Written by Diana
I wanted to write and share a little of my quitting experience. I am mourning my MK business. I thought it was my ticket to financial freedom. I thought I had found a business that was faith first, family second, and career third.
I was wrong.
I couldn’t even bring myself to attend meetings anymore. I couldn’t contact my leads anymore. I was frozen, the dream was gone. I was a team leader before I really saw the greed. I missed so much time with my family. I knew it was time to quit.
I only did MK for one year. I was a star every quarter, and from sales. I only borrowed $,1200 total for MK and I had over $9,000 in retail sales. No credit card, but that does not mean that they did not try to get me to get one. (The $,1200 was a small personal loan from a bank, not revolving credit.)
I could have made it as a director, but I saw the greed and the stress. I saw my director ask for orders at meetings, smiling and nodding, while saying, “you know you will sell it” and “you don’t want to miss it because it will sell out” etc….. I thought I wanted to be just like her. I mourned for the business I thought I had.
My last month I needed my team members to order so I could stay active. I ended up not caring. I knew my director would hound them to order more of what they didn’t need.
I sold a lot while I was in MK. I moved everything on my shelf. I was good at it. Morally I couldn’t do it anymore, though.. I couldn’t take advantage of the ladies I was supposed to help. I couldn’t ask them to order all the time, it felt wrong.
My director was one of the better ones. She actually trains people on how to sell and books a ten show week every month, she works hard. I was sad to end my friendship with her, because she stopped talking to me all together. She wouldn’t return my phone calls or respond to my texts. It is sad to lose a friend like that.
Mary Kay gives false hope and false morals. Some can ignore this and be directors and NSDs. We are looked down upon if we question and we judge on accident because we can’t continue with the business after we find out the truth. We judge by our action to quit.
The products are good and they got me hooked. It was fun. I liked teaching skin care. It was just so hard to get that good skin care class. So much rejection and work. I figured I was making about $5 an hour doing MK. I am worth way more that that.
Oh, and a few more things…..
Constant events that drain cash and take away from money making activities. To have so many and to make the consultant feel bad if they do not want to go. This is wrong too. The list of wrongs gets longer with the little white lies and the pressure to order.
Example: With one of my first big commission checks ($300) my director said to me, you can use that for some more inventory. I thought this was strange, because my plan was to use it for my son’s preschool. In fact I never reinvested 50%, I always used the money for my family and constantly got flack for it.
Need I go on…. I mourned for my business that turned out to be something different than what I was shown from the beginning. I think I was most angry about the faith first, family second, and career third moral standard, because it simply is not true. When I was working so hard to become a director, it was MK first all the way!!!!