Are You Active or Inactive? : Inactive
If Inactive, Date You Left MK: January 2011
Amount of Initial Inventory You Purchased: $200
How were you recruited? Tell us all the details.
I was working retail and a lady I rang up (total stranger) chatted me up and asked if she could come over and do a party for my mom and I. I let her, and it was fun. At the end, she gave her spiel about selling MK and I was at a point in life where I was working a lot and looking for extra money, so I thought another chance to line the pockets couldn’t hurt. She invited me to one of her new consultant’s debuts full of support and love and warm fuzzies, and that night I signed up.
Do you have a memorable experience from your time in Mary Kay? If so, please tell us about it.
The inventory interview made me feel … deceived. I was trying to save and scrounge all the money I could with my little existing part-time job, paying student loans and other bills, just making it, and she was showing me packages upwards of $6000 or so. I remember telling her that I’m not trying to make any extra unnecessary debt for myself (bc Sallie Mae is nothing to play with! ;D) and she asked if I could put it on a credit card or ask for a loan from a family member or the bank. This set off alarms in my head and I refused all of those options. If I wanted to do this business, I was going to use my disposable income and build it up that way. So I ordered $200 worth of product every two to four weeks.
Another memorable experience was the first unit meeting. It was quite a long drive, and once I got there, it felt like a cult. Or maybe I’m just not a pinky-frills, fuzzy steering wheels, cooing and cheering type of person. It felt as if I was stalked if, God forbid, I missed a meeting/training session because of a family thing or work (by that time, I had a FT and a PT job in addition to MK). I saw a lot of heavy praise for MK the person, which didn’t sit right with me, either.
What are you doing now?
Working a full-time job with benefits in the field that I want to work in.
Additional comments here:
MK and its culture just weren’t for me. I’ve seen/heard/read horror stories, and God bless you women who have gone through and come out of MK stronger and wiser, bad experience or not. I’m just so grateful that I was able to get out when I did, because the way it was going, it would have been a horror story.
If you’re seriously looking for extra money, I suggest going into business for yourself maximizing upon a skill / gift that you already have. Where you can ACTUALLY call the shots and do what you love so that it doesn’t feel like a chore and no one is breathing down your neck.