In October 2000 I joined Avon as an Independent Sales Representative and could never have predicted how it would change my life. I have suffered from anxiety and agoraphobia caused by battling physical illness as a teenager. Due to this condition, I had trouble holding “9 to 5” jobs and working for someone else since I would often have to call in sick or leave early. When I started to have children, my solution was to open a daycare center in my home in Florida, finding comfort knowing I did not have to leave my children and home if health issues or anxiety affected me.
But I wanted to do more than daycare, and knew I needed an activity where I could be in complete control of what I was doing and my schedule. I always had an interest in beauty, and also always had a passion for sales and helping others. Despite my health challenges, as long as I could remember, I had been a leader and enjoyed earning my own money.
I started with Avon after seeing a friend have success as a Sales Representative. When I saw the “Avon Rich and Famous” DVD of top achieving Sales Representatives, I decided then and there to “Dream Big” and become just like them. This was the initial push for my business.
Avon was put into my life as a blessing. It became a therapy for me. I took my business day by day and set out expectations I could handle, knowing that I would one day be a top seller. My health issues, along with a diagnosis of Aspergers for one of my sons, made it almost impossible for me to leave my home, so I developed a plan to tackle my Avon business step by step: I would promise myself to drive for only “x” hours to complete my Avon orders and deliveries, and then be done for the day. I soon overcame the worst of my anxiety and agoraphobia and was able to thrive in my business. Today I am an Avon Executive Unit Leader with more than 350 Avon Sales Representatives from across the US in my Unit, and it is growing all the time. I am the proud recipient of Spirit of Avon award, and my home office holds over 32 Avon Awards. Each year I have achieved Avon Presidents Club, plus Honor Society this year, which are special recognitions for top sellers.
I love telling my story – to my Avon team, on YouTube, on my Avon Team website (“The Team Money Makers”) and now on this blog – to share my experience, advice and tips with as many people as possible. I often hear from people who say that I inspire them. I absolutely love being an Avon Independent Sales Representative and am grateful for all the good it has done for me and my family. My Avon business has empowered me financially and personally.