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Ann summers rep, is it worth it?

edited 30 November -1 at 12:00AM in Boost Your Income
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lilly81lilly81 Forumite
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edited 30 November -1 at 12:00AM in Boost Your Income
Hiya,
I'm thinking about becoming an ann summers rep. I have every other weekend free as my son goes to his dads and could do with some extra cash.
I would love to hear from anyone that is/has been a rep, as I would like to know, honestly what you earn and what your costs are?
Many thanks
Lilly
Debt 03/08/08 [strike]£4805.26[/strike] :(
Debt free date 23rd march 2009 :T

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  • I signed up a few years ago and dropped it a few days later as the rep I joined under was very sneaky in hiding all the information until I was handed my information pack and she'd left. I think I worked it out as having to make a minimum of £200 in sales from each party before I made any profit.

    Note: this is all based on when I signed up a couple of years ago

    Things to factor in are the fact a hostess's gift and their % off has to come out of your commission, both optional but a customer is going to go with the rep who gives them the most. In order to run a fun party you need to play games (that have prizes) and have a raffle (again a prize needed). When I joined there was a £10 monthly cost for your kit which you had to keep updated, catalogue costs and packaging/bags.

    I think the commission is 30% (or it was then) but like I said you can lose a third to a half of that to the hostess.

    I also tried Avon about 7 years ago and owed them after my first order because again they didn't tell me I needed to pay for all the paper side of the business.

    How much you earn really does vary, with any DS company it depends on how much time and effort you put in, as well as your outgoings to be with that company. Some require a one off fee/signup, others a monthly and some none at all though you don't tend to get anything to help with those (like a kit or website). One person might be earning £1000 a month but it turns out you can't get past £50 whereas someone might only earn £10 and it turns out you do a lot better. I hope that makes sense.

    I'm with another DS company now who I've been with since March and I love not only the products but the company. I guess if you enjoy the products and know you can sell them then go for it, I do think loving the products you sell is a must.
  • lilly81lilly81 Forumite
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    I spoken to an Ann Summers rep, from what I can gather the main points are:
    * £50 for kit (no rental charge)
    *Free delivery on stock to your home
    *25% discount on stock = 25% profit
    *You pay for catalogues, invites and bags
    *you provide raffle prizes (must be AS stuff)
    *you provide game prizes
    *Hotess pays for hotess gift (£10) if they get enough sales

    Not sure if you get to keep the kit or if the game prizes have to be AS stuff
    Debt 03/08/08 [strike]£4805.26[/strike] :(
    Debt free date 23rd march 2009 :T
  • SystemSystem
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    I did it a few years ago and yes, it was fun and I managed sales through family and friends.. but once you've ran out of them, you have to start selling to strangers and hosting parties. I went to one party with another sales girl and hated it! It was a house full of people... men included. I was in an area I didn't know and found it all rather unsafe. Oh and to top it off, the party was free and not a single thing was bought! So total waste of an evening. Gave it up after then.

    I'd suggest giving it a go. Some girls love it and make a decent income... There is no way of knowing if its for you until you try :O)
  • lilly81lilly81 Forumite
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    I'm currently on income support, so hope to earn £20 profit per week, and anything extra can go in to buying more stock.
    In November my son turns 2, then he will get 15 hours per week free childcare, after that I would like to look into getting a job :o
    Debt 03/08/08 [strike]£4805.26[/strike] :(
    Debt free date 23rd march 2009 :T
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