The Avon Chronicles: Where I Am Today

As a society, we have become so wrapped up in instant gratification that we give up before the results even come in. Why let all of that go? Why give up when you’re so close to the finish line?

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Where I Am Today – Billy Blanks Quote

I’d be lying if I said I wake up everyday, eagerly awaiting my next Avon move. There are moments when I’m downright tired! Frustrated! Hurt! Don’t feel like getting up or out of the bed. Oh, if only I could just lay in bed all day! Of course, this is never healthy — not for your mental and definitely not for your waistline.

Lately, I’ve been working out, hence the Billy Blanks quote above. For the past few years, I’ve been slacking when it comes to working out. Netflix binge with a glass in hand has become quite the routine. I used to go running or find some form of exercise every single day. There wouldn’t be a day go by that I didn’t engage in physical activity, sometimes twice a day. Thinking back on it, it’s when I was at my happiest.

I smiled more often. I felt good about how I looked in my clothes and I was even more socially involved. I don’t know how I got into this slump — an unending downward spiral of depression. The heavier I got, the less I went outside — the less I saw my family. Ultimately, the less happy I became. My smiles didn’t have any meaning or feeling behind them.

A few months ago, I decided to get back in shape — take control of my life. I began watching what I ate and slowly introduced exercising. The first two weeks were hell but I’m proud to say in less than two months, I’ve gone down two shirt sizes and possibly two sizes in pants (I haven’t went shopping yet). In the very beginning, I was immediately discouraged. Honestly, I wanted to see results after one session. A week went by and I almost gave up! What’s the sense in  dieting and exercising if you can’t tell the difference?

I found the willpower to keep going. I didn’t fluff up overnight so it would take more than 14 days to notice real results. For those that do not know, I service my mom’s nursing/rehab home. She’s a nurse there and I used to leave brochures there. In my drunken, self-pitying slumber, I stopped leaving brochures. I could never find the time. I always rushed home to hop in the bed. I was just so busy doing nothing! I used to drop brochures off religiously, regardless if I got orders or not — how can people know what to order if they don’t know if it’s on sale? Why hadn’t I thought of that?

My mom called last week saying the ladies at her job needed brochures. Of course, still feeling the after effects of being a lazy slouch, I didn’t make it to her job that night. Instead, I told her I’d drop the brochures off in the morning before work — at 6 a.m. —eek! What was I thinking?

Last Tuesday, I got in my car and I heard Billy say “where I am today is where my mind and will put me.” It was at that moment that it hit me. Running my Avon business is much like exercising. Do you want to do it everyday? Probably not. Will you see results immediately? Probably not. It’s the weeks of hitting the pavement, focusing your efforts elsewhere, sheer will and determination that yield results.

As a society, we have become so wrapped up in instant gratification that we give up before the results even come in. Why let all of that go? Why give up when you’re so close to the finish line? 

Am I really willing to give up weeks, months and now even a year of not only blogging, engaging in social media but the physical work of battling the freezing temperatures in the winter and sizzling heat of the summer?

As I drove off, I realized I’ve come too far to give up. I’m looking at the present when my ultimate goal is complete freedom. I dropped the books off and went to work. Two days later, my mom called to say that three new women wanted to order from me! That two-minute sacrifice of boredom paid off — literally!

Orders are back in and I dropped them off right before work yesterday and this morning 🙂 I didn’t dread either. I’m one step closer to my goal. Where I am tomorrow is where my mind will put me.

The Avon Chronicles: Don't Succumb to Peer Pressure

The Avon Chronices – Kickin’ It With the Avon Lady: Don’t Succumb to Peer Pressure – video edition of the Avon Chronicles. As an Avon representative, I’ve also been faced with challenges and the feeling of defeat. One thing is sure: don’t succumb to peer pressure.

To join Avon: http://www.team-believers.com
To sell Avon: http://www.chicagosbeauty.com

 

The Avon Chronicles: Don’t Succumb to Peer Pressure

The Avon Chronices – Kickin’ It With the Avon Lady: Don’t Succumb to Peer Pressure – video edition of the Avon Chronicles. As an Avon representative, I’ve also been faced with challenges and the feeling of defeat. One thing is sure: don’t succumb to peer pressure.

To join Avon: http://www.team-believers.com
To sell Avon: http://www.chicagosbeauty.com

 

The Avon Chronicles: Perfection is a Myth

As Avon representatives, we often unknowingly set ourselves up for failure by believing everything is going to be perfect. Then if it doesn’t appear perfect, we deem it as failure and quit. Let me be the first to tell you: there is no such thing as perfection. There’s not a one-size-fits-all model and no 100% guarantee that everything you do will work. As an Avon representative, you will experience many learning curves. There are going to be ups and downs. The key to being able to bounce back from the down is being able to think independently, creatively and quickly. Most importantly, understand: perfection is a myth.

 

The Avon Chronicles: How I Got Stuck with an Order for $115!

Being an Avon mentor is not always about telling the fluffy stuff. Being part of a team gives us the opportunity to learn from others as well as show others what we’ve experienced. It doesn’t always have to be a success story; it could also be a learning lesson. Just like you, I have also been through rough patches hence why I decided to share this story with you today. I am an open book. They say a smart man learns from his mistakes and a wise man learns from the mistakes of others. I’ve been smart at times, I’ve been wise at times and sometimes, I was just flat out dumb. Use my mistakes to guide you; you don’t have to make the same mistakes — unless you simply want to 🙂

When I first joined Avon, I did not have a credit limit and I was participating in the Hit $100 Challenge. If I completed the challenge, I received guaranteed earnings of 40%, free samples and a beauty bundle worth $100! I really wanted to win the challenge to prove to myself that I could do it. I did not have the support of my family but I wouldn’t let that stop me.

I decided that I would work really hard. Leave no stone unturned. I got out, hit the pavement, introduced myself to new people and left brochures at local businesses. One day out of the blue, I got a call from a new customer who picked my brochure up from a restaurant. She said she loved Avon and that she along with her family would like to purchase Avon from me. She ordered a lot of beauty items and then told me to hold on so her niece could also place an order. I was so excited! I was holding the phone and jumping for joy! She had become the new love of my life — I’m so easy *eye roll*. She proved that this could be done. I had finally made it. I told her that I would place the order on Wednesday and drop off on Saturday. She said that would be fine and we disconnected. It was all going so perfect. I didn’t have to work for this one. I didn’t want to run her away by asking for the payment upfront so I figured I’d just pay for her order upfront and collect it when I delivered.

I calculated the total of her items and it was well over $115! Her order alone would get me in the Hit $100 Challenge. Now I could sit back and relax. This was going to be so awesome! One customer and I’m done for the campaign 🙂

When Saturday arrived, I called her — bright eyed and bushy-tailed. I was so excited. I even smiled so she could hear my excitement through the phone. She didn’t answer. Still feeling pretty enthusiastic, I left her a voicemail. She called back within 30 minutes. Yes! I knew she wouldn’t let me down. She apologized and informed me that she was waiting on her friend to come with the money. She only had $67 and he had the rest. She said he would be there within an hour and she’d call to let me know when he came. Still feeling pretty optimistic, I thanked her for telling me what was going on. We disconnected and I waited on her to give me a call back.

One hour had passed and I thought about calling her but said no, I’m not the pushy type. I looked at the clock and four hours had passed. I thought to myself — “maybe she’s a little tied up or he’s handling some business.” Oh no! I fell asleep. I jumped up and immediately checked my phone. It was already Sunday! She hadn’t called so I gave her a call. No answer so I left a voicemail. I called again on Monday. Still no word back. I waited until the following Monday and called, no word back. I waited one more week and called again. This lady was too excited to have found an Avon rep. There’s no way she’d let me down. She never answered 😦

At this time, I had already received the free samples and was only one $100 order short of getting the bundle. I knew that I couldn’t return the items. If I did, I’d lose out. I worked hard for this. There was no way I was going to lose it.  So I decided to sell the products. I forgot she also ordered a jacket (XL-XXL) and shoes (size 10). I couldn’t find anyone that wanted to buy them! Since I had already paid for them, I decided to donate at a local women’s shelter. The way I figured it was a win-win situation; one deserving lady got brand new shoes and jacket and I got to keep my award sales. From some reason, I still felt as if I had lost 😦

I felt so defeated. I had done everything right. How could this go wrong? With the next order, I had 3 new customers and 1 new business! I had left brochures at their location and they had just lost their Avon lady so they said my timing was just right. The waitress introduced me to her sister, the owner introduced me to his neighbor and one of their patrons decided to order from me! It was so unexpected. Once again, I was overwhelmed with a sense of joy and I really didn’t know what to do. I just knew I wouldn’t mess this up. I told them that I needed the money upfront and even explained what happened to me with the $100+ order. To my surprise, they all understood! One lady even said “well you gotta get paid, don’t you?” She then asked if I had “one of those little Square things.” I didn’t. I knew I was forgetting something. Duh.

It was a great idea so I went to Square’s and PayPal’s websites and had them both ship readers for free. I carried the reader in my wallet so I’d never by jipped again. About a month later, I had a new customer call from brochures left at a beauty supply. She wanted to order for herself and two other coworkers. While on the phone, I explained that I take payment upfront. She said that’s how she’s always done it with her former Avon rep. Yes! I sent her an online invoice and she paid promptly. We arranged for delivery and she’s been purchasing from me from 9 months now!

Of course, you’re wondering about the lady that stood me up: she finally called about three months after she placed her order! She said she lost my number and wanted to know if I still had her order. I told her she’d need to place another order as I no longer had the items and that I needed the money upfront. She didn’t understand why and I informed her that she left me with an unpaid bill. I offered to take debit/credit over the phone. She said she’d call back. I didn’t hear from her until a month after that! And it was the same situation; she didn’t understand why I required payment. After I explained that I still remember she stood me up, she hung up.

It was definitely a learning experience. I was still wet behind the ears as some folks like to say it. Not only did I foot the bill for someone I didn’t even know, but I allowed her to run my business and to some extent, allowed her to break my spirit. Did she know she had done this? Probably not. At this point, it doesn’t even matter.

If she would’ve called in her order to any catalog company or ordered from Walmart.com, she would’ve had to pay upfront. This is no different. This is my business.

I avoided being pushy so I wouldn’t lose a customer and still lost a customer. It’s not considered being pushy. It’s called being a business owner.

The Avon Chronicles: Kickin' it with the Avon Lady

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Dwayne Johnson – Success isn’t always about “Greatness”

It’s taken some time for me to release this blog. I began writing about 2 weeks ago but kept going back and forth on whether or not to release it. Not sure what you all will think, so I’ll start off by apologizing in advance for the informality of this blog but I want to get real down, dirty and uncut. I am the Avon Lady. I am not perfect. I’ll be the first person to say it and sometimes, I feel as though it’s expected of us.

My face-to-face customers know me. I laugh, I joke and I laugh some more. Of course, I take things seriously but not as serious as you’d want me to be. Life is too short. I’d probably piss you off with my level of cool-headed demeanor, sarcasm and uncanny ability to make light of any situation. It’s hard to display the true me sometimes due to technology and the desire to want to be professional but the truth is, I’m a real person. I do real people stuff and make real people mistakes. Who would’ve thought, right?

Being quite the perfectionist, it’s hard to say that aloud but it’s the truth. I mess up more times than I got it right BUT I learn from my mistakes. A smart person once said that a smart man learns from his mistakes but a wise man learns from the mistakes of others. Definitely not a man but the genius that said it has a point. Will I continue to make mistakes? Yes, it’s part of the learning process. No one is perfect and I hate the need to seem so perfect on the internet. Do I curse? Yes! Do I drink? Hell yes! Most sales people do. So do you want to get to know me? Here’s your chance to opt out (click here to be taken to my team’s website).

Let’s “kick it” with the Avon Lady for a few. My name has been shown on Avon’s national recognition boards for various reasons and I even helped develop our new business management tool. In August, Avon flew me out to New York. People believe that I rolled out of the bed into this success. I’m nowhere close to where I want to be with my Avon business but I’ve worked my ass off to get to this point — and trust me, it is a lot of ass.

If this is your first time chiming in, I’ll sum it up: in about 8 months, I’ve grown my team over 180 strong in 33 different states and am President’s Club (meaning I sell at least $10,000 in a year). I’m in the top 13% of sales representatives in my district and I’m the #1 recruiter in my district. All of my recruiting is online and half of my sales are face-to-face. I teach my team to do the same and mentor my sales leaders to help them teach their teams how to do the same. 

I hear so many people saying that they’re not like me. They can’t do this, they can’t do that. And they act as if I have some supernatural ability or strength. The truth is they don’t want to do this —not bad enough, anyway.

If you really want something, you’re going to get it. Excuses have no room in my little world. People make time for the things they want to do; people they want to see and places they want to go. If Oprah announced she was giving more cars, the lot would be filled in less than an hour!

As much as I want to, I do not work Avon full-time yet. Many people don’t know that. I’ve even had customers unknowingly down other reps that were “trying to be a part-time rep”, not realizing I am a part-time rep. Customers have flat out told me that it’s not possible while commending me for being a “true” Avon lady, whatever the hell that means.

Selling Avon is not hard but it can be frustrating at times if you don’t have the right expectations. This is no get rich quick scheme. You won’t go to sleep Monday and wake up with thousands of customers by Tuesday. It’s just not going to happen. It requires consistency. Consistent efforts yield consistent results. Each day, you plant seeds. Water them and the plants will grow.

This is how I get stuff done:

Each day, I work on some aspect of my business. I don’t spend all day. I devote mornings to following up with anyone that has expressed interest in becoming an Avon representative (takes less than an hour). Shortly after that I reach out to my team and either address issues or show recognition for their efforts. Team Believers is so awesome! Because I’m mainly online, I make sure to schedule my social media post to keep a consistent presence online. I’m not super confusing or complicated. I develop a simple schedule and I stick to it.

I didn’t want to keep you all long as I’m sure you have other things to do. I just wanted to welcome you all to my world and explain the purpose of my Avon Chronicles.

 

 

The Avon Chronicles: Kickin’ it with the Avon Lady

therocksuccess
Dwayne Johnson – Success isn’t always about “Greatness”

It’s taken some time for me to release this blog. I began writing about 2 weeks ago but kept going back and forth on whether or not to release it. Not sure what you all will think, so I’ll start off by apologizing in advance for the informality of this blog but I want to get real down, dirty and uncut. I am the Avon Lady. I am not perfect. I’ll be the first person to say it and sometimes, I feel as though it’s expected of us.

My face-to-face customers know me. I laugh, I joke and I laugh some more. Of course, I take things seriously but not as serious as you’d want me to be. Life is too short. I’d probably piss you off with my level of cool-headed demeanor, sarcasm and uncanny ability to make light of any situation. It’s hard to display the true me sometimes due to technology and the desire to want to be professional but the truth is, I’m a real person. I do real people stuff and make real people mistakes. Who would’ve thought, right?

Being quite the perfectionist, it’s hard to say that aloud but it’s the truth. I mess up more times than I got it right BUT I learn from my mistakes. A smart person once said that a smart man learns from his mistakes but a wise man learns from the mistakes of others. Definitely not a man but the genius that said it has a point. Will I continue to make mistakes? Yes, it’s part of the learning process. No one is perfect and I hate the need to seem so perfect on the internet. Do I curse? Yes! Do I drink? Hell yes! Most sales people do. So do you want to get to know me? Here’s your chance to opt out (click here to be taken to my team’s website).

Let’s “kick it” with the Avon Lady for a few. My name has been shown on Avon’s national recognition boards for various reasons and I even helped develop our new business management tool. In August, Avon flew me out to New York. People believe that I rolled out of the bed into this success. I’m nowhere close to where I want to be with my Avon business but I’ve worked my ass off to get to this point — and trust me, it is a lot of ass.

If this is your first time chiming in, I’ll sum it up: in about 8 months, I’ve grown my team over 180 strong in 33 different states and am President’s Club (meaning I sell at least $10,000 in a year). I’m in the top 13% of sales representatives in my district and I’m the #1 recruiter in my district. All of my recruiting is online and half of my sales are face-to-face. I teach my team to do the same and mentor my sales leaders to help them teach their teams how to do the same. 

I hear so many people saying that they’re not like me. They can’t do this, they can’t do that. And they act as if I have some supernatural ability or strength. The truth is they don’t want to do this —not bad enough, anyway.

If you really want something, you’re going to get it. Excuses have no room in my little world. People make time for the things they want to do; people they want to see and places they want to go. If Oprah announced she was giving more cars, the lot would be filled in less than an hour!

As much as I want to, I do not work Avon full-time yet. Many people don’t know that. I’ve even had customers unknowingly down other reps that were “trying to be a part-time rep”, not realizing I am a part-time rep. Customers have flat out told me that it’s not possible while commending me for being a “true” Avon lady, whatever the hell that means.

Selling Avon is not hard but it can be frustrating at times if you don’t have the right expectations. This is no get rich quick scheme. You won’t go to sleep Monday and wake up with thousands of customers by Tuesday. It’s just not going to happen. It requires consistency. Consistent efforts yield consistent results. Each day, you plant seeds. Water them and the plants will grow.

This is how I get stuff done:

Each day, I work on some aspect of my business. I don’t spend all day. I devote mornings to following up with anyone that has expressed interest in becoming an Avon representative (takes less than an hour). Shortly after that I reach out to my team and either address issues or show recognition for their efforts. Team Believers is so awesome! Because I’m mainly online, I make sure to schedule my social media post to keep a consistent presence online. I’m not super confusing or complicated. I develop a simple schedule and I stick to it.

I didn’t want to keep you all long as I’m sure you have other things to do. I just wanted to welcome you all to my world and explain the purpose of my Avon Chronicles.

 

 

Avon Representatives: How to Grow Your Business in Five Steps

I guess by now, you already know that I’m excited. What can I say? I just can’t hide it. Avon is a very exciting business venture. So here’s my good news: it is official — I’ve made Avon’s prestigious President’s Club! In order to receive President’s Club recognition, you must sell a minimum of $10,000 in a year. I haven’t even been with Avon for a year and I’ve sold over $10,000 since January (working part-time)!!! I’m so excited! I’m bubbling over with excitement. So naturally, I had to share 🙂

With Avon’s new KickStart Program and Rise Up incentive, I felt it was only right to share my tips with others so everyone else can join in on the fun and the money 🙂

Main tips to being successful with Avon:

  1. Brochures
  2. New Customers
  3. Existing Customers
  4. Follow-up
  5. Social Media/Internet

Reasons why you’d want to become part of President’s Club:

  • Guaranteed 40%-50% earnings and 25% on fixed-earnings items
  • Order up to 15 demos of any product in each What’s New (exclusive access to new products before they’re released)
  • Invitation to the President’s Recognition Program (PRP) Recognition Event
  • Celebrate your birthday and holidays with the gift of 25 points*
  • Toll-free number for account services
  • Advance Brochure Program—receive a brochure 2 campaigns early for a small fee**
  • Exclusive Gift presented at the PRP Recognition Event for highest level of achievement
  • Achievement pin presented at the PRP Recognition Event for highest level of achievement
  • 400 points to redeem for the Mrs. Albee Award or to use toward other items available on Rewards Headquarters—the choice is yours!
  • National Recognition Celebration
  • and more!

*Birthday points will be awarded in the first campaign of the month of your birthday. December Holidays points will be awarded in C-25.

**Look for an Invoice message upon achieving President’s Club. Trendsetter Representatives cannot participate.

Not part of Avon yet? Click here to join Avon today.

Additional Reading:

Avon Reps: 11 Tips to Turning Facebook Posts into New Customers

Avon: 5 Steps to Growing Your New Business

Tips for Shy Avon Representatives

How to Boost Your Business? With Other Businesses!

Avon Setting Goals to Be Successful

To join Avon now:

  1. Go to www.startavon.com
  2. Use reference code: chicagosnatalie
  3. You’re all set! You’ll receive your online account information and can begin selling online immediately.

Avon Setting Goals to Be Successful

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When you treat Avon like a hobby, you get paid like a hobby. If you are interested in taking your business to the next level, you must develop goals and a plan to accomplish those goals.

Steps to being successful Avon representative:

1. Get a separate bank account (if you haven’t already)

2. Set goals
– Start with the big scary goal
– Create smaller goals that help to accomplish the big scary goal
– Keep your goals visible

3. Develop a plan to accomplish those goals – think: what do you need to do to get it done?

4. Celebrate. Yes! What’s the point of working hard if you’re not able to celebrate it?!?!?

Remember: have a support system. As your team, we will be here to support you so don’t be afraid to share with us. Tell your friends/family about your goals. Not only will this help in developing a support system, but it also may help create new customers 🙂

Have a great weekend!

Avon Promotional Items for Shy Representatives

Not long ago, I posted a blog including passive aggressive tips for shy Avon representatives. In the list, I suggested getting a tote. I felt it was only right to show some of the promotional items and list a few ideas so that representatives looking to grow their business could have an idea of simple and easy ways to promote themselves.

True story: while waiting on Chicago’s train system, aka “el”, I noticed a lady staring at me. She never said a word but looked at my tote. I continued to watch her. She then pulled out her phone and began typing and looking at my bag. That day I ended up with an online order! I guess some people just prefer to shop online 🙂

Blog for shy representatives: https://chicagosnatalie.wordpress.com/2016/05/09/tips-for-shy-avon-representatives/