Mary Kay a Less Stressful Way to Pay the Bills?

Those who have tried to make a true living with Mary Kay will tell you that it is anything but “less stressful.” Yet here is one sales director’s description of how easy it is.

Ever considered a less stressful way to pay the bills:

It’s great to be open minded about other options in today’s economy because of the changing job market. Plus, I believe that no knowledge is lost; it just makes us more powerful as women. This may or may not be a fit. My job is not to persuade women to change careers by any means but simply to educate them on the changes with our company and the career.

Many women are looking at their options today and investigating authentic alternative incomes and careers. I have a degree from Tulane, a masters from the University of Paris, and experience in the international marketing field; yet I knew that I had no guarantee that I would work for 30-40 years and retire with the same company. I know we all have bills and are security conscience, but what is true security if you base a mortgage on a job that is not guaranteed? You can lose the job (lay offs, mergers, etc) but you keep the mortgage, and they say we should have thousands saved up in the bank in order to weather the changes in the economy.

On top of that, only half a percent of women earn over $100,000 today, and women still make just 74 cents for every dollar a man earns. I have to say that I’m a positive person, but those are not good odds. It definitely couldn’t hurt to know how other women are earning money and perhaps get paid what you are worth rather than what a job is worth.

Our company has reached a whole new level of success with the emerging generations getting involved. We are updating our image for the new millennium, growing internet sales online, and seeing women step up into leadership to educate, mentor, and equip new generations. I have been with the company for 3 years and am a Senior Sales Director. One of my highest paychecks in one month was over $17,000 (which I only mention to let you know that this is not just part time sales and extra money).

There is a whole career here where many women are earning over $100,000 a year. It’s not the income that motivates me as much as feeling like I’m making a difference, helping other women, and being able to enjoy the journey with less stress. Have you ever wanted to maintain or increase your current income without increasing your personal stress level?

I have attached the personal story of the woman who trained me, Shannon Andrews, my National Sales Director. If you are at least open to finding out more more factual information on our updates, pay structure, and career path let me know. I would be more than happy to speak with you further. I always prefer to have first hand knowledge on anything I consider rather than hearsay which is all I’m offering. Looking forward to speaking with you further.

I am particularly moved by how she implies that a career with Mary Kay is guaranteed. Really? Why don’t you ask any sales director who had her agreement terminated or who “stepped down” how “guaranteed” the Mary Kay opportunity is. Why don’t you ask any former sales director who lost her unit.

The fact is that you can lose your livelihood with Mary Kay at the drop of a hat. Success in pyramid schemes like Mary Kay is reserved for a tiny fraction of one percent of the women who are a part of this predatory company.

And once again, this sales director references her “paycheck” with Mary Kay. Employees get paychecks, not the independent contractors for Mary Kay. Please stop misleading the masses.


  1. Why don’t you tell me what your lowest paycheck was in that same time frame?

    And I do have a question for those who have done this – can you qualify for a mortgage with your MK income? I realize some people do but it seems like it would be hard to convince a loan company that you have enough steady income.

  2. “My job is not to persuade women to change careers”
    Hahaha. That’s exactly what SDs do. Their income depends on it.

  3. “I know we all have bills and are security conscience,…”

    An advanced degree and she can’t spell conscious correctly.

  4. I have had many jobs in my life, and I GUARANTEE you that being Mary Kay sales director was the most stressful of them all. One of the very worst stressors was that I never knew month to month what my income would be. It didn’t matter how many hours I put in, I had no control over:

    – who would decide to appointments
    – who would postpone or cancel
    – who would want to become a consultant
    – who would place a star order
    – who in my unit would sell and/or order

    Every single way I could make money was dependent on the activities of other people, whether customers, recruiting prospects or unit members.

    And even when I did recruit a lot of women or have a lot of appointments on the books, it was feast or famine. I could never “plan” a consistent sales month or a gold-medal recruiting month, because I couldn’t control who would want to book a skin care class or who would want to become a consultant with full inventory.

    A 9-to-5 job with steady hours and a locked-in paycheck is heaven compared with Mary Kay.

    And I want to know who wrote this piece. I know several of Shannon Andrews’ directors, and I wonder if this woman is even still in business.

    • Directorship was EXTREMELY stressful! All the examples you gave are spot on. 2 bad months in a row, and a unit can be erased overnight with its Director losing it all. 3 bad months and a Cadillac Director will be paying $900/month out of her next 3 months’ commissions. $2,700!

      The mental, emotional stressors were gone the second I walked away from it all. I miss absolutely NOTHING about it!

  5. ” knew that I had no guarantee that I would work for 30-40 years and retire with the same company.”

    Those days are gone, for women AND men. It’s slippery logic to say that because we all need to be agile in the work world that we should sell makeup instead. Should men also join Mary Kay?

    Not to mention that the number of MK “Executives” earning over 100K is ridiculously exaggerated.

    • Yes, working for the same company for more than 10 years is getting to be rare these days. It’s no longer taboo to have shorter gigs listed on one’s resume. After over a DECADE of giving it my all, I was so ready to update my resume and get back out into REAL business with REAL income, REAL benefits, and a REAL future.

    • You have excellent credit and multiple credit cards. Because, if you don’t give up before your miracle occurs, you’re going to have that huge month and be able to pay everything off. Really!

    • Who needs cash? Not when they can earn handbags, red stilettos, bangle bracelets, and rhinestone”Boss Babe” pins.

      And if they SPEND enough of their own — and other women’s — money, they get to drive around town in a car that isn’t theirs.

      You go girl!

  6. This was written in October 2017 and it is now March 2019. The percentages I came up with for women making over $100,000 varied between 3% and 5%. So in a year and five months, I do not believe the percentage has astronomically leapt from HALF A PERCENT in 2017 to a minimum of 3.25% in 17 months or less. Complete and utter lie there.

    Moreover, the percentage of men who make over $100,000 a year? Average percentage is around 10-11% of American men per year.

    So men are ahead of women in that category anywhere between 5 and 7 percentage points. THAT is not the point of being concerned about your future income.

    The other utter lie I cannot help but mention – that $17,000 check in a month – PAYCHECK, EXCUSE ME – HER word —- quite possibly [likely?] was the only one that high. And do Business Owners TYPICALLY refer to their monthly income as receiving a paycheck???

    And in closing, yes, I would LOVE TO KNOW if it is possible for a single woman with a full-time mkcareer, say in the biz 5 years – would a bank approve a mortgage? If not, a loan?

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