Thousands of Mary Kay Beauty consultants are trying to give their career a boost over the next few weeks. They're getting new training and motivation at the Dallas Convention Center.
"It's very difficult to find a job in the market right now and Mary Kay is just that extra outlet to, if I can't find a job, then I can do Mary Kay, and if I find a job, I can do Mary Kay while I'm doing that job as well," says Joyia Johnson who is Mary Kay Beauty Consultant.
Johnson, of Denton, recently earned her masters degree in accounting. Like many other recent graduates, she joined Mary Kay while still in college. "I just wanted to have an extra little cash on the side so I can go out with my friends or just support myself until I finish school."
The global skin care company says a lot of teachers began selling Mary Kay, after getting pink slips due to budget cuts. They're now going after a pink Cadillac.
This Frisco English teacher is one step ahead. "Fortunately, my district didn't cut anybody. However, there's just so much uncertainty. I wanted kind of a 'plan b' to either go to if I choose, or just to be a backup if something does happen with the way that education's going,"adds Shelly School Mary Kay Beauty Consultant.
More than 165,000 Americans started their Mary Kay businesses in April, the largest number in a single month in the last decade.
"Many women have left a full-time opportunity because they have found this to be more rewarding and more fulfilling,"says Sheryl Adking-Green a Mary Kay Consultant. So far this year, Mary Kay is ahead of last year in recruiting new sales people.
Company executives see the growth continuing, at least as long as the economy stays down. The Mary Kay seminar brings in beauty consultants from across the U.S., Canada, and Europe. According to the Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau, it generates more than 70-million dollars for the city.