Date Joined MK: October 1999
Highest Level Achieved: Star Consultant
When Left MK Or Are You Still Active: 2002
Initial Inventory Purchased: $600.00
How were you recruited?
My best friend was taking orders for a MK consultant she met (still don’t know how they hooked up really). I bought a couple things, then got “warm chatted” on the phone by the consultant. I hated my job and was job hunting and this seemed like a good way to work towards quitting my job.
What about Mary Kay appealed to you most?
The money of course, but also the freedom that came with having my own business and not working for anyone else.
Tell us about one of your most memorable or embarassing situations while in Mary Kay
The most memorable thing that happened when I was doing MK was when one of the “superstars” in our area was murdered during a home invasion. It was all over the local news and scared the pants off me because at the time of her murder she was in the process of preparing for some sort of MK event at her house. It really opened up my eyes to the dangers of having complete strangers come to your home and/or going to theirs.
What did you learn from your Mary Kay experience?
That while MLM in and of itself is probably not evil, it lends itself to unscrupulous people willing to do and say anything to get that next goodie and/or freebie. Most folks never make the kind of money they claim they make. It’s probably okay as a PT on the side gig but don’t quit your day job and don’t expect to get rich.
What are you doing now? Working full or part time? Working from home? etc.
As of Jan. 1 I’ll be a SAHM.
As with anything MLM related buyer beware when it comes to signing up for MK. There’s a lot I know now that I wish I had known before I signed up in 99. My husband has suggested that I go back to doing MK now that I’m going to be home but knowing that the money is made off recruting not selling has me hesitant to plunge back into the MK world. Also, this isn’t really a business if you have small children (which I have) as it requires A LOT of time to work this business and MK is not kid friendly. MK as a product is hard to sell and isn’t really a competitive brand IMO. Also, I can’t see myself strong arming folks into placing those never ending orders. I’ve been out the business 3 years now and I STILL have MK that I will never use even after unloading everything I could on eBay and donating everything that wasn’t my color to Goodwill.