At the same time when traditional job opportunities in these 10 states have become harder for young people to find, Mary Kay saw nearly 20,000 people aged 18-30 in these states start Mary Kay businesses in 2012. Lindsey Christenson, a 23-year-old from Washington, started selling Mary Kay products to earn extra money.
“I was working two jobs, going to school full time and trying to start a wedding planning business,” Christenson said. “My main goal was to not have any debt, so I didn’t mind working hard to live debt-free. I learned about selling Mary Kay through a connection on Facebook, so I gave it a chance. It was cool to see the things I learned in college apply to a real business. I hope to sell Mary Kay forever. Even if I don’t, it is great for me at this point in my life. There is a lot of hard work, but I don’t mind that because I see the immediate financial reward as soon as I sell a lip gloss, mascara or moisturizer.”
“The reality is that young people are struggling to find jobs,” said Adkins-Green. “Of the 94,000 people who started Mary Kay businesses in the second quarter of 2012, a third of them were in Gen Y. Direct selling is a viable option that provides relevant education and real world experience while giving them the flexibility they need while continuing their job search. No matter how long they continue with their Mary Kay businesses, they have learned valuable business, leadership and management skills that will help them in the future.”
Mary Kay is one of the world’s largest direct selling companies with more than $3 billion in annual wholesale sales worldwide. Mary Kay was founded in 1963 by Mary Kay Ash with the goal of helping women achieve personal growth and financial success. Mary Kay remains committed to enriching women’s lives, and today more than 2.4 million people of all backgrounds are enjoying the advantages of being Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultants. Mary Kay’s high-quality skin care and color cosmetics products are sold in more than 35 countries around the world. To learn more about Mary Kay, visit marykay.com or facebook.com/marykay.