Although today’s economy offers many financial challenges, some area residents have discovered ways to build careers despite layoffs and widespread unemployment.
Tammy Beck, of Mount Airy Airy, has been an independent Mary Kay saleswoman for eight years. She recently opened a storefront in Mount Airy, which will be used for holding Mary Kay parties and may be rented by others for sales parties.
Beck says the economic downturn has not been a problem for her. “The government and economy do not affect [this] business. All women love skin care and color cosmetics.”
Selling the cosmetics has offered Beck a means of supporting herself without the threat of layoffs or long commutes.
According to Beck, any adult can sign up to get his or her starter kit to sell Mary Kay cosmetics, which costs $100 dollars. To be an “active consultant” a person needs to have invested $200 dollars. Beck commented that it does take some initial monetary investment, but with diligent effort, it pays off. One perk still offered to successful representatives is the iconic pink Cadillac.
Founded by Mary Kay Ash, Mary Kay Cosmetics is a cosmetics company that has developed a reputation for supporting all issues affecting women.
Ash supported the first domestic violence shelters established in Dallas, Texas, with funding, volunteers, and product donations.
As Ash realized how domestic violence affected many of her independent sales representatives, she led a campaign to prevent violence against women through the Mary Kay Foundation, a non-profit group which seeks to support breast, ovarian, cervical, and uterine cancer research. It also provides grants to women’s shelters and community outreach groups. Since 1996 when the Mary Kay Foundation began, it has granted $25 million dollars to organizations fighting cancer and violence against women.
Although Mary Kay Ash died in 2001, the Mary Kay Foundation continues to support the causes she championed.
For those interested in earning an income in these challenging economic times, selling Mary Kay offers an opportunity to work with a company which is supportive of women’s issues. For more information, contact Tammy Beck at 336-326-5016.