Are You Active or Inactive? Active
Amount of Initial Inventory You Purchased: $600
How were you recruited?
This is my second foray into Mary Kay. The first was extremely short lived. I was recruited after getting a facial with a friend like 13-14 years ago. I don’t know what the heck those ppl were thinking because they literally had me buy a starter kit then never called me again. I didn’t even buy product. I knew there was a center, but I was never told that there would be training or anything. So anyway, jump forward to now. I was “warm chatted” by my recruiter who is on her way to becoming a director. She just qualified for her car. We met at a restaurant where she was picking up her child and mine was also there playing. I went to another facial because I really did love the product way back when and I really liked the changes that they made. (no more mask and so many steps.) Anyway of course she tried to recruit me. I held off for a few weeks. I wanted to see if I loved the stuff for a bit longer because I’m not a natural sales person or a good liar. I love the stuff.
Do you have a memorable experience from your time in Mary Kay? If so, please tell us about it.
Well, I have several. The first negative one was of course being stuck with a starter kit 13 years ago and not knowing what to do with it. The second was going to a rah, rah meeting and being there with my eyes open. I do pay attention when I hear the awards for the highest sales..etc. I am very aware that for me it will probably be just a little extra side cash. However, the best positive experience has been having a very informal facial with a friend. It was so funny because it was so not how MK tells us to do it. My friend called and said to come over because she wanted to try the stuff and she only had time right now. So I went in my capri pants and shirt (my make-up was on at least!) Our kids, my three and her three kept running in and out of the house while I did this facial and my friend purchased close to $200 worth of stuff! I’m so much not a sales person that I was like, “Are you sure?” She said yeah. That has given me confidence to know that this is doable.
What are you doing now?
I’m staying at home with my youngest daughter. She is the main reason why I’m giving this a shot a second time. I could not make a living off of this, but I have made a very average $100/week profit (not sales..profit) some weeks I have not made anything and then others its been $300. I hardly put any work into it. I go to the weekly meetings which for me are a little bit of get away from the kids me time. I have gottten some out of them. Like fund-raising ideas and other “income producing” activities. They are useful, but I won’t get rich off of it. I have only had to drive a little to drop off to strangers. I did I guess 2 days work for about 5 hours and did a raffle to get leads, but my daughter was with me and we took frequent breaks. I don’t think that was a bad deal or even a lot of “work.” I made gift baskets, but that wasn’t a lot of “work” either as my preteen daughter did them with me and we got to spend time together. I was also able to stop whenever I wanted/needed to change a diaper or help with homework. So so far I’m really enjoying this.
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I really love your site. I know that seems strange because our opinions differ so much. But I’ll tell you why I love it. It keeps things in focus for me. I’m not in a “pink fog.” I know that it’s thanks to you. I can see things for what they really are. This “job” is a means to extra cash for the extra’s my kids need. It is VERY VALUABLE to me because it gives me just enough that I will be able to stay at home with my little one a little longer. So yeah, I do have to call people sometimes and hear no. Rejection sucks, but that’s ok, because I’m doing this for her. I hope that whoever is considering this just goes into it with their eyes open. I think that it is a flexible company that can be many things. For me, its a little extra cash with a huge benefit that can’t be measured in dollars. For my recruiter its a car and the chance to work this full-time and (apparently, not sure if its the true case) make a decent living. I would also say, play by your own (fair) rules. I have teamed up with another unit member who wasn’t able to buy huge inventory. I think it’s frowned upon but we open each other’s inventories to help the other out. We also sometimes team up on orders to help defray shipping. Remember this business should be about helping women out. Also remember that this is supposed to be YOUR business. Don’t be afraid to make rules that work for you. Have fun with it! AND BE REALISTIC AND SMART.