I call it a bad decision because it didn’t workout for me. But I won’t lie to you and say that I am the only person who it didn’t work out for, or it never works out for anyone. It does! Just not for me. (insert sad face here) I had been a part of this company for several months and I was growing more and more frustrated with the debt I was accumulating to service a business that was established for the reason of paying off my debt. If I was your sister, daughter, mom or friend you would have told me months ago to jump ship and swim to safety. But as stubborn as I am, I would have said “I am fine, don’t worry about me”. (Your hypothetical consideration is noted and appreciated.)
Well, I sold my Mary Kay inventory. Yeah, I was a Mary Kay lady and recently came to the decision to move on and utilize my time and energy in other places. Now, this isn’t an off-with-their-head-post about all women who decide to make a living with Mary Kay or any other direct sales for that matter. It really is profitable for some people (like my director for example). When I decided to first join MK, I was a new girl in town, recently separated from the Navy, and jobless. So naturally anything that could help with money was a welcome sight and I jumped right in, and bought the $1800 inventory, the business cards, stamps, thank you cards, you name it! I was willing and ready to rock n roll.
I’ll admit it, it was more than convenient to have a cosmetics store in my living room, especially since I love stores like Ulta, and Sephora. But I was soon becoming my biggest customer. I had tapped out my family (and frankly, that always made me feel uncomfortable) and close friends. I was struggling to create a new customer base. I watched video after video to hone my skills as a consultant, but when it came down to it, my crippling shyness got in the way.
So, if I have any advice for someone who is looking to join a direct sales that relies on face-to-face contact, you HAVE to have confidence in yourself and the product. Now I had confidence in most of what MK had to offer, but when it came to myself it was a shit-show. Next, I would recommend someone has a lot of friends or acquaintances through PTA, church, day care, school, or pole dancing fitness classes. It helps a lot to have women at your disposal to give you the confidence you need to keep going with your business. Also, I would have to say that you need at least a little experience in sales.
Yeah, I know that many MK peeps repeat that they need the opposite, but I’m going to delightfully disagree. If you are good at sales, you probably have accumulated a lot of helpful traits that can help you with any direct sales. (by the way, its in the name! Direct SALES….come on!) One of which is being able to detach yourself from anyone turned off from the service or product and not take it personally. I was never able to do that with grace. I’m sure anyone in a 5 block radius and an Intro to Body Language class could tell that I was screaming inside when someone rejected it.
My decision to sell off my MK inventory was pretty clear once I was organizing (yeah, I’m one of those people) my receipts for everything that I had bought to make my business successful.
It was astounding how much I dumped into this business before I was even seeing a slight return….and by return I really mean I broke even for the last two months I was in it.
How much longer would I have to be a part of it before I could actually earn money? Well, call me a quitter, but it was taking too long for me to find out. And I find it a little hypocritical to talk to you about my debt-free journey while pouring money into something that I wasn’t getting a return on. Would you think I was crazy if I had a $225 car payment for a car that didn’t even run ($225 is the minimum amount needed to purchase to stay active in the company). Of course! Unless I had money to burn, and well, I don’t.
Sigh, it was a lesson for sure.
And here is what I learned:
Don’t jump into anything without proper thought and research.
Do what feels right, but also don’t get in your own way. (if you know that you aren’t willing to do everything and anything to make your business succeed, don’t waste your time.)
Don’t take on anything this big without finding your way first. I jumped in as a new girl in a new state. If I were to do it again, which I most likely wouldn’t, I would wait until I actually found friends that could trust my opinion.
Give yourself some flack. If you wait to be perfect to do something, you waited to long. (and most likely missed opportunities)
So all said and done, I wish anyone that is still in the biz all the luck and money in the world. Truly! I hold no grudges, because after all it was my decision and mine only. Hopefully, none of my previous up-line hates me….but even if they do, who cares!
And in the off chance you are thinking of returning your inventory, ask for the repurchase department at 1-800-627-9529. It was a fairly painless process, and they will send you a form to fill out and give you a hard number of wholesale of what you are able to return. It would be anything you have purchased in the last year. Fill out the form, send it in according to the easy instructions and play the waiting game.
My refund took about 1 month or so. You WILL receive your full tax amount paid, they are not allowed to keep that. Honestly the hardest part of the whole process was having to tell my director. Queue the guilt trip. But we are still friends, but we were also friends prior to the whole Mary Kay stuff. Like I said, I wish her all the luck in everything. Love you Cally!
Oh and if one of your friends comes up to you and asks you to do a facial or makeover, PLEASE DO IT!!! Pay it forward, people. Just because I had a bad experience means that you shouldn’t help a friend out.