Avon salesman Kieran Bertie, 21, part of a new breed of men muscling in on door-to-door trade

I’m an Avon Laddie! Salesman, 21, is part of the new breed of men muscling in on door-to-door trade

Kieran Bertie, 21, first started as an Avon representative two years ago to help fund himself through university

Kieran Bertie, 21, first started as an Avon representative two years ago to help fund himself through university

Don”t be perturbed if you find a man armed with a tote bag make full of make-up and beauty products on your doorstep.

According to Avon, which uses door-to-door sales people to sell its products, an increasing amount of men have been signing up.

The cosmetics company which has been associated with the iconic Avon Lady for over a century, has revealed that five per cent of their UK workforce is now made up of men.

With some women reportedly making millions from selling products to friends, family and neighbours – many have been attracted by the financial prospects.

Kieran Bertie, 21, from Halewood, near Liverpool first started as an Avon representative two years ago as a way of funding himself through university.

Hesaid: “My partner Gemma was already into Avon through her mum, I neededmoney to help me through and, with Avon, the hours were flexible and the money was good.”

At first he said people were surprised to see a man on their doorstep but he soon gained their trust and believes being male even served as an advantage.

“It was an ice breaker because peopledidn”t expect a man to be selling Avon. It wasn”t something they had seen before”, he explained.

Mr Bertie revealed that he soon started earning more money selling cosmetics two hours every weekend than working longerhours in a part-time job.

Andnow although he works as a business analyst he intends on carrying on his Avon role and has moved on to become a sales leader overseeing representatives, benefiting, too,from their sales.

He said: “As a man, I suppose I can offer a different perspective.

“I used to feel like a man in a woman”s world because traditionally there was a massive female focus, but I can help to break that barrier down.

“I wouldn”t have known before what any of this stuff was, I didn”t see the point of eye liner and lipstick.”

The cosmetic company Avon has long been associated with the Avon Lady but now an increasing number of men are signing up as representatives

The cosmetic company Avon has long been associated with the Avon Lady but now an increasing number of men are signing up as representatives

A spokesperson for Avon confirmed the trend adding: “This year in particular there has been a reported rise in the number of men joining the direct selling industry generally.

“We find that many run their businesses alongside their partners, however some are simply attracted to the opportunity to be their own boss, working the hours that suit them and other commitments they may have.”

Mr Bertie revealed that his job has also inspired him to make changes to his own beauty regime.

He said: “I do feel I look better and my skin is definitely in better shape.

“I do buy a lot of the products myself, and certainly use more than I did previously.

“It”s mainly facial creams and moisturisers and after-shaves.I”m quite surprised myself at what I”ve learned!”

Avon is a U.S. company, founded in 1886, with markets in over 140 countries, employing around 42,000 people worldwide.