A mother who struggled to find work after the birth of her baby boy has turned her life around.
Carrie Twining, 30, spent 17 months as a stay-at-home mum and out of work.
She previously worked as a buyer for Claire’s Accessories and Lloyd’s pharmacy. But when she had her son she didn’t want to go back to full time work.
Carrie, who has a two-year-old son called Fin, was stopped in the street by an Avon representative and has never looked back.
“It has really boosted my confidence,” she said.
“I didn’t know what to do after I finished work and had Fin.”
Carrie trawled for a part-time job but struggled to find anything that would mean she was better off.
“I didn’t want to leave my son,” she said.
“Looking for part-time work was so disheartening. When I weighed up the pros and cons with the high cost of childcare, I would’ve been out of pocket.”
Then an opportunity came knocking for Carrie.
“I was stopped in the street by a lady who worked for Avon,” she said.
“We had a good chat but I was under the illusion you’d have to sell a lot of products to make any decent money.”
Carrie decided to bite the bullet and give selling a chance.
Her confidence soared when she got orders worth £300 in the first five days.
“I was amazed how well it fitted in with motherhood,” she said.
“You can do as little or as much as you want and it means I save on childcare.”
Hard work and high motivation has paid off for Carrie, who is now sales leader with Avon.
She added: “My advice to other women would be don’t give up hope and just go for it - I’m glad I did.”
“I love it.”