Can You Make Money Selling Avon? An Avon Review
If you have stepped foot out of your house in the last 50 years, you have probably heard of Avon. In fact, even if you haven’t left your home, you might still be aware of what Avon is, because the representatives some times go door to door handing out brochures.
In this review, we will weigh the pro’s and con’s of selling Avon products, and decide if you can make money selling Avon.
If you are going to invest your time and resources into making money, you want the details, and you want to know if it works.
So, let’s go!
Product Name: Avon
Website URL: www.avon.com
Founder: David H. McConnell in 1886
CEO: Jan Zijderveld
Training: (2 / 5)
Price: (3 / 5)
Tools: (3 / 5)
Support: (1 / 5)
Useability: (3 / 5)
Overall Rating: (3 / 5)
*Disclaimer* I am in no way affiliated with Avon. I will not make money off of this review. It’s just my opinion and a product of my research.
- Commission type earning means that there isn’t a cap to earning
- There are benefits as a representative such as healthcare, retirement, and a possible discount on college tuition.
- Free training courses and tutorials
- Don’t need to buy a bunch of products ahead of time
- Opportunity to make new friends and network
- Receive discount on personal purchase of products
- Freedom to create own hours and schedule
- No guarantee of income
- Must devote a lot of time and energy to program or income will suffer
- Usually need to distribute a lot of brochures to make a sale when first getting started
- It sometimes depends on area you live in as to how successful you are
- Need to have some idea of beauty products and skin care
- Recent changes have made company a little depersonalized (not a lot of communication between reps)
- Sales pitch can be misleading
What Is Avon?
Avon is a direct selling company in beauty, household, and personal care items, based out of London.
The history is pretty cool. 34 years before women could vote, in 1886, David H. McConnell found a way to help women achieve financial independence by recruiting them to sell fragrances that he made.
The company has been growing ever since.
With all the brochures floating around out there, chances are you have seen one, if not purchased a thing or two from an Avon representative.
These reps seem to enjoy what they do. Many of them are downright passionate about it. Some host parties and get togethers, and others simply sell using their online stores.
So, is it worth the time to sign up?
Well, there is a reason that I gave this category two stars. While the website does claim to offer free training courses and tutorials, I would stretch to say that most new representatives would appreciate some hands on help for the first order or two.
Especially if you have no experience whatsoever in makeup, beauty products, and skincare.
It appears that, once you are signed up, you are sort of on your own. There aren’t any real sales classes or courses that are available.
And, speaking for myself..selling is hard!! You either have it or you don’t! And if you don’t…you need classes and training.
It is unclear whether they provide training to create your website, but I would suggest meeting with a representative in person rather than signing up online so that you can at least get a grasp on the basics before investing too much.
Be careful and cautious though, keeping in mind that no rep is going to tell you anything bad about signing up.
Price to Sign Up and Operate
It costs $10 to sign up for Avon, which in comparison to other direct sales companies is pretty great. This includes 20 brochures, 10 for each of the coming campaigns.
You do have the option to spend $25, $50 or $100 at sign up for larger starter packs. It depends on how many brochures and samples, etc that you would like to start with.
If you don’t have a lineup of anyone that you could immediately give your sales pitch to, I would recommend beginning with the smallest starter pack.
I was in MLM for several years and its always better to under do it than over do it and be sitting on a bunch of products that you can’t move!
You also do not need to purchase products until you have sold them to your customers.
You can pay up to two weeks after submitting your order, so that you have time to collect money from the people who bought product from you, which is really great!
Most MLM do not work this way!
Don’t get too excited just yet though.
Keep in mind that you do have to agree to a credit and background check upon sign up, and depending on the results, you might not be eligible to pay afterwards, and may have to prepay.
This could work out just fine if you collected money from customers upon them ordering.
The Fun Part. What Can I Earn From Selling Avon?
Avon sales representatives work on commission. Below is a chart of the Representative level commission schedule:
You are promised up to 40%, on your first order of beauty products only, no matter how much it is. So that’s a cool perk.
They also rack up the dollars by signing up new representatives.
This is a great company for you if you are personable and good at relating to others. If you can relate to them, you stand a much better chance of getting them to sign up.
Hosting parties is a great way to meet new people, and have their full attention while you display the products, and even demonstrate how they are used.
The downside to this is that, even with hosting parties, you tend to have to put out a ton of brochures before you actually get a sale when you are new, and there is NO GUARANTEE that you will ever make a profit, or any money at all for that matter.
But effort does play a part in sales, so getting out there and having some face time (having coffee with potentials, chatting in passing at the grocery store, etc) will improve your chances drastically.
That doesn’t mean that you can’t sell Avon if you are a homebody!!
What’s the point in working from home if you can’t actually be home, right?!
You can actually set up a website on which you would give your sales pitch and sell your items. Many people find online shopping more convenient anyway, especially if they are already familiar with the products.
The tough thing about recruiting new representatives is that if you live in a saturated area, with a rep in every neighborhood, chances are that you will have trouble finding someone who has not already been offered the opportunity.
A large part of your success, at times, depends on what area you live in. That’s a real bummer for some of us, I know!
But, don’t be discouraged. If this is something that you want to do, there are also nifty little Avon stores in some areas.
I worked at one for quite a while. Though some are strictly hourly pay, some stores will pay hourly plus commission, and you will be getting tons of experience working with people and applying makeup. You can build up your credentials while being paid.
Not a bad idea if you are a rep and trying to build up your clientele.
Tools and Support
This is where it gets gritty. It seems that there has been a good bit of dissatisfaction about the fact that the company has been recently reorganized.
There is not as much communication between new reps and management, and lots of newbies seem to feel that they are on their own.
Reaching out to someone is a higher position is up to you, but in a competitive direct sales company, no one is really going to want to share their secrets to success with you. It’s just a hard truth.
Not to say that no one will be helpful, but it a hard thing to break into when you are alone and trying to come up with sales strategies and ideas with no formal training.
Well, like I said. If you are a natural sales person, this might be the choice for you.
Some people seem to make a killing, but I’m fairly certain that they have been nose to grindstone for a while, really working their business. Not all of us have that kind of time.
The system seems pretty simple, and easy enough if you can make it work.
By simply handing out the brochures door to door, you could make some sales and potentially meet some new customers, but you’ll have to be pretty strategic to beat out the competition if you are in a saturated area.
I don’t think it takes a rocket scientist to figure out how to be successful in direct sales, but there is also no secret formula that will guarantee success.
So, What’s the Final Word?
If direct sales is your calling, Avon is a reputable company that has been around for over 130 years.
I think that if you put your mind to it and research and really work your business, it can be done!
I definitely would not suggest quitting your regular job until you know if this is for you. But it does have a good earning potential for side income if you have enough time to devote to it.
If you are more of an introvert, or don’t want to commit to something that isn’t a sure success, I would suggest passing this one by.
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