Mary Kay: A Real Job?

Written by TRACY on . Posted in Culture & Manipulation

This is Mary Kay nsd Gloria Mayfield Banks comparing Mary Kay to a “real job.” Mary Kay isn’t a real job because 99% of the people involved spend money on it instead of getting a paycheck. Because it’s an MLM, the odds of success for the vast majority are miniscule. So they’ll end up spending money instead of making money.

Moving up in Mary Kay is not tied to the mastery of a skill or to how hard you work. It is directly proportionate to whether or not you can “pull inventory.” If you can recruit new victims and get them to place big initial orders, you move up.

And don’t take my word for it. Take the word of the many sales directors and former sales directors here on Pink Truth. They worked damn hard. And didn’t have much to show for it in the end.

Throughout my career I have seen many Consultants come and go because they felt they needed to find a “Real Job.” Why do people think that Mary Kay is NOT a “Real” job? What classifies an opportunity as a “Real” job? Does getting a paycheck with the same number of dollars each pay period classify as a “Real” job? Does working 10-40+ hours, and still making the same amount of money classify?

How about getting up very early, taking a shower and leaving your house every day? What about putting your kids in daycare- does that make it a “Real” job? How about having to schedule vacation time a year in advance? Or having to explain to your supervisor why you need a day off? Maybe that is what makes it a “Real” job. Maybe you need to be working for someone else, have to report to someone else and let him or her decide when you deserve a raise.

Let’s pretend for a moment. What if we apply “Real” job guidelines to your Mary Kay business? Just imagine if you devote 20 hours per week of complete and total focus to doing your Mary Kay job well? What if you set your own goal and always did today’s work today instead of waiting until you felt like it? Imagine the possibilities- if you paid attention to profitability and actually took the steps necessary to promote yourself.

You owe it to yourself to make Mary Kay a “Real” job-even if it’s just part-time.

Why would you give more time and commitment to someone else’s business than you would your own? Do you really want to work for someone else forever?

Wouldn’t you prefer to work 20 hours, but get paid like you worked 40 hours?Would you like to be your own boss? Would you like to plan your own hours each week to work within your family’s schedule? What if you could take an extra day off one
week, then work an extra two hours each day for the next week to make up for it? Do you have this type of freedom with your “Real” job?

If you feel like you have “tried Mary Kay” and it hasn’t worked for you, try asking yourself a few questions.

  • If someone with my MK work habits worked for me, would I continue to pay them or reward them?
  • Am I consistent in my efforts?
  • Do I make calls when I need to make them- no matter what?
  • Do I place orders in a timely manner to keep the “store” stocked with the hottest, most up-to-date products?
  • Do I give great customer service-going over and above what the client expects?
  • Do I follow up on all leads and potential recruits quickly and professionally?
  • Do I work with my Director on accountability and turn in my weekly accomplishment sheets?
  • Do I attend trainings and events in my area?

If you have answered any of these questions with a “NO”, perhaps this is an opportunity to change your ways and make new goals for your business this month. Make it a point to treat your Mary Kay business like a “Real” job-you will earn REAL money, REAL cars, REAL prizes and see REAL changes in your life!

Want to make a REAL difference in the lives of women? I believe we can!

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Comments (3)

  • Lazy Gardens


    If someone with my MK work habits worked for me, would I continue to pay them or reward them?

    Well, if I had an employee:
    who ordered inventory even when we were overstocked on the product,
    who ordered inventory just to get a “prize” from the vendor,
    who spent money that should have gone to pay the rent and utilities to go to conferences,
    whose free use of the corporate credit cards were running the company into deep debt,
    who frequently lied to me and their department about the financial status of the business,
    who was systematically creating more competitors for us by encouraging our customers to start up identical businesses ….

    …. I’d fire her ass in a heartbeat.


  • MLM Radar Detector


    Lazy, that’s a better answer than anything I had!

    Our Ms. Gloria Banks is coming right out and saying that if you just put in the time you WILL make REAL money at MK. What a crock.

    And how does she say you should use your time? Making phone calls, stocking inventory, following up on leads, filling out paperwork, attending company meetings. While all of those activities make you READY to sell, none of them guarantee that you will close a single sale, much less close enough sales to break even.

    In a real company, where the goal is to make real sales to real customers, the company does market research to determine whether real potential buyers exist, advertises to draw buyers, limits the sales force to only as many sales reps as needed to service the anticipated buyers, usually pays a guaranteed minimum to its sales force, AND makes sure the sales force knows how to close sales.

    Where is the Mary Kay market research? Where is the Mary Kay advertising? Where are the statistics which back the “company averages”? How often do those “company average” numbers get updated? If there is such a demand for Mary Kay, why does eBay have 31x as many Mary Kay listings as there are Amway listings? Why does eBay have 16x as many Mary Kay listings as there are Arbonne listings? Or is asking such questions “negative”?

    Dear Ms. Banks… If I consistently put in the REAL time doing everything you say, and I don’t make the REAL money you promise, will you pay me the difference?

    Didn’t think so.


  • onelessSD


    Lazy & MLM Radar- both of your answers deserve a standing O! I can’t add anything else other than from my own experience- “Ms Banks, to your above questions, I answered a big YES to all – and still ended up with $22K in debt when I left directorship… how do you explain that?” I did it all- and in the end I’m still paying off that debt. MK or any MLM is a losing battle – the only way you make it is to chuck your conscience at the door and sell your soul to the devil to con people into joining.


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