Advantages Can earn extra cash and meet new people
Disadvantages Commission only - NO SALES - NO CASH!
I am an Avon representative and before i go on, please note i'm not writing this to advertise or promote any of their products for fear of infringement of any kind! I am meerly writing this from a selling point of view to let you know of the 'pros and cons'.GETTING STARTED
I first decided to start selling avon a few months before christmas for the chance to earn a bit of extra cash for partying. I started in october 2006. I found an advert in one of my local papers. All it said was "EARN EXTRA CASH DELIVERING CATALOGUES" and their was a name and number to call for more details. i called the number and the lady explained that she was an Avon team leader and she agreed to come round one to my house one evening to go through the details to see if it was something i would be interested in doing. i was unsure at first as i thought i might get the 'hard sell' and wouldn't be able to get rid of her but i reluctently agreed for the meeting. You can choose to start like this but there are other ways such as contacting the number shown on the back of every Avon book, also you can log on to their website and join that way.
This is a good way to earn extra cash but it won't be alot unless you put a lot of time and hard work into it. As i work full time i don't have a very large patch. My main sales are from family and friends and then i was given a territory of two streets from which i now have 5 regular customers. You can broaden your territory as much as you want depending on how much spare time you have.Your commision starts afteryou have sold £72.00 worth of stock. Once you have hit this target you will be paid 20p in the pound. Once you have sold £135.00 worth of stock you will then receive 25p in pound for commission. Avon are aware that sales go down just after christmas so what they do is shorten the time on the first 5 campaigns of the year then half your targets. First target is £48 then your second target is £72.
FEES AND CHARGESMy avon team leader informed me of the charges on her first visit. I could request as many books as i wanted for the first two campaigns and they were free but instead i had to pay an 'admin charge' of £7.50 for the first two campaigns. The books are normally charged at £2.90 for the first 5 and they get slightly cheaper the more you buy. For my first campaign they also offered me a pack of samples worth £20 for £10. I decided not to take up on this offer but at a later date i did buy the sales aids when they were offered for a discount in the hello tomorrow magazine.
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