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Becoming an Avon Representative: A simple guide on how to become an Avon representative

Updated on July 16, 2009

This is an outline on how to become an Avon representative, also known as Avon girls. Whether looking for a part time job to earn a little more money or a full time job, more and more people are looking to become an Avon representative. What follows should be a brief outline on how to become an Avon representative.  

A pile of money.  If you become an Avon representative this may be possible with lots of hard work.
A pile of money. If you become an Avon representative this may be possible with lots of hard work.

The role

For those who are unsure exactly what Avon is, it is the largest direct selling company, with over 5 million people currently being employed as Avon representatives. After becoming an Avon representative the representative attempts (and hopefully sells) products to their friends, family and anyone else they may know. On each product which they successfully sell they earn a commission, which is where the Avon representative's earnings come from. As such, it is easy to see that the more that is sold, the greater the earnings of the Avon representative in question.

How to sell the Avon products is a question which is often asked.  The selling can be done in a variety of ways.  It is possible to use samples for various goods and throw an Avon party for friends and family where the Avon representative can hope to sell the full price version of these goods.  Another way for the Avon representative to generate sales is by using Avon catalogues and delivering these to family, friends, neighbours and local businesses who will then hopefully make purchases.  The final option is through using a dedicated website which has been set up with assistance from the company, which has all of the products on it.  Of course there is also the option to use these various ways in tandem with one another.

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Benefits of becoming an Avon Representative

There are a number of benefits associated with becoming an Avon representative:

  • Be your own boss.  Once you have become an Avon representative you can work as few or as many hours as you like with near total flexibility on when you choose to work.  
  • No need to build up a large stock inventory.  A large cost associated with traditional businesses is buying stock to then sell on, but due to the way in which Avon works, even once you have become a representative there is no need to purchase stock.  
  • Tailor the business size to available space.  There may be the need to store and sort stock somewhere for distributing - this can take up varying amount of space depending on the sales.  Whether having only a small part of a room or a whole garage it is possible to manage the sales accordingly.
  • Refer others and earn extra.  After becoming an Avon representative if you then move on and manage to recruit others to become an Avon representative it is possible to earn even more.  You will earn ongoing money which is relative to their earnings and so by showing them exactly how to become an Avon representative and how to be a good one is another source of money.  
  • Avon representatives also get other benefits such as health insurance plans etc.

Why choose to become an Avon representative over all the alternatives?

As has been previously mentioned Avon is the largest such direct selling company with over 5 million representatives.  This means the company must have a good business and treat each individual representative well to make them want to continue to be part of the business.  The size of the company is also beneficial, it is well respected and known throughout the regions in which it operates which gives people additional confidence that it isn't a scam.  This is especially important after just becoming an Avon representative and selling to people who aren't close friends or family for the first time.

The goods Avon sells are also well respected and in great demand.  Many people use the same Avon products for years and when their Avon representative stops taking orders they strive to find a new Avon representative.  Some retiring Avon representatives are also rumoured to have been asked by their clients how to become an Avon representative so that they can themselves become an Avon representative so they can continue to get hold of the goods.

How to become an Avon representative?

Becoming an Avon representative is a relatively simple process - although one which many people are unsure how to do.  There is a small cost, at present about $10 if in the United States.  This covers some training on how to become successful as an Avon representative, as well equipment to get started.  This equipment generally includes some free samples, a DVD on becoming a flourishing Avon representative, and 20 free brochures.

Possibly the easiest way to become an Avon representative is by becoming a mentee of an existing Avon representative.  This can either be instigated by the existing Avon representative approaching potential new representatives, or by a person who wishes to become a representative approaching an existing Avon seller.  If this option is not available, it is possible to register interest online here.  Whichever option is chosen, there is still the need to pay the $10 joining fee.

After becoming an Avon representative what next?

After the initial brochure and samples run out there is potentially the need to buy more samples and brochures.  This will generally involve a small charge, but this will hopefully be more than cancelled out by the income from previous sales.

After a while it should be a self sustaining business.  In addition, it will become clear who will be regular customers and who are unlikely to purchase and so efforts can be concentrated on those who generate the most sales.  At this stage many people either decide to reduce their workload only concentrating on the profitable customers, or they continue at the present workload but only target those who have generate sales, or those who are likely to in the future.

Another route which many people take after themselves becoming an Avon representative is they attempt to sign up others to also become an Avon representative, to try to earn extra money from being a senior sales representative.

Good luck and maybe if you become an Avon representative I will be contacted by you soon!


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    • BristolBoy profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from Bristol

      Hi Linda, many thanks for your comments and it is good to see that you found working for Avon to be productive!

    • Linda Pogue profile image

      Linda Pogue 

      4 years ago from Missouri

      I worked as an Avon rep for several years. This changed when we moved out of state. I did not want to start over at that time.

      I think it is wrong to only focus on the top buyers in your business. In my personal business, I had 400 customers. I found that on average at least 100 would order every time, just not the same 100. With average orders around $14, this was a good way to make some money. Had we not moved, I would still be doing it and am considering starting up again soon. Focus on adding customers to your list, then contact each of them at least once every two weeks to see if they need to order anything. Usually, a quick call is enough.

    • BristolBoy profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Bristol

      Au fait, I definitely recommend you do - its sounds like you have some great experiences on being an Avon representative.

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      C E Clark 

      5 years ago from North Texas

      I was an Avon representative for many years, a team leader, and a stand-in manager. One must always be seeking new customers to grow their business. Just because someone doesn't buy this time doesn't mean they never will. There are lots of great ways to sell Avon, and maybe I should write my own article about that one of these days . . .

    • BristolBoy profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Bristol

      Thanks for all the comments. Howard, I believe the percentage earned from Avon depends on product and sales levels, but it can be a very high percentage indeed although 10-25% is typical for many people.

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      6 years ago

      How much of a percentage do you make selling Avon

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      AVON Team Leader Hollie Groce 

      7 years ago

      To become an AVON Representative all you have to do is log onto and use reference code "hgroce" . You will then be able to fill out the application, pay the start-up processing fee of ONLY $10 and you will receive your full kit in approx. 3-5 days. I will be contacting you shortly after to ensure you have proper training and to be your cheer leader throughout your AVON career. Have your business and be a part of an amazing team, team VICTORIOUS that is!

    • proton66 profile image


      7 years ago from Southern California

      Avon is well-known because it has been around for ages; as far back as the late 1800s. Without any doubt, Avon is able to generate millions of dollars because it is cheap to join and has so many who believes they can be millionaires as well. I like some of Avon's products but would not use anything that has paraben or SLS aka degreaser.

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      Karen Hellier 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      This was a very informative hub. I have been an Avon rep for the past 8 years and feel your information was right on the mark, and very detailed. Good luck with your business.

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      7 years ago

      Great article, some really good points made here.

      Network marketing is fast becoming the single most powerful distribution growth area in business today.

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      7 years ago

      I am about to meeet someone tommorrow to sign up for Avon Rep. Any information that might help would be much appreciated.

    • BristolBoy profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Bristol

      Hi riana and others. Look at the links that Mary Eubanks, bratzbck etc have posted to get an idea!

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      Mary Eubanks 

      7 years ago

      Very nice posting. I love my Avon business & the products. Should anyone desire more info on being a representative, please get back with me and I'll forward you my personal beauty blog link.


      Mary - Avon rep from AR

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      7 years ago

      how can we get in contact with a rep to become also a rep for avon.we need a phone no

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      7 years ago

      I am a representative in the Nashville, TN area. If you are interested in becoming a representative, then please contact me. I would love to get you started as a Representative. It's great to be able to work with new people, set your hours, so you can still spend time with your family and friends. If you would like to buy AVON products, you can visit my website 24/7 anywhere in the USA, have it shipped directly to you, for a small shipping charge, within 3-5 days after you have placed your order. My website is: www/

      I hope to see you soon!!

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      7 years ago

      I am looking to make more money or even look at doing this full time. Just looking for some information about becoming an avon rep. I would like to more or less make this my primary source of income. My mom told me you have to know a lot of people in order to be good at it is this true?

    • BristolBoy profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Bristol

      janey_may79 I am sure that many people will find that offer of advice useful!

    • janey_may79 profile image


      8 years ago from Maryland

      I live in the USA and if you are needing to become an Avon representative I am more than happy to help!

    • BristolBoy profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Bristol

      Avonman, thanks for that clarification, I am sure it will be useful for those who are considering becoming an Avon representative.

    • Avonman profile image


      8 years ago

      In the USA people can sign up online for $20, but don't get a dvd.

    • BristolBoy profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Bristol

      Thanks for commenting mlozinski. I am glad you found this hub to be useful!

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      M L 

      9 years ago from CA

      Great Hub! I like the list of benefits for becoming an Avon rep.

    • BristolBoy profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Bristol

      Thanks for commenting JPSO138. It seems that Avon is famous around the world and I personally didn't realise how diverse the countries which they sell in was.

    • JPSO138 profile image


      10 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International

      Avon is indeed very famous in our area. Sad to note it is awkward for me to become an avon agent....

    • BristolBoy profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Bristol

      Yeah I think this will be a good market. It is also well known that most countries are experiencing an aging of society which results in even more older people. However, I believe many other Avon products such as make-up etc beat major cosmetics companies in trials and so many younger people may also find products which they like!

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      Nelle Hoxie 

      10 years ago

      Many Avon anti-aging products get better reviews from experts and test than much more expensive products. So I would think the aging population would be a fabulous market.


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