Photo by Candice Kelly
Photo by Candice Kelly

Are you a savvy, enthusiastic woman looking to make some extra cash? Why not become a part of a four billion dollar corporation. Over three million woman have become Mary Kay consultants worldwide. This unique opportunity allows woman from all different backgrounds to make connections, buy and sell make up and trade beauty secrets. This is a great opportunity for college students since it is a fun, easy and rewarding way to make money.

So what does it mean to be a Mary Kay consultant? It means you get to be a hostess, giving free makeovers to your friends and family at Mary Kay parties. It means you get to meet people all across the city and help them look their best. It means you get paid for doing others’ makeup. A Mary Kay consultant is a woman who is dedicated to making sure all women can look and feel their best. You become an entrepreneur in a sense, deciding ways to expand your business and meet your personal sales goals.

Mary Kay makes it easy to get started as an independent consultant. They provide business education, marketing tools and product samples so that you will be fully equipped with the necessities to succeed. It is recommended that you purchase a starter kit bag (which includes retail sized products to demonstrate with friends at parties), samplers to share with your potential customers and informational DVDs with easy sales tips.

The most important question when going into a new business venture is how much money can be made. Well, it really depends on how hard you pound the pavement and make sales. A consultant makes 50 percent commission off of every sale. There are also rewards depending on how much you sell. There is an initial cost to buy inventory, however Mary Kay offers the inventory buyback program. If after one year you do not sell all of your initial inventory, you can send it back and Mary Kay will give you 90 percent of your money back. So there is minimal risk when just starting out, and a lot of potential to make a profit.

Besides the financial benefits, there are many other reasons why becoming a Mary Kay consultant is a rewarding career opportunity for young women. Unlike the traditional job where a manager oversees all work, as a consultant, you get to be your own boss. You decide how much product you want to purchase or how many hours a week you can work. There are no deadlines or time cards. You are in control of your schedule. This takes away some of the stress of trying to fit in studying between work and classes. Some people choose to only sell on the weekends. Others will work only during the summer and over breaks. Ultimately, you get out of it what you put in.

If you’re interested in becoming a part of the Mary Kay family, check out for more information.