Do you want to work from home but don't want to start your own business? By working for a direct-selling or multi-level marketing company, you can earn money and set your own hours while selling to the customers of your choice, like family members and neighbors. Find out if working with this company is right for you.
Name of company: Avon, headquartered in New York City
What it does: Avon, the largest direct seller in the world, distributes beauty products and jewelry in more than 137 countries around the globe.
How long it's been around: Avon was founded as a perfume company in 1886.
How it works: A prospective consultant pays an initial start-up fee to gain access to the company's tools and products. Avon consultants then sell products by organizing home parties, selling door-to-door or setting up businesses online or in mall kiosks. Consultants organize, develop and maintain independent businesses and determine their own profit goals and hours.
What you would do: While the traditional Avon sales model is the door-to-door method, you can use a variety of measures to attract customers. Some consultants become Certified Beauty Consultants, selling their products while providing a skin-care service, while others use the Web or storefront sales (such as a mall kiosk) to target and sell to a wide range of customers.
Cost to you: An initial investment of $10 buys the New Representative Starter Kit. The kit contains the training information and product samples you'll need to start your business. Depending on the volume of sales, Avon representatives can earn up to 50 percent commission on the products they sell.
Where in the world you can sell: Avon distributes around the world in 143 countries.
The next step: Once you've contacted Avon through its Website or phone number, 800-FOR AVON, a representative will call to walk you through the product line, the various opportunities and explain the commission structure.