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Should I Start Selling Mary Kay?

Updated on May 29, 2016
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Erin Shelby is a freelance writer. She blogs at

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If you're looking for a work-at-home job, selling Mary Kay products is probably high on your list. Mary Kay is a well-respected company that provides the opportunity to become your own boss by working from home and setting your own hours.

But is Mary Kay the best work-at-home company? Before saying "yes" to selling Mary Kay, here are some signs that this stay-at-home job might not be right for you.

Mary Kay Costs $100

Do you need a work-at-home job because you're barely making ends meet? While being a Mary Kay consultant can help you make money, you'll need to pay a fee to get started. Currently, the cost for a starter kit is $100. This starter kit does not include business cards, and it does not include the fee if you'd like a Mary Kay personal website. If $100 is too much for you to invest in a business, you may want to consider other options.

Mary Kay Inventory

Do you like the idea of selling makeup and skincare products? If the answer is yes, but you don't like the idea of buying inventory, then think again about selling Mary Kay. Having a substantial amount of inventory on hand means investing a lot of money in your business and taking a risk that customers won't buy your product for quite some time, meaning that you'll need to wait to see a profit.

Mary Kay is Too Expensive

Do you use Mary Kay products? If you don't use them right now because they're too expensive, or another brand is your favorite, you may want to re-consider. While many people are willing to change their habits for the sake of having a job, think about whether or not this will ultimately cost you more money. If Mary Kay products are too expensive for your personal budget, and you're not excited to use them, it will probably be difficult for you to convince others to buy them.

Makeup Parties? No, Thanks

Would you be excited about providing makeup tips, hosting skincare parties, or visiting potential customers' homes for makeover parties? If not, selling Mary Kay isn't your best option. Successful Mary Kay representatives get excited about these things, and these activities drive sales.

Mary Kay Customers

If your list of contacts is limited, it can be difficult to sell Mary Kay products. While Mary Kay consultants have a catalog, one of their sales methods is holding parties and visiting potential customers' homes. These parties can help veteran representatives earn rewards when they successfully recruit a new Mary Kay representative. If your list of contacts is limited, you'll need to be confident about meeting new people and assertive enough to promote your Mary Kay business.

Do You Like to Sell Things?

While Mary Kay is a work-at-home job with flexible hours, it is a sales job. It involves asking people to buy something that they may not want or need, or be able to afford. To be successful, you'll need to enjoy selling things and believe in your own ability to succeed.

Would you sell Mary Kay products?

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      6 years ago

      I am really not good in selling but I appreciate you sharing the tips on how to do it.

      Have a good day!

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      6 years ago from USA

      I haven't tried Mary Kay products in years, then recently someone gave me a Mary Kay foundation that I really like. I would never sell the stuff, but I would use it. I am just not a salesperson. But I liked your hub. I like how you put the facts out there.


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