Originally Posted by dandelions123
I've been thinking about Avon but haven't looked into it much yet. Their website isn't much help - it just basically says "Sell Avon and make money! Yay!" lol
So, for those of you that do it, how's it work? Do you just pass out the books, take orders, deliver the stuff when it comes...or is there more to it than that? How are you paid/how much do you make?
1.\tHow much is the kit and what all come in it? The kit cost $20 when you sign up online/$10 face to face appointment, and you will receive everything you need to get started with Avon, including:
o\t10 brochures for your current campaign
o\t10 brochures for your next campaign
o\tOne box of product Samples
o\t1 order book
o\tGetting Started Booklet
o\tOpen the door to your Future
o\tJump Start your Business
o\tAvon Dreams made real
o\t12 Recommendation cards
o\t5 collection envelopes
o\t1 credit card voucher
o\tRich & Famous of Avon 3
o\tAvon Tote Bag
2.\tWhat other supplies will I need to buy/order that is not in the kit that I will need to start? You will need to order bags which will only cost you around $1.00 for 50/6lb bags and around $1.85 for 50/20lb bags. You will also want to order Credit Card Forms in case one of your customers wants to pay by Credit Card (this will not cost you anything).
3.\tHow much does the books cost after the first two campaigns?
pack\t # of brochures\tcost each \ttotal
1\t 10 brochures\t $.575\t $5.75
2\t 20 brochures\t $.398\t $7.95
3\t 30 brochures\t $.34\t $10.20
4\t 40 brochures\t $.303\t $12.10
5\t 50 brochures\t $.26\t $13.00
6\t 60 brochures\t $.238\t $14.25
7\t 70 brochures\t $.221\t $15.45
8\t 80 brochures\t $.209\t $16.75
9\t 90 brochures\t $.199\t $17.90
10\t 100 brochures\t $.19\t $19.00
11 or more packs: $19.00 (for first 10 packs)
+ $1.30 for each additional pack
4.\tWhat is the cost of samples? You will receive some samples in with your starter kit but for samples you want to purchase it will cost between $1.00 and $2.00 for a pack of 10 samples.
5.\tSince the customer doesn’t pay for the item until it arrives, do I have to pay first? When you sign up with Avon you will be asked a few questions that will determine your line of credit. When you place an order you can order up to a certain amount without having to pay Avon. If you go over that amount you will have to pay the difference. You will have to pay Avon for your previous order before placing the next order.
6.\tWhat happens if someone doesn’t pay for their order, am I out money? The good thing about Avon is that it sells itself so you will find a customer who will want whatever doesn’t sell. You can keep this item and sell it or you can return the item for credit to your account. However if you return it you will have to pay shipping charges. So the best thing would be to try to sell the item. My advice would be to keep a box with you for all your on hand items that way you can carry it around when you deliver your orders and show customers what you have on hand. You can always return items to Avon that you purchase within a 12 month period.
7.\tHow do I place my orders? Once you are in the Avon system you will be able to go online and place your orders at youravon.com. You can also place your order by phone, fax or mail. You will receive an order book with your kit.
8.\tDoes Avon have a website available to reps so they can sell to customers out of state and if so how much does it cost? Yes Avon does have a website available to reps. The cost of the site is $7.50 every campaign. Avon credits you back the cost if at least one order is placed through your website each campaign.
9.\tHow long does each campaign last? Each campaign will last every two weeks. There are 26 campaigns in a year.
10.\tHow much do you make with Avon? For your first campaign you will earn 50% commission when you place your order online. For your Second, Third, and Fourth campaigns, you will earn 50% commission provided your orders are greater than $50, and you place your orders online. After your first four campaigns, the commission structure is as follows:
Order Size Earnings
$1550 or more 50%
$900 - $1549 45%
$425 - $899 40%
$285 - $424 35%
$145 - $284 30%
$25 - $144 20%
$00 - $24 0%
Licensed products are earned at 20% commission.
There are further earnings opportunities within the Leadership Program.
1.\tDo I need to pay in Sales Tax on orders? You will need to charge customers the appropriate sales tax for your state and when you place your order Avon will add the sales tax to your total cost of your order therefore Avon will pay in the sales tax for you.
2.\tDo I need to file income tax? Avon is not required to send in your name or SS# unless you make more than $5000 a year. You will need to contact an accountant for info on filing for taxes.
3.\tDo I have to keep any inventory on hand? No, you do not have to have inventory on hand unless you want or you are doing a craft fair, ect.
4.\tAm I required to place an order every campaign? No, however you will want to order books to hand out in order to get more orders. You will also need to place an order every two or three campaigns in order to stay an active member.
5.\tAm I required to recruit anyone? No, you are not required to recruit you can simply just sell Avon if you want. Most people start out selling Avon just to get a discount and then find many other people love Avon and want to buy. If someone is interested in joining Avon but you don’t want to come into leadership then you can refer them to Avon and receive $20. If you are joining Avon to make an income than leadership is where the money is and you will want to order your start up kit in order to be in leadership.
6.\tIs it mandatory to go to the Avon meetings? No, it is not mandatory but it is a great experience. This is a way to keep you motivated and to reach the goals you want to reach. They hold the meeting every month or every two months.
7.\tWhat happens if I become an inactive member? If you do not place an order with Avon every couple of campaigns you can become inactive if this happens you can contact your district manager to find out how to become active again.
8.\tDoes Avon have a training program? Yes Avon wants to help you become successful in reaching your goals so they made it convenient for everyone to do training through their online training program. You can do this in your own time at your own pace. And best of all it is free.
9.\tHow much does the Average customer order? The average customer order is $25.
10.\tDo I have to sign a contract with Avon? There is a contract to sign, but it is only to state that you agree to the terms and conditions of being a representative. There is no time limit on the contract, and there is no fee or penalty to ending your relationship with AVON.
11.\tDo I have to pay a Shipping Fee? No! There is a $2.50 processing fee for orders placed online, but shipping is free.
12.\tWhat if I find Avon is not for me what do I need to do to leave Avon? You can simply call the district manager and she will help you.
I am in a Division which is currently able to do online appointments.