Name: Janet aka mkmyway
Date Joined MK: 2003
Highest Level Achieved: DIQ
When Left MK Or Are You Still Active: Active
Initial Inventory Purchased: $600.00
How were you recruited?
I worked FT+ and got very, very sick, and had to leave my jobs in 2001. I didn’t do anything for 2 years, and fell into quite a depression. I have used MK for over 20 years, and lost my consultant. A friend started selling, I ordered, she said 50% off. I signed. I barely had the money for the starter kit, but knew that I would get the full timewise set. Never intended on doing much with it until I attended a Master Consultant (paid for by my director), then the director conned me into buying inventory. I did sell it, and actually did well for quite awhile. My friend got out almost immediately, and after finding out how much she had lied to me and how much she fed me a line of baloney, I no longer associated with her.
What about Mary Kay appealed to you most?
Honestly, I wanted the product cheap. I had sold lots of MLM, but what I saw on paper about MK looked more promising. The tax benefits were nice too. It looked like I would get the support I needed along the way, too.
Tell us about one of your most memorable or embarassing situations while in Mary Kay
My director came to me in January of ’04 and gave me a long sob story about how she was broke, dealing with brain cancer, and desperately needed money. I had just gotten my disability settlement, and she knew it. She not only conned me into buying $4K of inventory to “help her” out, but she tricked me into loaning her the same amount, only to not pay me back for months – I almost couldn’t pay my taxes!! She forced me to submit DIQ 3 times, none of which I wanted to do, made me lose several friends with her tactics (calling my customers behind my back, etc.), and lied to me constantly about how well she was doing, and things that had been said.
What did you learn from your Mary Kay experience?
Too many people get on the “fast track” and think that after 1 year in the biz, they can teach others to make a “mountain of wealth” in a short time. Those things that are worthwhile take time, hard work, sacrifice, and dedication. Scripture cannot be taken out of context to teach wealth-building principles, and it cannot be used to justify doing things to other people that aren’t biblical. When something looks too good to be true, you need to consider it in prayer and find the facts before you take a leap. Customers are supposed to be the heart of the business. How can we have customers if we recruit them all? Massive recruitment is a sure way to find yourself lonely with few friends and even fewer customers!
What are you doing now? Working full or part time? Working from home? etc.
I teach piano & voice. I still sell to my few good solid customers, but I refuse to recruit, and I’m not looking for new business. I take what comes my way, though. I also sell Usborne, but I’ve gone back to the things I did before MK – I write & review medical texts. I do it all from home, and homeschool my kids as well.