April 26, 2011

To Schmooze, or not to Schmooze...

For the past couple of weeks, I have been planning to go to a Chamber event tonight at a restaurant here in Daytona.

It's been on my home calendar, my work calendar, programmed into my phone, etcetera...  Yet, right now - less than an hour before it is to begin, I'm really not feelin' it.  I'm not much of a talker to begin with.  I don't steer clear of crowds, but I usually have back up in the form of my husband - who is always the life of the party... However, he is not going this evening.  Pity.

I'm still deciding, but it's not looking good!  =/

Maybe, if I knew better how to begin conversations and whatnot... Any thoughts on how to break out of my shell?  Maybe suggest a book or something?  I actually thought about looking into the local chapter of the Toastmasters, but I haven't been able to find much.  (However, I have not yet delved into the search!)

Sigh...  I guess we'll see where this goes! 

April 20, 2011

Mary Kay for Mother's Day

Mary Kay Limited Edition Gift Set - Simply Cotton

With Mother's Day around the corner, ( Sunday, May 8th) I thought that now would be a great time to hold a virtual Business Debut.  To kick it off, I have set a goal of selling ten of the Simply Cotton gift sets by next Friday.  In itself, it sounds like a goal that may be reached - but the planning is a bit fuzzy.

I believe that I need to speak with some of my male friends, as they are usually somewhat clueless about what to get their wives, moms, grand-moms, etcetera for Mother's Day.  I think that this would be a fantastic way for them to get in good with their Female counterparts, and the Mom's get a cute bag, scarf and sweet smelling perfume!  Win-Win in my book!

I also think it could be a cute idea for Dad's to get them as gifts 'From the Kids.'  What kid doesn't want to give their mom a Mother's Day gift?  Right?  (Really - Right?  I don't have kids,  so I don't know! hehe)  Anyway, since this is my first attempt at achieving I am going to go Full Force.  No holds barred!  (I still don't understand that saying...) Balls to the Wall!  (I got caught up in the moment....)  I think you get the picture.  So, that being said, if it looks like something you would like more information on - feel free to go to my Mary Kay site, Follow me on Twitter, or send me an email/leave a comment!  You would be helping out a fellow blogger as well as giving a great gift to a loved one!  What could be bad about that?

April 13, 2011

Well, I got sucked in...

As of Monday, I am a new Independent Beauty Consultant for Mary Kay.

Hold your groans....  Please?

I thought about it all weekend long.  I wrote out pro/con lists and read over some of their legal jargon (which I am a bit surprised I understood!).  I talked it over with my husband, who thankfully listened with an open mind  I gave him the opportunity to voice his opinions and ask me questions to get a better feel for where I'm coming from, and what I would be doing with the company.  I got his approval over a Red Lobster dinner on Saturday night, and on Monday I signed up - Monday night got my induction pin and whatnot...  Now, I am anxiously waiting on my Starter Kit to be delivered.  I obsessively check the website to see if it has been shipped - still nothing.  I'm hoping it will be here on Friday.  I don't think I can wait until Monday!!! 

Anyway, the evening was a lot of fun.  There were 5 new consultants getting pinned, which was neat to see; There were TWO pink Cadillacs in the parking lot - one was earned by a National Sales Director and the other was for a Senior Sales Director (I think).  I liked the one that was an Escalade...  Anyway, there were a lot of Directors in the house for the event - which was nifty to see.  Not many people support each other so strongly! 

There were also 6 guests there for makeovers (which is how I was introduced to the Consultant aspect of the company).  The highlight for me was listening to Maureen Leta speak.  (I apologize if I spelled her name incorrectly.) 

Maureen was, according to her story, a teacher in New York making some pretty decent money at the time, but not enough to get a nice house or car or whatever.  She got into Mary Kay to add to her income, and eventually went full steam ahead and started to make more money than she did at school.  Fast Forward twenty years later and she's driving somewhere around her 16th Caddy and travels with her husband as a National Sales Director.

Now, even if that's not something I can see myself doing, the story was incredibly inspiring and made me just a bit more excited about my biz.  I just need to find people who like the stuff, or at least want to try it, and go from there! 

Our next meeting is on Monday night.  I'm looking forward to seeing how it changes (in my eyes) upon becoming a consultant as opposed to a guest.  WOO HOO!    Let's hope this isn't some sort of complete scam.  I'm keeping my head up!  (and my fingers crossed....)

April 6, 2011

Mary Kay - Money maker? Or Money Waster?

As I know I have mentioned before, I want out of the day to day crap that is my job.  Sure, the people are fantastic, but the job is boring and I need to make more money.

A few years ago, when I worked for the local office of a national real estate company, I met a lady who sold Mary Kay.  She saw how much lip balm I used on a daily basis and told me about the Satin Lips kit that Mary Kay offers.  I tried the sample she gave me, and it worked.  I didn't buy it, but it was a really nice change.  I did get a couple of things from her, but that was it.  Later, at another job, I found a catalog from a local Independent Beauty Consultant and ordered from her.  I only did this once, because of money constraints, but again, I liked the stuff that was offered.

So, when I began at my current job, I found out that not one, but two of my co-workers were IBCs.  One invited me to her parties and whatnot, and the other seemed to keep to herself.  I did order from both of them, however  Only because one kept an inventory of things that I used.  The other girl would place orders as needed.  I saw how different the business could be.

Eventually, both ladies left the firm and I thought I was done.  I didn't think it was all that big a deal, because I hadn't always used Mary Kay, so I knew I could find things that I enjoyed as much.  However, about a year ago, another co-worker decided to start her own Mary Kay Biz.  She is not the most social or approachable person, but she has done okay for herself.  From what I can tell, anyway...  I have gone to a couple of her training sessions, where we get to try new products and get mini makeovers.  They are a lot of fun and there are a variety of people there!  I get the feeling that if she can do it, so could it.

But then I wonder, "How?"  I am not very social.  I love computers, so I could get the word out via the typical social networks and whatnot, but will that be enough to justify the initial investment?  The reason I am thinking about it now is because there is a huge price break on the start up kit - which could NOT have come at a better time!  I have been watching and reading the testimonials on the MK site, which have been an inspiration.  I am talking a lot with my co-worker - who is really excited for me!  That is a surprise in itself!  In what kind of business is someone happy for someone else??? Girls are supposed to be catty and annoyed when other girls want to succeed...  But I don't get that from Mary Kay.  Everyone I have spoken with is supportive, excited and overall happy.  I want to be happy!  I am still going to give it some more thought, but it's really leaning toward a 'Yes, I want to be an IBC for MK!' 

My question to anyone happening across this blog post is this:  Do you know anyone who sells Mary Kay?  Do YOU sell it?  Do you love it? Was it worth your time and money?