As you know, I'm a paid Brand Ambassador for Avon and over this past year, I have shared a number of products and opinions (these views are my own and do not necessarilly reflect the views of Avon or its affiliates) with you that I have fallen in love with and have become apart of my staples! In addition, to loving the products, I am amazed at the dedication to quality product, the fact that amazing chemists, engineers etc work on them and that they test them to ensure that it does exactly what it says! I also love that this women's focused company not only gives us a number of optons within beauty, fashion and lifestyle but there are opportunities for autonomy - the Avon Ladies!
The iconic Avon Lady, went door to door and now she's able to add having an online presence and whether it's her main job or something that she does on the side, there are many reasons why these women come to work within this company! I recently interviewed NY based Avon Representative, Haizel McIntyre to find out more about her business, what drew her to it and why she does this (these questions were provided by me with answers from Haizel reflecting her experiences - her responses are her own and do not necessarilly reflect the views of Avon or its affiliates)!
What made you want to become an Avon Representative?
I became a representative because I needed the extra income without compromising my family. I have always worked multiple jobs but with three small children, I didn't want to be out if the house so often. Avon kind of fell on my lap.
How long have you been an Avon Representative?
I have had my Avon business for approximately four years.
Do you work with a team of people?
My children...lol. Just kidding, sort of. I don't have a team that I work with directly. Other than my Downline, I run my business on my own and because I do everything with my kids, I get them to help me out too.
What are some of your Avon products that you love and what products do those who purchase from you tend to enjoy getting?
I love all Avon products. I'm a walking billboard. But, if I have to choose, it would have to be the Anew skin care line and the makeup. Most of my customers enjoy the makeup and the items for children.
How is working within this business different then other businesses (whether it's the hours that you keep, being your own boss, etc)
In comparison to other direct sales businesses, Avon is great because it doesn't pressure you with a sales quota. You decide how successful you want to be. I love how simple and economical it is to start an Avon business and that I truly am my own boss without the stress of having to negotiate the time that I have for my family.
Have you recruited people to either work with you at Avon or to start their own Avon enterprises?
Absolutely! I currently have a Downline and now that I am done with school, I plan on working hard to reach title.
What is the typical day like for you when you are working on Avon products?
It depends on the week since a shipment week is different from a selling and recruiting week. A basic day could consist of checking, soliciting or packaging orders, calling customers to follow up in orders or schedule deliveries, packaging products and delivering products.
Many of us are familiar with the image of an "Avon Lady" who in the past made house calls on current and prospective clients, how is that different then how you reach out to people whethe it's via Twitter, your website etc
With the technology currently available and living in NY, the iconic Avon lady protocol of knocking on doors doesn't always work. I use Facebook, twitter and tumblr to promote my business with images, contests and incentives as well as providing a digital version of the brochure. Social media allows me to reach a clientele they may have otherwise been dormant to me. Social media is the initial approach and then it's my job to reel them in. Because it's Avon, my part is easy.
What would you tell someone that is starting out as a tip to encourage them to building their business?
What are your dreams? How determined are you to achieve your dreams? If your drive equals your ambition then GOYAA!(Get Off Your Anatomy...and take Action)
Do you have personal goals that you are looking to meet as an Avon Representative OR was there a goal that you had met?
Avon has allowed me to meet several goals. Most of the activities that I am able to offer my children have been due to Avon. Most recently I was able to purchase a second, used car for my family all cash thanks to Avon. My next goal is a down payment for a house with money left over to purchase new furniture. Just thinking about that goal makes me gitty and gets my Avon wheels turning.