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Should I Start Selling Avon?

Updated on March 26, 2016
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Erin Shelby is passionate about living a lifestyle that aims for financial freedom. She writes about personal finance and other topics.


Are you looking for an opportunity to make money and work independently? If you're considering a work at home job, you've probably thought about selling Avon products. After looking into the advantages and disadvantages of Avon, you still might be uncertain if this is the right fit for you. "Should I start selling Avon products?" is a very good question. Avon is a great opportunity for some, but not all. Here's an overview of the personal traits successful representatives have, or are willing to work on, before they start selling Avon products.

New Avon Reps Are Ready for a Challenge

Do you like the idea of working from home, setting your own hours, and making important decisions on your own? If so, then selling Avon might be right for you. Becoming an Avon representative means that you get to decide how to promote your products and how to creatively advertise your business. You'll get to make many choices: when to deliver products, whether or not to have a website for sales, and how to use Facebook or other social media to advertise.

Avon Sellers Take Risks

Not everyone is ready to take on a new challenge, and not everyone is comfortable with taking risks. Are you ready to face some risks in your Avon business? When you buy an Avon starter kit, are you ready to face the risk that not everyone you ask will want to buy a product? Can you face rejection when you're looking for sales and not take it personally? Are you willing to drop off Avon catalogs to get new customers? If sales are lower than expected, are you willing to try a different approach to get a better result?

Meeting New People, the Avon Way

Do you like meeting new people? Can you use your circle of influence to gain new sales, your chances of making money selling Avon are much greater. If you won't be shy to say "I sell Avon" and willing to reach out to people to let them know that you are selling things they need, you're more likely to make money with Avon.

Climbing the Ladder, Your Way

Are you motivated to have good things for yourself, such as more time with family, more money, or a more flexible schedule? If you're inspired from within to be successful, consider selling Avon products. Because Avon representatives work from home, they schedule their own hours and decide what their own sales goals are. In this type of environment, ambition is an asset.

You Want to Make Money

Are there benefits for Avon representatives? Beyond creating your own schedule, working from home, and being your own boss, there's the potential to make money. How much Avon representatives make can vary greatly, and Avon representatives come from all walks of life. But they all have one thing in common: successful Avon representatives all want to make money.

Do You Have a List of Customers?

Who might be willing to buy your Avon products? If you have a large list of contacts that might be willing to buy Avon, and especially on a continual basis, you're in a good position to sell Avon. The more people you know who are interested in buying cosmetics, the better.

Do You Like Sales?

This is important. Being an Avon representative is all about selling something. If you like selling things, and feel confident asking someone to take a catalog or a sample of your product, you're much more likely to make money selling Avon.

Do You Use Avon Products?

Are you an Avon customer? If you use Avon products and are a huge fan, you're in a great position to sell existing products and new ones. If you use Avon products on a regular basis, why not share how great they are by becoming an Avon representative?

Do you have what it takes to sell Avon products?

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      I admire the determination Avon representatives present in selling product. I buy the jewelry on occasion. This was informative and I'm sure useful for those who wish to pursue this career choice.

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      erinshelby 3 years ago from United States

      @Mrinfo10- I don't personally know any men who sell Avon, but there are guys who sell it (like the one in the video)... you could certainly help your friends remember their wives' birthdays, anniversaries, etc...

      @Dreamer Meg - Yes, thinking about whether you can do the work before signing up - definitely important to think through.

      @FlourishAnyway - Thank you for your comment.

      @AKChenoweth2014- Thanks for sharing your experience with us!

      @Mel Carriere - "...she could sell ice to an Eskimo." - sounds like she had a natural talent!

      @Maricarmjolo- Thanks for stopping by.

      @annart- Nice to hear that your neighbor Avon seller isn't pushy with her technique.

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      This is a good guide to what one needs to be a good Avon rep and gives all the pointers to someone who might be considering doing so.

      I don't like cold calling and I'm not good at getting people to buy something so I don't sell it. I do know that the product is good quality.

      I'm an Avon user and my friend & neighbour sells it; she doesn't push it and she makes enough to get the occasional freebee herself but that's all.

      Great, concise, informative hub, well written.


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      Maricar M. Jolo 3 years ago from Jubail, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

      i love make up! and i used to sell Avon when I was still in Philippines :) Nice hub!

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      Mel Carriere 3 years ago from San Diego California

      Grandma sold Tupperware, but she could sell ice to an Eskimo. I don't have that sort of bubbling personality and salesmanship was never my thing, but I salute those who try.

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      AKChenoweth2014 3 years ago

      Great hub! I used to try to sell Avon many moons ago! Complete disaster!! But I knew people who did very well at it, like everything I guess you need a lot of commitment and be passionate about what you are selling...Have a great day!

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      This is a great hub, Erin. Although sales is not for me, I am sure there are a lot of people who would love to take advantage of this and who would do well.

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      DreamerMeg 3 years ago from Northern Ireland

      I know a couple of people who have sold Avon and they have enjoyed it, as well as made money (though I do not know how much). The ones I knew took catalogues into work with them, which was a lot easier than dropping catalogues round the doors and they could sit and chat with colleagues at tea break to discuss items. All of them were very social people and enjoyed chatting to people. Useful hub because I think people NEED to think about whether they can do this type of work before taking it up.

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      Josh Robert 3 years ago from PA

      Even though I'm a guy, I've always thought about becoming an Avon rep, but not actually using the product would probably be a slight disadvantage, lol. I have a few friends who've had some success selling Mary Kay products, though.