For those of you who may not remember, back in November, I did a post about how excited I was to become a Mary Kay sales rep. I was thrilled to earn some extra money on the side by playing with something that I love: makeup.
That honeymoon period lasted all of a month… after I had sunk about $2300 into my “business.”
All of the sudden, I was at the whim of everybody and their sister. One of the big sellers on the MK rep lifestyle is that you get to spend more time with your loved ones. This did not turn out to be true, because everyone that had money to spend on good makeup worked a 9 to 5 job just like my husband, so they wanted to meet on nights and weekends.
Even worse, I found I made almost no money. As a Mary Kay sales rep, you pay for all the products up front. They tell you that you are going to make 50% profit, because you pay half price and then sell the products for full price.
Mary Kay offers little “free with purchase” gifts that you as a sales rep have to pay for then give away for free. You’re also pressured to give ladies $10 coupons to meet with you and the majority of items cost $20 or less. And when someone hosts a Mary Kay party, you must provide them with a hostess gift ($20-$35) and a percentage of sales in free product (10-20%). All of these costs frequently left me with $5 or less in profit for 1-2 hours of time away from my husband.
This was not at all worth it for me. So I’ve put all my stock up for sale at 40% off (tax included) and I’m hanging up my Mary Kay sales rep hat.
That being said, I still LOVE the products.
They’re cheaper than most over-the-counter makeup brands and even many Walmart brands. And you get a lot more ounces on products like their moisturizers and bag-reducing eye creams.
I wear their cream eye shadow every day. It really does last all day long without fading. And the colors are simply fabulous.
And I really just cannot say enough good things about the Timewise Night Solution. This stuff has seriously bettered my skin tone. I put it on at night and I wake up with less redness and smaller pores. It’s packed with vitamins and my skin clearly loves them.
So what did I learn? For me, being a Mary Kay sales rep was not worth the time or money. But the products are fantastic and some other rep will find me a loyal customer.
Have you every sold Mary Kay? What about Jamberry Nails? It Works or any of the many other DIY businesses? Did it work for you? What did you learn?