(Closed) Extra Money

posted 9 years ago in Money
  • poll: Whould you sell Avon/ Mary Kay for extra wedding money
    Yes : (4 votes)
    15 %
    No (please explain why) : (22 votes)
    85 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    7429 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2009

    Its a lot harder than you think.  I know with Mary Kay (and think its the same with Avon) you make 50% commission off everything you sell, but unless you have a big client base, its hard to get off the ground with it.  Maybe talk to people you know and see if they would buy from you. There are a lot of consultants around here, so its hard to start up because most people who buy these products use someone already.  Plus, there are a lot of follow up and leg work involved to get your business going, its pretty hands on.

    Do you have any marketable skills? I really wish i did, I would love to be able to make extra money doing something I’m good at!  Hubs is a mechanic, so he always has ways of making extra money, which is nice

    Post # 4
    Member
    915 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    Personally, I wouldn’t because I don’t know a lot of people and I’m not allowed to sell anything at work. I also haven’t heard of that many people making a lot of money with it. I think you have to be good at really marketing the products and have a wide range of people that you can sell to in order to do well so if you think you do, go for it!

    Post # 4
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    1755 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I understand wanting to make extra money for your wedding and am all for another job, but in this really tough economy I think it would be difficult to launch a cosmetics sales career.  They’re both good companies and have nice products, but honestly I think that now would be a hard time to make a real go of selling for either, imho.

    Post # 5
    Member
    3176 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    Personally no because I don’t think it would benefit me, I’m not dedicated enough to make the kind of money I would want. My roomate in college was a Mary Kay PRO! She had everything you could imagine and made a good chunk of change doing it, BUT that was her job. She went to school and sold Mary Kay. She probably spent the same amount of time selling as I did in one of my part time jobs.

    Post # 6
    Member
    14987 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I wouldn’t.  I don’t know enough about cosmetics and stuff and my time is worth something to me also.  I would go nuts if I had to depends on another job for money and couldn’t relax even a little.

    Post # 7
    Member
    7975 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    I’ve heard it takes a while to make a profit on that sort of thing – it starts with a big investment where you have to buy the products (at the discounted rate) that you think you’ll sell. Then when you sell them, you recoup your costs.

    I’ve heard of some people selling on ebay below the suggested retail price; maybe look into that?

    Post # 8
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    4505 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I also think that selling Avon is a pretty tough way to make money, especially if you want to make it fast. Have you thought about tutoring, babysitting, or being a “mother’s helper”? I did all 3 in grad school, and it was a very easy way to pocket some cash–fast. 

    Post # 10
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    5 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I currently sell MaryKay and I think its great.  I also have a full time government job working 50+ hours a week so I completly understand issues with time and time management.  I really find Mary Kay to be quite successful.  I have only been doing it for 6 months and I love it.  You really dont have to know that many people to get started because they will end introducing you to more and more people.  Plus I actually just get a lot of random people that find my website and ask if they can order from me.  Those end up being some of my best customers and biggest sales. 

    I’m just saying that you really shouldn’t take advise from someone who hasn’t ever tried it.  My motto is never take advise from someone that you wouldn’t want to trade places with.  The best part about the Mary Kay business is that you do get 30 days to try it out.  If you decide that its just not for you (which its not for everyone) then you can return everything back to the company for a refund of your money.  Plus to get started is only $100.  You dont have to buy inventory.  I never did. Point is I would look into more and then make a decision.

    Post # 11
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    388 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I attempted to sell Mary Kay and it sucked. I disagree with @soltj: on finding new people. In my area at least very few people use Mary Kay and just about everyone I tried to sell from ended up “selling” themselves so they could get the product at a discount or they used the same person. It takes a lot of work to get enough money to make it worth it. If I used Mary Kay I would have kept doing it but it was a waste to me.

    Post # 12
    Member
    38 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    I changed my life when planning a wedding because we were broke.  I love helping other bride to be’s out!  It’s really easy to save money when you do a few things and save a little at a time. Here’s my tips:

    • I’m a serious couponer and it’s amazing how much money I’ve saved.

     

    • I sell whatever I don’t need on ebay, yard sales, etc. 

     

    • I spend about 20-30 minutes a day taking online surveys, etc.  THIS IS THE EASIEST WAY TO GET CASH.  Literally, 20 minutes a day and you’re talking $20-60 a month.  Free money.  Can you tell I’m a fan??  I use www cashcrate com  and www mysurvey com   They put the money in your paypal, which I like since I don’t have to take a $7 check to the bank 🙂   And they’re completely free, which is unlike some of the others.
    • We planned our wedding after we would get our taxes back and used pretty much all of it towards the wedding/honeymoon
    • We set up a site on www gofundme com and actually got around $100.  Some people are really nice and donate to a good sob story 🙂
    • We put a huge percentage of our checks in our savings account and pretended like it wasn’t there.   It was amazing how we could live without that much money every month.  Out of sight, out of mind?

    Hope this helps bees!

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