In May of 2013, I was taking a walk around my neighborhood with my three little boys. My youngest (2-years-old at the time) was in a stroller and my older two sons (4 and 6-years-old) walked beside me.
As we enjoyed the lovely spring afternoon, a memory popped into my head; one of the very few memories I have of my mother before she passed away from breast cancer when I was four years old.
In the memory, my mother holds me in her arms as my younger sister rests beside us in a pretty yellow baby buggy. Across from us sit two older couples at a picnic table. We’re in their backyard. My mother’s arm is extended towards the table, offering one of the women her Avon order.
My mother, Suzan, with my sisters and I, shortly before she passed away. (I’m the one in the middle, sucking on my blanket.)
It was in that moment, as I reflected on the happy memory of my mother delivering an Avon order with her young children in tow, that I decided to become an Avon representative.
I was an Avon rep by the time my husband got home from work that day.
WHAT I KNEW ABOUT AVON WHEN I SIGNED UP…
- I knew Avon had been around for a very long time (133 years to date).
- I knew Avon offered a wide selection of great products.
- I knew that it was very inexpensive to sign up – $10 at the time (It’ll be FREE for a limited time, beginning 2/5/20).
- I knew it was flexible, that there were no order quotas, and that I didn’t have to keep an inventory.
- I knew that I didn’t need to host parties (which relieved me as a busy mom of young children).
- I knew that there would be samples and brochures to pass out to customers.
- I knew that I could likely make a little extra money and at the very least get a discount on my own purchases.
The things I knew gave me the comfort I needed to take a $10 risk on signing up. What I realize now, about 6.5 years later, is that there were so many things I didn’t know about becoming an Avon representative.
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My Avon starter kit, from May 2013. I was so excited on the day that kit arrived! I already had customers waiting for a brochure!
WHAT I DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT BECOMING AN AVON REP…
I didn’t know that Avon would lead me to some of the dearest and most special friendships I have ever experienced.
I didn’t know that my Avon business would provide me with the sense of personal accomplishment, pride, and recognition that I was missing as a stay-at-home mom.
I didn’t know that in addition to the printed brochures, I’d have my own online store and a wide variety of digital tools, which would allow me to easily sell from home, whenever it fit into my busy days with the kids.
I didn’t know that Avon could become my full-time job, with an income to match. At best, I’d expected a little extra spending money. I never imagined that it could make a substantial contribution to my family’s income, while still allowing me to stay home with our kids.
I didn’t know that I could earn all-inclusive vacations, just by doing the things I was already doing to build a stronger business. To date, I’ve enjoyed vacations to Playa del Carmen and Los Cabos, Mexico , Bahamas (Atlantis), Maui, Disney World, and a cruise to Bermuda. Jamaica is up next! I’ve been able to share many of these incredible experiences with my husband, sister, and sons.
I didn’t know that I’d also get to visit other fun cites for Avon’s annual conventions and leadership conferences, including Orlando, Nashville, San Antonio, Chicago, Las Vegas, New Orleans, Columbus, and Scottsdale.
I didn’t know that I’d earn other fun rewards, like an HDTV, Apple TV, family games, a KitchenAid mixer, beautiful jewelry, cash bonuses, a diamond necklace, and more!
I didn’t know about the other incredible opportunities Avon would offer me, like the time I got to meet Barbara Corcoran (from Shark Tank) or when I was asked to represent Avon on the Today show, to present Avon’s donation (over $450,000 worth of toys) to their annual toy drive.
I didn’t know that I would have the opportunity to represent the voice of my fellow representatives as a member of advisory councils, as a speaker during national conferences, and on a variety of panels.
I didn’t know that my mentor, my team members, and my customers would become such important parts of my life, fulfilling that basic human desire to feel valued and connected.
I didn’t know that I’d be able to raise money (with the help of my sons) for the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer (a cause which is near and dear to my heart) as part of Team Avon.
I didn’t know that I’d be able to offer Avon fundraisers, to help other individuals, teams, and organizations raise money for their valued causes.
I didn’t know that Avon would become such an important part of my boys’ lives and that they’d become the best business partners ever!
Had I known all of those things about Avon, I would have signed up a long time ago!
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