Do you want to work from home but don't want to start your own business? By working for a direct-selling or multi-level marketing company, you can earn money and set your own hours while selling to the customers of your choice, like family members and neighbors. Find out if working with this company is right for you.
Name of company: Mary Kay Incorporated, headquartered in Dallas, Texas
What it does: Mary Kay is one of the largest direct sellers of skin-care products in the United States. The product line includes facial skin care, color cosmetics, nail care, body care, sun protection, fragrances, men's skin care and men's and women's dietary supplements.
How long it's been around: Mary Kay Ash founded Mary Kay Cosmetics in 1963.
How it works: A prospective consultant pays an initial start-up fee to gain access to the company's tools and products. Mary Kay's Independent Beauty Consultants sell beauty products and dietary supplements. Each consultant determines her own hours and sales goals. Mary Kay offers part-time, full-time and management opportunities to its independent sales force.
What you would do: Consultants sell the products by organizing home parties, selling door-to-door, teaching skin-care classes and by setting up e-commerce Websites online so customer can buy Mary Kay products anytime.
Cost to you: Mary Kay offers potential consultants a Consultant Starter Kit for $100. The kit contains all of the sales materials and products you'll need to start. Independent Beauty Consultants are also eligible for a 50 percent discount on products as well as company awards, prizes and financial incentives. Mary Kay's most popular sales incentive is, of course, the famed pink cadillac.
Where in the world you can sell: Mary Kay's Independent Beauty Consultants serve customers in 33 markets worldwide.
The next step: You can get in touch with a consultant in your area by visiting the Mary Kay Website or calling the toll-free number 800-MARY-KAY. The Website allows you to search for a local representative by area code. If you contact Mary Kay by phone, an operator will take your information and provide you a name and phone number of your nearest representative.