Learn about Silke Jager!
The reason why Silke decided to start an Avon business.
Learn about Silke Jager and why she decided to give Avon a try. Silke started in the customer service field many years ago. It started while was studying Hotel Management in Germany in the late 1980's. She has always enjoyed helping customers and mentoring newcomers into the world of business and customer service.
Since those early days in the work force, Silke has gained many years of experience in customer service, building websites, helping small businesses with their online presence, and raising two children.
After 10 years of working for a privately owned web company, she decided it was time for a change!
Silke Attending An Avon Workshop
In late 2017 Silke, and her husband Nick Jager, started a new business venture an... Avon Store in Jackson TN.
My Why! The Silke Jager Story...
For several years now I've researched business opportunities that Nick and I could sink our teeth into. We have family living across the globe and love to travel. A business that we could do from home, or on the road, was on top of our wish list.
Of course, the first business model I looked into was the travel industry. After I realized that we would have to come up with $10,000+ start-up capital that dream quickly came to an end.
We wanted to build our business from the ground up without it being a huge financial burden.
Nick & Silke Jager, Green Sand Beach, Big Island, Hawai'i
With our diverse background, Nick and I spent 14 months care taking in Hawai'i, we figured we could build on that. So, I started looking into a small start up business in our own neighborhood. Landscaping, roof repair and garage door repair was all on our list.
I considered starting a food truck and even had the menu all mapped out. Once again, it required lots of money upfront so we shelved the idea. Then I thought a pet boarding business might be fun, but Nick wasn't on board with that one.
We both thought a power washing business might not be a bad idea, in Tennessee the houses need to get cleaned of mold at least once a year. That was seasonal work and after some research I found out there was already a pretty fierce competition.
That brought us to Avon! One day, after returning home from running errands, I found an Avon catalog in our driveway. Huh! I haven't seen one of those in many years.
Well, the Avon brochure laid around the house for a while. I would look through it every couple of days, until it finally ended up on my desk. That prompted me to do some research on AVON. I found out that the company has been around for 130+ years, they changed their name and restructured in 2016, and that it's a multi-million dollar company. I was intrigued!
Here was the business opportunity we were looking for right in front of my eyes.
Both Nick and I have a strong background in marketing and customer service. I was confident right from the start that we could make this a profitable business, not just for ourselves, but for anyone working with us as well.
After being part of the Avon family for less than six month (as of March 2018), I have already received cash bonuses and incentives, such as:
- Start-up kit refund
- Leadership sign up bonuses
- Free Espira products and sales tools (including a car magnet)
- Free promotional items
Nick and I are so proud to be part of the Avon family!
We are truly thankful to have received a ton of support and training since I've joined this amazing company. We've meet many wonderful people, our fellow Avon Reps, online and in person.
I look forward to growing my business, with the help of my husband, and being able to mentor and teach every one of our new team members how to become successful. We're extremely grateful for the opportunities and incentives Avon has offered us so far and look forward to many years of success!
In early summer of 2019 Nick and Silke moved to a new home in a different state. By then they've had many late-night discussions and decided to not pursue building their Avon business although they had a very successful first year with over $10,000 in sales.
They reached both of their goals of making President's Level & Bronze Ambassador.
Regardless of our seeming success, we didn't make the kind of money we hoped for, freebies don't pay the bills and the AVON company itself has changed yet again...
New Avon is possibly being acquired by LG Household & Health Care, a Korean based company. Avon Products entered into a merger agreement with Natura Cosmeticos (based in Brazil) in June 2019.
This in conjunction with the constant product unavailability, having to spend money on brochures every two weeks and the uncertainty of your downline was enough for us to call it quits.
Silke will continue to offer Avon products online for her loyal customers. She still uses many of the products herself. As far as building a team and encouraging others to join her, she has sadly lost her faith in the company.
Read more about our decision to stop promoting and selling Avon products in an article under the New Rep Resources category...