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I remember not being able to really celebrate Christmas the first few years after my son, Aiden, was born. Being a single mom made it difficult to afford anything outside of survival items even though I had a job at a law firm. The cost of daycare was enough to put me over the financial edge. Forget about family vacations, and we skipped birthday parties for Aiden’s friends because I couldn’t afford presents. How can he go to a party without a present?
During that difficult time, a direct selling company tried to recruit me. I started researching the company online and Avon popped up. I preferred the Avon earnings opportunity; it had a low start-up cost, and the variety of products made it more relatable to me. The other company required a big initial investment, which wasn’t going to work for me. Also, my grandmother used to buy Avon makeup. She would give my sisters and me lipstick samples to experiment with. So I signed up to become an Avon Representative.
Within nine months, I made President’s Club, one of the Avon levels of achievement. It’s funny how my Avon business just took off. I wanted to supplement my income, but it became more. I have a degree in fashion marketing, and I was so excited when I first opened an Avon product brochure and saw how stylish everything was. Well, because I was excited, everyone around me became excited. Before I knew it, others signed up to be Avon Sales Representatives under my leadership. Avon had become “my little monster” – business was so good that I had to sit down and actually organize and set goals. I was having so much fun I didn’t realize I had recruited more than 80 Representatives at one point, and I had a loyal customer base that was continuing to grow.
I also was making more money than planned. I was able to pay off my debt and contribute to my 401 (k) and investments I had set up for Aiden. I also bought a house! Aiden just loves his new room, which is filled with fire trucks, and he’s got a little “man cave” play room.
It feels so good to do more than just make ends meet and to help others succeed. Collecting debts is part of my job at the law firm, which can be stressful. Through my Avon business I am able to help others with a financial opportunity that can change their circumstances and help them avoid or get out of debt.
Meeting new Avon Sales Representatives and hearing their success stories is one of the reasons why I love recruiting new Representatives. One woman I recruited has been out of work for a while, and she told me selling Avon is an escape for her because she enjoys it so much. Someone else who enjoys my business? Aiden. He comes with me on my weekend Avon rounds and carries the brochures in his ride-along car.
Avon is also special to me because of all the work it does with breast cancer. My sister is a breast cancer survivor, and we recently got the bad news that the cancer had returned. I was able to do a fundraiser in conjunction with the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, and it makes me proud that my Avon business allows me to help my sister.
What began as a way to supplement my income two years ago has now become my business, which I want to grow even more in the years ahead.
This year though, one thing I know is certain: Aiden will be having a great Christmas.