A note from a reader who almost became a consultant…
Hello, I just found your site today because I’m doing research on Mary Kay. I have a friendly acquaintance who is a consultant and I’ve gone to two of her events as a guest. I’m a housewife so the idea of having the kind of business they present sound appealing. Thankfully I’m a cautious person so I think carefully before committing.
The first time, about 3 months ago, it was a fleeting flirtation with the idea but I’m not the self starting rah-rah kind of gal, so I said ‘no thank you’ to becoming a consultant. This time, just the other night, I am actively looking for a way to make extra money to replenish our savings that got eaten up by a myriad of events this year. It was a serious consideration to me, but only because it sounds better than retail. My husband, the smart man that he is, didn’t think it sounded good when I said I was thinking of looking into it.
I wasn’t overjoyed with the idea because we don’t have the money to buy inventory. I don’t really use the products and I didn’t like the idea of not using what I would be selling. My friend is always exhausted when I see her and she tends to call me when trying to sell product. They are always trying to recruit me and always ask if I want to join which seems a little odd. My friend has a TON of products and I have to wonder how she affords to buy it. I don’t have a fleet of friends and it feels like I’d lose the ones I have if I’m always trying to sell to them. I’m not a pushy sales person and never will be. I’ve seen lots of MLMs fly through my group of friends like a hurricane and this seems very similar.
But I was still thinking about it which is a little insane. The dreams they give are tantalizing ones. So I decided to do what I do best, internet research. I found your site and they confirmed, beyond a shadow of a doubt, all the fears I have about going into this kind of business. And you mentioned several things I hadn’t even thought of. I will not be considering this ‘business’ again. I will be content to work in the bloody mall and actually make money. Thank you very much.
A happily informed reader.