When I started with Avon 18 years ago (October 31, 1997) I was a stay-at-home mom. I just wanted to earn a some extra money to help my husband, get my make-up for free, gifts for my children and to be around other women. I never thought that I could really make any money with Avon until a former Manager told me that there was that opportunity. So I decided to grow my business, I started by growing my sales by increasing my customers, you can read about me here.
I feel I have done well over the years. When I started the Leadership Program (7 years after starting with Avon, yes, I was a slow starter) I thought that I would hit it big like a lot of the representatives have. What got me thinking about that was the Rich and Famous of Avon Video that Avon made years ago. I would watch that video over and over again studying these women that were on there and believing that I was going to reach the top also. I truly believed that. I have worked hard over the years, working events, fairs, parties, holding meetings, training’s and summer picnic’s, etc. anything I could think of to grow my business and have fun with my downline. I have even cold called people. When I did an event or fair I would build off the lead I would get, and grow that neighborhood, so I wouldn’t have to go into a neighborhood for just one person. I have grown my business in the sales and have been an Honor Society Member for many years now. I have found the sales to be easier than leadership because if you have set a goal of how much money you need to make every two weeks and you don’t make that goal, all you have to do is increase your customers. It is up to YOU and ONLY YOU.
I have also grown my Leadership business, but not to where I want it to be yet. It is a process. There are many ups and downs to this. You can get people started in Avon and they seem so excited and you think that they are going to do great, but they don’t even put their first order in. WOW! That is something I just don’t understand. It only costs $15 to start their own business. They are the CEO of THEIR Avon Business. Why not give it a try? What I find hard about Leadership is that you have NO CONTROL over what other people do. You can’t make them put an order in (even though they know they are suppose to), you can’t make them have over a $100 order and you can’t make them work their business like a business, just because you want that for them. You can’t want it more than they do and you truly can’t motivate them, they have to motivate themselves and have the determination to succeed.
Through the years, I have asked God to show me what I should be doing with this business, to guide and direct me. I have come to the conclusion that even though I wanted to be at the top in Avon, that may not be what God wants for me at this point in time. I really feel I have done my best so far. I have learned so much and have become a better, stronger, more confident women than I was to begin with. I was able to be a stay-at-home mom, still work my business for 18+ years and help so many women.
I have also noticed that things are changing, people have changed and with the technology we have today, people want to order online. I know there are still a lot of people that love Avon products and want the personal service, so I will still try to find them locally. But I can’t reach EVERYONE door-to-door, so I hope to reach others online. The other issue I have, is that people don’t seem to want to work where I live. I live in a small town and found that the county in which I live in, is the poorest county in the state of MN. I have started, trained and mentored so many women over the years that have come and gone for various reasons. But it is getting harder to find women that want to work. So in building this website my hope is that I can enlarge my downline and my sales, with women from other states not just my own.
I have faith and believe that God will show me what He wants me to do with this business. When I went to the Avon Conference in Florida in the fall of 2014, that was when I realized the time had come to make a change (and build this website). So I hope that I have done well and have given great value to those that see this website. God only knows how successful He wants me to be and who He will put in my path to help along the way.
If you are a Representative reading this, I hope that it encourages you to know that you are not alone. We all go through the ups and downs the same, in this business. Take courage and know that God has your best interest at heart and in His perfect timing His best will happen. Just don’t give up!