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My Experience with Mary Kay Cosmetics

As I search the web daily for information about working from home; I meet new people who are looking for a good work at home job or business opportunity that they feel they can be successful with. The one thing that they all seem to have in common is that they want to hear about other people's experiences! I have some experience with Mary Kay, so I thought I would share it with you here. I hope you enjoy!

I am sure just about every person who has tried to sell Mary Kay products has a different experience. In case you are not familiar with Mary Kay, it is a company started by a woman named Mary Kay Ash, who wanted to start a business in which women could work for themselves as an independent contractor, be successful, and only be limited by what they could accomplish.

I first tried Mary Kay products when I was in High School. The older sister of a friend of mine had just signed up with the company and was having a "party". I went, tried, and bought a few things, lipstick and eye gel, to be exact! Some time later, I attended another Mary Kay party, and bought a few more things. The woman who was the consultant at that party talked to me quite a bit about getting in with Mary Kay. I finally took the plunge when I was pregnant with my first child and eager to find something in which I could make money at home while taking care of my child. This is a common goal for many mothers, I have found! It doesn't cost much to get started with Mary Kay. The starter kit is $100 (or was at the time anyway) plus tax and shipping. All told, it cost me about $125. I still remember sitting at my kitchen table on a Sunday filling out the paperwork and signing my check thinking "I hope I know what I'm getting myself into!" I don't remember much about selling that first time around though. Yes, I said first time; but I'll get to that later. What I do remember is that I had a few loyal customers, family, close friends, etc. However, I ran into a slight problem. One of the requirements with Mary Kay is that you must purchase at least $400 retail of the product every quarter in order to be able to get the 50% discount. This would mean, that the $400 order at wholesale price was $200, + tax on $400, plus shipping. On top of that, I usually needed to buy samples to give out to people for free. So, I generally ended up spending about $300 at least every quarter. It just went on and on. After about a year or so of this, I finally threw in the towel. This was about the time we had our second child, and I just didn't feel like I had the time for Mary Kay anymore.

I continued to attend Mary Kay parties from time to time, and used the products occasionally. They really are nice products and I enjoyed them. After quite some time had passed, a friend of mine from church began to talk to me about Mary Kay more and more. It started to seem like a good idea to try it again. After all, since I had been a consultant previously, I could get started again for a low fee. I talked to my husband about it, and we finally decided what could it hurt to give it another try. I don�t remember how much it was; around $25 or so. I will admit, I did much better this time. I attended meetings, conference calls, etc. I even threw a few parties and held some facials. I was making a small profit every single month, and was very proud of myself! However, after about a years time, I began to grow tired of it. I struggled to scrape together enough orders from my customers every quarter to make the required order from the company. I began to feel resentment when a customer wanted a product and I had to order it, or drive it over to their house. Even though I was making money, I still felt this way. I could see other women making lots of money with Mary Kay. I knew of some who even drove free cars! But, the business still didn't feel like it was a good fit for me. I grew tired of the women who were above me. The only called to talk if I was making some big orders. If I was falling behind it seemed they didn't want to have anything to do with me. I felt like all that was important was how much my order was, so they could make more money.

Finally, while I was pregnant with my third child, I decided to quit Mary Kay. I finished out that year, and got rid of the remainder of my inventory in the first few months of the next. I must admit, Mary Kay does seem to be a great business for many many women, but it wasn't for me. I did not have the time to properly devote to it without feeling that I was pushing my children aside, and I didn't like feeling that way. Not to mention, keeping all my records together for taxes ate up even more of my time!

In conclusion, if you are considering signing on with Mary Kay, I encourage you to look over every aspect of the business, and make sure you are signing up under someone who will really stand by you EVEN when you aren't padding their pocketbook enough. And as with any direct selling opportunity, don't try to sell a product that you don't absolutely love to begin with! Find a product that you believe in and you can have fun with! I wish you the best of luck in your search for the perfect way to make money at home.

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