Avon Beginnings

Besides my job in retail, I am home with my three young children a lot. I wanted a way to make money while home and still be with them. I think a lot of mothers reflect on this.

If you saw one of my posts (either on my personal page or something I shared on the FB that’s linked to this) then you know I have started to sell Avon.

There are tons of work from home type of companies out there. Itworks, Jamberry, Scentsy, R&F, Origami Owl, Pure Romance, and so on. I even shop some of them, and have loved them at times, but, nothing fit for me. I kept thinking about the long haul, and what was worth the money and give me back profit. Though I loved some of those companies, from doing online parties or even ones I had joined in, I had small to little turnout. So why join if I knew I would basically have no customers to start? So next on my list to try was Avon.

My mother actually used to sell Avon when I was a little kid. So it’s funny here I am today 20+ years later being like her. I knew that this business was around for a while, and it has multiple items more than just a general area to work with. From kids fun things, to skin care, to jewelry, even items for the household. With Avon customer wise I would at least have my family to sell product to, so it had that plus for me right away. Throw in the fact that the price to join and become a representative was way lower and more affordable than any other company I had an interest in, (only $15!) and boom here I am. You’re not losing out much if it’s a small fee to try it out. The way I looked at it is, I would have spent that $15 on fast food for us one night, so instead let’s try investing that little amount into something.

Ok, so in the start up kit for $15 I received ten brochures for the current campaign, 10 for my next campaign, two full-size product samples, an order book for face to face sales, a folder, informational papers, and two different product little sample packs to hand out. I might have even had more things, but my mind is drawing a blank. There are options to start with a bigger kit for more money which in return you get more items in your bundle, but the smallest will work for just getting your feet wet and in the swing of things.

They run campaigns, which is the two weeks time you have until the books will change and new sales period starts. During those two weeks, you would hand out brochures or make an online store (like I did which comes free when you enroll) and sell. As long as you sell over $50, you will earn 20% on sales. As you sell more your earning percent changes and you get more. Here’s the chart:

So you may not make any money right away, you have to connect and get customers, get out there. Heck, I am still trying to do this myself, but with little techniques I come across I feel like I am slowly getting more connections.

Now, let me quickly note that you do have to pay for brochure books to hand out every two weeks if you are doing face to face sales. They are around $7 or less for a pack of 10. You can sell online only and not pay anything, but I found it is still a tad difficult at first.

Yes, more money can go into it if you want. But that is up to you. Do you want business cards, or you can make some purchases yourself to try products. Or buy them and maybe do giveaways? It is all entirely up to you, though, you’re in control. If I spent more than my $15 starter fee so far it was my choice.

There’s an online training center and lots of YouTube videos if you needed to learn something. I had a lot of questions and still do, I’m only three weeks in after all. But luckily you get emails from your district welcoming you and sending you FB links and webinars to join and try and help.

Okay, so that was more rambling than I thought I would do for my Avon intro post. And I know I can add more things about it! But I’ll try and cut it off here. I might do product review posts or share business things here since it is currently a part of my hectic life.

If you wanted to become a rep, just contact me! I can get you signed up and you can come to me with any questions.

Or, if you would like to shop my store and have things mailed to you, please go to www.youravon.com/kellyp

Or even just friend me on FB at: Www.facebook.com/avonrepkellyp

He’s out in the cold?

I was going to post about what the kids got for Christmas, but I honestly felt too guilty after last night. You see, yesterday while we were out we were stopped at a light, and off to the side was a man standing there with a sign. The sign read Hungry and Homeless Please Help. So of course, maybe a minute or two down the road, Chayse asked why he was standing there. We told him what the sign said and how he was homeless, etc. and naturally he was filled with so many questions. “So he hasn’t eaten?” “Why does he not have a house?” “So he just has to stay out in the cold and just freeze?” “He has no family or money?” “Can we take him to our house?” “Can he just move in and live with us?” “Can we go buy him food and help him?” “Let’s give him our money” “What if we become homeless, are we going to starve or just be cold?” “What if something happens and I don’t have you and it happens to me” It went on and on. He talked about it the whole car ride home. He was choked up and upset. It was hard to see him so worried and sad about this man, in a good way though if that makes sense. We didn’t think to try to stop, which happens a lot to people all over I feel. Where we were at when we saw him, there was nothing around on top of it. No fast food places or anything close by, we were low on gas as is, Liana was crying in the back seat, so we didn’t exactly stop. I know tons of people who don’t even give it a second thought and drive away or ignore others every time; and others who would probably stop every time they could. It made me feel worse along the way because I wanted to go back and do something since it was bothering Chayse so much, but we weren’t even in the same town at that point.

In general, people come up to us in parking lots all the time asking for money, they’ll have a whole family with them, or are fully clothed and had just got out the car asking for food. Most of those times, I don’t give to them because we’re barely scraping by. Honestly, I get it. Everyone’s situation is unique, and you don’t know what it is like at home, yes. But to me, those cases and in the moment don’t seem that bad off as say, the homeless guy we had seen with no winter style clothes on, no car around and so on. They probably do need the help I’m sure, and I know it’s hard, but still it’s a difference to me. Even then, in homeless cases, I know some people do use what they get on alcohol, cigarettes, drugs, just extra money because they’re asking like that, who knows. That is true too, but not everyone.

It is hard every time I see someone who seems to need it, though. This is the first time it bothered Chayse and where he felt so worried about it. I explained ways to help people, in donating and so on. I mean we do give to donation boxes, drop things off at Good Will and food drives. And while that’s great, I was trying to make him feel better about the homeless man he saw. So he asked, “How can he go and buy clothes at the place we donate with no money?” and “Well he must not know where the homeless shelter is if he’s out in the cold” and so on. I told him next time we could grab food and give something or maybe keep a bag of old clothes in the car for those times or something. I saw online a post about filling an old purse and leaving it in the car. One that has wipes, chapstick, gloves, tissues or floss and little things you would add, for when you see a homeless lady, which is cute too.

It was a good little reminder for him to see how much he does have and how lucky we are to have things like a house, different food, clothes, and a ton of toys. He even agreed to finally give up and sort through some of his old toys that he usually cries about us even touching, so hey, it’s a step. It’s also good to know that (especially lately) while I was starting to lose my mind thinking he was going to stay submerged in his mean sulky anti-love for his family and surroundings state of mind that he had been in; that he still feels for these people and has his sweet, helpful, innocent heart still in tact.

So you see like I had said, I felt silly wanting to post about all these great things we all got for Christmas when we just ran into someone who had nothing. Yes, we worked for them and saved and all that jazz but still. Maybe a different post it’ll intertwine.

Do you ever stop and help the people you see out? Does it depend on what they’re asking? Or do you let everything be, and keep it moving? Leave me a message below or on FB. 🙂