CHARLOTTE – After getting laid off for the second time in three months, Carla Lytle bought a bottle of champagne, headed to a friend’s house and celebrated a new beginning.
After all, the income she was making as an early education teacher didn’t fit with the type of lifestyle she envisioned for herself. She often caught herself buying school supplies for her students, leaving her personal budget very lean. She started selling AVON products to make ends meet.
“The literal reason that got me into AVON is I wanted to buy name-brand cereal,” Lytle said. “That was the goal.”
One week after losing that second job amid a national recession, Lytle went into AVON’s annual convention in Las Vegas with a bigger goal – learning how to make as much selling products as she did teaching.
Hearing the success stories of the company’s top sellers, she thought, “If they can do it, so can I.”
She returned from the convention with a plan and ready to work. Within a year, she had supplanted her teaching salary.
Seven years later, she’s making four times that amount.
AVON bills itself as “the company for women.” David McConnell founded the company in 1886 after realizing women loved the free samples that came with the books he sold. He recruited them to sell his perfume.
Over time, AVON has grown to offer skin care, jewelry and fashion.
One of the reasons Lytle stuck with AVON was because of its support system. Whether you make $5 or $5 million, Lytle said, teammates are supportive and help you accomplish your dreams.
“I have an incredible lifestyle,” Lytle said. “Not only that, but I get to help other people look better, feel better, earn money from home to support those children I used to teach.”