No, You Can’t Be “At Home With Your Children” While Earning a Living in Mary Kay

If you’ve been around Pink Truth for a while, you know the chances of making a real living in Mary Kay are slim to begin with. Even the 2% of current consultants who have supposedly reached the upper levels of success as sales directors…. Most of them aren’t making a real income.

If they’re lucky, they’re like almost all of the directors, they’re making $10,000 to $20,000 per year . That’s not bad if you’re comparing it to a minimum wage job. But in the real world, we don’t exactly call that making a living or having career earnings.

But let’s suppose you believe $20,000 a year is a good living. Can you really earn that while being “at home with your children”? Because Mary Kay recruiters will lead you to believe that you can. Well, not really “lead you to believe”… They’ll falsely tell you that you can!

Here’s the truth: If you want to make that whopping $20,000 or more doing Mary Kay, be prepared to work a minimum of 40 to 50 hours a week. And when I say work, I don’t mean schlepping around in your jammies and making a few phone calls.

The kind of work you’ll be required to do in Mary Kay will have you out in the streets, looking for new blood constantly. You’ll be trolling for new victims and then working to convince them to “get together with a few of their friends.” There will be plenty of prep work for this gathering (the “skin care class”), including phone calls, coaching postcards, pre-profiling, and general administrative work.

If you can get the bookings, be prepared to be up and out of your house for about 3 hours for each appointment. (You didn’t really believe them when they told you it would only take an hour or so, did you?) After that appointment you’ll have follow-up contacts with people as you try to recruit them into Mary Kay.

Now don’t be too worried about the portion of the job that I just described. Not many women these days want to have home parties, so you won’t be burdened too often by having to partake in this. (Although, unfortunately, those parties are where you find new recruits, so if you’re not having parties you’re not recruiting either, which leads to the dismal earnings mentioned above.)

You will also be busy with weekly unit meetings, nsd guest events, and things like “Muffins & Makeovers” or “Pizza & Possibilities”. Don’t forget events sponsored by Mary Kay Cosmetics like seminar and career conference. And of course if you do find potential recruits, you’ll be trying to corner them into meeting with you and “taking care of the paperwork”.

If you or your unit members get one of those unsuspecting victims to sign up with Mary Kay, you have to start a whole round of meetings and/or phone calls designed to con her into ordering the biggest possible inventory package.

Don’t forget that you’ll also want to have meetings with your movers and shakers to try to entice them into “promoting themselves” up the Mary Kay ladder. Your meetings with them are focused on getting them to envy you, “the suit”,  the material goods brought to you by Mary Kay, and your superior position as sales director. If you can get them to envy enough, you might just convince them that they want to be you and want to move up. You will need to have women who are trying to get the car and directorship in order to boost your own numbers.

There are many more parts to the Mary Kay “job,” but you get the idea here. There are a ton of things that you’ll be doing, none of which involve being at home with your children. Mary Kay is not flexible. You will be working it often during prime family time…  nights and weekends, when your spouse and children are likely at home and wish you could be with them.

Don’t fool yourself into thinking that having your child unpack boxes of inventory from Mary Kay is equal to spending quality time together. Don’t think that “shushing” your child because you’re on the phone means you’re developing a relationship with her or him. Hauling your child with you as you warm chatter women at the mall doesn’t count either.

Mary Kay is all about sacrifices, and your family will be the first to be sacrificed. Sure, you’ll be told that the sacrifice is only short-term, and that your family will appreciate it in the long run. You’ll be told to use your children “as your reason, not your excuse.”

Let’s just be truthful: You can’t really work Mary Kay as a career and be home with your children.


  1. mstar1125

    “you’ll be told that the sacrifice is only short-term, and that your family will appreciate it in the long run”

    It’s so sad, too, because what you are giving up in the “short-term” is the opportunity to watch your kids grow. I’m willing to bet that by the time these women are successful (or have given up), they have missed their kids’ childhoods. No amount of financial success can give you back that time in their lives.

  2. not a bot

    If you sacrifice time with your children, that is something you can never get back. I don’t want to give up time with my kids even for a real job where my work is satisfying and I make a salary with benefits – I certainly wouldn’t give up family time for a ‘job’ where I will probably lose money or make minimum wage at best, sell the ‘opportunity ‘ to others by lying through my teeth about MK, and stalking other victims. I feel bad for people cheated out of family time because they believed the lies and thought making money and family time was possible in MK.

  3. cindylu

    I remember well trying to do this MK business when I had small children. There were many days I was with my child in a stroller trying to find a potential customer. There was time spent on the phone and then out at these parties away from family in the evening. There were the weekly meetings and fake retreats that cost endless amounts of money. Fortunately I did hear the word cult early on (before the internet and pink truth). Some of my MK friends began doubting all the lies told by Directors. In the end I was quite sick (probably my bodies way of getting me out of such a horribly phoney MLM business. You absolutely cannot do MK part time and make any real money. My husband and children hated MK even back then. Decades later they cringe when they hear the words MK. As to those directors who supposedly made it, I heard stories about divorce and out of control kids. So MK does not promote faith or family in any positive way. It also does not provide a real career. I have had a real career with real income. So very glad I got out early on but MK still did damage to my family and to my health. Also without Pink Truth, extricating myself from the cult like pink fog, took far too long. It really is embarrassing to admit that these predators actually convince anyone today to join this cult.

  4. Becky Wiand

    I gave up a good full time job that I had a fill time salary working 40 hrs/ wk! For a part time job to be home with my children. Ha! Gone every night, every Saturday some Sunday’s, and while you are at home you work 24/7 what a nightmare! I was encouraged to have the product so I was always ordering, financially I destroyed my credit and family bank account. I wouldn’t listen to anyone when they would tell me I had made a big mistake! When I finally woke up and got at JOB and quit MK the person who recruited me (10 year) would not speak to me! Everything that has been shared on this web site is TRUE!

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