I haven’t written anything for a while because life got in the way, but I know I need to post something. So here goes.
What I Have Tried And Am Planning to Try
This blog may not be entirely about Avon because I have a life besides Avon. I am currently trying to figure out if, to be a Sales Leader, Avon needs to BE my life for a while. If that’s the case, I just can’t commit. I’m trying to advertise for new recruits through Facebook. I’ve recently paid to boost an advert but I’m realising that I can actually reach more people by sharing my post with the groups that I’ve joined. No one is biting yet. I’ve also given flyers to a friend whose daughter-in-law goes to several playgroups. She’s going to take the flyers and pass them onto the mums so I’ll see if I get any joy from that approach. I’m planning on putting adverts in the local shops. And I have a friend who works for a university. She’s suggested advertising on the university job shop, so I’ll try that too. I’ve stopped asking family and friends now because I feel like I’m badgering them and that’s not fair. I don’t want them to feel that I’m going to try and recruit them every time I see or speak to them. They see my Facebook posts and have ‘liked’ my page. Some have shared a few of my posts. They’ve helped me in whatever way they felt they could and I’m grateful to them.
Having Time for the Important Things
I don’t know if I will succeed as a Sales Leader, but at least I will have tried. I have always refused the opportunity to try because of my time restraints. I’ve always known it will take a lot of time, which is something I don’t have. But something made me decide to try anyway. I have found though, that ever since I agreed to it, I have felt enormous stress and pressure, mainly due to the bonus scheme. At first, I felt that I had to hit the targets and therefore get the bonuses, but I’m currently doing neither and it’s definitely been stressing me out. Now, I try to forget about that and just recruit in my own time. Maybe it’s because of the environment surrounding business ideas such as this one. It’s driven by making enough money to pay for good holidays, new cars etc, but I’m not driven by such things. My husband and I live a simple life. We don’t have all the latest gadgets, the newest cars, the massive television, the most modern interior decoration. And we’re not bothered about having all those things. Because we realise ‘things’ don’t make us happy. We have eachother, my wonderful dad as well as other loving family members and some very close friends. They make us happy. And if I fill my already busy life with something else, then I’ve got even less time for those people.
I really wish we didn’t need money to live. Money causes lots of problems. We have to find ways of earning it so we can eat and pay the bills. But it often leads to greed and selfishness. People spend so much time earning more and more money that they miss their kids growing up. They drift away from their partner. They falsely think that if they get lots of money, they can enjoy the company of their families later. But later is usually too late. And enough is never enough.
I just want to help my husband pay the bills without compromising on the amount of time I can spend with him and the other people that I love.
My Next Step
So I have decided to do what I reasonably can to recruit new reps. I have given myself a time limit in which to try. And if it doesn’t work, I won’t beat myself up over it. Others have made it work for them and I’m happy for them. But that doesn’t mean that it’s for everyone.
I think my blog is going to turn into a diary. I’ll write about what’s on my mind and what’s going on in my life. It will include Avon because even if I don’t succeed as a Sales Leader, I’ll still continue to be a Rep. I’m going to an Avon ‘boot camp’ next Monday and Tuesday. I’m viewing it as valuable training whichever way I choose to go with Avon. I’ll tell you about it in my next blog post.
Please comment below on what makes you happy and whether you agree or disagree with my views on money.