MLM Reviews: Selling Mary Kay?
Thinking of becoming a Mary Kay Consultant? Selling Mary Kay will pull you into a mlm company where you sell Mary Kay products, find yourself logging into the MaryKayInTouch website and hosting direct selling parties.
Before you join Mary Kay as a Consultant you need to know what a multilevel marketing company entails and how Mary Kay’s Compensation Plan will pay you.
My Mary Kay Beauty Consultant Experience
It was an unsuspecting night. I got a text (probably while working on my mlm reviews blog) and was invited just like that to a Mary Kay Beauty Consultant Party.
It was from my neighbor who had “jumped the gun” and decided to become a Mary Kay Consultant.
I decided to go for three reasons:
- I like cosmetic products and don’t mind seeing what’s out there.
- I wanted to support my neighbor
- I was on a mission to check out information for this Mary Kay Consultant Review for my mlm reviews site.
I’m not a huge girly person so I rarely get together in a room full of women and act all gushy and girly.
After I get over my weird woman social issues, I can talk to people but I always feel like a weirdo. (This is one of the main reasons I never did mlms like Mary Kay)
Let’s get back to my Mary Kay Consultant Experience…
I arrived early because, like a dummy, I thought the party was earlier than I thought.
When I arrive my neighbor friend was in a bit of tizzy and you could tell she was anxious…but smiling nonetheless.
She had spent a good amount of time and money on food, décor and drinks.
(They made spiked apple cider….good idea)
When it came time for the Mary Kay Party to start, all of the women who were invited gathered in a room where there was a table of Mary Kay products set up.
It was my neighbor’s first official Mary Kay Party so she was in her first month and trying to fulfill her first Mary Kay Consultant Challenge which was to give 30 Mary Kay Facials in one month.
So as the party started, they Mary Kay Director that was helping my friend launch and my friend gave asked us to all wash our hands.
Yes…it was a little strange.
We were offered Peach or Unscented Silk Skin stuff. It was like a oily mixture. Then we were asked to wash our hands and wash the silky stuff off.
I suppose it was nice. My hands were softer. I noticed they were also a lot more shiny.
The even stranger thing is that was the only time the silk hands product was mentioned.
After we were all seated, the Mary Kay Director Introduced herself and gave all of the people in the room a quick run down of why becoming a Mary Kay Consultant was her best decision ever.
She then talked a lot about how awesome my friend was and how she had already earned some trinket presents.
She passed one of them around. It was a very cheap silver plated (I think plastic) charm.
The reason behind the trinket items?
The Mary Kay Consultant Director explained to us it was because the original lady, Mary Kay, believed deeply in rewarding others.
Then she took that and gave us a history of Mary Kay herself.
The History of Mary Kay
Mary Kay opened her new store in Dallas Texas in 1963 with a desire to build her own income and help other women achieve success.
Where did she get the drive?
Apparently she was a little sour about how the world treated women at the time (and I don’t’ blame her).
She was turned off by her former boss who believe women had a place in the home and really were not equal to men in the business world.
The irony of Mary Kay Ash investment in the Mary Kay store was that she had to have her 18 year old son sign for the $5000 loan that started her store.
In those days, women were not allowed to have loans.
It’s amazing how over 50 years a nation can change. I personally can’t even imagine having to go through what Mary Kay Ash did.
As she grew, she helped other women become Mary Kay Consultants and from there the MaryKay In Touch and other ways for consultants to learn how to sell Mary Kay Products came along.
So after the Mary Kay Consultant Trainer/Director gave us the above information, she proceeded to tell us about the Mary Kay Products and pass them around.
Some key points before the presentation started was that we had to fill out a paper about what products we might like with our information on it for our friend (which they forgot to collect).
Then, at one point we were challenged to write down as many names of our friends we could think of and (yes….and then) even use our phones to write down their phone numbers too. We received raffle tickets equivalent to the number of people we wrote down for a chance to win a Mary Kay Product that was displayed in a little pink bag.
I love winning things but I was stuck on two names and no phone numbers. Then I remembered that I work with a bunch of women and came up with 11 names..but no phone numbers so it would be clearly useless for my friend.
I thought this “game” was a really clever way for the Mary Kay Consultants to get more leads.
We were reminded several times that scheduling a facial was one of the main goals of the event and how there is a lot of science and support behind the Mary Kay Products.
As the night started to wind down, there was one thing that stood out that I thought was a wee bit intrusive…and yet it is what comes with a mlm company.
I really thought the way it was done was rather slick though.
There came a time where the Mary Kay Director asked us to one by one state why we thought our Mary Kay Consultant friend would be successful.
It was kind of weird.
I’m her friend but I’m not that close to her, so here are two reasons I didn’t like this type of approach to selling Mary Kay products:
- People were put on the spot to say something kind about the person. I’m not someone that likes to just be put on the spot and “forced” to say something kind. It’s not that I didn’t have anything kind to say, it’s just weird to be told to say it.
- The kind words can create a false sense of security in the new Mary Kay Consultant because we were literally asked to say that they would be a successful consultant. How in the world are you supposed to know how good of a sales person someone is? I just think it’s strange because if she isn’t successful, I feel like I’m part of the let down…you know. It’s kind of mixing business with friendship and that’s not something I like to do.
Am I being too negative or realistic?
After taking a look at the income results of most mlm opportunities and business out there, I’m going to say I’m being realistic.
I especially feel realistic in not liking this approach or how Mary Kay Consultants are mislead after reading an article from forbes.com that states how Mary Kay Consultants are being mislead.
They are required to invest in a ton of products, many on their credit cards, and have to sell the items before their expiration date. (Yes…cosmetics apparently expires)
Another reason I’m not fond of the home party approach is because there is an unsaid pressure to buy to help “support” your friend in their new business venture. Not only that…but you are also pressured to supply your friend list to them and this doesn’t sit right with me.
OH..and the gift offered for doing so?
It was an EMPTY Mary Kay makeup holder.
This totally sucks.
So not only do you give up leads to your Mary Kay Consultant, you also are, yet again, forced to feel the pressure to buy something to fill your empty prize…because why else win it right?
Personally I’m not sure what is more rude, giving my prize to someone else or not buying the makeup to go in it.
MLM Reviews: Mary Kay Consultant Reviews
Mary Kay Consultants come online with a mix of opinions. I found different Mary Kay Consultant Reviews. Some were positive while others were very negative.
Interestingly, the ones that I found most intriguing was one of a woman women who was a consultant but emphasized the importance of learning how to build a business.
This makes me think that the support for online selling in Mary Kay is lacking.
Mary Kay Consultants are charged with selling items from the Mary Kay Catalog which include skincare, cosmetics, body care and even a men’s line.
All of the Mary Kay products come with a guarantee of satisfaction and ask for a refund.
Mary Kay has beena round for awhile so as a Mary Kay Consultant, you will have longevity on your side and a well known and mostly trusted product.
The downside of becoming a Mary Kay Consultant is that you are going to be competiing whith the other 1.8 million distributors out there.
Mary Kay is an international company so your compeition is literally almost everywhere.
MLM Reviews: The Mary Kay Compensation Plan
The main attraction for many women to sell Mary Kay is because they are told that they can achieve financial freedom whilst still staying home and watching their kids.
Mary Kay provides direct selling opportunity that allows you to be self employed and work without a boss because you will be your own boss and you can set your own hours.
You can build a huge Mary Kay company, however, it will take some skills and training. Internet Marketing and getting people in your downline is perhaps one of the more important aspects of selling Mary Kay Cosmetics.
The Mary Kay products come in single packages and they also come in kits. The price of the kits are upwards of $200 and that is a lot to drop for skin products.
There is no doubt that Mary Kay Consultants are near the top of the direct selling game and that Mary Kay is one of the top mlm companies to date.
Mary Kay compensation plan Earning Levels
Mary Kay consutants and new member must purchase a Mary Kay starter kit that costs close to $100 total.
As of right now, Mary Kay consultants are asked to get 30 of their friends to do facials so the kit comes with samples to do so.
The Mary Kay Starter kit also comes with catalogues, brochures, business cards, and training materials. Of course, as you achieve each level of the Mary Kay business plan you earn trinkets. Things like watches, pins…etc.
As a Mary Kay consultant, you will house home parities and go dressed in a jacket proudly winning your Mary Kay pin which really reminds me of an airline stewardess.
Selling the Mary Kay products will happen at the direct selling parities that you host or your friends who host it and/or by selling to customers online.
Recruiting consultants apparently will naturally occur (according to the party I was at) and you will be able to help them purchase the Mary Kay Products at wholesale prices.
Being successful with Mary Kay is going to require time put into hosting parties.
You should learn from online marketing experts. Good thing I know some eh?
Mlm Businesses like Mary Kay offer you a chance to earn a lot of income but ONLY if you know how to build your downline, build a company that sells a lot of product through home parties and online sales that CONVERT.
To get those important online sales of Mary Kay, you must know how to get traffic and to do that, you would be wise to learn from some millionaire mentors.
When it comes down to it, selling AND build a downline are the two main things you need to do.
If you really want to come out the gates with your own business…Mary kay or any other mlm company out there, you NEED to know what you are doing.
Do yourself a favor and get some mlm coaching or online network marketing training.
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