HELP! I’m Having Trouble Getting Started!

So, you passed out some brochures, posted a few times on Facebook, and maybe even gave out some samples, but no one has placed an order yet.

You might be starting to think that nobody wants what you’re selling or that you’re just not good at selling it.

Hang in there, because neither of those things is true!

Remember, you’re building a business here, the key word being building. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither shall your Avon business be.

If you’re not having the success you’d hoped for, step back for a second, think like the BEAUTY BOSS you are, and ask yourself, “What else can I try?

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If you stick with your business, and commit to trying new strategies, you can be successful! YOU are the boss of your Avon business! YOU are in control of your own success! Don’t let any obstacle come between you and that success!

If you’re having trouble finding your first customers, here are TEN ideas to try:

ONE: First things first… Did you pass out all of the brochures for your first campaign, which were included in your starter kit? If the answer is no, then label those brochures right away and figure out who you’re going to give them to. Every one of those brochures is the path to a new potential customer. They won’t do you any good sitting in the box.

**If you missed your first scheduled order, you may have some old brochures leftover. Label those and pass them out too. We can backorder up to two campaigns back, so those brochures are still worth their weight in gold!

**If it’s been a few campaigns since you signed up, you’re going to need current brochures. Contact Avon to order current brochures.

TWO: The fortune is in the follow-up. After you passed out some brochures, did you follow-up with the potential customers you gave brochures to? Following up with your customers is a way that you can offer great customer service. A few days after you’ve given someone a brochure, reach out to them to see if they have any questions about any of the items. Ask if there’s anything they’d like to try a sample of. (If you don’t have that sample on hand, you can order it when you place your first order.) Point out a great deal, an item you think they’d love, or an item you can’t wait to try. Be conversational and enthusiastic about the products, then ask if there’s anything they’d like to order this campaign. Collect their order.

THREE: Let’s say you make that follow-up call, and they are still not interested in ordering this campaign… #1 Give them another brochure next campaign anyway. Maybe they weren’t interested this campaign. That doesn’t mean they’ll never be interested. #2 Ask them if they would be willing to pass that brochure onto someone they know who might be interested. Offer them a thank you gift or discount on a future order, if the person they pass the brochure onto places an order.

FOUR: Have you faced customers who tell you they’re not interested because they don’t wear make-up or they use a different brand of skin care? Hand them the brochure anyway. Tell them to take a look. They will be surprised how many other things Avon offers, besides cosmetics and skin care. There are items for the home, clothing, beautiful jewelry, and more!

FIVE: Perhaps you’ve encountered someone who is worried how the skin care items will work for them or how the clothing will fit or whether the shade of lipstick is the right shade for them? Tell them about Avon’s product guarantee. They can return or exchange any product for any reason at all within 90 days of purchase. It’s risk-free for them to give it a try.DC.jpeg

SIX: Did you tell everyone you know about the special Daily Care bundle? The Daily Care bundle flyer was included in your kit. (You can also find it online on youravon.com) It’s a bundle of SEVEN great items that almost everyone can use for only $19.99. This special offer is only available for new representatives to offer within your first four campaigns. It’s a way of helping you launch your business. Tell everyone you know about this great deal, and ask them how many bundles they’d like to order.

SEVEN: Have you promoted your Avon business on Facebook? If not, give it a try! The Social Media Center in the Web Office of youravon.com can be a good place to start. If you have posted a few times, and you’re not getting a response, try something new! Make your posts more personal. Let your friends and family members know why YOU love Avon! Let them know why you started your Avon business and ask them if they would support you by checking out your web store. Post about products you can’t wait to try. Go LIVE on Facebook to show everyone the products which came in your starter kit. Tell them what you love about the products as you give them a try.

EIGHT: Incentivize your potential customers to become one of your first customers. Offer a free gift with first order or a little discount on their first order. Everybody loves free gifts and discounts. Call it a Grand Opening special!!

NINE: Businesses often have Grand Opening events! Your business should have one too! Your event can be whatever you want it to be. Hold a little girls night at your home and invite friends over to sample the products and shop the brochures. You might also choose to hold an online party to introduce everyone you know to Avon’s great products! Whatever you choose to do, have fun with it.

TEN: Look for customers outside of the friends and family you already know. When I take a look at the customer list I’ve built during my past few years with Avon, most of my regular customers are people I did not know before I started selling Avon. I met them as a result of selling Avon! Look for opportunities to meet new people and expand your customer base. You can meet new customers by asking your friends and family for referrals, doing vendor events, sticking a “Buy or Sell Avon” sign in your yard, sticking an Avon decal/magnet on your car, wearing an Avon logo item while you’re out and about, leaving brochures in waiting rooms, etc.

 

 

6 Steps for Successfully Launching Your Avon Business

Congratulations and Welcome to AVON!! 

You’re now a part of a beautiful 130 year history of people who have come to Avon seeking the opportunity to build a business on their own terms. To sum it all up, you’re an AVON BEAUTY BOSS now!

The business supply kit, that you selected when you signed up, will be on its way to you soon. It usually arrives within just a few days. Your kit will contain brochures for your first two campaigns (a “campaign” is what we call our 2-week selling periods), samples, business tools, and even some full-sized products!

While you’re waiting for your kit, there’s plenty that you can do to start preparing to launch your new business!

The very first thing should be to go to http://www.youravon.com, and click “Register“, to sign into the representative site for the first time. You’ll set a password when you sign in, and will also set up your personal web store. This is the site where you will manage your Avon business. There’s a lot to explore on the site, so take some time to look around. The New Representative Essentials page is a good place to start.

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There are also some things that you can be doing to generate excitement for your new business and to start building your customer base.

Here are SIX steps for successfully launching your new Avon business:

STEP 1 – BUILD ANTICIPATION AND EXCITEMENT – The day you’ve signed up, go onto Facebook and post something exciting, like:

I’m so excited!! I just started my own business!!

Don’t specify Avon in your post right away. Let your friends be curious for a little bit. Let a bunch of friends comment to congratulate you and ask what your business is. Don’t reply back right away. After a little while, reply back to let them know that you’ll be living the Beauty Boss life as an Avon representative. Tell them you’re waiting on your business supplies to arrive and ask if anyone would like a brochure or free samples once your kit arrive.

STEP 2 – GET TO KNOW YOUR WEB STORE FIRSTHAND – Your Web Store is a HUGE potential source of EASY EARNINGS for you! When customers order through your web store, and select Direct Delivery, they pay Avon directly, then Avon processes and ships the order directly to their home. YOU get the earnings!! You’re going to want to know how to use this valuable tool and how to tell potential customers how to use it. Here’s the best way to get to know your web store… Go to your personal web store and PLACE AN ORDER. Have it Direct-Delivered to yourself. Order anything you’d like. Use this as an opportunity to get to know some new products. It can be a big order or a small order. Just give yourself the full experience of using your web store, so you will know exactly how it works, from the ordering process, the checkout options, the email confirmation, how you (as a representative) get notified of the order, how you (as a customer) get notified of shipping, how the items are packaged when they arrive, and how you (as a representative) get your earnings!

A few things to know about shopping your web store: There’s ALWAYS FREE SHIPPING on orders of $40 or more. (Shipping is $5.95 flat rate on orders less than $40.) Web store orders count towards your sales goals for the Kickstart program. That means that you’ll get 40% earnings on the order you place for yourself, credited back to your Avon account once your order ships (assuming you place the online order before your first scheduled order date, when you’re eligible for 40% earnings). 40%!!!!! **Through April 11, 2017, you (and your customers) can also use the one-time-use code WELCOME to save 20% off web store orders of $50 or more.

EXAMPLE of USE – Shop your own web store. Select $50 in items. Use the code WELCOME to save 20% ($10 off your $50 order). Get FREE SHIPPING on your $40 order. Get 40% earnings ($16 on a $40 order) credited back to your Avon account. In other words, get $50 worth of items for $24 (plus any local sales tax)!! What a fantastic way to get to know how your web store works and get to know some of Avon’s great products, at a HUGE savings to you!!

STEP 3 – INTRODUCE CUSTOMERS TO YOUR WEB STORE – Now that YOU know exactly how your web store works, go ahead and introduce it to everyone you know! While you’re waiting for your starter kit to arrive, you can start selling through your web store. Friends and family all across the country can shop your web store and have it shipped directly to them!! Easy earnings for you! Write a post on Facebook to let everyone know that you’re officially an Avon representative, and that your web store is open for business. Mention the amazing variety of products. Share your link and tell them about FREE shipping on orders of $40 or more. For example, you might write:

In case you didn’t see the earlier post about my new business, I’m excited to announce that I’m an Avon representative now! I’m waiting for my starter kit to arrive, with brochures and samples to pass out, but in the mean time, check out my Avon web store. You’re not even going to believe all of the great items Avon now offers! (Mention something specific that you’re personally excited about here.) Check it out! There’s FREE shipping on orders of $40 or more! http://www.youravon.com/amydeline

STEP 4 – GO LIVE!! – (I HIGHLY recommend trying this idea!!) When your starter kit arrives, don’t open it by yourself. Open it on a LIVE video on Facebook!! Facebook Live can be a tremendously powerful way to connect with your potential customers and generate interest and excitement. When you go live, all of your friends are immediately notified that you’re currently live. They’re all going to be curious to see what you’re doing on video, so they’ll tune in to watch. On video, open your kit for the first time. Take out the items one by one and show everyone what you’ve received in your Avon business supplies kit. Show your excitement about everything in your kit. As you pull out the brochures, show the beautiful covers. Ask people to comment if they’d like you to drop off or mail a brochure to them. Maybe flip through one of the brochures and mention the great things you see. Pull out the samples and talk about what products you have samples available for. Perhaps, smell a fragrance sample and talk about how wonderful it smells, or try one of the little lipstick samples. If you’re excited about the items, your potential customers will get excited too! Take out the full-sized products in your kit. Try the lotion on your hands. Talk about how great it feels. Conclude your video by letting people know how excited you are about this new venture. Ask who would like a brochure. Provide your web store address and let them know how easy it is to shop online. Most of all, have fun and be yourself!

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STEP 5 – HOST A GRAND OPENING EVENT – Plan a girls night Grand Opening party in your home to launch your Avon business. Invite a few friends over. Ask them to each bring a friend. Provide a few snacks and beverage. Make a nice display of whatever Avon samples and/or products you have on hand. Let your guests try some of the samples, while shopping the brochures. Consider offering a special Grand Opening discount. Be sure to offer them the special Daily Care bundle, six items for only $19.99!! (The Daily Care Bundle flyer will be included in your kit.) Another option is to host an online Grand Opening party, by setting up a group on Facebook, adding your friends to the group, and promoting the great products Avon offers, to encourage your online guests to shop your web store.

STEP 6 – INVITE CUSTOMERS INTO YOUR STORE – Your Avon business may not have a physical storefront, but you DO have a store. Your store is in the brochures. If you want people to shop your store, you need to invite them in. Your kit will come well-stocked with brochures for your first two campaigns. Label those brochures with your contact info and pass out your first set of brochures. (Save the other set for next campaign.) Save one copy of the brochure for yourself, but get all the rest into customer hands. A few days later, follow-up with those potential customers. Following up is a way of showing great customer service. Ask them if they have any questions about the items in the brochure. Tell them about Avon’s product guarantee. Point out a great deal or an item you think they’ll love. Ask them if there’s anything they’d like to order this campaign. Consider sweetening the pot with a little discount or free gift with their first order!

 

FAQs about Becoming an Avon Representative

If you or someone you know is thinking about becoming an Avon representative, you may have a few questions or concerns. In this post,  I’m going to walk through the most frequently answer questions I hear from people who are considering becoming an Avon representative.

If you have any questions that I have not addressed, feel free to ask them in the Comments section! I’d be happy to answer!

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Question #1 – I know that some direct sales companies require their representatives/consultants to purchase expensive inventories, often costing hundreds or even thousands of dollars. How much does it cost to get started with Avon?

Answer: It’s easy to get started with Avon. Business supply kits are available for as low as $25. That $25 investment gets you a bursting box full of everything you need to get off to a successful start with Avon – brochures, bags, samples, business tools, and even a few full-sized products to use as demos, sell for profit, or keep for yourself!! With Avon’s current “Kickstart” program for new reps, it’s easily manageable to make that $25, plus additional profit, back in the very first two-week campaign (sales period).

**There are two other kit options, priced at $50 and $100, which offer everything in the $25 kit plus additional samples and full-sized products. The $100 kit includes a really nice, Avon-logo bag!

Question #2 – Do I have to keep an inventory of products on hand?

Answer: Nope, you’re never required to stock an inventory. You can sell straight from the brochures (catalogs) and order only what your customers request. Your customers can also shop online through your FREE personal web store!!

Question #3 – Do I have to host a bunch of parties to sell the products?

Answer: Nope! Most representatives sell the products by simply passing out the Avon brochures each campaign (two-week sales period) and collecting the orders and/or by promoting their web stores, which Avon makes easy by providing a library full of great ads to post on our social media sites, like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! Some representatives choose to host live parties or online parties to grow their business further, but this is a personal choice. With Avon, YOU are the boss!

Question #4 – My life is so busy, between my full-time job and my family responsibilities. I barely have any spare time. Can I still be successful at Avon?

Answer: Absolutely! Avon is set up to be incredibly flexible, so it can work for just about any schedule. With Avon, YOU are the boss. YOU decide how much time you devote to Avon, YOU decide when, and YOU decide how. Many representatives blend building their Avon businesses into their normal day to day activities. For example, they might bring some brochures in their work place or to pass out when they drop a child off at sports practice. 

Question #5 – Is there some sales quota that I need to meet each month?

Answer: Nope! Sell as much or as little as you like! There are no minimum sales quotas. You can even skip up to six consecutive campaigns (about 3 months) and still maintain an active account. Obviously, the more you sell, the more you’ll earn. But that part is up to YOU! Avon leaves it flexible for each representative to work their business as it works for them!

Question #6 – Do people still buy Avon?

Answer: You’d better believe it! Avon has been around for 130 years for a reason! They provide great products that people know and love. Not only does Avon offer the cosmetics, fragrances, and skin care items that many people are familiar with, but Avon also offers items for the home (including name brand items from Mikasa, Cuisinart, Lenox, and more!), beautiful jewelry, flattering clothing, shoes,  items for children, and MORE! Avon offers items that everyone uses, like shampoo, body wash, bubble bath, and lotions, so everyone you know could be a potential customer!

If you haven’t seen an Avon brochure recently, check out my Avon web store to see a bit of what you could be saving/earning 40% on! www.youravon.com/amydeline

Question #7 – I don’t have a credit card. How can I sign up?

Answer: Prepaid Visas are available in many locations. You can load the card with your desired amount and use it to sign up online. You can then also use that card to handle your payments to Avon when you submit your orders.

Question #8 – Can I really make money with Avon?? How much money can I make?

Answer: Yes, you can really make money with Avon!! In fact, Avon has set up a program for new representatives, called “Kickstart”, which is designed to help you start earning at a high earnings level, right from the start, as you grow your business!! With Kickstart, you can earn 40% on your first order of ANY SIZE at all! Then, you can continue earning 40% for the next six campaigns after that, by reaching gradually increasing sales goals, as you grow your business!

Representatives who want to earn even more money, often choose to invite others to Avon and mentor them to success. Avon offers very generous bonuses when representatives grow their team and help their team members to be successful, including cash bonuses for each successful new team member, recurring bonuses on team sales, promotion bonuses (up to $20,000), mentoring bonuses (up to $10,000), and even an annual trip for the highest levels.

Question #9 – Will I have help?

Answer: Yes, when you sign up, you will be assigned an upline mentor. (If you use the reference code of another Avon representative, they will become your upline mentor.) Your upline will be available to answer all of your questions along the way and provide you with tips and encouragement, as you build your business. Support can be offered in a variety of ways, depending on what works for you and your upline! For example, my team provides support through personal calls, mailed information, email, team Facebook group, conference calls, video meetings, face-to-face meetings, text messages, this blog, and more!! Local district managers are also on hand to offer support and host sales meetings in your area. You can choose to participate in whichever of these supports work for you and skip whatever doesn’t!

Question #10 – Is it a scam?

Answer: Of course not, silly!! Do you think people would have been coming to Avon for the past 130 years if it was a scam? Avon offers you a genuine business opportunity… YOUR business, with genuine products to sell, which people have been enjoying for over a century! You sell the products, you earn money. It’s as simple as that! Becoming an Avon representative is a genuine opportunity, which you can do with as you please. Some people come to Avon as personal shoppers, looking for a discount on their own items. Some people come to Avon looking for a casual hobby or a little extra money on the side. And some people come to Avon looking to quit their day job and be the boss of their own business. Avon can be any of those things. As an Avon representative, YOU are the boss! You decide how it fits into your life!

 

Ready to get started??

Go to www.startavon.com and use the reference code of the representative you are in touch with. **If you’re not already in touch with an Avon representative, use my reference code: amydeline

 

5 Ways to Find New Avon Team Members

If you’re a member of my team, you probably know about the challenge I’m currently hosting, to find new members for your Avon team. WE love Avon, so let’s share the opportunity with others!

If you’ve never invited someone to join Avon, you might not know where to start. So, in this post, I’m going to walk you through 5 easy strategies for finding new Avon team members.

But first, let me quickly review the perks available to you when you invite others to join Avon:

  • $20 Cash Bonus for each person you invite to invite, when they successfully place a 1st or 2nd order of $150 or more
  • 3% Sponsoring Bonus each campaign, on your team members’ sales, as long as you both remain Avon representatives
  • 300 Points towards the Vacation Like a Boss incentive, to earn an all-inclusive trip to Atlantis in the Bahamas, for each personal recruit who places a 1st or 2nd order of $150 or more (Valid Through Campaign 9 ’17)
  • 1000 Points towards the Vacation Like a Boss incentive, to earn an all-inclusive trip to Atlantis in the Bahamas, when you advance in leadership title, Ambassador or above (Valid Through Campaign 9 ’17)
  • Ticket to Boss Life Scratch-Off Ticket, when your personal recruit places a 1st or 2nd order of $150 or more. Every ticket contains a prize! Prizes include Avon branded items, business tools, big-screen TVs, iPads, trips to Disney World, and even cash prizes, up to $10,000!! (Valid Through Campaign 13 ’17)
  • Cash Bonuses each campaign (3%-10% of your team’s sales) as you mentor your team members in building successful businesses. Teach them how to earn more money and YOU will earn more money too!
  • Promotion Bonuses (ranging from $500 – $20,000) as you grow your team and advance in leadership title
  • Mentoring Bonuses (ranging from $250 – $10,000) as you mentor members of your team in  growing their teams and advancing in their titles
  • Annual Rewards Vacation for the Executive levels of leadership (This year’s trip is to Punta Cana. Next year’s trip is to Disney World!!)

Can you see how profitable and exciting it can be to grow an Avon team?? The best part is that you can earn all these bonuses and rewards by helping other people to be successful with Avon!! We all win together!

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Ready to get started?

Here are 5 ways that you can find new AVON team members:

  1. Make a General Announcement – Write a post on Facebook. Tell people how much you’ve enjoyed selling Avon. Let them know about your success with it. Tell them about how you love being able to save on all of your Avon purchases(up to 40% off), which saves you money buying those items elsewhere. Tell them how Avon is easy to sell by passing out the brochures or promoting your web store online (no need to host party after party)! Tell them you love being able to decide how much you sell (no order quotas)! Tell them that you’ve been SO happy with your Avon business that you’ve decided to start a team and are looking for your first team members! Then tell them they can earn 40% on their very first order of ANY SIZE at all, and that they can then continue earning 40% on their next six orders, by reaching gradually increasing goals, as they build their business! Tell them that they can sign up and receive a box full of all the business supplies they need to get started for just $25!! Tell them they’ll have a team of support to help them along the way!
  2. Personally Reach Out To People You Know – Who do you know who could use some extra money? Perhaps money has been tight for them, maybe they’re saving for a family vacation or a new home, or perhaps it’s a stay-at-home mom, who might enjoy some extra income. Call them up or send them a personal message to let them know you’ve been thinking about them and how you think Avon could be a great solution to their need for extra money. Explain all the perks of being an Avon representative. (See Tip #1 for details.) Ask them if they might be interested in learning more. The worst possible thing that will happen is they’ll say no, and you’ll just move onto the next person!
  3. Ask Your Best Customer(s) – They already love Avon, don’t they?? Why wouldn’t they want to save up to 40% on their own orders every campaign, while also enjoying earnings on any other orders they collect each campaign!!
  4. Ask Around – Post in online groups that you’re a part of. Tell them you’re looking for people who are interested in being their own boss, and to message you for more info.
  5. Use Referrals – Expand your list of potential recruits by asking everyone you know, if THEY know someone who might be interested in earning some extra money, with a ton of flexibility. Offer a thank you gift to anyone who refers you to someone who signs up with you!!

Now, here’s the important part… When you find someone who wants to sign up, have them go to http://www.startavon.com and make sure that they enter your reference code when they sign up. **Your reference code is the same as whatever comes past the / in your web store address. For example, my web store address is: http://www.youravon.com/amydeline, which means my reference code is: amydeline

 

 

5 Quick Ways to Gain a New Customer

If you’re a member of my team, then you know I’ve currently got a two-day challenge running, where you can earn entries by collecting orders from NEW customers who have never ordered from you before.

To help you out, I wanted to give you a few strategies you can try out. These strategies can be used anytime you feel like you need to build your customer list and grow your sales.

Oftentimes, getting that first order from a customer is the hardest. Once they try the amazing Avon products and experience your top-notch customer service, they’ll likely be back for more!!

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Here are FIVE easy strategies for quickly gaining a new customer:

  1. CALL A FRIEND FOR HELP – Reach out to your friends (near or far). Tell them you’ve been challenged to find a new customer fast, and ask if they’d like to give Avon a try. Suggest some products you think they’d love and remind them that all of Avon’s products are guaranteed for 90 days from purchase, so if they don’t love it, they can return it for a complete refund. Maybe offer your friend a small free gift or discount as a thank you!
  2. SAMPLES FOR THE SALE – Bring samples or a demo item (fragrances work well for this) wherever you’re going that day (work, park,  book club, shopping, laundromat, a child’s sports practice, etc.). Offer everyone you meet a FREE sample. Let them try the sample on the spot (or as soon as they get home). Tell them you’re offering a 20% discount (or whatever amount you’d like to offer, free gift, etc.) on that item for one day only. Remind them of the guarantee. Close the sale!
  3. BE SOCIAL – Use Facebook to spread the word far and wide! Hold a limited time special incentive for orders made through your web store. For example: TODAY ONLY, anyone who places an Avon order of $25 or more through my Avon web store will receive a special thank you gift in the mail from me. Small items like mascaras, glimmersticks, etc. work well for affordable, easy-to-mail gifts. A bundle of Avon beauty samples could be another fun gift.
  4. A FRIEND OF YOURS IS A CUSTOMER OF MINE – Contact your current customers. Ask them if they know anyone who might be interested in Avon. Give them a brochure to pass along to that person. Tell them that if their friend places an order from you within such and such time, they’ll BOTH get a discount on their orders that campaign!
  5. THE SKIN CARE CHALLENGE – Announce a limited time skin care challenge. They agree to try the Avon skin care item of their choice for 30 days. If they don’t love it more than what they were using before, you’ll give them a complete refund and a little gift to thank them for participating. If they DO love it more than their previous skin care, you’ll offer them a nice discount on their next purchase of the item. Help them to select skin care items appropriate for their needs, then close the sale! (Use the online Skin Care Specialist course in the Avon University section of youravon.com to polish up your knowledge of Avon skin care products.)

Your Ticket to the Bahamas – How to Build a $300 Order

You’ve probably heard the AMAZING news, that Avon is giving away all-inclusive trips to Atlantis in the Bahamas, to any Avon representative who earns the points to get there!

This incentive is NOT limited to the top achievers.

You earn the points, you get the trip!! 

The image below shows the official incentive details.

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As you can see, there are multiple ways to earn points for this trip. In this post, I’m going to address one of the ways… Sales of $300 or more in a campaign!

Between Campaign 3 (which is happening now) and Campaign 9, representatives that reach sales of $300 or more in a campaign will earn 75 points. The incentive covers 7 campaigns, so if you reach sales of $300 or more in all seven campaigns, you’ll be 525 points closer to sipping cocktails on the beach!

If you’re not currently selling around $300 a campaign, you may be thinking you can’t reach that goal. YOU CAN! You just may need to try a few new strategies along the way!

Here is a list of 10+ tips for building sales of $300 or more in a campaign.

  1. Consider Your Customer Count – The average customer order is about $25. To reach sales of $300 in a campaign, you’ll need approximately 12 customers. Also consider, those same 12 customers will likely not order every single campaign. So, in reality, you need a customer base of more than 12 people. Do you have more than 12 people on your customer list? See Tip #2 for next steps!
  2. Build Your Customer List – If you don’t have 12 or more semi-regular customers, it’s time to build (and expand) your customer list. Start by brainstorming a list of everyone you know who could be a potential customer. (Remember, Avon has items for men, women, and children in all age groups, so pretty much anyone you know could be a customer!) Then, stretch your list to include friends, family, or co-workers of the people on your initial list. Expand it further by thinking of places in your local community where you can distribute brochures (waiting rooms, laundromats, community centers, gyms, any place that people sit and wait). Click here for more tips on building and expanding your customer list.
  3. Get Brochures Into Hands – If you’ve made a list of 100 potential customers, what do you think you need to do next?? You guessed it! Get brochures into all those hands. If you don’t have enough brochures, you can contact Avon to order more brochures for immediate shipment. If it’s a brochure-only order, you can even request to have your shipping fee waived!!
  4. Offer a Special Incentive – When you’re trying to build your customer base, a special incentive, such as a free gift with first order or a small discount with their first order, can be a great way to encourage orders. Once they try the wonderful products, they’ll be hooked!
  5. Harness the Power of Avon’s Guarantee – If you encounter potential customers who are hesitant to try something new, remind them about Avon’s product guarantee. All products are 100% guaranteed for any reason at all, within 90 days of purchase! So, if they try a lotion that doesn’t work for them or a lipstick with a shade they don’t prefer or shoes that don’t fit well, they can exchange their items or return for a full refund! It’s risk-free!
  6. Host an Avon Party – Invite friends and family over to enjoy a few snacks, while sampling Avon products and shopping the brochures. You can even give your party a theme. For example, make it a Beautiful Skin party. You can hone your skincare knowledge by taking the Skincare Specialist course in the Avon University section of youravon.com! Click here for more info on hosting an Avon party.
  7. Vendor Events – Find a vendor event in your area. They can be a great opportunity to sell some products, pass out samples, and connect with new potential customers (or recruits)!
  8. Host a Fundraiser – Fundraisers are a great way to build your sales, while helping an organization in need. And all fundraiser orders count towards your sales goal for the campaign! Avon makes fundraising simple, with easy to use fundraising flyers. You can even run your fundraiser over the course of multiple campaigns, to extend the positive impact on your sales. You can get more info on fundraisers under the Earning Opportunities tab on youravon.com or click here for more info.
  9. Host an Online Party – Hosting an online party is a great way to build your sales from the comfort of your couch!! Set up a group on Facebook, invite everyone you know. Ask them to invite people they know, then start partying! Use your time in the party to showcase Avon’s great products. Customers can order online and have their orders delivered directly to them. All of your online orders will count towards your sales goals!!
  10. Be a Walking Advertisement for Avon – Use Avon products from head to toe. Wear Avon jewelry. Carry an Avon bag. Use Avon skincare and hair care. Use Avon body lotions and shower gels. Wear Avon cosmetics. Using Avon products will help you gain firsthand knowledge of the products AND they will act as “compliment catchers”, which open the door to sharing Avon with new potential customers!

Want even MORE TIPS? Check out these 33+ Sales-Boosting Tips!

Not currently an Avon representative?? Contact me for more information or go to www.startavon.com and use reference code: amydeline to get started right away.

YOU could be celebrating in the Bahamas with us this June!!

How to Get Back on Track with AVON

So, you fell off track with your Avon business?

It’s ok! Don’t be too hard on yourself.

Maybe life got busy and you fell out of your Avon routine. Or maybe sales were slow and you got discouraged. Or maybe you hit a roadblock that you didn’t know how to get around.

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Regardless of what caused you to fall off track with your Avon business,  what happens next is up to YOU, and YOU alone!

YOU are the boss of your Avon business, which means that YOU decide whether you’d like to wander farther off-track or whether you’d like to get yourself back on track, and headed towards success!

With Avon, the treasure is yours for the taking! It’s just a matter of staying the course and asking for help if you get a little lost along the way.

bYvO3.jpgHere is a step-by-step guide to getting back on track with your Avon business:

  1. Log back into youravon.com. **If your account was removed, you will need to click “Register” to sign in with your account number and district number. Ask your upline mentor, if you can not remember that information. You can reinstate your own account for up to 26 campaigns following removal, as long as your account was in good standing when you left.
  2. Order yourself some current brochures. Brochures are the lifeline of our business. Get yourself some current brochures to begin passing out to customers again. Order at least 2-3 packs of brochures. The more brochures you pass out, the more potential orders you can collect! Brochures get less expensive, the more you order. You can get one pack of 10 brochures for $6.49 OR for only $2.40 more, you can get 20 brochures!! **If you order only brochures, you can contact Avon to have the shipping fee waived!!
  3. While you’re waiting for your brochures to arrive, make a list of ALL of your potential customers. List everyone you can think of. Also, check out my guide to building and expanding your potential customer list.
  4. When your brochures arrive, label them with your contact info and begin passing them out to the people on your list.
  5. If you’ve been off-track for a while, consider offering a Grand Re-Opening special, such as a FREE sample bundle with order or FREE gift with orders of $25 or more or a small discount on orders of any size! Customers love a little incentive and it will help you to rebuild your customer base!
  6. Promote your web store regularly on social media, using the Social Media Center in the Web Office section of youravon.com or the Social Media Center app on your smart phone. Web store orders are EASY money and starting in Campaign 9 of 2017, they will earn at the same earnings level as your face-to-face orders!!
  7. Check youravon.com to find out your next order date, by clicking Profile on the top of the page to view your order schedule.
  8. A few days prior to your order date, follow-up with everyone you’ve given a brochure to. Let them know you’ll be submitting your order soon and ask what you can get them. Perhaps recommend a few products you think they’ll love or point out a great deal! **Beginning in Campaign 9 of 2017, you’ll start earning on orders of any size, but you’ll earn more if you sell more, so be sure to follow-up to collect those orders. Don’t assume that not hearing from your customers means they’re not interested. Sometimes they just need a little friendly reminder.
  9. Place your order on your order date, for the lowest possible shipping fee. Be sure to order yourself more brochures for the upcoming campaigns!
  10. Give yourself a pat on the back for taking the first steps back onto the path to success! You’ve got this!!

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Avon Resolutions for a New Year!

The start of a new year is the perfect time for reflecting on the previous year and setting goals for the new year.

When you think about your Avon business in the past year, what aspects make you proud? What aspects would you like to change or improve?

With Avon, YOU are the boss! That means that YOU set your goals and YOU decide how you’d like to achieve them. YOU are in control.

Wish you had more customers? Get out there and find them!

Wish you were earning more? Give yourself a raise!

Not happy with your current Avon routine? Change it up!

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Anything is possible with your Avon business. Set your goals high, make a plan for achieving them, then get started! I’m here to help you out along the way!

With that in mind, here are a few business-boosting resolutions I’d like to suggest for the new year. Put these tips into action and you’ll be on the road to success!

Resolution #1 – Submit an order every campaign.

Are you required to submit an order every campaign? Nope! It’s completely up to you when you do and don’t submit an order. (You’re the boss!) You can actually skip up to 6 consecutive campaigns and still maintain an active account. BUT… a consistent routine has huge perks for your business. It provides a fast turnaround for your customers, ensures that you always have the latest brochures, lets customer know you are open for business, and keeps you updated on upcoming products (through the What’s New catalog that comes in your order).

Resolution # 2 – Promote your web store at least once a week.

Direct delivery orders through your web store mean easy money in your pocket. Avon handles everything. YOU get the earnings. All you need to do is to get people to view and shop your web store. And the best way to do that is to advertise your web store on social media, like Facebook. Avon has even provided us with a Social Media Center (located in the Web Office section of youravon.com) and a Social Media Center app for your smartphone, to make promoting our web stores easy as can be!

Resolution #3 – Order more brochures than you’re currently ordering.

Brochures are our stores! Want more customers, so you can get higher earnings? Get more people to “walk” through your Avon store. Give brochures to all of your former customers, PLUS new potential customers every single campaign, even if they don’t order every single campaign.

Resolution #4 – Find at least ONE new customer each campaign.

Talk to new people about Avon every campaign. Make it a goal of collecting an order from one new customer each campaign. By the end of the year, you could have 26 new people on your customer list! Most customers won’t order every campaign, so to build a strong, consistent business, we need lots of customers, who each order occasionally throughout the year.

Resolution #5 – Use Avon products.

If you’re not already using Avon products for yourself, start using them! It’s a fantastic way to get to know the products (which will make them easier for you to sell). Plus, you might as well enjoy the discount you get shopping through your own business! Why spend your money buying shampoo, deodorant, skincare, body wash, etc. at some other business, when YOUR business offers all of those items at great prices??

The Anew skincare line is amazing, and coming up soon, Avon will introduce the new Nutra Effects skincare line. Use Avon skincare, then share your firsthand experience with everyone you know. Skincare customers are repeat customers, who will come back to you again and again to replenish their products!

Resolution #6 – Share the opportunity!!

As you talk to people about Avon, be sure you’re always letting them know that you can help them to buy OR SELL Avon! Who do you know who could use some extra money? Ask them if they’d like to be an Avon beauty boss! Through Avon’s Kickstart program, they can earn OVER $1000 in their first 6 campaigns!! Sharing the Avon opportunity with others is another way that YOU can increase your bonuses and earnings with Avon!

Ask me for more details or for help with signing up your first team member!

Resolution #7 – Stay informed.

Keep up to date on the latest Avon incentives, product news, training and more. There are so many resources available to you. Read the Avon representative news email which is sent out each Monday (and can also be found on youravon.com). Participate in the conference calls and webinars offered by me, your other uplines, or Avon directly. Attend local rallies or meetings hosted by your district manager. Watch the Campaign Central video each campaign. Complete online trainings in the Avon University section of youravon.com. The more informed you are, the better prepared you’ll be to reach your goals!

10 Easy Ways to Grow Your Business During Your Holiday Celebrations

The holidays offer an amazing opportunity to grow your Avon business, as you gather to celebrate with friends, family, and co-workers. Here are 10 EASY ways to grow your Avon business during your holiday festivities.

  1. Brochures, brochures, brochures!! (Have you noticed how many of my tips lists start with BROCHURES??) For most businesses, the best way to grow sales is to get more people to walk through and browse the merchandise. And how do we get people to walk through our Avon stores?? By putting a brochure into their hands! Bring brochures to all of your holiday celebrations. Put those brochures into the hands of new potential customers! While you’re at it, suggest an item you think they’d love! And don’t forget to tell them about Avon’s product guarantee! All items are guaranteed for any reason at all, within 90 days of purchase!
  2. Samples – Bring along a little basket of lipstick, skincare, and fragrance samples. Ask the host if you can leave the basket somewhere for people to try a few things. (Near the coat closet might be a convenient place!) Stick a “Free Avon Samples” sign on the basket, and be sure to leave some business cards of brochures right by it!
  3. Talk to Everyone You Meet – Tell everyone how much you love Avon products and love living the beauty boss life. If you’re excited, they’ll get excited too! Let everyone know that you can help them with buying or selling Avon. (Be sure to have some brochures or business cards on hand to pass along.) Collect contact info from anyone who is interested in buying or selling Avon, to follow up later!
  4. Use Avon Skin Care Products – Then let your glowing skin do the talking!prod_1163197_xl_3.jpg
  5. Wear Avon Jewelry – Avon offers a gorgeous collection of high-quality fashion jewelry. When people comment on how much they love your jewelry (and they will comment), tell them it’s Avon and offer them a brochure! This Mixed Metals Statement Necklace is my current favorite!prod_5313583_xl_3.jpg
  6. Wear an Avon Fragrance – When people comment on how nice you smell, pass along a brochure! Prima is my personal pick for the holiday season!prod_1188021_xl.jpg
  7. Wear Avon Shoes or Clothing – Avon offers a great collection of clothing and shoes. Many people do not know this! Be a walking advertisement for Avon’s beautiful clothing line. I’ll be wearing these adorable Clarissa Mary Jane pumps to all of my holiday parties!prod_5287923_xl.jpg
  8. Give Avon as Gifts – Avon has something for everyone on your list! Give Avon as gifts, and you may even gain some new lifelong customers!
  9. Sell Avon Gifts – Have ready to give Avon gifts available for purchase when the people you know are looking for last minute gifts for people on their lists!15541702_10210353477787645_7770986516933161935_n.jpg
  10. Decorate with Avon – Decorate your home with items from the Avon Living collection! Light some Avon candles. Serve delicious food on beautiful Mikasa plates from Avon! Your guests will never believe how many wonderful items for the home Avon offers!

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Success Tips for a Brand New Sales Year!!

Campaign 1 marks the beginning of a brand new sales year!! It’s a fresh start to achieve your goals with your Avon business!

What do you hope to achieve this year?

Would you like to…

  • Find new customers?
  • Increase your sales?
  • Earn more money?
  • Build your own team?
  • Become a President’s Club member?

President’s Club is the first level of Avon sales recognition. You become a President’s Club member when you reach total sales of $10,000 over the course of the entire sales year, from Campaign 1 through Campaign 26.

Here’s a summary of the perks of being a President’s Club member:

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You may have higher sales in some campaigns and lower sales in others, but it takes average sales of $385 each campaign to reach President’s Club by the end of the year. It may sound like a lot, but if you take a few consistent steps each campaign, you can do it!!

You can do it all in 2017!! And it all starts with Campaign 1, so let’s get the year started off right!

Here are some tips for getting off to a successful start in the new sales year:

  1. Brochures, Brochures, Brochures – Get brochures into existing and new customer hands each and every campaign. Consistency is crucial! Even if a customer has not ordered from you in a few campaigns, continue to give her a brochure. It’s how we show that we’re open for business. PRO TIP – Figure out how many brochures you need each campaign by counting up all of your existing customers (even the ones who don’t order frequently), then order an extra pack of 10 brochures on top of that. Challenge yourself to find 10 new people to give those brochures to each campaign!
  2. Promote Your Web Store – It’s FREE and easy to advertise your web store on Facebook or other social media. Direct Delivery orders through your web store are easy earnings in your pocket. Avon handles the payments, processing, and delivery. YOU get the earnings. And all those orders count towards your sales for the campaign and for the year!! Use the Social Media Center in the Web Office to promote your web store or download the Social Media Center app to your smartphone!
  3. Expect Highs and Lows – Like any business, there are high and low sales seasons. The holiday season is typically a high sales season. The post-holiday season is usually a bit slower. Many customers may pull back on their spending just after the holidays. This is normal. It does not mean that they will not order from you in the future. Continue to treat them as valued customers. PRO TIP – Focus on finding new customers during slower sales periods. The more customers you have, the more consistent your sales will be!
  4. Focus on Daily Care Items – During the slower post-holiday sales season, focus on promoting daily care items, that everyone uses, like shampoo, body wash, lotions, etc. People are going to buy those items from somewhere. Give them a reason to buy those items from you!! PRO TIP – Use post-it tabs to mark the pages of daily care items. Stick a label on the front of your brochure to offer a special sale on those items.
  5. Offer a Skin Care Challenge – Avon offers an amazing collection of skin care items, which people will fall in love with once they try! Encourage customers to try Avon skin care, by offerings a Skin Care Challenge. Challenge customers to try Avon skin care for 30 days. If they’re not completely satisfied, they can return the item to you for a full refund (all of Avon’s products are always guaranteed for any reason at all, within 90 days of purchase). If they ARE satisfied, offer them a nice discount (perhaps 20%) on their next purchase of that item! Skin care customers will continue to come back to you to replenish their items!
  6. The Season of Love – Though sales may slow just after the holidays, Valentine’s Day offers an amazing opportunity to grow your sales! Avon offers an extensive collection of beautiful perfumes, jewelry, and other perfect Valentine’s gifts. PRO TIP – Create wrapped, and ready to give Avon bundles, to sell to people looking for the perfect gift for their loved one. The NEW Little Red Dress fragrance, shower gel, and body lotion, wrapped in a cellophane bag with a few heart chocolates would be PERFECT!!

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