Jessica Yik, an Avon Independent Representative, shares her secrets to becoming an entrepreneur
When Toronto-based Jessica Yik joined Avon in 2006, she was looking for a better way to provide for her family, while also running a small dance studio. What she found was a career that allowed her flexibility— and boosted her confidence. “When you don’t have a boss to tell you what they expect,” she explains today, “you have to decide and take action yourself.” We asked Yik to share her story.
What led you to join Avon? “I grew up in a small town, and my parents ran a Chinese restaurant. Growing up in that business environment made a huge impact on me. After high school, I moved to Toronto to complete my BFA in Dance at York University. I opened my own dance studio and we were financially drained. I was looking for ways to bring in more income; my mom had been an Avon Representative on the side while running the restaurant with my dad. Then coincidentally, one of my dance students put me in contact with an incredible Avon Leader who patiently answered all my questions and got me started. I’ve cross-promoted my two businesses, so they complement and grow together. Over the years, I’ve earned nine all- expense-paid trips through Avon, where, on top of being spoiled and pampered, they offered conferences with motivational speakers. That training has given me the tools to build my business and train my Representatives.”
What are some of the challenges of being an entrepreneur? “I once had a friend say to me, ‘I would love to work from home like you: It’s so easy.’ Wrong! I treat my Avon business just like my dance studio. It isn’t always smooth sailing. It takes a lot of work in the beginning and then a lot of maintenance. Being your own boss means you must be willing to adjust your usual way of life: You must be self-driven and keep in mind why you want to be an entrepreneur. If you are willing to persist and focus then you will achieve what you want to do.”
What advice would you give to someone looking to find work/ life balance? “Always look for ways to work more efficiently—the goal is always to work smarter, not harder. Also, have your family involved with your business. My 2-year-old daughter helps me put brochures in boxes and is my ‘ head of public relations.’ I can take my daughter to my meetings and deliveries so I can spend more time with her and she can learn to socialize with people. My husband always encourages me to take the business to the next step. My parents also often offer to take care of my daughter during my busiest season.”
What is the most surprising thing you’ve learned about yourself? “That I am creating my own boundaries: If I am willing to go beyond my comfort zone, I can achieve anything I want to. Also, I am capable of much more than I have ever imagined.”
To learn more about starting your own Avon business, visit joinavon.ca
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