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Sunday, August 2, 2015

Starting Your Business on a Budget

Only $15 to Start a Business?

As I am writing this post, I am listening to a video by Lisa Monoson.  She is one of the high up people in the Avon world.  I like listening to her voice and her tips are great. And she also shops on Ebay for labelsGo figure !  The video I am watching now is how she has her office organized -- -- oh I wish I was so organized !

But, yes it is true ... You can start your Avon Beautiful Business with only $15.  For $15 you will get 20 brochures (10 for the campaign that you start in and 10 for the next campaign), 2 What's New Magazines (tells you what is coming up in Avon), an order book, 2 full size products and a Be Extraordinary Booklet.

with Only $15
Contents of the $15 Kit

For Your $15, you also get an E-Store where your business can be open for you 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.  And with that online training that can also be accessed 24/7.  So what's the catch?

There's no catch.  You don't have to have fancy labels or business cards or opportunity flyers.  Just remember to have your name, contact information, and website address on each of your brochures -- writing it on the brochures can work for now just be neat!  Use your full size products, take the products around to use as demos, or sell them -- it's up to you -- it's your business!

Now you just have to get out there and start selling.  Avon offers online training and an online office for you.  If you don't have access to the internet and a computer or tablet or smartphone, see if your friends or family will let you use theirs.  Or you can go to your local library or other place that provides free computer and internet use.  

There are additional items that you will need to download from the internet for your business that will help you immensely as you start out.  The first one is the head to toe collection that only you can sell as a brand new Avon Independent Representative.  If you didn't get it in your kit, you can download it 

Can Sell this Daily Care Collection
Daily Care Collection
here.  This set is a collection of items that most people will use and it is only $19.99.  The second thing you need to download is this follow up tracking guide.  Avon repeats that over and over in various training videos and most of the Independent Sales Representatives' videos on You-tube also mention follow-up.  

Following up with Your Customers

If you put your emphasis in your first campaign to selling this collection, hand out all your samples (that you get in your kit) and you follow-up regarding those samples, and make sure that for every brochure you hand out that you get information for follow-up (and you actually follow up and talk with your potential clients).  Plus you ask your clients about the mini skin care quiz in the brochure, then you'll have made a solid start. You should start with your friends and family, but you should also start getting used to from the very beginning to selling to strangers.  When you start, friends and family will be eager to help you, but after the first few campaigns they will be "tapped" out.   

So while they are still excited to help you, have them take a few brochures to their work or to their Church.  You may only know 5 people, but if each of those 5 know 5 (that's 25) etc etc. Make sure you carry brochures everywhere you go.  Once your relative/friend has looked at a brochure and placed an order, get the brochure back.  Remember you only have 10 brochures at this point.  However, if you really have a need for more brochures, contact your upline (the person who signed you up or their boss) and see if anyone has extras that you can have or buy. 

When you place your first order, and you should wait for your upline to help you place your first order so you don't mess up any incentive Avon has in place for new Avon Representatives, you can order more brochures for your second campaign (if the 10 included in your starter kit isn't enough).  

For growing your business, there are very experienced Representatives who recommend spending the $21 to order an extra 100 brochures.  So if you have 10 customers in the first campaign, then order 100 for the next campaign (10 for your customers, and 100 to share to others, thus growing your business -- remember you already had 10 from your starter kit).  So that would be approximately $42 every month you would be investing in your business.  But realize that the more you grow, the more brochures you will be ordering for each campaign, and the cheaper the brochures become.

Pack # of brochures cost each total
10 brochures $6.49

20 brochures $8.89
30 brochures $11.39
40 brochures $13.69
50 brochures $15.09
60 brochures $16.09
70 brochures $17.39
80 brochures $18.29
90 brochures $20.09
100 brochures $21.49
 More packs: $21.49 (for first 10  packs(100 books)
+ $1.69 for each additional pack of 10

That's it for now -- come back in a few days for part II.  Thanks.

Cindy Peterson aka Gato
Anew Skin Care Expert
Avon Independent Sales Representative