This man sells real estate and has a wife who is almost a DIQ. We are lucky to have him to tell us how misguided we are and how simple it is to make money in Mary Kay. The subject line of his email was “Seriously now?”
Seriously, is MK all that bad? I stumbled across your website and am surprised at all the negativity. I am a firm believer in being in business for yourself and avoiding working at a J.O.B. (Just Over Broke).
Its hard to believe that MK is evil. By all means bad people do bad things but would being a Beauty Consultant really be a bad thing. I am in a business that is challenged everyday ethically, morally and legally. Some people decide to do the wrong thing but convincing a woman to clean her face with MK as opposed to Clinique, is that bad?
Some people are to scared to do what is necessary to succeed in a business that is constantly forcing them out of their comfort zones. MK is a business and needs to be treated as one. Manage your time, money and inventory. Work it like a job and be intentional.
Reviewing how much in commission you make by recruiting other people into MK does not convince me that it is better to recruit than it is to sell. True MLM or pyramid schemes typically make it better to recruit than to sell. In MK you make more by selling than by recruiting. And the love checks are nice but don’t start rolling in until your recruits start selling. So I don’t see a scheme here.
Nothing in life comes easy especially when it comes to convining people you have just met to book an appointment to have some one try and sell you cleansers and make up you didn’t know you needed. I feel that some women go into it with their eyes closed and with unrealistic expectations. I think women need to study a little about business in general before going into one with MK. “Everyone should go into the grocery business first before doing anything else, because if you don’t sell what you have the stinking rotten inventory reminds you very quickly that you bought too much.” I don’t know who said that quote but it is a favorite of mine.
The number one mistake with small business is that they over buy their inventory when they first get started. This is true with Mary Kay. That is the only bad thing I have ever seen from MK is convincing new people to buy upwards of $3000 of inventory to start with. Start small and grow your business as it needs to.
Back to the negativity, I believe negative people tend to attract negative people and positive people attract other positive people. Your blog sure has its negative attractant on. Be positive and positive things happen. I am sure there are horror stories about every door-to-door sales company, work at home business, franchise and network marketing company out there, but I know there are also positive ones. Business is business, the market takes it toll everyday on those who don’t work their businesses. 9 out of 10 small businesses fail, so why do people think that their first one will be a success. Plan to start 10 then the odds will favor you.
Just so you know two of my sister-in-laws and my sister have joined MK one bought $800 in start up inventory and has been selling $100-$200 a month in product. The other bought close to $5000 in start up inventory and with in 3 months called it quits. My sister only got the starter kit. None of them really should have joined because they are not business minded people but that was their choice. My wife recruited all of them into MK.
My wife is planning to go into DIQ this month. I am not biased either way on Mary Kay, I am a business man and can see opportunity in most things. Mary Kay works when the consultants work and like wise it fails when they don’t. That’s business. I hope you can use your website to help people get over being a MK consultant and get back to working for someone else. Everybody needs to find their role in life and for some its working for others. Its not a bad thing, its just who they are.