The Hidden Opportunity to Build a Stronger Business!

UPDATE: Avon’s distribution center has reopened!!

 

Greetings, Beauties!

As you’ve likely seen, Avon’s distribution center (located in Ohio, which has instituted a shelter-in-place to slow the spread of COVID-19) is closed until at least April 6, which means no rep site or online store orders will ship until then.

While this is disappointing, it’s not entirely surprising, considering that many businesses have needed to pause operations during this worldwide crisis. The most important thing right now is to focus on slowing the spread of the virus.

Here’s what I’ve personally decided though…

While order shipping is on pause for a couple weeks, I am NOT putting my business mindset on pause!

I have decided to use these next couple weeks to reflect on what I want from my Avon business longterm. I’m going to ⭐️DREAM BIG ⭐️SET CHALLENGING GOALS ⭐️and MAKE PLANS.

Then, I’m going to dive into doing every training and taking every step I can to get myself set up for success with my plan, so that I can jump back in ⭐️STRONGER ⭐️than before once orders begin shipping again!

Are you with me???

Let’s use this temporary time, when shipments are on pause, to define our business goals, outline a clear plan, and develop our skills and knowledge for success!

NOW is the time to dive into that list of things you’d told yourself you’d do someday!

Been promising yourself you’d learn how to use Avon Social soon? Now’s the time!!
Been meaning to set up a Google business profile? Let’s get that checked off your list!
Been putting off watching the incredible Avon skin care specialist training videos (in Avon U)?? There’s no better time to watch them than now!

 

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Check out this list of other things you can do while waiting for Avon order shipments to resume:

1. Put your Avon business goals in writing – What do you want to be able to accomplish (short-term or long-term) with your Avon business? How much money do you wish to be making from your business each month? What would earning that amount of money do for you and your family?

2. Make an “Avon Dream Board” – Make a visual representation of what you want to accomplish with your business. Cut out pictures which represent your goals. Are you saving for a vacation to someplace special? Put a picture of that place on your dream board! Are you saving to send yourself or a child to college? Add a pic to your dream board to represent that. Are you trying to paying off debt with your Avon earnings? Add a pic showing a $0 balance on a bill to your dream board! Hang your dream board someplace visible to keep you focused on your goals!

3. Break down your big goals into actionable steps – If your goal is to earn $500 a month from your Avon business, figure out what it would take to accomplish that goal. How much would you need to personally sell or what would your team sales need to be each campaign to pull in $500 each month? Break your big goal into smaller, actionable steps.

4. Set your space up for success – Spend some time creating or reorganizing a dedicated space to work your business.

5. Plan a consistent routine to follow once order shipment resumes – When will you distribute brochures? When will you post on social media (or plan your posts on Avon Social)? When will you follow-up with customers? When will you submit orders? When will you deliver orders? Take some time to figure out a consistent routine that you can follow each campaign, so you’ll be ready to jump in!

6. Update your customer list – When was the last time you sat down and made a list of all of your current customers (everyone who has ordered from you in the past several months), your former customers (customers who have ordered before, but not in a while), and your potential future customers?? Take some time to make those lists, so that when shipping resumes, you can connect with all of your current customers, follow-up to re-engage former customers, and reach out to new potential customers to make sure that all of those people receive a printed brochure or your digital brochure link.

7. Learn how to use Avon Social – Have you put off learning how to use Avon Social, because it felt overwhelming?? Take some time now to figure it out! You’ll find Avon Social in the top left corner of avonnow.com. The Social Selling by Avon Social Facebook page is an excellent resource for support. When you’re on that page, click “Units” from the main menu to watch a variety of short video tutorials on how to set up an Avon business page, how to use Avon Social, how to use other social media tools, and more!

8. Set up a Facebook business page, Instagram account, Google business profile, or Pinterest account – Have you put off setting up all of these incredible tools for connecting with customers online, because you weren’t sure how?? Now is the time to get them set up! Check out the Social Selling by Avon Social page (mentioned and linked above) for tips on how to use these tools. You can also find very helpful tutorials on youtube!

9. Become an Avon Skin Care Specialist – Selling skin care is one of your best tickets to longterm sales success. Developing your skin care product knowledge is one of the most effective ways to increase your skin care sales. Go to Avon U Training (in the top left corner of avonnow.com) and search for the Skin Care Specialist training (in the Resource Library of Avon U). Watch the 2-part training videos. It’s about 4 hours in total training, but worth every second!!

10. Complete other Avon product and business trainings Avon U Training is bursting with other opportunities to improve your product knowledge and business skills. Refresh yourself on the basics or dive into special areas, such as Avon fundraising! You could take your training a step farther by brainstorming lists of people or organizations you will contact to offer an Avon fundraiser!

11. Join the Avon USA Representatives facebook page and watch some recent live videos – Avon is frequently hosting live videos on the Avon USA Representatives facebook page to help us build our skills and knowledge.

12. Plan a special customer incentive for when order shipments resume – How will you re-engage customers and boost your sales once order shipments resume. Make a plan for how you will communicate with your customers and what you will offer! You may wish to offer a small discount on orders placed through you or perhaps a small free gift with orders.

Do you have any other ideas for how you will spend these next couple weeks preparing to build an even stronger Avon business?

Share them in the comments!

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Time to Stretch Your AVON Wings!

We’re living through some very unusual times. In the past couple weeks, our whole world seems to have changed as a result of the spread of the coronavirus, COVID-19, within the United States. It’s hard to process exactly how much our worlds have changed in such a short time.

Just a couple weeks ago, I got up, sent the boys to school, went down to the gym for a 90-minute trek on the treadmill, followed by a casual stop at the grocery store, which was well-stocked (aside from hand sanitizer) and being calmly shopped by a typical number of patrons. I delivered an Avon order, then went home to quietly work until the boys came from school.

Flash forward and everything has changed. My kids are now homeschooled and I am their homeschool teacher. (They now call me Mrs. DeLine.) We’re exercising as a family through daily walks and bike rides and avoiding the grocery store – due to our new social-distancing routines, but also because it’s been pretty much cleared out of everything.

While good things have come from these new routines (family exercise, reading Harry Potter together, daily family movie nights…), it’s been an adjustment for sure.

Is this our new normal??

If there’s one thing I’ve noticed during these past few weeks though, it’s the tremendous human spirit of RESILIENCE.

After a momentary panic, as states of emergency were announced, business and schools shut down, and people rushed the stores and cleared off the shelves, you could sense a sort of silence, where all of America sat on their toilet paper mountains and asked themselves, “Now what??”

And over the past few days, the answers to that question have become clear…

🍽 Restaurants, forced to close their dining rooms, are now offering curbside pick-up
🚕 Businesses (who never delivered) are now offering delivery
🏋️‍♀️ Gyms are offering online workouts and personal training sessions
☎️ Teachers are offering instruction and communication online and over the phone
👩‍🏫 Parents have adjusted their routines to provide homeschool instruction and engaging experiences for their children at home
👩‍👧‍👦 College students, sent home from college, are offering babysitting services (much needed by many families whose kids are suddenly home from school)
🎟 Movie companies are releasing new films for on-demand rental
🙏 Churches are live-streaming mass
🛒 Stores have adjusted their schedules to provide time to clean and restock, as well as dedicated hours for elderly to shop for the items they need
🥁 Music teachers are offering lessons through video conferencing
🍀 Neighbors are finding ways to connect without contact, through shamrock hunts
🎄 Christmas lights are being rehung to raise spirits and Hallmark is running a Christmas movie marathon
🎨 Famous artists, chefs and Broadway stars are offering free lessons online
🐅 Museums and zoos are live-streaming tours and opera houses are live-streaming performances

As a nation, as a world, we’re finding ways to survive and even THRIVE under these new conditions!

We’re figuring out how to get through this together.

And though I also long for things to return to “normal”, I awoke this morning feeling reassured and confident that we can make this new normal work. There will certainly be challenges and sacrifices along the way, but humans are resilient. I am resilient. YOU are resilient. And we’re going to figure this out together!

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How does this relate to AVON??

Many businesses have been heavily impacted by all of the recent changes. Restaurants have been forced to close their dining rooms and other businesses have been forced to close completely. Business owners have been left trying to figure out how to get through the next few weeks or months, questioning what the the longer-term future holds for their business.

But a remarkable thing has happened as a result. Very quickly, in a matter of just a handful of days, businesses are finding new ways to REINVENT themselves during these strange times – to find new ways to work their business in response to the current challenges and opportunities!! They’re finding a way to THRIVE UNDER THESE NEW CONDITIONS.

Our Avon businesses are no different. If you previously built your business through face-to-face prospecting for customers or team members, vendor events, and/or personal deliveries, you may be wondering how to proceed under our current “socially-distanced” conditions.

My challenge for you is to find new ways for your business to thrive! Reinvent your Avon business. Forget about what you CAN’T do under the current conditions, and focus on new things you CAN do!

Treat these strange times as an OPPORTUNITY to stretch your wings and soar!! Don’t retreat from the challenges – DIVE IN!

Here are a few ideas to consider:

1. Offer No-Contact Delivery – As you and your customers take steps to avoid contact with others, offer your local customers the option of no-contact delivery. Ask them to leave their payment on their door (if they haven’t already paid you for their orders) OR collect payments through PayPal, Venmo, or credit card. When you deliver, leave their order by their door (or in a location of their choosing) and send them a text to let them know their items have arrived.

2. Promote Your Online Store – During these times, customers are turning to online shopping more than ever before. You may find that customers who were previously hesitant to shop online are now making it their preferred method of shopping. Contact everyone you know to let them know about the option to shop your online store, with direct delivery to their homes. Be sure to tell them about free shipping on orders of $60+! Check out the tips HERE and HERE on how to sell Avon online.

3. Use Social Media Regularly – Use the time you used to spend driving around delivering brochures and orders to become a master of using social media to grow your business! As many people across the United States are now isolated in their homes, social media is hopping with activity. It’s a great place to engage with current and new potential customers. Use our social media tool, Avon Social, to promote products on your Facebook business page and personal page. Don’t have a Facebook business page or a Google business profile? Set one up! Don’t use Instagram for your business? Take some time to learn it. There are many, many excellent resources on how to use all of these tools.

Check out my How-To-Avon page for a variety of how-to guides and video tutorials on selling Avon online, using Avon Social (video tutorial), sharing your digital brochure (video tutorial), hosting online Avon parties, and more!

Also, be sure to check out the incredible tips and tutorials on the Social Selling By Avon Social Facebook page. Click on “Units” from the main menu of that page to access many helpful video tutorials, which will help you with promoting your business through social media.

4. Find New Ways to Connect with Customers – Just like other businesses have turned to video-conferencing and live videos to connect with their customers, you can do the same for your Avon business! Stuck at home? Take a couple minutes to clean yourself up and change out of those pajamas you’ve been wearing for three days, then do a Facebook live video to share a few of your favorite products with customers or do a video showing your Avon skin care or makeup routines, filled with tips and helpful product info!

5. Get the Kids Involved – Got a bunch of antsy kids at home like I do?? Get them involved in promoting your business! Take a walk together to hang brochures on doors or deliver orders to customers’ doors. Doing a video? Let the kids share their favorite Avon products too! It’s a fun way to get them involved in the process of growing a successful family business!

6. Focus on What Customers Need – As many of our customers figure out how to function under the current conditions of social-distancing, you may find that the items they’re looking for have shifted a bit. They may be less interested in the more fun purchases like jewelry, fashion, and cosmetics and more interested in basic necessities, like hand soap, hand cream, shampoo, body wash, deodorant, and toothpaste. They may desire some things for relaxation in their homes, such as our bubble bath, candles, or aromatherapy essential oil blends. Missing their hair appointments, they may love our CHI ammonia-free, sulfate-free, gluten-free permanent hair coloring kits! Or they may be interested in shelf-stable items for nutrition, such as our Plant Power Protein, Espira Greens, or Hydration drink mixes. As you promote your business, focus on all of those incredible items that you can offer to your customers, with no-contact delivery direct to their doors when they shop your online store.

Got more ideas on new ways to grow your business during these unusual times?? Share them in the comments!!

How To Build Your Custom Avon Starter Kit

If you took advantage of the limited-time FREE sign-up to start your Avon business, then you will NOT be receiving an Avon starter kit in the mail.

The good news is:

  1. You have a full suite of totally FREE digital tools which you can begin using right away, including a FREE online store, FREE digital brochure link, FREE Avon Social (social media tool), and FREE training on how to successfully sell online. You can also set up a FREE Facebook business page, FREE Google business profile, FREE Instagram account, etc. It’s also totally FREE to post as often as you’d like on social media and FREE to send emails, texts, messages, etc. to share your digital brochure link.
  2. You can build your own custom Avon starter kit at any time!

WHY BUILD YOURSELF AN AVON STARTER KIT?

To put it simply, while all of our FREE digital sales tools are incredibly valuable resources, it can take time and consistency to build a successful online business. Contrary to what some people believe, there’s more to it then just posting your link and waiting for the order notifications. (Click HERE for a few MYTHS & TRUTHS about building an online Avon business, along with some very specific actions you can take.)

If you want to put money in your pockets more quickly, as you’re taking the steps to build the online side of your business, it’s a good idea to get your hands on some tangible sales tools, which you can begin using to attract your first customers. That’s where your custom Avon starter kit comes in!

WHEN CAN I BUILD AND ORDER MY CUSTOM STARTER KIT?

Anytime! You can place your first order on avonnow.com (our representative site) at any time. In fact, there’s no better time to start your business than right now! Click HERE for a short video tutorial which walks through how to order brochures, samples, and other supplies.

WHAT SHOULD YOU INCLUDE IN YOUR AVON STARTER KIT?

In the remainder of this post, I’m going to outline a few basic recommendations for what to include in your first order, so that you can build a starter kit which will help you to attract your first customers and get those earnings rolling in!

You’re the boss of your Avon business, so ultimately, you get to choose which items you invest in to grow your business, but I’m going to point you in the direction of the best items to get results (along with a few extra tips peppered in along the way)!

Remember, through Avon’s Pathway to Premier incentive program for new reps, you have the ability to earn up to $2000 in additional bonuses (on top of your regular commission earnings) during your 1st EIGHT campaigns with Avon!! Click HERE for more info on how to earn those bonuses. Want to earn cash bonuses AND an all-inclusive cruise vacations?? Click HERE for tips!

STARTER KIT RECOMMENDATION #1 – BROCHURES

Avon’s beautiful printed brochures are one of our most effective sales tools! As a general rule, the more brochures that you get into hands, the more sales you’ll generate.

Brochures come in packs of 10 and get less expensive the more packs you order, so don’t stop at one pack of brochures – order two or three or more packs!

BROCHURE TIP #1: Order your brochures TWO campaigns ahead of time, so that you always have the materials you need to grow your business.

BROCHURE TIP #2: Following up with every person you give a brochure to helps to boost the effectiveness of the brochures you pass out. (Some successful reps like to put a sticky note on the front of every brochure they pass out, as a reminder to collect contact info from new people.)

BROCHURE TIP #3: To help you grow your business, challenge yourself to pass out more and more brochures each campaign. Perhaps start with two packs (20 brochures) in your first campaign, then increase to three packs, then four, and so on, until you’ve built a strong customer base!

BROCHURE TIP #4: Avon also offers additional small sales flyers, which are quite inexpensive. To keep business costs low, some reps choose to purchase these small sale flyers to give more potential customers a taste of what Avon has to offer. You can stick a label on the flyer with your digital brochure link and/or online store link for customers to browse the complete product collection.

BROCHURE TIP #5: Include your contact info and online store link on the back of every brochure, so that customers can choose how they shop with you.

BROCHURE TIP #6: Brochures are best utilized when you put them into hands of people you can follow up with, BUT if you do choose to leave brochures in some places, stick a label on the front which gives people an incentive to contact you, such as “Contact me for a free Avon beauty sample bundle.” That way, you’ll gain contact info for future follow-up!

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STARTER KIT RECOMMENDATION #2 – SAMPLES

Samples can be a great way to give potential customers a taste of what Avon has to offer. You can offer samples with brochures to attract new customers and/or include samples with orders to introduce current customers to new products.

SAMPLE TIP #1: Not seeing samples available for a product you’d like to share with customers? Make your own samples by ordering the full-size product, then filling small sample containers (available on sites like Amazon)

SAMPLE TIP #2: When passing out samples for a particular item, consider running your own personal sale or deal on that item. For example, you may choose to offer an additional % off of the brochure price or a free Avon item with purchase!

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STARTER KIT RECOMMENDATION #3 – DEMOS

Another great way to introduce customers to Avon products is by using demos, similar to how you may find demos available for sampling at other stores. To demo items, purchase a full-sized item which customers can dispense a small sample from.

DEMO TIP #1: Be sure to keep your demo items sanitary by using disposable applicators for anything which can not be dispensed right from the bottle.

DEMO TIP #2: You can order demos of upcoming products from the WHAT’S NEW catalogs up to two campaigns ahead of their official release to customers. This is a great way to generate interest in Avon’s latest product innovations. You’ll get your normal earnings/discount on your demo purchases, which will be applied at checkout. Demo purchases count towards your sales for the campaign.

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STARTER KIT RECOMMENDATION #4 – PERSONAL “WEAR & SHARE” ITEMS

Nothing speaks more highly about the products you’re selling than your own personal testimonial. Personally using as many Avon products as you can allows you to gain firsthand knowledge of the products you’re selling, while also naturally promoting the products by “wearing and sharing” them.

Do you wash your face each day? Do it with an Avon facial cleanser!
Do you shampoo your hair? Use Avon shampoo!
Wear earrings, necklaces, shoes or clothing? Wear Avon jewelry and fashion!
Do you clean your body with body wash or use deodorant? Avon’s got that too!
Got dry hands? Whip out a tube of one of Avon’s incredible hand creams!
Wear makeup? Make it Avon!
Color your hair? Use one of Avon’s ammonia-free permanent hair coloring kits!

PERSONAL ITEMS TIP #1: Avon offers such a wide range of products, that it might be challenging to figure out where to start. Start with what you need! Running low on shampoo? Don’t buy it from some other store – order it from your own business instead! Each campaign, get to know a few new products, until you find the ones you love most. Then, share those items with everyone you know!

PERSONAL ITEMS TIP #2: Make the most of your personal purchases by sharing them in a variety of ways. Wear the products when you’re out and about, to initiate conversations when people comment on your beautiful necklace, your sparkly lip color, or how lovely you smell. (Have brochures on hand to offer.) Also, share the products you’re using on social media by offering personal testimonials, before/after pics, and selfies!

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STARTER KIT RECOMMENDATION #5 – MISCELLANEOUS SALES TOOLS

Avon offers a couple other optional materials which you might find useful. You can find those items on avonnow.com by clicking “Order Products”, then selecting “Sales and Business Tools”.

Some items of particular interest are the “Clear Literature Bags” which are very useful for hanging brochures on doorknobs and the variety of shopping bags and “popcorn bags” for packaging orders!

 

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NEED MORE TIPS TO GROW YOUR AVON BUSINESS?

Click HERE to access my HOW-TO-AVON page,

which is filled with tips, tricks, and tutorials to grow a profitable Avon business!

AVON – How To Find Customers

Recently, I asked the members of my Avon team (ranging from brand new to experienced super-sellers) to share their favorite strategies for finding new customers! The responses were incredible!

Check out all of the many ways that Avon reps connect with new customers, then keep reading for a few tips on resources you can use to put these great ideas into action!!

HOW TO FIND AVON CUSTOMERS – IDEAS THAT REALLY WORK!!

I share on social media and like doing vendor shows. I reach a lot of people this way that I otherwise wouldn’t connect with. ~Lisa D.

Through social media and I just started a blog just for avon! ~Miracle T.

I made up a basket of books, free samples and a perfume tester and put it in the breakroom where I work. ~Julie C.

I enjoy putting up posts on my Facebook page and group. I do product photos and info from Avon Social, but also do my own testimonials on the products. I find that putting up “selfies” of myself using the products get the most interaction and interest. ~Danielle L.

I’ve connected with a couple people by offering a free gift for sharing my business page or post on their FB timeline. I also love utilizing Avon Social for my biz page! It’s an incredible tool!!! And… I’ve sent personal messages out to tons of people just letting them know I’m selling Avon so if they or anyone they know needs an Avon Lady I’m their girl. Got my first order with that message! ~Shannon T.

I started with friends and family. I’ve done a couple vendor events also that got me some contacts. Also posting in local community pages. ~Amy C.

Leave the books out on my desk, give out samples of products. In fact, the Himalayan salt mint tooth paste tube is making its way around the office now. ~Betsy L.

Social media and introducing them to new products through suggestive selling. ~Jessica W.

I like to wear the different clothing & jewelry. Many compliments on the grey suede boots! 👢 ~Pam C.

I take my business cards to my work and give out samples too. I also leave brochures on the tables at my restaurant. ~Terri K.H.

I keep a database of all individuals who ordered products and another database of all who received brochures. I deliver a new brochure to everyone and then call them a week later and ask if they would like to submit an order. ~Suzanne R.

I give my card along with a sample to my waiter or waitress when I go out to eat. ~Julie T.W.

I don’t have cards yet, but I take a bag with candy, a sample, and a brochure or pamphlet with my information on it (including my Facebook page), as I run thru a drive thru or restaurant. I ask if they are interested in a book and say they can receive a 10% discount on their first order. I went to my neighbor and she shared with her mom and sister. ~Jessica H.

My go to makeup is mascara & lip gloss. I really like a lot of the clothing & perfumes as well. (Wear and Share the products you love!) ~Lindsey Bronson

I place brochures and samples in the restrooms at work. ~Tracey S.J.

I already use our neighborhood app to keep updated on things in my community and neighborhood and I recently shared a post introducing myself as a new Avon rep and got a good response of people saying hello back so I’m reaching out to them individually now. ~Heidi K.

Definitely upping my wear and share game. Planning to do more personal testimony and pictures. I just got the violet glimmer kiss and OMG!!!! I love it. ~Angela R.C.

Using Avon Social and handing out brochures to everyone I know! ~Lyndsay P.B.

🙋🏾‍♀️ I use Marketing! I have Avon t-shirts with my info on them… (a sweatshirt too)😉
I have flyers and I use my social media platforms, FB advertising and 🗣️ word of mouth & my brochures🙌🏾 ~Belinda H.C.

I post on Facebook and Instagram. ~Ally L.G.

I post on Instagram and Facebook. I created a business page – it’s been a slow start but I’m still posting. I’m also going to set up once a month at my local flea market. I’m going to start having a few products available to purchase to get myself out there. That’s my next idea. I also post on my neighborhood page when I get my books. Today I will post on the group page that I have the latest Avon book and pass them out that way. I also post in other local groups that I’m in. ~Gina D.

I started with Facebook and Google business, and now I’m doing Nextdoor app, and leaving brochures at different places. I also talk to different people throughout the day and hand out books that way. I also connect with other reps and one helped me with a recommendation for a customer. I also have 2 customers from one of my doctors offices. ~Amber L.

I’ve been handing out lots of samples. ~Gina T.

Honestly, I’ve just been sharing the ads (from Avon Social) with a link to my shop. ~Suzzy H.

I use social platforms, wear AVON apparel with my logo, and have AVON decal on my vehicle. When we travel for reptile expos, I drop old/current brochures along the way, coming and going! ~Heather A.

I’m new but trying to post on Facebook. ~Heather D.B.

I post on Facebook and bring brochures and business cards everywhere I go. I also try to do events as well. ~Christine K.

I post on Facebook and bring brochures everywhere I go. ~Amy P.B.

I try to promote new products & showcase the benefits of the products. I also use testimonials from my customers on what products they like & why! ~Michele C.C.

Social media, texting and Facebook messaging people. Reaching out to friends who might benefit from working with Avon!!! ~Diana M.

I have made a Facebook page for my friends and family so that they may go there and see our products. ~Tammy W.

I have sent messages to everyone who has liked my Avon page (over 100 people already) and I just started at a new office, so I leave books on the community dining table with samples for the taking. I also wear Avon products like earrings or a ring and use Avon perfume so when I get compliments on them I can always promote that it came from Avon! 💝😊 ~Keri F.

I have my current customers giving out an extra book that I leave with them. So far it’s working. Also my brother is still giving out books for me. ~Laura R.

I haven’t purchased brochures in a while but I take the mini brochures (sale flyers) that I get with my campaign orders and I keep those on hand with my info on them and a recruiting flyer that I made. I have a Beauty Boss button that I got a while back, that I wear and I make sure I have my Avon jewelry and makeup on. I have been getting a lot of comments on my jewelry a lot lately. At my full-time job, I am not allowed to really promote my business BUT… I have purchased bottles of the Skin So Soft lotions and have put one in ALL of the ladies bathrooms with a label on them that has my info. I have some mini brochures in my desk drawer to give to people when they approach me about the lotions. Now that there is hand soap, I want to order some for the bathrooms AND the sinks in the breakrooms (there are 4 buildings for the company I work for). I also promote through Facebook, Instagram and Next Door. ~Shelly K.

I’ve been taping the newer samples in a brochure and passing them out. 😁 ~Sarah M.

I’m new but I have been doing family and friends connections as my practice to sell and attract customers. I’m also keeping up with the many groups to grow in my sales and welcoming customers. I watch the (training) videos and pass some info on to my family and friends. I’m been slow in selling but gaining much knowledge, which is important information to success in my new Avon business. Avon Calling! ~Carol R.

I use the ads that Avon has on the social media part (Avon Social) and share on Facebook. ~Paula C.

My primary customer base are the women (and sometimes men) that I work with. Once a month I will put a basket of samples together and put in our common area kitchen along with some brochures. I have picked up quite a few new customers by doing this… and my name/info has been passed along to others in my building. Everyone loves good samples!! ~Christina B.

My plan is to do door to door, and some friends. ~Charlene G.

Using Avon Social to promote my business online! ~Kristina P.

Facebook and giving samples to friends, family, and coworkers. ~La Shina R.

I ride around the neighborhood in my Polaris and pass out books! ~Millisa S.

I’m promoting my business on all my social medias. I’m really trying to socialize and ask questions to people when I’m out and about or with my mom’s friends and clients. I’m trying to really get myself out there to the public. I plan on ordering some samples and other things as well!!! I want to take a picture of before and after doing a make over on my cousin saying that I’m using all Avon products or even do a video. I’m so happy with how many people have joined with Avon! It’s exciting!!! ~Michaela N.

TIPS AND RESOURCES

Did you notice a lot of common themes in the responses?? Brochures, samples, Facebook, Avon Social, Wearing and Sharing…

Let’s chat a bit about how you can use those tools too!

1) BROCHURES – You can order printed Avon brochures at any time. Go to avonnow.com, click “Order Products”, then select “Brochures & Flyers” to choose the brochures you’d like to order. It’s a good idea to get in a routine of ordering brochures two campaigns ahead of time, so you always have the supplies you need to promote your business. Brochures come in packs of 10, and get less expensive the more packs you order.

**All reps also have a FREE digital version of the brochure, which you can share on Facebook, through email, in text/messages, etc. To get your digital brochure link, go to your online store, click BROCHURE (from the main menu), then copy that link! Customers can flip page-by-page through the digital brochure to select their items. They can then either give their order to you (for you to submit) or place their order online (to be delivered directly to them).

2) SAMPLES – Samples can also be ordered at any time from avonnow.com. Click “Order Products”, then select “Samples” to view the currently available samples. Not seeing the product you’d like to offer samples of? Many reps like to make their own samples by ordering a full-sized product, then using small sample containers (which can be ordered from places like Amazon).

3) FACEBOOK & INSTAGRAM – Social media can be a very powerful advertising tool. The trick to utilizing social media to successfully promote your business is to post regularly and make your posts as personal as possible. (Simply posting the link to your online store and waiting for orders is unlikely to produce the results you’re looking for.) Post pictures of products to offer a taste of what customers will find on your online store, share personal before/after pictures, talk about the products you are currently using and love! Share what you truly love (and share it often) and you’ll generate interest! Keep sharing, even if you don’t see instant results – it takes most customers multiple exposures to build enough interest to take action!

Not sure how to get started on social media, how to set up a business page, or how to use Instagram?? Check out the Social Selling by Avon Social Facebook page, which is bursting with tips related to promoting your business through social media THE RIGHT WAY! Click on “Units” from the main menu of that page to access a list of short, helpful tutorial videos.

4) AVON SOCIAL – Avon Social is an incredible, totally FREE tool you can use to promote your business. You’ll find the link to Avon Social in the top left corner of avonnow.com. Avon Social is filled with thousands of images and videos, which you can either download (to post wherever you’d like) or post directly to a Facebook business page or group. The Social Selling by Avon Social Facebook page is a great source of tips for using Avon Social.

5) WEAR & SHARE – Make yourself a walking billboard for your Avon business by wearing and sharing the products. Get to know the products you are selling by using them personally, so you can offer your authentic testimonial and answer customer questions based on your firsthand experience. Products like our beautiful jewelry are “compliment catchers” which open the door to conversations about your Avon business.

As a representative, you can order new products, two campaigns ahead of their official debut, from the What’s New catalogs. You’ll get a discount on your personal purchases, based on your normal earnings level.

6) GOOGLE BUSINESS – Set yourself up a FREE Google Business profile, so local customers can find you when they search for Avon!

NEW AVON REPS – How to Earn a Cruise Vacation + Nearly $5000 by August!!

Greetings, Beauty Boss!!

If you’ve just recently started your Avon business, this post is for YOU!

One of the many wonderful things about Avon is the flexibility. As an Avon representative, YOU get to choose how Avon fits into your life.

For some reps, it’s as simple as saving on their own beauty products. Other reps come to Avon to make a little extra pocket money, while still others come to Avon to replace a part-time (or even full-time) job!

Ultimately, the rewards you reap from your Avon business will vary depending on YOU, your personal goals, and what you’re willing to do to achieve those goals.

If you are a new Avon rep who is determined to make the most of your new business and take advantage of every available incentive to earn the most money and even an all-inclusive cruise vacation, then this post is for YOU!

I’m going to outline how new Avon reps (anyone who placed a 1st order in C24 ’19 or later) can earn nearly $5000 AND an all-inclusive 5-night/6-day cruise, on board Royal Caribbean’s Odyssey of the Seas between NOW (Campaign 5 ’20) and the end of Campaign 17 ’20 (8/4/20).

Are you ready??

First, there are two current Avon incentives you should know about:

  1. Pathway to Premier
  2. Destination Avon – Caribbean Odyssey

I’m going to briefly explain both incentives below, and then we’ll dive into a plan which would help you to achieve the maximum bonuses from Pathway to Premier AND the cruise vacation!!

PATHWAY TO PREMIER

This is Avon’s new program for new representatives, which began in Campaign 5 ’20. Through Pathway to Premier, new representatives can earn two types of bonuses (on top of their regular 25% commission on beauty, jewelry, and wellness sales; 20% on fashion/home) during their first EIGHT campaigns with Avon (or until they reach $5000 in total sales – whichever happens first).

For representatives starting in C5 ’20 or later, your first “Pathway to Premier” campaign begins whenever you place an order through the representative site (avonnow.com) or a customer places an order through your online store (www.youravon.com/______)

For representatives who already placed a 1st order between C24 ’19 – C4 ’20, your eight “Pathway to Premier” campaigns begin in C5 ’20.

Here is the Pathway to Premier flyer, which outlines the bonuses which can be earned during your eight “Pathway to Premier” campaigns.

At the program’s max, you could be looking at $3250 in earnings and bonuses. That’s what we’re going to aim for in the plan I’ll outline below!

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DESTINATION AVON – CARIBBEAN ODYSSEY

This incentive, which runs from C1 ’20 – C17 ’20 is open for ALL Avon representatives to earn, by achieving a sales goal determined by sales achievement level and length of time as an Avon representative.

Reach your sales goal to earn an all-inclusive 5-night/6-day cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Odyssey of the Seas (November 9-14).

For NEW REPS (in this case, anyone who started in C1 ’19 or later), the sales goal to earn the TRIP FOR ONE is $10,000 between C1 ’20 – C17 ’20. The sales goal for the TRIP FOR TWO is $15,000.

Here’s the official flyer for the Destination Avon incentive…

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So, now that you know about these two exciting opportunities, let’s break down what it would take for you to earn it ALL! After I break down the plan, I’ll outline a few tips for success!

If you’re starting right now, in Campaign 5 2020, you’ve got a total of 13 campaigns to reach the $10,000 in sales necessary to earn the cruise. That means that you need about $770 in sales each campaign between C5 – C17. For simplicity, let’s round up to $800 in sales each campaign (because what’s another $30 in sales, right??).

If you sell $800 each campaign, between C5 – C17, watch how the Pathway to Premier bonuses stack up, as you land yourself on the cruise vacation!

Keep the following in mind:

  1. You’ll earn 25% commission on all beauty, jewelry, and wellness sales (as long as your total sales for the campaign is $40, which won’t be an issue in this plan); 20% on fashion/home. (For the sake of this plan, let’s assume that all of your sales of beauty, jewelry, and wellness items, which make up the vast majority of our product collection.)
  2. Once you reach $5000 in sales, you become a PREMIER achiever, and your earnings on beauty, jewelry, and wellness increase to 30%! BOOM, you’ve given yourself a raise!
  3. Once you reach $10,000 in sales, you become a PRESIDENT’S CLUB achiever, and your earnings on beauty, jewelry, and wellness increase to 40%! BOOM, you’ve given yourself another raise!
  4. Through Pathway to Premier, you’ll earn a $20 “Stepping Stone” bonus for every $200 increment of sales within a campaign (up to $500 total in Stepping Stone bonuses).
  5. Through Pathway to Premier, you’ll also earn a 10% “Milestone” bonus for every $1000 in cumulative sales within your first eight campaigns, maxing out at a bonus of $500 when you reach $5000 in cumulative sales within your 1st eight campaigns.

CAMPAIGN 5 (2/5-2/18)
SELL: $800
EARN (25% Commission): $200
STEPPING STONE BONUSES: $80
TOTAL EARNED (in C5): $280

GRAND TOTAL SOLD: $800
GRAND TOTAL EARNED: $280

CAMPAIGN 6 (2/19-3/3)
SELL: $800
EARN (25% Commission): $200
STEPPING STONE BONUSES: $80
10% MILESTONE BONUS: $100 (for reaching $1000 in cumulative sales)
TOTAL EARNED (in C6): $380

GRAND TOTAL SOLD: $1600
GRAND TOTAL EARNED: $660

CAMPAIGN 7 (3/4-3/17)
SELL: $800
EARN (25% Commission): $200
STEPPING STONE BONUSES: $80
10% MILESTONE BONUS: $200 (for reaching $2000 in cumulative sales)
TOTAL EARNED (in C7): $480

GRAND TOTAL SOLD:$2400
GRAND TOTAL EARNED:$1140

CAMPAIGN 8 (3/18-3/31)
SELL: $800
EARN (25% Commission): $200
STEPPING STONE BONUSES: $80
10% MILESTONE BONUS: $300 (for reaching $3000 in cumulative sales)
TOTAL EARNED (in C8): $580

GRAND TOTAL SOLD:$3200
GRAND TOTAL EARNED: $1720

CAMPAIGN 9 (4/1-4/14)
SELL: $800
EARN (25% Commission): $200
STEPPING STONE BONUSES: $80
10% MILESTONE BONUS: $400 (for reaching $4000 in cumulative sales)
TOTAL EARNED (in C9): $680

GRAND TOTAL SOLD: $4000
GRAND TOTAL EARNED:$2400

CAMPAIGN 10 (4/15-4/28)
SELL: $800
EARN (25% Commission): $200
STEPPING STONE BONUSES: $80
TOTAL EARNED (in C10): $280

GRAND TOTAL SOLD: $4800
GRAND TOTAL EARNED: $2680

CAMPAIGN 11 (4/29-5/12)
SELL: $800
EARN (30%** Commission): $240
STEPPING STONE BONUSES: $20
10% MILESTONE BONUS: $500 (for reaching $5000 in cumulative sales)
TOTAL EARNED (in C11): $760

GRAND TOTAL SOLD: $5600
GRAND TOTAL EARNED: $3440

**Earnings % increased to 30% by reaching $5000 in sales, thus completing the Pathway to Premier member and becoming a Premier achiever!! Woohoo!!

CAMPAIGN 12 (5/13-5/26)
SELL: $800
EARN (30% Commission): $240
TOTAL EARNED (in C12): $240

GRAND TOTAL SOLD: $6400
GRAND TOTAL EARNED: $3680

CAMPAIGN 13 (5/27-6/9)
SELL: $800
EARN (30% Commission): $240
TOTAL EARNED (in C13): $240

GRAND TOTAL SOLD:$7200
GRAND TOTAL EARNED: $3920

CAMPAIGN 14 (6/10-6/23)
SELL: $800
EARN (30% Commission): $240
TOTAL EARNED (in C14): $240

GRAND TOTAL SOLD:$8000
GRAND TOTAL EARNED:$4160

CAMPAIGN 15 (6/24-7/7)
SELL: $800
EARN (30% Commission): $240
TOTAL EARNED (in C15): $240

GRAND TOTAL SOLD: $8800
GRAND TOTAL EARNED: $4400

CAMPAIGN 16 (7/8-7/21)
SELL: $800
EARN (30% Commission): $240
TOTAL EARNED (in C16): $240

GRAND TOTAL SOLD: $9600
GRAND TOTAL EARNED:$4640

CAMPAIGN 17 (7/22-8/4)
SELL: $800
EARN (40% Commission): $320
TOTAL EARNED (in C13): $320

GRAND TOTAL SOLD: $10,400 <——- CRUISE FOR ONE!!
GRAND TOTAL EARNED: $4960 <——– TOTAL POSSIBLE EARNINGS

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There you have it!! Earning nearly $5000 between now and August 4, along with an all-inclusive trip for one on Royal Caribbean’s Odyssey of the Seas, is as simple as selling $800 each campaign between C5 ’20 – C17 ’20.

Notice that I said SIMPLE, not EASY.

It will likely not be EASY to sell $800 each campaign, but it IS achievable with a solid plan, efficient use of available resources, a hefty dose of determination, unwavering perseverance, and an unstoppable “can-do” attitude!

Check out these TIPS for making it happen:

Jump in with both feet right NOW. Don’t delay in getting started. The fewer campaigns you give yourself, the more you’ll need to sell each campaign to hit $10,000 by C17.

Know where you are and where you’re going. Be sure to check out your personal incentive tracker under the “Get Details” link for the “Destination Avon” incentive. Track your progress regularly and adjust your plan as needed.

Believe in your ability to earn this trip (because you CAN). Don’t let self-doubt hold you back from giving it everything you’ve got! Jump in and go for it!! Everything you do as you work towards this trip will help you to build a stronger, more profitable business in the process.

Be willing to step outside of your comfort zone and try new things. Reaching sales of $800 each campaign will take a bit of effort, creativity, and ingenuity! Be brave! You’ll be thankful you were when you’re relaxing with your feet up, tropical cocktail in hand, on that cruise ship!

Evaluate your progress every campaign and adjust your plan as necessary. If you’re not progressing as quickly as you need to, rework your plan to stay on track. Use the personal incentive tracker, which I mentioned previously, to track your progress and adjust your plan.

Utilize every available resource at your disposal. You’re going to need it all to hit that sales goal! Use your online store, digital brochure, printed brochures, samples, social media, Facebook posts, emails, texting, vendor events, online parties, fundraisers, friend referrals, specials offers, etc. Use it all to hit that goal!!

Take advantage of all training opportunities! Avon offers us a tremendous amount of training and support. Participate in as many opportunities as you can. The more familiar you are with the products, resources, and sales strategies, the more successful you will be at selling! You can find a summary of each week’s training opportunities in the BEAUTY BUZZ section, on the homepage of avonnow.com. Also, check out the AVON U training section of avonnow.com for other valuable resources!

Be determined and don’t let anything stop you!! Start off slower or later than you’d hoped? That’s ok! Keep pushing forward! Look for ways to accelerate your progress! This is worth it and YOU ARE CAPABLE of achieving it!

 

 

First Steps for New Reps!

 

Welcome to AVON!
 

The moment you signed up, you were given INSTANT ACCESS to everything you need to start selling right away!

 

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I’m going to walk you through a few of first steps you can take right NOW to launch your new business and begin earning!!

 

1. Register on the Representative Web Site– The first thing you should do after signing up is go to www.avonnow.com (the representative web site, where you will monitor and manage your business) to register using your account number. 

 
 

2. Record Your Log-in Info – Once you register on the representative site, you will set up a password for future log-ins. Be sure to record your password somewhere safe.

 
 

3. Activate and Share Your Online Store – The next step will be to activate your personal online Avon store. Don’t worry! It’s super easy! Avon has everything all set up for you. All you’ll need to do is to confirm the online store address that Avon has made for you or customize your own!

 

As soon as you do that, your web site will be ready for you or your customers to shop from! Share your link with everyone you know (by email, messenger, and on social media) and invite them to be one of your 1st customers!!

 

Through Avon’s Rapid Pay feature, you can have your earnings on online orders direct-deposited to your bank within two days of the order shipping. To sign up for direct deposit of your online earnings, go to the My Account link on youravon.com (top right corner) and select “Get Paid By Avon”. Click HERE for more info about how you get paid on your Avon sales.

 
 
 

4. Start Exploring and Learning – There is a ton of useful information on the representative web site. Start exploring to learn your way around. Be sure to visit the AVON U TRAINING link in the top left corner of the page. You will be able to complete self-paced online courses there, to help you with your business! I highly recommend that you complete the “Shortcuts to Success” and “Building an Online Business” courses. Take as much training as you’d like! Learn about products, selling online, fundraising, and more! It’s all FREE!

 
 

5. Place Your 1st Order and Earn Free Gifts and Rewards– You can place your 1st order on avonnow.com ANYTIME! Your first order is a great time to order brochures, samples, and products you’d like to try at a discount!  

 

Starting out, you’ll get a 25% discount/earnings on all beauty purchases/sales as long as you have at least $40 in total purchases/sales in that two-week campaign period. You’ll achieve higher earnings percents, with no required minimum sales, as you reach the sales achievement levels of “Premier” and then “President’s Club”.  

 

As a new representative, you’re also eligible to receive a variety of free gifts and bonus rewards as you launch your new business. Check out the pic below for an overview of the current rewards for new reps! 

 

(The pic below shows the new rep rewards which are currently available as of this writing on 11/24/20. Rewards and bonuses may change. Check on avonnow.com and/or ask your Avon advisor for the latest new rep rewards!)

 

Need help with placing your 1st avonnow order?? Check out the training module and video tutorial here: https://www.youravon.com/home/avon-u/how-to-place-an-order-module (You will need to sign into your Avon account to access the training link.)

 

As a new representative, you have the opportunity to earn EXTRA BONUSES during your first EIGHT campaigns – Check out all the info about the Pathway to Premier program HERE.  Your 1st campaign starts the moment you sign up, so don’t delay!

For more info about getting started with your new Avon business, check out the Avon How-To page on this site.

How To Sell Avon – In 10 Simple Steps

If you’re just getting started, you might be feeling overwhelmed by all of the things you need to learn. You likely have tons of questions about the products, how to find customers, how to sell the products, how to place orders, how you’ll get paid, and more!

Don’t worry! It’s totally normal to have a lot of questions when you’re starting something new.  Don’t let your questions stop you from jumping in! You don’t need to learn everything all at once. Just take it one step at a time, and reach out to your upline mentor whenever you’re feeling stuck or confused.

Selling Avon the traditional way (with printed brochures) is really pretty simple – Pass out the brochures, then follow-up to collect orders.

In this blog post, I’ve broken down how to sell Avon (using the brochures) into 10 very simple, uncomplicated steps. I’ve also provided links to more tips, information, and tutorials for many of the steps. In a separate blog post (HERE), I’ll explain how you can sell Avon online, utilizing your online store and the digital brochures.

How to Sell Avon (using the brochures):

  1. Order Brochures
  2. Label Brochures
  3. Pass Out Brochures
  4. Follow-Up
  5. Create Order Invoice
  6. Collect Payment
  7. Enter and Submit Orders
  8. Track Your Order
  9. Prepare Orders
  10. Deliver Orders

Step 1: Order Brochures For the Upcoming Campaign – You can find the complete campaign order schedule on the representative site (www.avonnow.com). Order brochures for the upcoming campaign(s) on avonnow.com (Click “Order Products”, then select “Brochures & Flyers”)

TIP: You may wish to order brochures two campaigns ahead of time, so that you can pass out brochures and collect orders BEFORE the ordering window opens for that campaign. Placing orders early in each campaign’s ordering window ensures the best product availability.

Step 2: Label Brochures – Put your contact info and your online store link on the back of those brochures, so that customers can order the way they prefer – by contacting you or through your online store.

Step 3: Pass Out Brochures – Give those brochures to potential customers.

More Info: Click HERE for tips on building your customer list.

Step 4: Follow-Up – Follow-up with the people you gave brochures to a few days later. Offer to answer any questions, suggest some things they may like, and ask if there’s anything they’d like to order this campaign.

Step 5: Create an Order Invoice – Utilize the Customer Invoicing Tool (located in the Web Office section of avonnow.com) to create an invoice (receipt) for the customer’s order.

Step 6: Collect Payment – Collect payment from the customer.

TIP: It’s ultimately your choice whether you collect payment upfront or when you deliver, but be aware that you will be required to pay Avon when you submit the orders. Collecting payment upfront ensures that you always have the funds you need to make your payment. 

More Info: Click HERE for tips about collecting payment from customers and paying Avon.

Step 7: Enter and Submit Orders to Avon – Add the customer’s items into your order cart of avonnow.com and submit the orders to Avon.

TIP: Submitting all of the orders you’ve collected for the campaign, from all customers, at the same time will save you on shipping. Add whatever business tools or personal items you need at the same time, so it’s all under one shipping fee.

More Info: Click HERE for a video tutorial on how to place an order.

Step 8: Track Your Order – You will receive a confirmation email after you submit your order, then another email once the order has billed (officially processed). You will then receive an email once your order has shipped. You can track your order under the “Manage Orders” tab on avonnow.com

Step 9: Prepare Orders When your shipment arrives (a few business days after you submit it), sort the items and place them in bags for each customer. Include a new brochure and samples with each order.

Step 10: Deliver Orders – Deliver orders to each customer. Collect payment for any orders you did not collect payment for upfront. Be sure to thank each customer for their order, then follow-up within a few days to see how they like their items and if there’s anything they’d like to order from the new brochure.

BUILD BIGGER SALES ONLINE

The above steps focus on how to sell Avon using the brochures. You can also sell Avon online through your personal Avon web store. It’s FREE to use, easy for customers to shop from, and a fantastic way to build your sales and make more money with your Avon business. For more info about selling Avon through your online store, click HERE. Be sure to check out the AVON SOCIAL tool on youravon.com, which is designed to make promoting your business on Facebook easy and effective!

 

Wondering how you get paid??

Click HERE for detailed info about how you get paid for your sales.