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Phyllis & Ray Smith
Avon Independent Representatives
My name is Phyllis. I’ve been an Avon representative for more than 9 years, and my husband, Ray, joined me after he retired. I started out just wanting to earn $3,000 to help my youngest daughter go to Japan for a month as an exchange student. She needed $3,000 to cover her expenses.
We didn’t have any extra money, so when someone approached me about becoming an Avon representative, I signed up. That was the last I saw of that woman. She never answered my phone calls after that. But I was determined to make my business grow and be successful. Back then, we had district meetings, so I attended those and learned about the business from my district sales manager. In my first year, I reached the President’s Club sales level and was named best new performer of the year in my district. I also reached my goal of earning the money I needed to help my daughter go to Japan. After that first year, I realized I had a nice little business going, so I decided to keep at it.
I’ve been performing at President’s Club sales level or higher for 9 years and have reached the level of Bronze Leader in team building. I have more than 40 team members and more than $8,000 per campaign in team sales.
Being an Avon representative has helped me do many things I could not afford otherwise. Since I was a stay-at-home mom and homeschool mother, we had to survive on my husband’s income alone. But with my Avon earnings, I’ve been able to do things like rent a beach house for the week for a family reunion, buy a laptop computer for my husband, pay off bills, and buy Christmas gifts for my kids and grandkids. And, of course, I have all the Avon products I need or want at a discount!
After my 93- year-old father came to live with us, my business had to change. I needed to be home to prepare meals at regular times. So I decided in 2016 to work on growing my online Avon business. Since then, I have seen a steady increase in my online sales. My goal was to have at least $200 in online sales each campaign. In November of 2016 I reached my goal. Now my goal is to keep growing this side of my business.
Building a team has been harder for me since I live in a small town of around 2,000 people. Another goal of mine is to reach out to people online who want to start a home-based business.
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