Are You Active or Inactive? Active, with a Red Jacket
Amount of Initial Inventory You Purchased:
How were you recruited? Tell us all the details.
I came in sideways. In other words, I wasn’t recruited. I saw on Facebook that a family member was selling and she said that I could sell as well for only $100. Because I had a full time job, it seemed like a no brainer, so I signed up immediately. I signed on a Saturday and on the following Monday, my new sales Director called me to do my “training”. My training was her (in another state) taking me through her Unitnet site and showing me my inventory options.
My heart sank. But as I listened, I wanted to believe the career path. I wanted to believe that I could do what so many other women were doing! I feel guilty all the time for draining our savings to start a business when I had no formal training and no previous experience. I found out pretty quickly that I was a natural salesperson. That was exciting and gave me confidence to move forward. I found out just as quickly that this particular business is not built on what I did, but on what others who I recruited did or didn’t do. I found out I didn’t like recruiting at all.
Do you have a memorable experience from your time in Mary Kay? If so, please tell us about it.
I began to notice little things that didn’t add up. When I had a new recruit, whose initial inventory was placed on a Sunday night at 7:30 PM on February 28th, I knew something was amiss. That was not what was in her best interest in any way. Those of you familiar with the 3 month discount can see why as well. She lost an entire month of ordering privileges.
I noticed other things that didn’t seem to make sense. Why would the company go to such efforts to make us want to be Stars? I started to feel like there was a company within the company that was marketing to us–their sales force. Who does that?
I was proud that I figured out on my own, that the Independent Beauty Consultants were Mary Kay’s BEST customers. If they sold us $1800 worth of product–why would they care if we never sold it. Imagine someone going into Target and purchasing $1800 worth of cosmetics. I was glad that I WAS ABLE to see that it wasn’t that much different. I am proud of the fact that I figured out that there were flaws in the system without anyone pointing this out to me.
What are you doing now?
I am walking, reading and writing. I will be getting a part time job soon. But, I am actually okay with that. I know that it will mean that I will make some new friends and I will learn some new things about myself and about the world.
I may send back my inventory soon. I may keep selling it until it dries up. I have until October to decide. I don’t consider this a total loss, because of this experience I am more aware of the importance of being true to myself.
I praise God that I don’t have to dress in a fashion that isn’t me, but I also am thankful that I learned how to take better care of my skin, apply my makeup and I took the time to get a new great hairstyle that gets me many compliments.
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I have to take responsibility for my own actions. I made the choice to order and reorder and reorder. I got a little greedy to be number #1 in my unit (although, I only made it to #3). I won’t blame others for the choice I made to go over the edge in PINK. Some of my choices were made because there was a major corporation, with people skilled in marketing pressuring me, though–so I won’t be hard on myself for the money I wasted while under the pink fog. I can’t change any lie that was said to me, but I can take pride in the fact that I never lied to anyone to move up any ladder.