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Thank you for visiting my website. My goal is for this site to be a valuable resource to everyone — my customers and team, other Representatives both in and out of Avon and even women with other home businesses.  I strongly believe that network marketing presents a wonderful opportunity for so many families today.  Everyone has their own passions and interests and, in getting to know each other and our different businesses, we have a wonderful opportunity to learn from and encourage each other as we build a better life for ourselves and our families! (for more information on my own history with Avon, please click on the ‘About Valerie’ link to the left!  For more information on our Direct Selling Circle of Friends, please visit us on Facebook!)

The first phase in this website was to simply be able to direct you to my online stores for Avon. I added a detailed Question & Answer page for those interested in joining Avon, but there are still a lot of updates that I would like to add to this.

The second phase is going to be the biggest and most time-consuming for me, which is creating a clear step-by-step resource here for my Avon team and friends, detailing everything you need to know to be successful in this business, from the beginning and beyond. This will include information not only from my Avon training over the years, but also valuable wisdom from other network marketers and motivational speakers from across the country who have found great success with their own businesses and life.

Finally, just a few words of wisdom from motivational speaker Les Brown that I found thought-provoking:

Your best thinking has produced the level of money that you have, your level of accomplishment, the growth of your business or lack thereof.  Your best thinking has produced that.  Own that.  Face that.  And get some help…Ask for help.  Not because you are weak, but because you want to remain strong.  Ask for help and don’t stop until you get it.

May this page be an encouragement to you as you build your own home business and a lifetime of friendships!


Avon’s Auto-Replenish Program

avon autoreplenishNow available on my website — Avon’s Auto-Replenish program is a convenient way for you to enjoy access to the exclusive Anew skincare regimens at a guaranteed lowest price and have it shipped to you for free!

Each regimen will include a day and night cream and an eye cream.  The four regimens that will be available are:

  • Anew Vitale Radiance Regimen  ($49)
  • Anew Reversalist Line-Free Regimen ($49)
  • Anew Ultimate 7S Multi-Benefit Regimen ($55)
  • Anew Platinum Lift & Firm Regimen ($55)

This is an awesome deal, working out to only $16-18 per cream!  (and if you enroll in the program now, you will receive a matching travel size cleanser!)

Joining is easy!  Simply go to my website at www.youravon.com/vmahoney.  Click “Shop My Store” on the right (under where it lists the current Campaign).  The link is currently appearing on the rotating screens on my main page; however, if you don’t see it, just click on the Skincare tab at the top of the page. From there you should see the Auto-Replenish logo to follow and subscribe to your favorite regimen!

You will receive an email from Avon confirming your subscription.  This email will include a link for you to follow to sign in to the Auto-Replenish page and manage your account preferences.

  • You will receive an email reminder from Avon each time your regimen ships.
  • Your payment will process the day it ships and you should receive your regimen with 4-7 days.
  • If you go into your Account settings, you can always view the date when your next regimen will ship and make any changes to your preferences.
  • You do have the option of clicking a button that says “Skip Next Delivery”, if you like.  Your account settings will update to reflect your next ship date.
  • Once you sign up for the program, your regimen will ship to you on the schedule you choose.  You can schedule your products to ship every 4, 6, 8, or 12 weeks, it’s your choice!

Not sure which regimen to use?  You may ask me for samples at anytime, but first use the following product descriptions as a guideline as to which regimen is best for you:

  • Anew Vitale Radiance visibly reduces dullness, improves clarity, and restores the well-rested look of a full night’s sleep.  The day cream has an SPF 25.  The day and night gel cream eliminate the appearance of fine lines, enlarged pores, skin dullness and fatigue.  Suitable for all skin types.
  • Anew Reversalist fights fine lines and wrinkles.  Decreased moisture makes fine lines and wrinkles and Reversalist hydrates, while renewing skin, layer by layer. Formulated with Tri-Elastinex, Reversalist dramatically restores the look and feel of youthful firmness.  The day cream has an SPF 25. The eye cream brightens the eye area and also eliminates the look of lines and wrinkles.
  • Anew Ultimate 7S targets loss of firmness and sagging skin. When skin ages, it’s support structure weakens, resulting in sagging and loss of firmness and Anew Ultimate 7Sirtuin Technology leaves skin feeling firmer and more elastic, deep wrinkles and ages spots visibly improve, smoothes skin texture and tone, and visibly restores youthful cushion. The day cream has an SPF of 25.  The eye cream targets under-eye bags and wrinkles.
  • Anew Platinum counteracts the most advanced signs of aging, which include neck sagging, deep wrinkles around the nose and mouth, lip lines, neck bands, loss of color, and extreme dryness.  Avon’s breakthrough technology, patented Paxillium Technology, recaptures the look of youthful contours and drapes skin in a veil of plush softness.  Radiescent Microspheres help immediately counteract dullness and help restore radiant skin.  The eye and lip cream fills in deep lines above and below the lips and smooths the look of thin wrinkled skin on the eyelids.

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Canvassing – Valerie’s Best Odds for Finding New Customers

If you are looking to build your business, the only way you can do so is to always find new customers. Your friends and family are a natural place to begin, but should only be considered that…a place to begin. They can’t be expected to order from you every campaign and are going to have their own preferences as to what they use, which may or may not be Avon. If you would like to build your sales, you are going to have to get as many eyeballs on your brochure as you can and delivering brochures to neighbors in your area may be the best way to do that.

There are three ways you can get your brochures out there.  If you ask enough other Representatives, almost all are going to give you a different opinion. (and as a forewarning, the subject can get pretty hot because each person strongly defends their methods as the ‘only’ method)  This information is based on my own personal experience over the years and I will give you the pros and cons of each.  Try out and determine which brings you the most success.  Incidentally, I have used all three methods and have found varying degrees of success with each — they have all helped me make President’s Club and Honor Society with Avon over the years.  The bottom line is to get your brochures out there.  I’m just giving you ‘the best odds’ way of doing so!

1. Tossing brochures is what is referred to throwing them in people’s driveways, like the newspaper delivery service.  (however, do not put your brochures in or around your neighbors’ mailboxes — that’s a big legal no-no and can get you fined if you do it to the wrong neighbor or a grumpy mail person finds it!)  You just need someone to drive and someone to toss with you.  The up side of this method is being able to get a whole lot of brochures out to neighbors in a relatively short amount of time, compared to the other methods.  If you have a partner driving and you are tossing brochures out the passenger window, you could very easily deliver several hundred brochures in an hour in the right neighborhood or area.  The down-side of this method is, in my opinion, many of your neighbors are going to take one look at that brochure laying there and view it as trash and throw it away.  (honestly, I have had many neighbors tell me that is exactly what they do and feel) Even if they would like to order Avon from someone, if it is laying in their yard or driveway, they see it as littering and get really upset.  My belief is that tossing has it’s place and is a great way to quickly get your name out over a large area; however, I do not believe it is necessarily the ‘best’ way to find customers, especially if you are tight on money.  If you are needing to cut corners beginning your Avon business, try one of the other two methods below first.  Toss brochures only when you are confident about ordering large quantities and have a helper to drive you around to do this.

If you are going to do the tossing method, I would strongly recommend learning how to seal your brochures in our plastic brochure bags, include an introductory note in with it, and please try to be respectful when you toss them. (do not toss them in the middle of people’s yards, don’t throw in a mud puddle, etc.)  Molly Stone-Bibb is a well-known and loved Senior Executive Unit Leader with Avon and has a great number of helpful videos available on YouTube and Facebook.  When she first started tossing Avon brochures, she also had a newspaper route.  So she tossed her brochures with her newspapers.  In the following video, she tells you how she does her brochures and even how she wraps them.

2. A second option in getting your brochures out there is simply hanging them on people’s doors.  It takes more time than doing a big book drop, but is often viewed as the ‘more polite’ and generally better accepted method, so (again, in my opinion) is going to give you a great odds of connecting with a new customer.  However many extra brochures you can order, pick a street in your neighborhood and go hang some brochures.  Keep track of the streets that you leave brochures with and each campaign pick a new street.  This is the method I have used most often during the years — from time to time  I may revert back to tossing or knocking, but ultimately I always go back to hanging.  I would just offer the following suggestions if you are going to do this.

  • Consider how you are going to carry the brochures.  Bring an over-the-shoulder tote bag, if your brochures will fit.  Or, my husband has quite often driven around with me and had all the brochures in the truck there for me to grab through the window.  That way, I can take an armful, hit a few houses, and come back for more while he keeps an eye on me and our surroundings.
  • Please watch out for and be respectful of No Soliciting/No Trespassing signs.  I realize that some Representatives will claim they didn’t seem them, but you sure don’t want to upset the wrong person these days.  (side note:  I have found that most of these no soliciting signs are not intended for Avon Representatives and you will eventually find Customers who have them; however, the bottom line is you have no way of knowing which side your unknown neighbor is, so just pass them by)
  • Go prepared.  Bring water.  Dress appropriately.  Wear sunscreen and/or a hat.  Make sure you have eaten a good meal beforehand (maybe with a healthy dose of caffeine included in it!)  Choosing this method of getting your brochures out there is a workout if you do it yourself, so make sure you are ready for it!
  • On the subject of ‘dressing appropriately.’  In addition to dressing comfortably and for the weather, remember that you are going to hopefully make new Avon friends.  You may be tempted to just throw on some old shorts or sweat pants and yesterday’s t-shirt.  I promise, you will run in to a potential customer.  And even if you don’t physically meet them, someone’s got their surveillance camera on you.  You certainly do not need professional dress, but certainly dress as if you are going to meet a new friend or a casual blind-date.  Technically, you are!  Dress comfortably, but dress to impress.
  • Have kids?  For years I have taken advantage of my baby stroller with each of our boys.  My mother-in-law called it ‘the Cadillac’ because it had this big space underneath and was nice and sturdy and had a nice hood over it. (a gift from my Avon girlfriends when my oldest son was born).  I would put our son in it and fill that big basket up with books and off we would go.  Or perhaps you could use a nice pull wagon.  And when your kids are old enough, by all means have them help you!  You would not believe how fast my oldest son can run those brochures up to the doors now.  I don’t even have a chance of keeping up with him,  I just drag the brochures along and it’s like a relay race to him…passing the brochure as he’s running!  And there is always a reward at the end…an ice cream treat, pizza, or whatever…for their help!  Get creative with your own family!
  • Be friendly and smile!  Leave your worries at home, enjoy the walk, and remember that you are entering what other people consider their world.  Be a bright spot in it and consider your brochures something to brighten their day!  And if you run in to somebody less than cheery, keep smiling and thank them, letting them know that’s perfectly ok and keep smiling!
  • I have also taken advantage of a method called ‘four-square’ or ‘the clover-leaf’, where I simply drive around a neighborhood with my boys, park, and do the four houses surrounding my vehicle.  (sometimes there might be only two or three houses within a short walking distance or there might be more than four, but four is a general rule).   I personally do this in the mid morning hours during the week when people are normally either at work or just starting the day and their streets are not busy.  If there are too many people around the car, then I would not be comfortable doing this and I only do this in neighborhoods where I have a good feeling about them.  This allows me to be able to get brochures out there with my boys safely inside the vehicle and not out in the extreme temperatures we tend to get here.  I will drop my son off at school and pick a neighborhood on the way home to quick bring some books through.   You can also make a habit of doing this when delivering customer orders — deliver a brochure to their neighbors surrounding their house with a note saying hello and who you are!

3. A third way of getting your brochures out there is the classic way of just starting knocking and ringing some doorbells!  This method takes the longest and is probably considered the most ‘scary’, but I’m telling you…it is how I personally grew my business from $50/campaign to an average of $800/campaign back in 2001.  I had my clipboard with me and I wrote down the names and phone numbers of everyone who said yes.  This by far is the most cost-effective way of using your brochures.   People who receive your brochure and get busy and forget — you can’t follow up with them if you don’t have their name and phone number.

You may find other ways of getting your brochures out there, such as simply leaving them wherever you go, making contact with area businesses, or establishing a referral system with your current customers.  Do what works for you.  Connecting with different neighborhoods is what I have been most successful at and what I truly believe in.  I would be happy to answer any further questions you have.

Find a way to make your brochures stand out also.  Here are a few suggestions of what I have done.

  • You can find templates for labels for your brochures and links to order your brochure stamps through our YourAvon.com website.  Simply go to the Community tab there (final tab on the far right) and go to Avon Advantage.  You will find there many resources and Avon affiliates to help you with your business, such as Avery and Town & Country.
  • In addition to stamping the back of the brochure, I include a note on the front.  Some people will use labels and some will simply drop the notes unattached in the brochure bag, but I personally print little business card sized notes and staple to the front of the brochure.  This note includes my contact information, my next two or three order dates, and any other message I would like them to have.   You can use your own creativity with this idea, but I personally currently use the Microsoft Publisher program and their business card template to create the image below (prints 10 to a page).

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  • You can find additional ideas and resources by following other successful Avon Representatives on Facebook or reading different idea books.  I have posted an Amazon link on the home page of this website with many of my favorites, if you would like more.

Just do it!  Don’t wait until you ‘feel like it.’  No one ever necessarily feels like it.  Consider it part of your job description, remember your vision and goals, and get it done!


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My “Why”

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A common question presented to those building a home business is, “What is your why?”  Why do you want to do this?  What is pushing and motivating you to be successful in this?  Most people who know me would be safe to assume that my why centers around my family, my boys, and becoming financially independent.

But what is my why with creating this website…why am I doing this?  There is a slogan with Avon that says, “You are in business for yourself, but not by yourself.”  We are an Independent Sales Representative of Avon; however, we [should] always have the support of our Upline (i.e. Team Leader), District Manager, and the many resources through Avon and are not in this alone.  However, it is a common situation where Representatives might not have a supportive Upline or District Manager and are left with a lot of unanswered questions as to what to do and end up quickly giving up too soon.

I have never had an Upline myself, but have done a great deal of reading through our excellent training materials and finding mentors within our district over the years.  Most recently, with the development of social media, I have found a great number of successful Representatives who are very generous in sharing their experience and advice with others.  Everyone has different experiences, resources, and ideas and it is always helpful to be able to network with people to help develop ideas of your own.  In addition to connecting with other successful Representatives, there is an always growing number of inspirational and motivational leaders, such as Tony Robbins, Les Brown, and Sarah Robbins, just to name a few, that are always sharing and teaching others.

The thing is, it takes time and intention to read through and listen to everything you need to even begin to find the success you are needing to find in this business.  There are no short cuts, you have to put in the time and effort.  However, I do have 23 years of experience of selling Avon and at least 15 years of resources I have collected since joining their Leadership program.  I have found success in working the neighborhoods in my area and have earned enough with my business to at the very least cover gas for my truck, help with groceries, and provide extras here and there, such as pizza or McDonalds for our family.  I have on more than a few occasions been able to pay for family vacations and birthday parties for our family.  These things I have down and am more than happy to help others do the same, if they are willing to commit themselves to learning.

However, there is so much more that Avon has to offer us and that comes simply by sharing this opportunity, connecting with, and helping more people.  That is “the why” of this website and blog…to gather all of the resources and tools that I have accumulated over the years and share them with you.

Developing a website and keeping a blog is a brand new experience for me, so I hope you will be able to give me some feedback as I learn through all of this.  By doing this, I hope to both pin down the many ideas I have had circulating for some time and at the same time organize for you the many resources I have accumulated over the years and even direct you to the many other wonderful resources there are out there!

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Avon Founder, David H. McConnell

avon DAVID_H._MCCONNELL,_SRDavid H. McConnell (July 18, 1858 – January 20, 1937)

  • Avon, originally known as The California Perfume Company (CPC), was created in 1886 by David Hall McConnell.
  • David H. McConnell, as he is known, entered the business life at the age of 16 as a traveling salesman for the Union Publishing Company of Chicago, eventually buying and taking over the business himself.
  • Initially, McConnell believed that the company of his dreams would be selling books.  He often gave his women customers a gift of inexpensive perfume with their purchases and soon realized that his perfume was more popular with the women than his books!
  • Inspired by his former employer’s glowing reports of life in a western state, McConnell named his New York-based business the California Perfume Company.
  • McConnell not only created the perfumes, he was also the California Perfume Company’s bookkeeper, cashier, correspondent, shipping clerk, and office boy — and he did it all from a single room measuring just 20×26 feet.
  • McConnell was the son of Irish immigrants and grew up on a farm. Yet, it was this young man from rural New York, a visionary leader decades ahead of his time, who would become a pioneer in empowering women, offering women a rarity in the 19th century in America…the opportunity to create and manage their own businesses with a chance at achieving financial independence.

To McConnell, the product and the people were everything to the company, and he dedicated himself to ensuring that both would be successful. In addition to inspiring the Representatives, McConnell also wanted to encourage the company’s employees with the same positive spirit.  A century before it would become customary for companies to institute employee incentive programs and hire hordes of consultants to make sure employees were happy, motivated and productive, McConnell knew just how to rally the troops. The motivational leader created a set of guiding principles that are still the heart and spirit of Avon today. They include:

  • Providing an earnings opportunity so individuals can achieve financial independence and enjoy all that comes with such an accomplishment.
  • Recognizing everyone’s unique contributions.
  • Giving back to the communities Avon serves.
  • Offering the highest-quality products with a guarantee of satisfaction.
  • Maintaining and cherishing the “friendly spirit of Avon.”McConnell believed strongly in the potential of people and that in that potential lay the power of possibility and, eventually, success.

If we stop and look over the past and then into the future, we can see that the possibilities are growing greater and greater every day; that we have scarcely begun to reach the proper results from the field we have before us.”

    – David H. McConnell, Avon’s Founder




New Order Schedule

avon new scheduleIf you are one of Valerie’s neighborhood Avon Customers, there has been a slight change in our order and delivery schedules.  Instead of the usual Friday morning due dates, our orders are now due before midnight on Thursday, so all phone and email orders will need to be received before 9 pm to get processed in time.

If you are an Avon Representative, please log on to our YourAvon website to view when your Campaign 5 order will be due, when you should receive it, and whether it will arrive through your local delivery service or UPS.  For more information from Avon on this transition and how to get ready for it, please go to:  http://www.youravon.com/REPSuite/calendar_changes_nat.page