In a time where virtually the entire world is not recession proof, there are a variety of options out there where you can control your own destiny. The biggest surprise of them all? They are not traditional jobs. There are actually positions available where you can make as little or as much as you would like, but that of course all depends on you. Recently, I had a refreshing networking meeting at Panera Bread in Torrington with an Avon representative. We had called and spoke on the phone recently and I expressed my interest in her business. Do I need another job? Well, no, but I do enjoy keeping myself busy, and I do enjoy marketing and networking with people, so I certainly might as well turn my passions into something! Avon, for me, is nothing new. When I was fresh out of high school, I sold Mark which is a product line of Avon. I did rather a rather fantastic job with it since I loved running my own business, just as much as I loved interacting with my customers. A year or so later, I had to leave Avon to pursuit other interests. Now, I’m embracing it all over again.
It may be quite shocking to hear of a guy selling Avon. Now you must really be thinking things if you hadn’t already. I did my research, however, and was surprised to find out that in recent years, especially now with the rapid loss of jobs, many men have turned to Avon. It is no longer just a company made of women. Some of the top performing representatives are men and are currently leaders within the company. Men are becoming such a hit within the company, that back in 2006, Kayleen Shcaffer of The New York Times wrote a whole column on the topic. Schaffer is quoted as stating “Today up to 12,000 men stand ready to sell you a tube of Avon ProExtreme Energizing Face Moisturizer for Men— an enormous number for a corporation whose identity is so thoroughly feminine that it still bills itself as “the company for women.” This is certainly an impressive statistic, and one that I myself am happy to be a part of.
So, the next time you’re looking for the Avon lady, don’t be surprised to find out if it’s the guy running on the treadmill next to you at the gym.