Written by Cathy
I am not new to reading Pink Truth but this is my first time commenting. I was a consultant for 6 months and became very discouraged by my experience.
I will admit that when I first started to read PT I thought that this can’t really be all truth. My family runs a business and I know that sometimes dissatisfied employees will exaggerate their grievances. After a few months in MK, I found myself relating to these stories.
I have used Mary Kay since I was a teen and have used the Timewise skincare for over 10 years and have been happy buying MK from a good friend of mine for the past 12 years. Never once did she bug me, hound me, or ask me to become a consultant. I actually asked her about it because my kids were getting older and I was looking for something fun to do. She, after all, had been in MK for 15 yrs and seemed to enjoy it. Even my mom and husband thought it would be good for me to do this. Not saying this to brag but I am thin, blonde and attractive and was told this would be easy for me to sell MK because I look so young for my age. I signed up! For the first 4 months it was great! I bought the $1,800 package (with cash not credit) and was queen of sales most weeks and was a “rock star” according to my director. I guess you could say my “warm market” was working well for me. I only sold to two people who found me through my website so most of my 40 or so customers were people I knew. I told my director up front two things:
- I will not go into debt to run my business.
- I will not warm chatter.
She assured me that I would be fine not doing those things, and I never did them. I was involved with our very successful family business for many years and we ran debt free. I know something about running a business and thought Mary Kay would be an easy way to make some “fun money.” I may be one of the few who go into MK really not needing the money but just wanting something fun to do, and the bonus of getting the products I loved at half price.
But after 6 months, this is what I found:
- I was a star consultant for the first two quarters. In that time I had close to $4,000 in actual sales. By the time I bought product, attended meetings, career conference, extra class supplies etc I am shocked to say I had only $59 left in my MK account. No debt, but no money either.
- I had no team members and no one was interested in even hearing about being one.
- Although my calendar was full the first four months, by month 6 I couldn’t get anyone to book or buy. I did get some reorders but that was only after I ran a special.
- I did everything my director told me (minus the warm chatter) and still no new leads. Wore my pin everywhere (not one person asked me about it), sent over 20 samples and flyers with a gift certificate to all my neighbors (one order), attended all meetings, posted on social media, got referrals (not one wanted a facial when I called… my friends were even reluctant to give me names). I wasn’t able to get anyone to do a party. They were fine to place an order but did not want to host a party. I even tried a 1/2 price hostess shopping spree to try to get parties, but had no takers.
- My director (who lives in a different town) came to see me a few times to “help” my business. All she wanted to do was get my friends to come over and do “practice interviews.” I never did it. I knew why she wanted to talk to them and I would not put them in that position. My director (different from my friend I bought from) was also the same person who told me that she makes all this money and supports her family but when she has came to town she asked if she could just stay with me. She asked to stay with me when she didn’t even know me. If she was so high up in MK and making all that money, why did she have to ask to stay with a stranger and not a hotel? (I told her I didn’t have a guest room or space ).
- My director often ran contests for nice prizes that NEVER seemed to be won by anyone.
I came to the conclusion that I couldn’t possibly make any money a Mary Kay. I could of course could recruit and get more money that way but I couldn’t possibly look at someone and say “Yes, do this! I have made money!” I did it debt free, but still I only had 59 bucks to show for it after 6 months of effort!!!!
I decided to call it quits because I wasn’t going to make any money even after “doing it right” and following the instructions they gave me.
This is just my two cents from someone who was not one of those “not working her business” or “just bitter.” I did all I could (and more) to work my MK business. My friends told me they just found it easier to go to the drug store or department store. I get it.