Starting Your Business on a Budget

 

Starting Your Own Avon Business on a Budget

Only $25 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 labels !  Go figure !  The video I am watching now is how she has her office organized —  — oh I wish I was so organized ! But I digress – yes I will show you how you can start a business on a budget.

You can start your Avon Beautiful Business with only $25.  For $25 you will get 20 brochures (10 for the campaign that you start in and 10 for the next campaign), What’s New Magazines (these tell you what is coming up in future campaigns), an order book, full size products and other Introductory materials.

with Only $15
Contents of the $25 Kit

 

For Your $25, 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 E-store you also have access to online training that can also be viewed 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!  You are on a budget, remember?  Use your full size products for yourself (you can do your own testimonial), or you can carry them with you so your customers can try them, or you can sell them — it’s up to you — it’s your business!

You are not an Avon Employee

You are an Avon Independent Representative. An Independent contractor who gets her supplies from Avon.  They also charge you taxes which you then collect back from your customer (i.e. you get reimbursement for the taxes you pre-paid).  This means you don’t have to worry about sales tax forms – Avon does that for you.

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.  What is better for your budget than free?

There are Additional Costs

But these are up to you as a business owner to decide what you will / will not spend. You wanted to know how to start a business on a budget, remember? For example, There are additional items that you will need to download from the internet and print out 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 here:

Head to Toe Collection
This collection can only be sold by New Avon Representatives in their 1st Campaign

 

The second thing you need to download is a sheet to help you keep track of your clients and whether you’ve given them a brochure and/or a sample.  After you have a few clients, it will be hard to keep all this information in your memory:

Customer_Follow_Up_List

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Who to start selling to?

Family and friends are a good place to start selling to, but you will have to add to your client base as even your family won’t be buying from you every campaign.  So while they (your family & friends) 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.

Your biggest cost at first will be buying those brochures.  And if you work with your customers – tell them you will be back in 2 days to get their order and (since you are new) the brochure.  We also have a link we can give out now so your customer can look at a virtual brochure on their tablet or laptop.

But always be prepared, no matter where you go to talk about your business.  Get an Avon button, pin it on your shirt every time you go out, & wait for people to ask if you are too shy to bring it up yourself.  The majority of people out there Love Avon and are excited to find an Avon Lady.

If you cannot have business cards made or you can’t print them yourself –  find someone who has great handwriting and have them help you write out business cards on some colorful cardstock.  Then carry those around in an envelope in your purse (or wallet) to hand out.

Keep in touch with your upline (the Person Who Signed You Up)

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) – but make sure your upline helps you.
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 of starting your Avon business on a budget.  I hope you found these tips helpful for how to start a business on a budget.  Please let me know below if you have additional tips for the other new Avon representatives.

Cindy Peterson aka Gato
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Avon Independent Sales Representative

cinpet93@gmail.com

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Previously posted on August 2, 2015 on fouracesmercantile.blogspot.com

Updated 5/6/2017

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