Are You Active or Inactive? Active
Amount of Initial Inventory You Purchased: $600
How were you recruited? Tell us all the details.
I wasn’t recruited. I contacted a consultant and asked to join. I first joined in 2010 when I was 9 mos pregnant, and quit because a new business was too much for me to handle. I rejoined in 2012.
What are you doing now?
I’m getting ready to go back to school, full-time. I’ve been in the business for a little over a year now, and I really enjoy it. I didn’t work my business the first year because I wanted to concentrate on learning the ins and outs of both makeup, skin care, and the science behind the Mary Kay products. Now that I’m comfortable, I get out of my shell now and ask women it they would like a complimentary facial or makeover. I sometimes get no, but I mostly get yes. Once you get women in the door, the product sells itself. Your confidence about the products is the icing on the cake. I’m confident about the product, as I used to have acne and dull, splotchy skin. I’ve seen incredible results and I no longer suffer from acne. My husband also suffered from acne and tried EVERYTHING to include ProActive and Murad. I kept him on the Velocity line for the last three months, and now his skin looks great!
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I feel bad for all of the ladies who had terrible MK experiences. It sounds like none of their recruiters or directors lived by Mary Kay Ash’s Golden Rule. What I’m seeing is these bad experiences stem from unnecessary pressure—pressure to join and pressure to purchase high volumes of inventory just so the recruit and director can profit. That’s not the way it should be, and I don’t let it be that way for me.
I regret that I didn’t recruit from the very beginning, and now I’m starting to offer the opportunity to my clients. I don’t push them though, because I’m not a pushy person. I give them a folder with information for hosting a party and I include information regarding the Mary Kay business and when I touch base with them, I ask for their feedback. I keep in mind that no doesn’t mean never, and there may be another time in that woman’s life when she will seriously consider the opportunity. The least we can do is offer, and they can take it or leave it. And then we move on to the next woman.
If you pressure someone and make them squirm, how long do you think that person will stay a consultant? S/he will probably drop out before you know it, especially if you recruit that person and don’t help him or her get his or her business jump started. There are not as many go-getters and do-it-yourselfers as you wish to believe. That’s why I offer the opportunity and move on, no pressure. I also wouldn’t pressure any of my recruits to have inventory on hand right off the bat. New clients generally will be understanding that a recruit is new and building a new business.
Also, your new clients will understand you are new to the business, and the best thing you can do for them is be honest to them, always. If you don’t know an answer, let them know you’ll get back to them with the answer, and when you find the answer, follow up with them. Honest=respect. Respect=loyal customers.
And if you decide to join this business, I recommend to keep yourself in “learning mode.” Learn all you can, but don’t overwhelm yourself. The learning process is continuous, even for women who have been in the business for over 30 years. You’re learning business skills, people skills, sales skills, personal development skills, and lots of information about skin care and cosmetics. Take it day by day. Go to training to learn, go online to the MK website to learn, and go to seminars to learn. Read anything motivational, as well. And remember, the key to success is not quitting, even if you have to move at a slow pace. Just don’t quit.
One last important thing that I forgot to mention–always go with your women’s intuition. Do only what you feel comfortable doing. Don’t let anyone in your unit to pressure you to do anything you don’t want to do. When I joined MK, it was my choice, and I contacted a consultant to sign me up. I wasn’t pressured into it. She told me to run my business as I wanted, as it was my business. Likewise, it is YOUR business. Work it at your own pace. Yes, the more you work it, the faster it will grow, but everyone has a different journey in this business. 🙂
How I feel about wearing skirts/dresses–It’s like if I was a businessman from New York that comes to Alabama to do business with a farmer. That businessman wouldn’t wear a suit when doing business with the farmer, right? The farmer would feel more comfortable with the businessman that dressed to his level. So I dress to the level of the general population in southeastern Arizona where everyone wears t-shirts, shorts and flip-flops. I dress stylish and feminine, but casual. No skirts or dresses unless I’m going to something celebratory or ceremonial. That’s just my two-cents.