Your Name: Lorie
Are You Active or Inactive? Active
How were you recruited? Tell us all the details.
I met my Director in a local networking group for small businesses.
Do you have a memorable experience from your time in Mary Kay? If so, please tell us about it.
I was introduced to Mary Kay at the age of 10. A member in our church was a director and would bring her big pink box to our house and sell my mom makeup. She would always let me play in her box. She drove a big pink cadillac and I thought that was pretty cool.
What are you doing now?
I am an office manager of an employment service and sell Mary Kay part-time growing into a sustainable part time income for when my husband and I retire in 6 years.
Feel free to include any additional comments here:
I chose to sell Mary Kay 15 years ago when I was in my early twenties. I had a horrible director who was always pushing me. My husband then was not supportive and I explained that to her. I could not commit to purchase the inventory that she suggested I should. I became discouraged and just closed up shop.
Later in life I really liked the idea of being my own boss and met a Director whom I thought would be a good mentor and so far she has met my expectations. I was direct with her in the fact that I would not stock my shelves with inventory and booking parties would be limited due to my church and work schedules. I did not want a Director who would call me every week pushing me to buy more or to book more. I knew what my limitations were. She has respected this and only responds when I initiate questions.
The unfortuante thing I have learned as I read through some of the posts is that too many people are searching for a “fix” when they come to Mary Kay. We can be vulnerable and we allow ourselves not to trust our gut instinct when something does not feel right. We make bad decisions based on faith and hope. Mary Kay is like any other business. It only survives if it is profitable. I’ve worked for corporate America since I was 17. I’ve given up years of personal time to continue to climb that ladder and make a great salary. At the end of the day my company was really only concerned with one thing…how much I made for them that day.
So ladies pursue your dream of building your Mary Kay business, but trust your instincts. Learn to say NO and understand that it takes time to build anything. No company grows with a mountain of inventory or debt. Customers will wait for product. I’m a Longaberger and Tupperware customer. I’ve never left a party with a bag full of stuff. I was just as excited to receive my purchase in the mail or through delivery!!!