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Is Your Direct Sales Biz in a Funk?

I found this fascinating quote today:

Ever hear someone say, “I’m in a funk”?  I think we all get the idea of what that means when we hear it.  Basically that something isn’t quite right; nothing seems to be going well; in a slump, right?Is Your Direct Sales Biz in a Funk?, Feb 2009

You should read the whole article.

Starting a Mary Kay Business

By Edward Dean

Starting a Mary Kay business is extremely easy, and can be an incredibly lucrative endeavor. The very first thing you would need to do would be to contact your friendly, local Mary Kay representative. This person can be found easily by logging onto the Mary Kay website – the site has a ‘Beauty Consultant’ locator that will find you the Mary Kay Representative in your area.

Once you have contacted your representative and let her know you are interested in starting a Mary Kay business, you will then meet up with her face to face to discuss all of the aspects of the Mary Kay business and start-up. There is a fee, usually only $100.00, needed to purchase all of your starter supplies. For that $100.00 you receive a very large, nice sample kit, filled with all the high quality cleansers, lotions, foundations and eye & cheek colors available through the Mary Kay Company for you to use when meeting one-on-one with your new customers. You will use these samples to demonstrate just how fabulous these products are. The start up fee is fully refundable if, once you get started; you decide the business just isn’t for you. You will need to return the kit with all of the supplies, but there is no further obligation on your part.

Another thing you may want to consider when you are starting a Mary Kay business is purchasing enough product to take with you to the facial parties you will begin scheduling. This will ensure that you have items on hand to be able to give to your customers when they make a purchase through you, rather than have them wait. This can mean the difference whether you sell your product to that person or not, so it is a great idea to make certain you have enough with you at any given time. The Mary Kay Company offers discounts on large purchases of product, and the more you buy at one time the bigger the discount you get.

Starting a Mary Kay business is also a great idea for tax purposes. Having your own business means plenty of tax write-offs at the end of the year. You can claim your gas mileage when you drive to meetings or to parties, all of your product, any items you buy to help display the cleansers and make up, postage – you are running a business, and the tax codes work allow for all of this plus home-office deductions. However, you will need to check with a tax professional for all the laws and allowable deductions.

Starting a Mary Kay business can help you bring in quite a bit of extra money, and can allow you the freedom to stay home and run your own successful business. Your success is only limited by the hours you want to work! Many women enjoy getting together at Mary Kay parties, and those are the bread and butter of any Mary Kay consultant.

Edward Dean is an accomplished website developer and author. To learn more about starting-a-mary-kay-business visit Free Info Franchises for current articles and discussions.

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Ask Me About Mary Kay!

I am looking for 3 stellar women to join my Mary Kay Sales team. Now is a great time to start your own Mary Kay Business. Here is some great press on why now is the right time for Mary Kay.

The Mary Kay Party Makes A Comeback


The Lipstick Economy : How Mary Kay Sales Reps Can Benefit!


Mary Kay has been in business for over 45 years. The company offers extensive training and support, we make 50% commission on everything we sell as well as the ability to earn prizes and the use of a Mary Kay car! The starter kit costs $100 and has the products and marketing materials you need to get up and running.

If you want to find out more about how you can succeed in Mary Kay, checkout my website and contact me with a day and time we can talk and any questions you may have.

As a thank you I will give you a $13 Mary Kay Gift Certificate for allowing me to share your time.

President Clinton Endorses Network Marketing and Direct Selling | MLM Stuff

President Clinton Endorses Network Marketing and Direct Selling | MLM Stuff

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The Lipstick Ecomony : How Mary Kay Sales Reps Can Benefit!

The Lipstick Ecomony : How Mary Kay Sales Reps Can Benefit!

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Give the People What They Want!

So many times I hear from direct sales consultants that they “feel bad for hitting up family and friends” or find it difficult to sell their products to people based on the “canned scripts” they may have been taught. I say, STOP TRYING TO SELL PEOPLE THINGS THEY DON’T WANT OR NEED! Value Selling and Solution Selling are proven, successful, sales techniques in the B2B market. I use these same techniques in my direct sales business and they should work in any sales situation. The main idea is to understand what value you and/or your products have to offer your customers along with what needs you can meet or issues you can address. Once you know the value of your product you will be in a better position to sell customers what they actually want to buy. With the economy the way it is, there is greater competition for dollars. People know value and they use value to justify their spending. If you don’t build value before you tell them how much it’s going to cost, you’re done. 

So you took the first step, you know your products well and you have thought about the value you can provide. Now you need to understand your customers and what they need or what issues they would like to address. The key to gaining this information is to LISTEN to your customer and WATCH their reaction to the value propositions you are giving them. Many sales people fail because they are the sterotypical “pushy salesperson” who gives the same pitch and pushes the full product line to everybody they come across. If you want to build loyal customers who like to buy from you, you need to focus on selling them the products they want at the time they want to buy it.

Let’s use Mary Kay as an example. You have a new customer, young college student, great skin, doesn’t wear a lot of makeup. Sure you could try to sell her the entire Timewise Ultimate Miracle Set or Roll-Up Bag but seriously, do you think she is really going to be interested in an anti-aging microdermabrasion set? Instead try a different approach, rather than jumping into your product pitch ask her some questions. You find out she is very busy, doesn’t like to wear a lot of makeup, spends time at the gym each day and doesn’t have a lot of income. Now you can talk to her about maybe a Timewise basic set with a tinted moisturizer, some mascara and lip gloss to get her out the door each day. She isn’t overwhelmed by the amount of product and price and now you are both on the same page regarding her needs. You can ask about any big events that may be coming up and take the opportunity to book her for a color consultation to help glam her up to help get her ready for the event. Now she has a product set she loves inher price range and more importantly she sees you as a partner and you have built up her trust. Now you have great potential for getting referrals, she had a good experience, she would work with you again, so she will feel more comfortable referring her friends.

So in a nutshell:
1. Know your products

2. Build your value proposition

3. LISTEN and WATCH your customers for what they respond positively to

4. Sell your customers the products they actually want to buy

5. Enjoy your increased sales!






Why I chose Mary Kay

I get asked the question, “Why did you choose Mary Kay?” a lot and I must say it took me awhile to decide that being a Mary Kay Lady was something that I really wanted to do.  I did a lot of research on the company and had many discussions with a friend who is a successful Mary Kay consultant before making my decision.  I stumbled across this article when I was trying to decide if being a WAHM was even a path I wanted to take and it helped me to focus my research.  If you are considerin starting your own business, give this article a quick read.

Choosing the right Work At Home Business!
by karl glantschnig

 When you are considering working from home, there is a set of decisions that must be made. First, you must decide whether or not working at home is right for you. Next, you need to consider what type of work at home job you will be doing. There are many opportunities for Wahms out there, both offline and off. Having a successful Wahm career starts with evaluating your own skills and requirements in a job and then finding the right match.

Sometimes the best place to start with your Wahm career is where your out of the home career ended. Many women find that they can become independent contractors in the field that they previously worked in. You can use your previous work experience as a launching pad for your Wahm career. Some of the ways to use your experience to your advantage are: finding a company that hires people in your field to work from home, using your previous experience to become an expert writer in your field or starting a business related to your previous field.

However, some women look at their Wahm careers as a way to break out of their old job. If you do like to try something completely different, there are plenty of opportunities for entry-level work as an independent contractor. Many of these jobs deal with telephone or online customer service. When you work as a customer service agent from your home, you just need a reliable Internet connection and a working phone. Companies also hire medical transcriptionists, data entry professionals and virtual personal assistants to telecommute.

If you want to start your own business, the opportunities are very vast. You can start with a direct sales company and sell products from an established brand to friends and neighbors. You will make commissions through your sales and also off of recruiting other people to sell the products. There are hundreds of direct sales companies that offer everything from aromatherapy products to candles to cooking supplies.

Another option for starting your own business is offering a service in your community. Day care center operators, florists, professional organizers and hairdressers all have the option of working at home, among many other professions. Of course, starting a business in your community normally means that you have had some experience in that field. However, there are some small business ideas that can be started without much experience at all.

Many women turn to the Internet for a source of at home income. The World Wide Web offers a plethora of job opportunities. You can offer your services online as a freelance web designer, writer or virtual assistant. You can also start an online store that sells products that you make yourself or have the rights to resell. Many Wahms establish their businesses online by using one of the popular auction sites, like eBay. Still others find a home in internet marketing, by directing web traffic to a website and then recommending certain products and services.

Decide first what type of job you do like to do and then work from there. If you are truly a people person and need to get out each day, direct sales or a local service business might be right for you. If you are the type of mom who lives online and is comfortable with the Internet, try finding a job or starting your own business on the web. If you like the comfort of having a weekly paycheck, look into telecommuting positions.

Once you have decided what category of job you do like, do some research on what it takes to be successful at that type of business. If you feel like you are drawn to one particular business or company, then sit on your decision for a week and see how it feels. Imagine what your life will be like as you take on the duties of that job. Most importantly, be realistic with yourself about how much time you can devote to your business. Finding the right match is not hard when you thoroughly consider your options.


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