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~Avon Hints & Tips (Part 7) ~

edited 16 August 2011 at 6:50PM in Boost your income
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  • MessyMareMessyMare Forumite
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    melvis wrote: »
    Thanks :) I know where the blank returns forms are on Avon website but only know a couple of people near me and don't know anyone with a printer and when I've looked at ink for our printer it's v.expensive (about £10 more than it was last time :eek:) so can't afford it til next month at the earliest. I'll email my new ASM and see if she can do anything xx

    How about the library? You can print there.
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  • melvismelvis Forumite
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    How about the library? You can print there.

    They won't let me use comps without joining the library, I tried to join and they said I have books outstanding from 1994, when I was 13 :eek::eek::eek: I said I definitely have no library books, they said I have to pay £64+ fees before I can get a library card :eek::eek: :rotfl::rotfl::rotfl:
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  • melvis wrote: »
    Thanks :) I know where the blank returns forms are on Avon website but only know a couple of people near me and don't know anyone with a printer and when I've looked at ink for our printer it's v.expensive (about £10 more than it was last time :eek:) so can't afford it til next month at the earliest. I'll email my new ASM and see if she can do anything xx

    I've got some spare books, pm me and I can post one out if you like
  • lozza1985lozza1985 Forumite
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    Have updated the brochure 16 link :)
    Avon Lady since 2009 - I help on the Avon hints & tips thread to help other reps/new sales leaders as I was helped so much by it when I first started out :A
  • dean72dean72 Forumite
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    just thought I would let you all know how I am getting on
    I am on second campaign at moment and got £360.79 worth of orders. I have also signed up as sales leader and have 4 people who I am signing up as reps on Monday and I am out with my upliner for the next two weeks prospecting so hopefully I will get some leads
    so hopefully we can get enough to live off fingers crossed


    I would also like to say thank you to everybody who has put posts on this forum under Avon,Betterware and kleeneze as it was this forum that helped me make the right choice it was a toss up between betterware and Avon so tried both at same time and Avon won hands down.
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  • cassie46cassie46 Forumite
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    Hi all

    Need some extra money to go into my housing fund for a deposit. Dont know whether to do avon or not is it simple to do? How much time do you committ to it? How do you place orders? Are they easy to return if people do not pay? Whats the initial outlay?
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  • Dick_hereDick_here Forumite
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    cassie46 wrote: »
    Whats the initial outlay?

    Zero. If you place orders you pay £7.50 (taken out of your earnings) in each of the first two orders.
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  • cassie46cassie46 Forumite
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    do you have to pay for books etc?
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  • missminxmissminx Forumite
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    cassie46 wrote: »
    do you have to pay for books etc?

    Yes, you do. All the information you need is in this thread :) Sit down with a coffee or a glass of wine, and make your way through.
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  • I,_GeekI,_Geek Forumite
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    Brief outline of Avon business expenses:

    Free
    - order forms (up to 100 per campaign but it's unlikely you'll need that many anyway. I've always got about 100 in a pack unopened in a drawer)
    - getting your order delivered to you
    - placing you order online
    - sending back returns via the courier - very simple to do, you just have them boxed up and ready to go when your next order is delivered.
    - a paper returns book - you can print out your returns form but at least this option is still available if you don't have a printer
    - ring sizers and a few other things but I'm not sure what they are because I never order them

    Costs
    - the £7.50 admin cost charged in your first 2 campaigns (so £15 admin fee in total) - there are no more admin costs after this, it's just when you start
    - brochures - a necessary expense and even though I'd say don't scrimp on books, at the same time there are things you can do to keep costs as low as possible. You get 20 brochures for each of your first 2 campaigns free. I've got a territory of 600 houses (you'll probably get 100-ish when you start) and buy about 60 books per campaign. They cost me £9.36. If you become a high-selling rep you can get 100 books for £11.
    - brochure bags - pretty much essential if you're calling on people and they might not be in. They're 80p for 50 and I buy 2 packs per campaign. Like the order forms I've always got some unused ones hanging around but I'd rather over-order just in case.
    - samples - definitely not an essential to buy.
    - demos - full-size products you can order in advance of them appearing to customers. Again, not an essential and you can return them (used) once you've demo-ed them so there's no risk.
    - paper bags for putting goods in - about 60p for 50 medium bags. You can buy carrier bags for 4p each at medium size. I'm just saving my other shopping bags (Tesco etc...) and using those.
    - some way of informing your customers when you'll be calling/when you'll be delivering/who you are in the first place - you could use a stamp, or write this by hand, or print out notes on your printer. I do the latter and use value paper and print on the fastest setting.

    If people don't pay you just return the goods - never hand over goods without payment. I've highlighted what I think are the essential costs above in red.

    The work itself isn't difficult, but you have to be organised and be prepared for things to take a while to pick up. I think if you're going to do more than serve family and friends you have to take it up a notch because you'll have complete strangers placing orders with you, and they'll be expecting the same service they'd get from any other company. And many customers don't realise we're self-employed and have a lot of independence in the way we run things, so they see the Avon brand and expect a certain level of service.
    I used to have my Avon turnover (sales) here. They've been removed because it's not appropriate to talk about those kinds of sales as if they're realistic for a new Rep to aim for. :( I signed up at the right time, right place, and was very lucky.
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