Written by Lorraine
I have been a consultant for about 6 months now. I’d like to start from the beginning.
A good friend of mine starting selling. I came to one of her first parties. Her recruiter was supposed to be the one to run the show but she showed up about a half an hour late. So, we just kinda started the makeovers as best we could. I liked what I was trying on especially the foundation. I didn’t have any money to buy anything so that was that.
A couple of weeks later my friend invited me to one of the Monday night meetings. I don’t do all that well in big groups of people that I don’t know, but I said ok if I could bring someone with me. So, I brought my husband’s grandmother with me. I was really put off by all the power clapping and hoorah of it all. Not my thing. All seemed kinda fakey to me and I am not a fakey kind of person.
Went upstairs for the makeover and had an ok time. Again, I really didn’t have any money to spend. I told my friend when I had money I would like to get some things. I was kind of looking for something to do at the time for an at home job so I was willing to look into this.
Next, was the turn for me. I went to one of the brunches. I was impressed to hear about all the free cars, directors’ incomes and all that. They read a poem about stepping out of your comfort zone.
Since I am a person who tends to stay in my comfort zone and not really take risks I thought they might have a point and this could be a personal growth experience for me. So, after talking to my hubby, doing some research, and talking to my friends director I decided that I didn’t have much to lose with a $100 start up fee and a 90% buy back guarantee. Plus I was getting all the product that I wanted. I was also told by my friend (or now recruiter) that I only had to purchase $225 of product a YEAR to stay active and get my discount.
Which later I found out was incorrect.
Well, I started going to all the meetings and at first, despite all the fakey hoopla and power claps, I loved the meetings. My director used me as an example because she said I was dressed the way all of MK women should be it dressed and I was so cute. Well, I loved it (except for having to stand up in front of everyone because I am shy so that was hard) because I have a low self esteem it felt good to be pointed out, told nice things about myself. Who wouldn’t like that?!
Then, it all started. The pressure was on to buy a full inventory. I called all the hotlines and what not. I decided to just be bluntly honest with my director and tell her that I have no money, credit cards and can’t get a loan to buy inventory. Whoa! Did she ever back off of me all of a sudden. It was like I didn’t even exist. I was really irritated but determined not to let her stop me in building MY new business. So, I kept going to meetings. My friend or recruiter did recommend if I could do a $600 order then I could have my director come out give me a debut party and earn some free product.
I thought ok maybe I can sell enough just starting with my family to get that order. I did. My mom loved the product and she also loves to spend money so no guilt in it for me she wanted it and spent $350-not just for herself but she also bought gifts for other family members.
Shes using it and her skin looks AWESOME! I was slightly frustrated because I started to break out from the product. I have had acne since I was 11 years old-severe cystic acne. I used everything under the sun including acutane. Used some of the newer stuff from the dermatologist that worked but dried my skin out horribly. My recruiter told me to give it a couple of months sometimes a new product does that at first. She was RIGHT! Six months later I have no acne, no dry skin, and it looks better than ever in my entire life!!! Totally satisfied with the product. Constant compliments on my skin!
Anyways, I sold to my mom and came up with the rest of the money myself to make that six hundred dollar order and got my debut party where 4 guests came and I sold $70 worth of product. My director did a horrible job, didn’t talk about the business opportunity or anything, which she later admitted to me it was the worst party she has ever done and apologized. I know she never wanted to do the party in the first place because I didn’t really BUY inventory, I SOLD product to get to that $600 mark and she only does parties for people who she believes are serious and spend a lot of money to start with otherwise its not worth her time.
Well, I still really wanted to make this work and thought maybe that I really would do better if I had inventory and people wouldn’t have to wait for there order. SO, I applied for a couple of credit cards and, thankfully now, I got turned down, which I expected. Now I see how that was a protection!
Well, I still wanted to keep going. I would take my bag of makeover equipment and what little product I did have to the school where I take my kids, a homeschooling program where I have to stay on campus, and thought if people see my bag they’ll ask me about it. A few people did, but didn’t lead to anything.I did a few facials for my girlfriends which was fun. I love for them to walk away looking and feeling beautiful and if they buy something fine and if not fine, too. One of my girlfriends decided to sign up because I told her that it was worth it if she wanted the whole ultimate miracle set because all she had to do was order $225 a year to get her discount (which I was wrong and felt horrible for.) She was not upset, though and decided to do some selling, not a lot. Which I have NEVER received a commision check off of any of her orders as of 3 months now. She is now quitting but still loves using the product.
I have done one party besides my debut. It was at my mom’s with some family members. I sold $420 and everyone looked and felt great and were happy with the product when they got home. I am getting ready to do my next party next weekend with different family members.
I have been on this site before and pooh-poohed it. But looking at it more I see a lot of truths and SOME exaggerations. Some people I truly believe may have just had a bad experience due to MK or not.
The main problem I have right now is how religious my director is.
All her hotline is is spiritual advice not business advice. I appreciate their philosophy of ” God first, family second, career third”. BUT, they don’t practice what they preach and I do. They are always pushing career first. On top of part of being a Christian means leading a simple life and I don’t believe that striving after all their prizes and free cars, and paying for expensive seminars is going to help me to lead a simple life. Along with the ethics of the way they want you to sell. I was feeling like all I was talking about was MK and I could feel myself being tired of talking about it so my friends and family must be too. Even though they say you don’t have to be a pushy sales man to do this you really do in order to become a director or “win” a car.
Now, I feel stuck. I am not going to go back to the meetings, although I don’t have to pay to go like some have said they have to.
I still LOVE the product and don’t want to pay full price for it. I also love doing the facials,not necessarily always a party, but just a personalized facial. I think its fun! I just can’t decide if its worth it to keep selling at all or not. I am not going to purposely recruit and will be honest with anyone who wants to sign up.At the end of the year are the taxes going to be a hassle? I just don’t know what to do now. I am sad because I really wanted this to work. I never expected to make A LOT of money or even get a free car. I just wanted to make $500 a month or so and I would be happy. Any comments would be appreciated. Thanks for reading my story.