This week’s interview is with Joanna Neiderhiser an Avon Executive Unit Leader from Pennsylvania. Joanna transitioned into Avon after being laid off from a job she worked at for 16 years.
Can you explain your role as an Executive Unit Leader at Avon?
My role as an Executive Unit Leader with Avon is to help my downline team grow and reach the goals that they want to achieve in their lives. My goal is to be an inspiration to them and show them all that’s possible to achieve with Avon. My role is also to help them believe in themselves so that they can get to the place where they want to be in their Avon career.
What inspired you to make the transition from employee to entrepreneur?
In February 2007 I was laid off from a job that I worked at for 16 years. While attending a local fair with my family, I ran into a woman whose mother I had helped take care of at the medical supply store. She invited me to check out Avon and I realized shortly after the first year that I did not want to be back in an office working for somebody else again. I realized in that first year with Avon that I wanted to be my own boss.
What did you do in your past work life? Have you been able to use any of those skills in your career at Avon?
I worked in a medical supply store, so I was the leader of getting our held revenue to where it needed to be so that corporate was happy. I was very goal oriented and task oriented when given a task. The same goes with Avon; I make a goal, I figure out how I’m going to get there and I make it happen.
With all the advancements in technology, have you had to make adjustments to your business to accommodate the shift from print communication to digital communication?
I am very paper oriented but as of this morning, I’m working on being more digital oriented. It’s very hard for me to give up my hand-written calendar so that’s the first thing that I will be working on as of August 2014: becoming more digital and less about paper.
Describe your ideal workday?
My ideal workday begins with getting up at 5:00 AM, having coffee with my husband and then immediately getting online to see who from my downline has their numbers, who needs to work on numbers and who has an order on hold. My children get up and out the door by 7:00 AM and at that point I get myself ready to get out the door by 8:30 AM. At that point, I’ve already determined whether I am working with a Representative in the field, out prospecting, or participating in holding meetings with my downline to show them how to increase sales or how to build customers. Whatever it is, I’m out of the house for the day for at least the next six hours.
We recently moved from the west coast to the east coast and struggle with the amount of days the schools are closed for snow days or teacher days, how do you manage your time when your son is home from school but you still need to work?
It has gotten a little easier because my son is now in the senior high ninth grade. However, when he was younger and there would be a snow day or he was home, I would utilize that time to be on the phone with my leaders, with old leads on Facebook helping them, while still scheduling time for the team. I find it important to work the family into the business so that everybody realizes the part of the business that I’m doing but also that they benefit as well.
What has been your most rewarding experiences working with Avon?
That is an easy one, especially since I was just chosen to be a part of a breakout session panel with Avon at our national conference in Orlando at the end of August – I was blown away when I was asked! The networking that came out of the event was just amazing, with so many wonderful ideas to bring home and put into action and encourage my team to do the same.
What did you struggle with most when getting started?
I struggled with approaching people for Avon’s leadership program. That was something that was a learned habit and it did not come easy. But the more that I have been out prospecting, the more I absolutely love to meet people and help change their lives.
On those impossible days, what motivates you to keep going?
I have a goal in sight of becoming a Senior Executive Unit Leader (the next level up from Executive Unit Leader) and that motivates me every day. I have worked really hard and I want so much to take my son to Hollywood, CA with my Avon earnings. He has always wanted to go and this trip would be an opportunity for me to be able to make his dream come true.
Do you have a favorite business tool and/or resource?
I like Avon’s “jumpstart flyer” – it really shows a new candidate how they can capitalize on the earnings opportunity with Avon. Also, Avon Pathways, one of Avon’s free online training programs, is probably one of the best tools there is. It offers so much knowledge and learning that any Avon Representative can do in the privacy of their own home and at their leisure.
What is your balancing secret when managing a business and household?
I have a calendar that I follow every day. Every other week is when I clean the house, so on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday I clean one room per day so that it’s not overwhelming. On Sundays I prepare our menu for the week and handle grocery shopping so there isn’t any guessing as to what is being made for dinner that week. My husband Brian and the children are also a great support system in helping complete daily household tasks.
Do you have a motivational quote?
“Throughout Christ all things are possible.”
If there was one piece of advice you could give to another mom about running their own business, what would it be?
Stay organized. We all have the same 24 hours in a day, and it’s just a choice of what you choose to do with them.
What is your online guilty pleasure, Pinterest, Facebook, etc.
If someone is interested in a career with Avon, how would they go about getting started?
If somebody is interested in the Avon opportunity, I would explain to them how easy it is to get started, how we can get them signed up and how we can get them a $400 order right off the bat. It’s important for them to understand how to sell effectively so that they can earn money with Avon. continue to build their business and ultimately share with others how to do the same.
Disclosure: As a paid Blogger Ambassador for Avon, I will be discussing many aspects of Avon’s brand; from the entrepreneurial side, to career, to beauty tips, Avon staples, and more in a series of posts. The opinions in these articles are mine and are not indicative of the brand.
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