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In a Bad Economy, The Avon Lady is Calling

When the economy tanks, what's a woman to do? For some, selling makeup is the next step. Direct sales of cosmetics and skin care are on the rise, with companies such as Avon and Mary Kay seeing a surge of new representatives as the recession continues. In March, Avon reached the largest number of reps in the company's history, and Mary Kay has 22% more consultants than it did at this time last year.

What's the draw? Flexible schedules and the potential income, as usual. "I could go and work at a local fast food restaurant and make $6.55 an hour," says laid-off worker Tammy Jonsson, adding that she can make up to 10 times that much through Mary Kay. Although she's found another full-time job, she continues to spend about 10 hours per week selling cosmetics. That might not be enough to earn a famous Pink Cadillac, but a much-needed income boost isn't a bad consolation prize.

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Avonman Avonman 7 years
People want Avon, so it's an easy sell. Sign up is easy too use reference code JEBY
megancarol megancarol 8 years
mary kay is nothing more than a pyramid scheme in cake-makeup.
ModernGraceKelly ModernGraceKelly 8 years
Oh, and I'd rather order from Avon than Mary Kay. Those ladies are a terror! I know they are supposed to update their look, but every Mary Kay rep I've met puts her makeup on with a butter knife. It's just too much!
ModernGraceKelly ModernGraceKelly 8 years
It would be funny if all Avon ladies drove pink El Camino's....I had a feeling Avon was on the rise, it's everywhere now. Through the roof. I've ordered things in the last few months to help out.
Newmoodscents Newmoodscents 8 years
Having a home business whether part-time or full-time is what is keeping people afloat and in some cases keeping their dream alive that Yes they can be in business for themselves and enjoy a lifestyle they so desire.
colormesticky colormesticky 8 years
The owners of a few places around here have started carrying their wives' Avon catalogs. One guy at a tobacco shop even has a full display case of perfume and makeup.
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