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Can You Really Make Money Selling Mary Kay?


Selling Mary Kay

Many woman want to know, can you really make money selling Mary Kay? The answer is up to you!!!

Many woman have grown to be extremely successful with the business, buying cars, condos, and the rest of the luxury life. Others make a decent income to provide for their families and some simply earn enough to get their products at half price while still making a few bucks on the side.

But what about those who didn't make money? Those you read about that went into thousands of dollars of debt? Well, with all due respect, we will cover that below.  But I will tell you that Mary Kay has a 90% buy back guarantee....enough said!


How Much Does the Mary Kay Kit Cost?

Starting Your Own Mary Kay Business Costs a Lot Less then Some Other Companies!

The Mary Kay Startup Kit Costs $100! Wow, you say! Some think that is so expensive while others realize that it's a lot cheaper then some of the other direct sales kits...plus you get over $400 worth of full size product in your kit. Plus, if you shop around with other companies, you will quickly see that $100 is CHEAP compared to most companies! There are also incentives and promotions that occur often that will allow you to purchase your kit for even less than $100!

You get a huge kit like this one posted in the picture. Plus, the products are full size and can be sold for over $400 at retail price. The kit provides you these items to help you get your business started. You have every thing you need to do a minimum of 30 facials. You get foundation in every shade, cleanser and moisturizer in two different formulas, color cards to do makeup and make overs, day cream, night cream, and lots of other tools including your applicators, business tools and much more!

For more information on the current promotions and cost of the Mary Kay Consultant kit, please email me at stephaniemanning@marykay.com.


How Can You Make Money With Mary Kay?

There Are Different Ways to Make Money With Mary Kay!

Sales = 50% Commission

The first and foremost way to make money with Mary Kay is through sales. Yes, simply selling the products. You will earn 50% commission on each item sold if you sell it at the retail price in the book. So, sell a $100 worth of products to a lady who needs a new skin care regimen and you made $50 that quick. You can do very well with simply selling the products and nothing else. However, as with any business, the more you put into your business the more you will make. Of course, depending on what at you use, there are costs such as the catalogs, samples etc, but what you purchase is up to you. It's generally a good rule to consider 10% of your profits will go to cover business supplies.

Parties = More Sales

Parties are a great way to get more sales. You can easily do a 1 hour party and sell $200-$400 or more. For a 1 hour party, sell $200 worth of products to 2-3 ladies and make a quick $100! However, if the party has more people or higher orders, you will obviously sell more and make more!

Team Building

I hate talking about this part. This is where everyone considers Mary Kay to be part of one of those crazy 'pyramid schemes'.

Not true! Mary Kay does offer great incentives, cash prizes, cars, trips and even up to 14% commission when you build your team. However, recruiting is not required and not something that is for every consultant. Many people are under the assumption that you have to recruit millions to make any money. Wrong! You can make a good living off of sales alone.

Prizes, Contests & Incentives

There is always a handful of contests and incentives to help you earn a variety of prizes and products to help you earn even more. That is one of the things I love about having my own Mary Kay business! We aren't just given a kit and thrown to the wolves. We work together for a great company and have a great time building our business, participating in awesome events and earning awesome prizes and a great income. {Disclaimer - it is important to mention that prizes and earnings very by consultant. Those who work their business will see great reward!}


Do You Have to Recruit to Make Money?

Recruiting is Not Required in Mary Kay!

First of all, we don't use the word 'recruit'. A recruit is just that, someone who signs up under you and then thrown out to be on their own. In Mary Kay we look for business partners, team members and successful entrepreneurs who are looking to build a successful business and become business partners. Business partners? Yes!

You help them to grow their business and at the same time you are growing your business. No different the Wal-Mart buying from a wholesale company. They help the wholesale company and the wholesale company helps them. Plus, as they get bigger they grow their business opening more stores, and building their 'team'.

Recruiting is just a great bonus. Some have said "Well you can never move up that ladder if you don't recruit!" What ladder? Can someone please tell me this ladder you are talking about? Yes, there is the fact that you do grow a bigger business with more consultants under you. Duh, that's with any business. If you owned a "Stop and Go" gas station up the street, are you gonna be any higher on the 'ladder' if you don't have any employees or workers under you. It's just like any other business...you have to have others under you to build a bigger business.

Do you have to make a business grow bigger every day to be successful? No. You can simply run your small 'Stop and Go' store on the corner and you, being the only worker there, can make your own hours, set your own business plan and be the only one bringing in the money at the store and still make a great living. However, if you wanted to expand your business, go to every corner on the block, build a new "stop and go" and have people work there and make commission off of those stores then yes, build your business, your team, and make more!

Mary Kay's Nine Leadership Keys to Success

Great book with information on how to grow your business and be a great leader. In direct sales it takes a great leader to conquer the quest and become a great consultant. Find the keys to success in this book and drive your business to the next level!

Are There a Lot of Expenses With Mary Kay?

The Expenses are up to you!


You have to pay for your books which are $3.50 for a 10 pack and are only changed every 3 months. {Some companies change out every 2 weeks and you end up wasting a lot of money on brochures alone.}

With Mary Kay, brochures are still usable even after the current season. You can buy a pack or two of catalogs and keep reusing them at parties and different events, with different customers. You probably won't get every single one back, but my point is that they don't change every two weeks. Plus, at the end of the 3 months you can still use your leftovers. The only things that change are the gift sets, the seasonal looks and things like that. The prices rarely change with Mary Kay and so you can use your old books for a long time!


Samples are not expensive. Depending on the type of sample you can get a pack of samples for $1-2. However, depending on the amount of samples and what you will using them for it may be cheaper to buy the full size product for $12-15 since you get a 50% discount. Other then that, don't buy samples. I only buy samples when someone needs something specific such as a color or a product that isn't widely used with my customers. I also buy a certain sample of a new product and pass them out to each one of my customers. It may cost me $5-10 for that promotion. However, out of those 50 women that tried it, at least 15 will buy it. 15 x $30= $450. My profit would be $225... $225 - $10 for the samples.... $215 total profit for $10 put into it? NOT BAD!


Shipping is only $8.95. Regardless of how much your order. I can order 50 boxes worth of stuff, have it shipped and delivered with in 2-3 days and still pay only $8.95.

Are There Quotas With Mary Kay?

No, There are No Quotas With Mary Kay!

To get the 50% discount you simply need to have an active account. To have an active account and receive the discount you have to place a $225 wholesale {$450 retail} order every 3 months. The month you place your $225 order, you are active the rest of that month, plus the next two months.

What happens if I don't order for 6 months? Nothing, when you get ready to order again, you simply need to order $225 {wholesale} worth of products again. Some consultants are signed up for personal use only. They order what they need every few months to get their products at have price. Some don't need $225 worth so they will get with their girlfriends and sell a few things to them or even give them the discount if they are looking to make money and just get their items at half price!


How Do I Get Signed Up to Sell Mary Kay?

Signing Up to Sell Mary Kay is Simple!

Unlike other companies, Mary Kay is devoted to helping their consultants achieve success. So you also can't sign up unless you go through a consultant.

You can sign up with me or one of my team members by contacting me at stephaniemanning@marykay.com . I will then send you a direct link, known as an 'invitation' and you will use your name and phone number as the password to get into the system where you can sign up immediately or, when ever you are ready.


Only Interested In Getting Your Products at a 50% Discount?

If you aren't sure if selling Mary Kay is the right opportunity for you but would still like to get your products at a 50% discount then contact me today!

I would be happy to tell you about the different ways you can get your products at a discount! You can sign up to be a consultant who only purchases for herself, or even host an online party with me and still earn your products for free! :) Contact me at StephanieManning@MaryKay.com for more info!

Mary Kay Ash Book

I really enjoyed reading the book. It really shows what a wonderful person Mary Kay Ash was and what her true values were. This book includes information on how she started the company and begin the direct sales. Great book with lots of information and motivational insight!

What About Those Horror Stories of Unsuccessful Consultants?

Those horror stories are just that, horror. I have heard of some consultants going thousands of dollars in debt with selling Mary Kay....

So, you are wondering why I am even telling you this right? Well, because it's the truth. Over half of the people that sign up to sale Mary Kay, AVON and even other direct sales never become successful. You want to know why? Because they don't work it. They buy the kit and never do anything with it! I have some consultants get their kit in and never open it. I always call to see if they have any questions. When I call, these ladies are like, well I never opened it or I changed my mind.

Ladies this is a business, just like any other business, you have to put some effort into it.

Your products are NOT going to sell sitting in a closet on the floor. You have to let people know that you are selling. Mary Kay does not require 60-80 hours a week. A few hours a week can bring in great income. If you choose to do parties, you can make a few hundred bucks off a party. 1 party! That's an hour- two hours at the most.

The huge debts come in when consultants jump into more then they can handle. Inventory is not required but a great way to keep your business going because if you have the products on hand you can sell right then and there and no one has to wait. I don't keep thousands of inventory. I only buy what I need for that order and things such as cleansers, moisturizers and a few foundations.

The makeup...I might buy 1 or 2 new colors each order to keep on hand so that people can buy immediately but mostly so that they can see the true color and feel what they are about to purchase. I don't keep thousands of dollars of inventory...

BUT STILL, THERE IS NO REASON FOR HUGE DEBT! Or, for anyone to leave the company in huge debt. Mary Kay will buy back all unused products at 90% of the cost, So, for those horror stories of people losing $3000 because they didn't sell the items they bought is there fault! I don't mean to be mean but I don't like hearing sad stories of people getting in debt when all they had to do was call a simple 1-800 number, and ask for a return slip. They could have shipped the items back and got 90% of their money back. NO OTHER COMPANY will do this. If you own a Wal-Mart and then close, you are stuck with what don't sell. You can't call Gerber, Faded Glory, the meat market, Dove and Nestle and get them to refund your money because the products didn't sell. However, MARY KAY will do this! So, there is nothing to lose.

(Please don't take it as I am being rude. I am not trying to. I just don't understand why people keep the products and complain about being in debt when they could have simply returned them.)


Need Tips and Ideas for Your Mary Kay Business?

Are you thinking about joining Mary Kay or, have you just joined and looking for some great Mary Kay tips and ideas to get your started on the right track? Visit Mary Kay Consultant Tips and Ideas for tons of information on how to get your business off to the right start.

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Still Want to Know More About Mary Kay?

Contact Stephanie at stephaniemanningmk@gmail.com ! I am always happy to answer any questions about the business, give you ideas and help you get started!

Mary Kay Success Stories and guestbook

Kristen Brady on September 19, 2016:

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Emma Heim on March 16, 2015:

I became a consultant with Pure Romance not long ago, I just wrote a blog about my business!

Being a consultant really is great!

anonymous on September 13, 2014:

Wow...great information delivered very well. I am actually a husband of a Director. My wife started her Mary Kay business in 2009 when the economy was really bad. I had one of this bad mortgage loans that adjusted and I couldn't refinance. My wife had been laid of her job and had just given birth to our first child. I was two months behind on my mortgage and facing foreclosure. My wife started as a consultant and I was very skeptical, but I told her to that she could try it while she found a "real job"....lol. Little did I know that my wife within a year would eclipse my salary. I didn't have any money at that time, so she borrowed $1,800.00 from her mother and told her she would pay her back in a month. When she first started I did a lot of research on the internet. As a business major I have a lot of experience with businesses and how they work. I employ more than a dozen employees in my own business. The first thing I ran into was a website called the pink truth or something. It just seemed like a bunch of bitter people expressing their failures. They had a whole much of derogatory names for Mary Kay consultants and so forth. Stories of people getting into debt, people being lied to, having to beg people, knock on doors, etc. Luckily as an entrepreneur I know that business is not for everyone, and this is definitely a business. In my wife's first party she sold over $900 of product to 4 women. I could not believe how much women spent on skin care and cosmetics. That was what first piqued my interest. From that party, her director told her to get referrals, and that's how she got started. From one of this referrals she had a skin care class with 2 women. She sold them some kind of bundle that was like $400 and came in a travel bag. Both women purchased one of these kits. All she did was let the women try the product and they instantly saw the results and wanted everything. What I quickly realized is that since my wife had the product with her, she could easily make her sales before the people changed their minds. I remember my sister-in-law that sold Avon used to drive all over the place collecting money or dropping of order, or dropping off magazines. I thought Mary Kay would be the same. I was definitely wrong and as a business major I was blown away by the business model of this company. My wife worked her butt off and in 4 months she became a Director. Her first check as a Director was $5,600.00 and she had sold about $4,000 worth of product that month so that was an extra $2,000 profit. That's when I finally was convinced and started to help my wife with the bookkeeping and logistics. It became a family business. Five years later, my wife now pays that the house from her salary, she bought me a corvette for father's day 2 years ago, she drives a Pink Cadillac, we took our kids to Disney (yes kids...we have two now), and everything comes from Mary Kay. The money and financial stability is great, but there are things that you can't put a price on. I have seen my wife grow from a timid, shy, insecure person, into a confident, successful, happy Executive. The company has such an incredible training program. Do not expect your success to come from someone else. It has to come from you and your effort. Most of the negative things I see on the internet are about how this director did this or this director didn't do that. Some say they made me order this, or they made me do that. I hear about people getting harassed at the mall or stores, Mary Kay does not teach any of this. My wife is there as a guide, and almost any successful business owner will tell you that someone guiding you that has already been through all the pitfalls will save you a whole lot of time, effort, and money. The other thing that just blows my mind is the countless women that my wife has helped. She has an offspring Director that was a victim of domestic violence. For 3 years she was a consultant, but would disappear for months at a time and would always come back with a new phone number. Later on my wife realized that she was being physically abused and her husband would break her phones to control her. The final straw was when he hit one of her daughters. She left home and lived on the streets until she could send her kids to live with her mother. When this consultant returned to my wife, she finally told her why she always disappeared. This was a little over year ago. She had been living on the street for a period of time trying to get away from her husband. 12 months ago she became a Director. She has made over close to $36,000 and has rented an apartment and is getting ready to bring her kids back with her. She just earned the use of her first pink cadillac.....my wife has several directors with different stories and from different walks of life. She loves what she does and our family benefits. I decided to write today because honestly it's rare to see people write about the good. Most people just like to write about the bad. It's refreshing to see an honest opinion. Mary Kay is a business and you have to work it as such. One of that most satisfying moments in my life and I'm sure my wife's life was seeing this destroyed woman, pick herself up, dust herself off, and become the successful executive that my wife saw in her 5 years ago. The smile on her face the day she received her first $8,000 check was priceless and we will cherish that moment and several other moments forever. For me as a husband....that is what Mary Kay is about.

2envelopparadox on April 26, 2014:

nice lens

sethandressen on February 24, 2014:

Mary Kay products are really good.

daniela12 on February 07, 2014:

Everyone has a different style when it comes to selling MaryKay. Just like restaurants, some have good customer service and others bad service. Same thing, some consultant know how to lead you and some don't.

If you put your mind into it you would make it No Matter what company is.

anonymous on September 14, 2013:

I am a mary kay consultant.. I started a month ago.. I love It. I don't make much but it pays my bilks. I love make up and great make up at that 50% OFF.. LOVE IT IM ON FACE BOOK Diane White please feel free to message me I wll tell u all u need to know

Stephanie (author) from DeFuniak Springs on August 16, 2013:

@anonymous: Alyssa, it should be retail price, which is also regular price. You will buy them at 50% of the retail/regular price and then sell them for 100%. If something is in the catalog for $20, you will buy $10 for it and sell it for $20. I occasionally do bundles and sales and offer them a buy item A and get item B 50% off or something like that. It helps to upsell :)

anonymous on August 15, 2013:

I got a question. If u have the mary kay products on hand. Do I sell them @ regluar price or retail price to the customer?

anonymous on July 02, 2013:

@anonymous: Many sales directors in our company make that or more every month. These directors have a team below them and receive commission in addition to their personal sales. The most recent National Sales Director to retire (and yes there is retirement) was made over $100,000 her last month in commissions alone. She will be driving a pink Cadillac off into retirement bliss and receiving 60% of her former pay each month for 15 years. Truly a wonderful company to work for! As long as you work it will work! www.marykay.com/MMDCEcampbell

anonymous on July 02, 2013:

@anonymous: Hi Danielle! Its up to you how they pay you. I like customers to pay with the order and then I deliver it. That way, I use their money to pay for the order, and I keep my 50%.

The $200 monthly minimum sold can be made up of one order, or a party order..however you choose! That's the great thing! You can sell $100 one week and $100 the next...or $50 each week.

I'm sorry your roommate is being pushy. I don't believe in that. If someone is interested in the opportunity, they are. If not, they're not. Yes, you can make extra money by having team members with you (I don't like the word recruit, because we work together). But, its not a requirement to build a team. Also, you should never be pushy to sell the skincare. It sells itself and works much better for you if you "soft sell".

Please feel free to contact me with any of your questions and to learn more about joining Mary Kay. I can honestly tell you its the best thing I did for myself. I love the extra cash I'm making! My Unit is one of the top ones in the state and there is a lot of learning and support with them.

Email me at beppolito@marykay.com

Thanks Danielle and good luck to you!

anonymous on June 25, 2013:

As an independent business owner, I would caution everyone to research any business venture very carefully. Appearances of success can be quite misleading in Mary Kay (i.e. claims of "executive income", "Free" cars). Ask tons of questions & do thorough research before signing anything. A fabulous site to reference is www.pinktruth.com for some great stories/experiences. Any reputable company will be up to the scrutiny!

anonymous on June 20, 2013:

When people purchase items from you do they pay you up front and in what form and under what name if a check?

Is it a total of $200 in maybe a couple different orders in a month to get your 50% discount or does it have to be one single big order?

I'm considering trying it out. My roommate does is full time makes decent money but seems to be really pushy at it and getting people recruited under her instead.

anonymous on June 11, 2013:

I am the girl who live in korea. And i'm big customer of Mary kay. Now, I'd like to be a seller. Please mail me if you want to be my consultant. Don't worry about shipping. I have a plan about it. Journeyhan@gmail.com

anonymous on June 06, 2013:

@anonymous: You just have to get involved in your community! It also serves as a great opportunity to make friends with people that you never would have talked to before! Get involved in a church or a book group! Get to know your neighbors! You can also leave your Mary Kay booklets or flyers announcing your get-together at local convenience stores or the local library! :)

anonymous on April 23, 2013:

So I'm curious, when the directors who are promoting Mary Kay say they bring home $35,000 a month, is that their gross sales or have they netted out there taxes and expenses. $35,000 a month in sales seems plausible but profit, I don't know if I buy it.

Stephanie (author) from DeFuniak Springs on March 27, 2013:

@anonymous: Actually, nope, I don't sell it any more. It has been a long time. I specifically advised NOT to go into DEBT! Don't feel pressured to buy stock! How could I possibly be trying to promote in the form of a director?

anonymous on March 27, 2013:

@anonymous: You must be a director - Please don't discourage someone with pushing them to order more than they have to. Please be honest so everyone can enjoy success and not DEBT

anonymous on January 30, 2013:

Im getting my kit delivered tomorrow!! Sooo excited! :)

anonymous on January 19, 2013:

I'm starting up next week can't wait

homesweethomebi1 on October 22, 2012:

My niece sells Mary Kay and she is doing pretty.

homesweethomebi1 on October 22, 2012:

My niece sells Mary Kay and she is doing pretty.

samantha-carter-50 on August 20, 2012:

@steph-naylor: If you ever need anything or have any questions, please feel free to ask me!


steph-naylor on July 18, 2012:

Just the Lens I was looking for - Thanks!

Kumar P S on July 14, 2012:

Great lens ! Thanks for sharing.

anonymous on July 10, 2012:

of coarse???

anonymous on July 07, 2012:

If you do not know any body to invite to a grand opening. how do you get people to come.

anonymous on June 30, 2012:

Love this site! I recently switched from one cosmetics direct selling to Mary Kay, and I am thrilled that I did! Putting effort into the business does make a difference. In three weeks I have already sold 400 of product with one-one facials --with appointments that I took as something fun and a learning experience with friends. My debut party is coming up soon, and I am sure I will be selling at min. 200-300$ at that party, and another same amount at my second party.

What is great about Mary Kay, it is social. Planning fun events -dinner outings with facials/makeovers --who would say no to that!

sandi_x on June 30, 2012:

Interesting lens

bigdreamer2012 on June 22, 2012:

@anonymous: Awesome!!!! You will love that you started. You will have a blast, be consistent in your business, it will take you far!

anonymous on June 22, 2012:

@anonymous: You should be able to cancel in the same place you signed up on InTouch. If you still can't find it, just ask your director or recruiter and they will help you out.

anonymous on June 22, 2012:

@anonymous: Hi Heather - Here is my advice:

1. Tell your director that you will need to take orders and place a full order once you get the $200 wholesale to get your discount. You just can't invest in inventory at this time. Just stand your ground. Do not let her push you in to ordering if you cannot afford it.

2. A grand opening isn't necessary, but it will help you to get bookings, thus sales, so you can place your first order!

3. A grand opening should focus on getting you bookings. That is the point. For you to invite friends and family over who will support you in the business and book a party for you so you can meet more people and get lots of new customers!

Good luck in your journey!

anonymous on June 15, 2012:

I have several questions:

1. What if you have a director or sponsor is pushing you to buy the inventory minimum $600, when your current financial situation can only afford the $100?

2. Is a grand opening necessary?

3. If I have a grand opening, is it going to about the product or recruitment? I ask this because a lot of people like Mary Kay products, but get turned off by constant recruitment or the disillusion of getting pampered when in reality they are getting pitched to about the Mary Kay opportunity. I just don't want to become the Mary Kay lady that everyone runs from.

anonymous on June 15, 2012:

I am registered for the upcoming seminar in July, and have had an unforeseen situation arise which prohibits me fro attending... does anyone know how I cancel my seminar registration & get a refund?

anonymous on June 12, 2012:

I have been looking into becoming a Mary Kay consultant. My aunt is, but she mainly just sells to a few friends and gets her products at a discount. However, I am a student and a newly wed and could not find a great job that could give me reasonable hours and not have to make me work weekends. After finding your site and reading it, I have decided to take the leap. Based on your more detailed information, I think I could be great at this job and could really work my way up! Thank you for taking the time to share with us! :)

anonymous on June 12, 2012:

I am joining the Mary Kay team and I am so looking forward to it! I feel that your information was non-biased and straight forward and helped me feel better about my commitment!

anonymous on May 31, 2012:

thank you so much for your tips and ideas. i have just joined the mary kay team and found your website very helpful!!!!!!!!!!

anonymous on May 31, 2012:

thank you so much for your tips and ideas. i have just joined the mary kay team and found your website very helpful!!!!!!!!!!

Stephanie (author) from DeFuniak Springs on May 23, 2012:

@anonymous: I just Google Mary Kay images. Works well!

anonymous on May 23, 2012:

Any idea where you get the use of the cartoons? These are fabulous- would love to use them for my own MK business.

GabrielaFargasch on May 10, 2012:

When I was a teenager I used to love Mary Kay! Many of my friends used to sell it too... Nice lens! :)

GabrielaFargasch on May 10, 2012:

When I was a teenager I used to love Mary Kay! Many of my friends used to sell it too... Nice lens! :)

anonymous on May 08, 2012:

@anonymous: I do have the MK website and I love it!!! My family and friends from all over can place there order online and I don't have to deal with any of the shipping nonsense. MK ships directly to them!!

anonymous on May 07, 2012:

I too just started Mary Kay I am having a great time learning new things. I love that you can make as much or as little as you want it all relys on how much work you want to do. I also love that I have a team that I work with and we cheer each other on.

anonymous on May 07, 2012:

I've had my Mary Kay business for two months now and I am now a Senior Consultant....I'm so excited! Can't wait to earn the Red Jacket. It doesn't take long to move up and make money in this business. Even if it's just to help pay bills, child's education or buy clothes/shoes...it's worth it! Thinking about starting a Mary Kay business, contact me at (757) 295-0578 or mejenkins@marykay.com . I would be more than happy to chat with you about Mary Kay!

anonymous on May 07, 2012:

@anonymous: Congratulations! I'm so excited for you. You can do it!

Stephanie (author) from DeFuniak Springs on May 07, 2012:

@anonymous: No...you pay for everything as you buy it. There is no credit so there is no debt. If you are interested let me know or email April...I put her email in the thought bubble above.

anonymous on May 07, 2012:

What if all you want is the starter kit and never place another order within the first year? Will you owe Mary Kay anything ?

anonymous on May 06, 2012:

I started this business four months ago and i looovvvvee my mary kay and quit my job as a nurse to do it fulltime! !i always say u can either make excuses or can make money ..but not both! U can be as successful as u ent to be its up to you to decide!

Stephanie (author) from DeFuniak Springs on May 04, 2012:

@anonymous: Yes! Some consultants only sign up to get the kit and to be able to order their products for them and their friends at 50% off

anonymous on May 04, 2012:

Hi, is it okay if I just get the starter kit for personal use?

Stephanie (author) from DeFuniak Springs on May 02, 2012:

@anonymous: No Frosty! You don't get any money back from MK. The money you had left over after paying the bill would be your earnings...Say You sold $600, it cost you 300 and you paid shipping, and 50 for business supplies and personal....you would have $250 left over...that is your earnings.

anonymous on May 01, 2012:

When do you get paid money into your nominated bank account. Im an active beauty consultant just started in Feb and in the last 2 mths have sold $300 p/m, do i get anything in my account?

janicemiller lm on May 01, 2012:

I love being able to network with fellow women, and for the few months that I was a Mary Kay consultant, I had a blast.

anonymous on April 25, 2012:

I just joined and am excited about joining a team of great dynamic women that just want to help empower each other to achieve success. I have an MBA, and a major in Marketing, so I figured "why not let my degree work for me", and what's $100. The relationships and tax write-off alone are worth more than $100. Let me help you also benefit from the Mary Kay experience. email: Epps@marykay.com for more info. Thanks

anonymous on April 19, 2012:

I love Mary Kay and the women of influence it has allowed me to be a part of! I have two degrees and love that no other job/career is offering me what the Mary Kay opportunity is! I'd love to help you start your way to a beautiful new beginning! www.marykay.com/kec0923

anonymous on April 15, 2012:

@anonymous: Thank you for your helpful comments... I just joined MK! I am very excited! And, a little nervous!

anonymous on April 15, 2012:

I just joined Mary Kay! I am sooo excited! Woot! Woot! Can't wait to get my kit! Thanks for everyone's encouraging stories!

jolou on April 15, 2012:

Mary Kay Ash was a wonderful woman and a great role model. I totally agree with you that most people who fail in businesses haven't given it a good effort.

anonymous on April 14, 2012:

I've been a Mary Kay Consultant for three months now. I currently have 2 team members under me, and I'm making pretty good progress with the company. Im located in Georgia and if anyone is looking for a consultant please feel free to contact me!! (678) 739-9441 I'd love to hear from you!!!!

anonymous on April 14, 2012:

@anonymous: Patrice, I received your responses via email, but I don't see it posted for some reason. But to answer your questions, I have found selling products to customers to be pretty easy. Because Mary Kay is such a well-known company, when you let people know that you sell Mary Kay, they typically will tell you what they want. Or just handing people a catalog or letting them sample some of the products also can get you sells. The products sell themselves! I am finding that this business is really less selling, and more networking....building relationships with others helps build your customer base. As far as any competition, this business helps you to meet new people, new friends, and gain a strong sisterhood amongst other consultants & sales directors. If you come across a person who already has a Mary Kay consultant, we encourage them to stick with their consultant. We help each other out. The business is set up where you can't fail...you can certainly succeed in this! There are so many perks to being a consultant....from tons of prizes and gifts, flexibility, personal fulfillment, being your own boss, working at your own pace, earning extra money to help pay bills, or child's education, or buy clothes, shoes....whatever you desire, you can have it all. It's a really great opportunity and I would encourage any one who is contemplating doing this business to at least try it out. Afterall, you have nothing to lost, yet more to gain! :-)

anonymous on April 14, 2012:

@anonymous: You are very welcome you can call me if you have any questions concerning Mary Kay! Have a blessed evening!

anonymous on April 14, 2012:

@anonymous: Thanks for your vote of confidence, Mellisa!

Do you have trouble with running into other Mary Kay consultants customes, is it hard to find customers when others are already selling Mary Kay in your hometown?

anonymous on April 14, 2012:

@anonymous: Melissa, Thanks so much for your helpful input. Sounds like you are off to a great start, I hope I can be that successful... is it hard to ask people to purchase Mary Kay, when there are tons of make up / skin care options at the local malls?

anonymous on April 14, 2012:

@anonymous: Thank you for your helpful information!

anonymous on April 14, 2012:

@anonymous: In the words of Mary Kay Ash.....YOU CAN DO IT!!! :-)

anonymous on April 14, 2012:

@anonymous: Hi Patrice! I'm Mellisa Jenkins and I have been a consultant for only 2 months now. I'm excited to see that you have an interest in the Mary Kay business. I must say this has truly been one of the greatest opportunities ever for me! Enriching other women's lives by selling make up and skin care products to make them feel good on the inside and out is such a rewarding experience! The best way to make sales is to just BE YOURSELF! Let others know you sell Mary Kay and you will find that the products will sell themselves. It's that simple! As far as advancement, as I mentioned I've been doing this business for only 2 months and I have just recently recruited a new beauty consultant on my team. As of May, I will be officially a Senior Beauty Consultant with Mary Kay....I'm so excited! This goes to show that it doesn't take long to advance in this business. Getting started in this business is very simple. All you have to do is sign the agreement and purchase your Starter Kit at $100 and your in business! If you would like more information about the business or would like to start up with Mary Kay, feel free to contact me at (757) 295-0578 or mejenkins@marykay.com.

anonymous on April 09, 2012:

@Alloha_Yanchenko: That is great!! I am in The united states and travel a lot. If you ever need anything or any extra support my email is jumvargas@aol.com!!

anonymous on April 09, 2012:

I am a Mary Kay consultant and am doing great. I tend to travel a lot my husband is military and I stay busy with my Mary Kay what you put into it is what your going to get out of it. That is for any business. If you are wanting to start up with Mary Kay and don't know who to go to you can contact me my number is (660)687-0310 I am currently working my way up and achieving big things!! I LOVE MY MARY KAY!!! - Judy

anonymous on April 08, 2012:

I am seriousely thinking of getting into this, am giving myself time to try the product for myself, first... havent' even received my order yet, should be here soon.... Is it hard to get started in the business? I mean, getting the clients to purchase from you, rather than the store... and how often do people buy makeup? I am wondering from some of you seasoned consultants how easy it is to do well financially with Mary kay products?

anonymous on April 08, 2012:

@anonymous: It's only 100$ to get a starter kit and that includes ordering privileges. It's enough to do about 30 facials at parties. After that, you have to order about $200 a year in wholesale cost to stay active but that's not as much as you think. Between my sisters and I we order that much quite easily and that doesn't include what I order for clients.

anonymous on April 05, 2012:

I am considering joining the MK Team.... and this site has been very helpful to me... I appreciate everyone's perspectives & honesty.

anonymous on April 02, 2012:

@anonymous: your first order should be $200 wholesale price.

anonymous on March 29, 2012:

@anonymous: In order to be active, you have to place a $200 order. However, for new consultants you can get a lot of free product if you place at least a $600 order. It's completely up to you but Free is good so I would advise you to place at least a $600 if you can. GOOD LUCK and welcome to Mary Kay! You are going to love it!!!!!

Alloha_Yanchenko on March 27, 2012:

Thank you. I am a MK consultant from Ukraine. greate to find a partners. Best regards for everybody.

julieannbrady on March 24, 2012:

I had a friend who was a Senior Director with Mary Kay for a lot of years. She stepped down a few years ago to start hosting purse and jewelry parties. And, she was always trying to get me to sell Mary Kay too!

anonymous on March 09, 2012:

I am a returning consultant coming back in after years. Do you know what the postage would be if you ordered the Rolling Totes and accessory bags from MK? Is it beneficial to have the MK website?

anonymous on March 07, 2012:

Im new at mary kay! how much does my first order have to be to become active? I've heard 200, 400, and 600. please help

anonymous on March 05, 2012:

I love the little cartoon, I am also a cosultant and really want to push my business this year, can you tell me where to find those little cartoon figures?

anonymous on January 08, 2012:

I want to say thank you to you. I am a MK consultant on the fence about continuing in the business or not. I feel bad that I don't "push" the business on people, I am just not a pushy person and never have been. I am very content selling to my customers and doing a party now and then. Again, thank you for being honest about the wonderful opportuntiy in MK.

anonymous on October 06, 2011:

To Wow... I would like to say that Mary Kay was founded on the Golden Rule : "Do unto others... " Some people have learning or other disabilities, others come from different cultures and backgrounds and still others have different levels of education. It is not for us to judge. And, it does not mean the person is incapable of doing this type of work. This opportunity has no glass ceiling and anyone and everyone can achieve any level of success they choose. Our top National Sales Director in Canada never finished high school. But she didn't get to the top by not being a dedicated worker. Be kind. No one is perfect and everyone makes mistakes. Speak of their errors the same way you would like to be spoken to about them. And, sometimes, it's just not all that important to point out someone else's flaws. The information is good. That's what's really important.

anonymous on October 06, 2011:

To everyone who worries about selling these famous products and being taken for a ride... I have this to ask you : Would you be asking the same questions about other direct selling companies such as Pampered Chef, Tupperware, Avon, Epicure, Stella & Dot, etc.? The amount of dedicated work and effort you put into your business will determine your level of success. Compared to many other direct selling companies, Mary Kay has one of the highest (if not THE highest) percentages of product profit on the market. The products are of the highest quality, they are moderately priced, the company is well-respected, has a solid reputation and is in 35 countries. This company was designed with the specific and sole purpose of helping women become successful and independent business entrepreneurs. To those who say they tried it and it didn't work for them, (to quote an MK Director): it's the same as saying they went to the gym but it didn't work for them. Let's be realistic. This is a business. You have to work at it and treat it as seriously as you would any other business. That means, you have to work. As Mary Kay said "God feeds the birds, but he doesn't put food into the nests." So, to be a successful Mary Kay business entrepreneur, you must be willing to do (work), what you have to do, to get what you want... As you would with any other business.

My name is Louise Lafontaine. I am a Canadian Senior Independent Beauty Consultant and I love my Mary Kay work and my Mary Kay clients are the best people in the world, next to my Mary Kay sister consultants! Try it... You might just like it :o)

anonymous on July 28, 2011:

very informative... i just attended a function with mary kay and everyone was sooo friendly. no one was pushy. we (because i took a friend with me) asked them questions and they asked us questions. i got the feeling that they are there to help. plus i liked the fact that we have an office to go to for training and such. so far their the ONLY ones that offer that.

with that said... having a local office shows me that they WANT to help and they WANT you to succeed.

plus the whole "recruiting"... you don't have to wait for the person that signed you up to move up the so called "ladder"... they informed us that you can move up if you want and even surpass the one that "recruited" you.

i have a good feeling about this company. but as with everything i have to do a bit more research and talk to the hubby... because i can't succeed if i don't have his support in it.

anonymous on July 28, 2011:

@anonymous: i agree... be nice. i think i do rather well in typing and in my grammar, but even i slip up once in a while.

anonymous on July 08, 2011:

This was very helpful. The MK website doesn't offer these clear cut answers (obviously because they want you to talk to someone) and it's nice to get the basics before deciding to dive in.

anonymous on June 18, 2011:

@anonymous: That would be a spelling correction on her part, not 'proper grammar'. But hey, it happens to the beast of us. ; )

anonymous on May 20, 2011:

You could improve this by using proper grammar. For example COURSE instead of coarse. Really, some people...

anonymous on May 04, 2011:

Thanks for sharing your knowledge, thoughts, and experience! I have read a number of those "horror stories" you mentioned and it is refreshing to read your view on Mary Kay. I am also a MK consultant and enjoy many aspects of it. I know there is great potential in this business and the only limitations are when I limit myself. It is a good reminder that it is okay to take things slow and ensure you are building a solid foundation for your business - working at a pace that is right for you. =) Thanks again! All the best as you build your business.

anonymous on April 27, 2011:

I sell Mary Kay and I love it. I make a lot of money. The more time I put into it the more I make. I have tried avon and all those others and lost money. MARY KAY is awesome!

You can be on my team! www.marykay.com/akrieg1

Send me a message!!!

anonymous on July 13, 2010:

You have taken away my jitters and awkward feelings about signing up. I signed up, but after the first meeting, was about to change my mind. Thanks for the clarity.

anonymous on April 03, 2010:

What a refreshing perspective. Thanks for sharing.

jgelien on December 29, 2009:

Nice overview of what Mary Kay is all about. 5*

hayleylou lm on October 23, 2009:

Very informative lens with your own personal touch too, 5 stars

sciencefictionn on October 19, 2009:

Very informative and complete lens, with useful contents for who is interested in this activity.

Nice lens. 5 stars.

inkserotica on October 19, 2009:

I've seen this around usually in Whsmith of all places :) Very good lens! 5*

Dianne Loomos on October 18, 2009:

I have a friend who does very well selling Mary Kay. She loves it.

Deb Kingsbury from Flagstaff, Arizona on October 18, 2009:

I knew very little about Mary Kay before reading this, other than pink Cadillacs. :) I think you've explained things very well, both the good and the not-so-good. This will be helpful to anyone considering trying the business.