We had an administrator who told us it was against the rules to sell stuff in school. Thankfully he's gone. We had to be sooo secretive because we were afraid of getting caught!
Right now, we have people leave their catalogs in the teacher's lounge and there are no problems.
Also, unless you are really a great salesperson, it's usually hard to make a lot of extra money selling a company's product. There is usually a package you have to buy to start up, then you have to place a certain $ amount in a span of a month or 2 or they consider you inactive then you either discontinue or buy the startup package again. So my question to you is, do you really like Avon products or do you want to make extra cash. Everyone I know in teaching who does these sorts of things on the side basically don't make hardly any money to be worth the time. They usually sell it because they like the discount they get from selling it.
Check with the rules first, then leave a catalog in the lounge. People can either order or not without feeling any pressure. Personally, if I had the opportunity to order from a co-teacher or someone else, I'd support my co-teacher.
Make sure you check with your principal about this, before doing this. I have never been to a school, however, where anyone got reprimanded for doing so. (I live in the south, by the way.) We actually have a book company that sets up a display in our teacher's lounge, for teachers to buy gifts and books from. And, of course, we have our makeup salespeople within the school, which is really nice, so I don't have to hunt for one in my area where I live. Actually, there was a business here in town that sold Avon products. I loved going there for my makeup, because she sold it at the price she paid for it. It was a win-win situation. The only problem was, the other sections of her store didn't sell as well, and she went under.
I hate it when people come up to me and try to sell stuff. However, if I see a catalog sitting around, I might look through and order something. Don't make people feel pressured at work, but just letting them know that you are a representative would be fine, I think (assuming it breaks no rules).
I think leaving the catalog in the lounge is a good idea. If you have any fellow teachers with high school or college age daughters you might mention the Mark line to them and give them a special catalog for it. If they order fine, if not, you tried but wasn't pushy. My daughter loves the Mark things and she is 27. Also something you might do is not require your coworkers to pay the 75 cents handling charge since you take it to school and do not have to deliver it to their house.
We also have gals in my building who share books once you know who likes to order instead of giving each one their own book (plus leave one in the lounge). If it is ok with your administration that you leave a book out, you might leave out maybe 5-6 and write on it "Take Me Home and Look At Me".
My daughter sold in high school and a lot of teachers here bought from her. I think you can do good with Avon. It is surprising where you can get customers. I go to Curves and they have a lady who leaves books each campaign. Don't forget to give out the Outlet books. I order lots from it, there are great deals in it!
One of our teachers sells scrapbooking stuff, Creative Memories, I think, and she just leaves a catalog in the teachers' room and marks the date when she's putting in an order. Other teachers have jewelry parties, pampered chef, etc. in the lounge and we all pick and choose what we want to buy. No one is made to feel guilty if they choose not to buy. But if there is something I want, I choose them first.
I guess it depends upon the rules of your school. We had an "Avon lady" at our school--a teaching assistant. She was a lifesaver for me at Christmastime. I bought some stuff from her, and I gave them to coworkers for Christmas presents (the ones who gave me something). There are always some inexpensive and great "stocking stuffers." This would be a good time to begin selling, if you can. Imagine the money you could make right now.
Thanks for the input and the great ideas. I decided to go for it (but check with my principal first).
Q for Muffy-It sounds like if you sign up to be an Avon rep,then you can also sell Mark and vice -versa? I was having a hard time deciding between the two lines.