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Update your old outdated image of an Avon Rep as a 50s housewife clad in a pillbox hat and a matching pastel pantsuit. The profession of “Avon Lady” may have originated during those ‘Leave it to Beaver Days’, but it is still going strong and is a great money-making venture for the ambitious and business-minded.
The modern Avon Rep is an entrepreneurial spirit who wants to work from home and make money on her own terms. She might be a university student who is looking to make some money part time to pay for education, or a mum who wants to be able to earn a little income while her kids are in school. She is a brilliant sales person, has charm and personality and has fantastic people skills. This is a career where you get paid to socialize with people, tell them about great products and help them find something they absolutely love. Sounds like fun, doesn’t it?
As an Avon Rep, you can work from home part time or full time, from anywhere you choose. You have the freedom to create your own business and work at your own pace, controlling your earnings and your hours. There are also tons of great perks for working hard, such as glamorous trips abroad or fancy gala dinners.
If you are considering being an Avon Rep, here are some helpful success tips to keep in mind:
Use the Internet
As a modern Avon Rep, you have a huge advantage over the sales representatives of the past. You can use the internet, an incredibly powerful tool, to promote your products. Create a website for yourself as well as a profile on all of the major social media websites such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. When you are having a party to show off your products, create an ‘event’ on Facebook and invite everyone you know electronically.
Use Instagram to share photos of your favourite Avon products and use Twitter to tweet updates about new products you have received. You can even upload videos to your Youtube channel of yourself demonstrating your favourite products. The internet and social media is an essential tool for promoting your business, so use it to its full potential.
Get to Know Your Products
This is the best excuse ever to have a nice hot bath with that new line of Avon scented bubble bath – you need to know your products well so that you can sell them effectively to your customers. You want to know how things work, what they are like and what their unique selling point is so that you will be able to describe them. It has been shown that people are more likely to buy something from a sales rep if the sales rep uses the product themselves.
You Get What You Give
Selling Avon products is one of those jobs where the more you put into it, the more you will get out of it. If you approach the job with the attitude that you just want to do the minimum to get by, you will struggle to make as much money as you would like. However, if you approach the position with enthusiasm and creative ideas, you will find that your success will be much more than you even imagined. Let your love for the job captivate your customers! When you are passionate about your products and what you are doing, people respond well to that and are much more likely to buy from you.
These are just a few tips to keep in mind that will help you to become a more successful Avon Rep. Good luck and have fun in this flexible and entrepreneurial profession.
Pipa Rose decided to become an Avon Rep when she was in university so that she could make some money on weekends to fund her studies. That was five years ago and she has been loving it ever since.