big a business as you like, offer free gifts, give out samples, do demonstrations, partys etc.

flork1 Wed 01-Jun-11 23:35:49

There seems to be some unashamed self-advertising going on here!!
if anyone is really interested in any of this ask yourself - how much am i really earning after buying other people's product, petrol, time etc etc etc etc etc factor it all in and then take a step back and ask yourself is it worth it? i've asked this before and never got a straight answer - how much per week can you get out of usborne, avon, phoenix, greenerlife, wikaniko etc etc. somene is exploiting someone and the game seems to be getting more desperate ...

To be honest flork I'm not doing for the money I've been a SAHM for 4 years and been suffering depression,so its about feeling a sense of self worth. I've applied for endless jobs and had no reply because I've never worked (had first child when at school) I'm doing avon to get myself out of the house, exercise, meet people, gain experience, it will look good on my CV being selfemployed. The money may not be great it depends how many customers you build up.

flork1 Fri 03-Jun-11 00:52:28

I think maybe the problem with these forums is that anyone can say anything.

and there is something to be said for the salesperson who will sell his (or her)own grandmother if he (or she) could

bacon Fri 03-Jun-11 13:34:54

Come on then tell me your clear profit after 6m and 12 months? how many hours di you do per week?

I agree with flork1 there is a lot of people have no idea how much fuel they are putting in their car, wear and tear etc, converting their income into an hourly rate.

I am laughing at some of the comments on here - it changed my life, products are amazing, just cant believe how amazing they are. See lots of comments have been deleted too - just all sales pitching.

Please be careful before throwing money into any venture. All gloss - need to here of the pitfalls - any genuine seller will tell you the advantages and disadvantages of this type of selling. Havent seen anything on here about tax, NI & insurance especially if the business is doing so well!!!

I run a business, bloody tough! I'm def not one for these parties - actually I cant think of any friends who buy these kind of things either - whats the point of Avon products anyway??? cosmetics are everywhere on the high street so why bother? The last party I went to was an Aloe Vera - I was cringing at the sales pitch and the amazing health benefits - to a point of curing every digestive problem under the sun - expect the medical profession would be very interested in some of these claims!

goinggreennotgrey Tue 07-Jun-11 13:18:23

Bacon~fair enough, it isn't for anyone. However, I am also an accountant and you get tax benefits for home-working. Plus I deduct anything I use for my home business before profit. So computer, car, mobile phone etc. I can actually get tax back.

But as I said, each to their own.

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barbaraavon7oaks Fri 17-Jun-11 13:47:43

Just looked at your web site can't even see who you are !!!

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AvonChris Wed 27-Jul-11 18:40:36

Have only just joined this site so am still finding my way around but in reply to Bacon:

* All Avon reps are self-employed and responsible for their own tax, NI, etc.
* There's no 'throwing away money' to be an Avon rep, it's the cheapest and simplest way to start your own business - not a penny is paid up front, no kit to buy (unlike other companies)
* Avon has been operating for 125 years in America and 51 years here in UK so a very well established business; products sell themselves - deffo NO sales experience necessary
* Goods are delivered to the door, FoC, and cheaper than High Street prices so a win-win situation (particularly useful for house-bound people)
* You set your own hours and fit it round your homelife (no-one can expect an 'hourly rate' for that - be realistic)
* All products come with a 90 day full money-back no-quibble guarantee - ever bought a hair brush from Boots and tried to take it back a month later and get your money back? LOL

And, yes, there are some success stories (also a lot of reps, who fall by the wayside because they expect it to be easy - newsflash - it's NOT!) - gather Avon now has its first millionaires - Debbie Davis and David Carter earned £1.2 million last year and Brian and Gail Reynolds were in the Dorset echo earlier this year when their Avon business was valued @ £5.5 million! It's taken both partnerships approx. 11 years but something to aim for - yes/no?

PS: Incidentally, the products are great - I LOVE my toning flips and @ £12 they're a bargain.

PPS: Sorry for the long post.

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CambridgeChris Tue 19-Feb-13 23:01:08

any one doing Wikaniko, if so what do you think,

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CautionaryWhale Tue 09-Apr-13 22:58:22

Fair enough for ressurecting in Feb but as this is a zombie thread going back to 2010, given the triple dip recession some of the info and enthusiasm may be out of date wink it was still an interesting read but then realising some of the posts are three years old - should be taken into account by people keen to do it now.

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Iamme1 Sun 12-May-13 19:16:37

does this take less time? please detail me the how it works

Bernibroadley Fri 31-May-13 00:31:57

I don't know whether anyone will even read this as the original post is so old but i felt i had to comment because I can't believe the bunkum that is being posted on here!! I am an Avon Sales Leader and I am here to tell you that unless you are lazy beyond belief there is no way starting with Avon will cost you a single penny!!!!! It is an amazing company selling amazing products at amazing prices - and no I am not brainwashed - I have had my ups and downs over the last 3 years but I know I can say this hand on heart that it truly is the only MLM company that is up front & honest and does what it says on the tin. I am fairly obsessed with 'being fair' so am super happy with this business - works around my family a treat and am very happy indeed that I made the leap. Btw Avon do a 90 day no-quibble guarantee!!!!

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2madboys Mon 03-Jun-13 08:21:11

Hi Stayathomemom - I have reported this post and also the pm you sent me and presumably others on this thread. Please get your facts straight before messaging people (I do not to Avon). Also looks like you joined this site with the sole intention of recruiting as you have not posted elsewhere. It is not very ethical to put down other companies in order to recruit.

2madboys - thank you! Saved me a job smile

But I am also quite annoyed at Berni - what a load of rubbish about Avon being the only company that is upfront and honest. Usborne celebrate 40 years this year - their terms and conditions are clear, not onerous, very small cost to start. I couldn't work for a company that didn't have decent values and plenty of the direct selling/working from home companies do have good values. You just have to find the product that suits you best. So please don't knock others in what is also IMO an attempt to recruit.

ecokimbo Mon 10-Jun-13 10:07:01

CambridgeChris I am doing Wikaniko and have been for four years. Will pm you

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jade2k11 Tue 03-Sep-13 11:35:41

Hi, I no this post is old so this may not be read, but i was just wondering if there were any other companies like avon that can be done from home and around family? i tried avon and it didnt work out. Thank you to anyone that is able to respond

2madboys Tue 03-Sep-13 11:51:13

Hi Jade - sorry to hear Avon didn't work out for you. I do Phoenix Trading which is a similar network marketing business, but selling cards, giftwrap and stationery. I really enjoy it and it works for me around another part-time job, two kids, hobbies, etc. Feel free to pm me if you want to know more.

jojo68 Wed 04-Sep-13 22:25:35

Hi Jade,

There are lots of direct selling companies out there so it's best to choose one with products that you are interested in.
That's what I did when I joined Wikaniko. They have over 1000 eco friendly, natural products available for you to generate business with in anyway that you feel comfortable. Parties, stalls, dropping catalogues or totally online.
Wikaniko also scored 9/10 for the best 'work from home opportunity' the highest ever score given.

There are no targets or sales to achieve just do what you want to put in and I have found the company to very supportive and non-competitive.

At the moment Wikaniko have deferred the £79 start up fee for 6 months so you can try it out to see if it's for you.
Wikaniko fits in brilliantly with my family life and commitments and it is also something I am proud to sell.

Give me a shout you would like any more info.
Good luck!
Jo

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amylilly12 Tue 18-Feb-14 16:25:35

Hi I'm a avondles leader iv got job available in ur Area u could.do.family and friends also ur local houses great good if ur in treasted please contact me for more information

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Buadaeng123 Tue 01-Jul-14 13:57:51

I love my job as Avon rep is fitin with me and my son and is so easy u earn extre cash every three week u can work less or more hr is all depen what bill u need to pay. I simply just do through my friend, family and online sale which work wonder. If u still interested please call me or text on 07868707176 my email is mimibuadaeng@gmail.com

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BernadetteAvon Fri 01-Aug-14 12:18:01

As you can tell from my name I'm a team leader with Avon. I just wanted to clarify a few false things that are on this thread. Firstly, there is no "up front" fee: £16 is taken from your account only when you place your first order and this is split between your first and second order. Your first 2 lots of brochures are supplied free of charge by your recruiter (sales leader). It does not require you to invest very much time at all (which is why I started it) and you can sell either door-to-door, to family & friends, do Avon parties, pretty much any way you like really. I think its a great opportunity for anyone and what's more you don't have anything to lose by giving it a go!! I run an incredibly successful business as a team leader and avon rep and am absolutely in love with the job!! I have 4 children and find it fits perfectly around my busy life.

Elissa1982 Fri 01-Aug-14 16:30:00

Hi Kirsty!

Just like organic mummi - I have been with forever living - another beauty and wellness company. The products are fantastic - all based on Aloe Vera (including make-up)and bee hive. The starter kit is 199 and just like Neal's Yard you get such incredible training to help set you up. Your income is based on commission and bonuses - it depends really how much effort you put into it. I had never thought about it before but it is really fun and work from home too!

There are so many genuine opportunities out there - if you want to do it - then I think you need to decide what you are interested in and just give it a go!

Hope this helps!

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