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Archive for October, 2009

Did YOU give Meg Whitman $50 capital when she was 16?!

Would you invest $50 in your own daughter’s business management skills?

Well here’s your chance to sponsor your daughter’s business and money management education for fifty bucks! (and it’s FUN!)

For the month of October Mary Kay is offering a special $50 sign up rate for new consultants.

For that fifty dollars you would receive:

Products/Samplers

• Travel-size TimeWise® Microdermabrasion Set, pk./5

• Color Cards, 7 pks./5; Disposable Sponge-Tip Applicators, 2 pks./15

• Shade Selector Tool

• Mary Kay® Sheer Mineral Pressed Powder Samplers, 3 pks./6

• Mary Kay® Ultimate Mascara™ in Black; Disposable Mascara Brush, 2 pks./15

• Satin Hands® Pampering Set Samplers, 12 sets Business Tools and Literature

Ready, Set, Sell! Inventory Options for New Consultants Brochure

• MKConnections® FREE Business Card Offer Flier

• Education Materials – Starting Points CD; Consultants Guide

• Flip Chart Beauty Book, pk./10

• Sales Tickets, pk./25

• Customer Profiles, pk./50

The Look, pk./10

• On the Go Tote

Kit

This would be everything that your teenager would need to go into “business” and see how it works.

The official business owner would be you, the parent (so you have total control), however there would be no further obligation on your part to be involved in any way except to handle the money transactions with your daughter.

Get her this kit and let her fly!

See what she does! I’ll help you 100%. Any inventory that you purchase is covered by Mary Kay’s 90% buy-back policy in the first year.

Worse case scenario? The kit ends up in the closet under dirty clothes and you’ve got great travel mascaras and microderm abrasion sets to take with you on your holiday excursions.

Best case scenario?

My National Sales Director, Janis Moon, earned $28K in commissions for the month of June ’09.

Maybe your daughter makes a fraction of that, which fraction would be enough to see what she could do if given the chance?

News Flash: The Lemonade Stand Model hasn’t earned top dollar since 1903.

This would be a fun and safe way to introduce money, marketing and business strategy to your sharp teenager. These kids know networking like nobody’s business! Make it pay!

Go here to find out more: http://www.marykay.com/tonyhurst/sellmarykay/getstarted/default.aspx

Or call me for details: (510) 918-5822

Love, Tony

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Twit Review: @VAnetworking

Following.

Engaging person. Plugged in to social media and having fun.

(Business does not have to be boring.)

Sample Tweet 10/02/09:

“YAY! It’s Friday, it’s sunny in Vancouver. I’m healthy! Kids aren’t on drugs! Life is good!”

Tawnya Sutherland (VAnetworking) on Twitter.

Love, Tony

Twit Review @trisholeary

Following.

She seems interesting and has conversations.

Sample Tweet 09/30/09:

“@stevenspass http://twitpic.com/jqfnx – Awesome!! I am going to drive up there tomorrow just to take some pics!!! Sweet!”

Trish Oleary (trisholeary) on Twitter.

Love, Tony

Your political party is BANKRUPTING your business!

ggIs the portrayal of your business at the following website reflective of your marketing strategy?: GoodGuide.com Company Political Contributions

Is the stigmatism that you receive there (for being “red “ or “blue”) reflective of the quality of products and services that you supply to your market?

I have both Republican and Democratic clients and I do my best to keep my political views outside of the business environment because I think it is neither germane nor appropriate.

My own corporate office falls right out of the pink and well into the red on this chart. Will my Democratic clients walk?

Here’s my situation:

  • I’m an independent contractor representing Mary Kay in Marin County California (it doesn’t get any bluer here.)
  • Mary Kay, the corporate entity, is the wholesaler that I buy my products from.
  • Mary Kay skin care is the number one selling Skin Care product in the United States.
  • Every other skin care consultant that I have ever known working for other companies eventually goes out of business, they just can’t compete.
  • Most Mary Kay consultants stay in business and many of them make a living wage.
  • I LOVE what I do and it’s my dream to work along side these incredible women and support their cause of feminine empowerment

If my clients walk based on the information on this website then I’m dead.

If my sister consultants’ clients in this area walk because of this information they’re dead too.

That would be an example of a group of fine business women getting their collective “pink” slip because they did business on the wrong side of the political fence for Marin County. And these women have earned their success in business.

How Democratic is that cause?

Peruse these thoughts:

  1. Take a good look at the geography of the companies in question: My own company has its headquarters in Dallas, Texas. It hasn’t gotten any redder than that over the past decade (but it was pretty blue when my company opened in 1963.)
  2. How homogenous do you want your business community to be? If you vote with your dollars and eliminate either the reds or blues from your midst then who’s next? The one’s who aren’t “as red” or “as blue”?
  3. Demanding ethics in business is one thing, demanding political affiliation is quite another.

My own opinion as a business owner:

I offer the best products and the most personalized service that you can find in my industry. Your dollars pay for that when you purchase products from me. My political views are not for sale.

My own opinion as a consumer:

My dollars in the political arena are best spent directly supporting the candidates that resonate with me. Bankrupting or stigmatizing a business or an individual because they have different political leanings than I do says a lot about my willingness to be just as vulnerable when the pendulum swings the other way (and it always does.)

Love, Tony

(Please posit any and all comments below; I would love to have a variety of opinions here.)

Twit Review: @Sally_K

Following.

Sally is a Bay Area Blogger and is interesting and fun and has great conversations as well as local business referrals.

Sample Tweet 09/30/09:

“Wish I could drive a @MiniSF to the Mountain Bike Clinic in Octoberhttp://twurl.nl/gun71o

(I’m helping her get a Mini with as many plugs as I can without spamming – help her too with an @miniSF tweet mentioning her!)

Sally Kuhlman (Sally_K) on Twitter.

Love, Tony

Twit Review @sharisax

Following.

This lady is a genius!

Hire her as your social media marketing consultant, you won’t go wrong.

Sample Tweet 09/30/09:

“GETTING STARTED – Lesson Two Now that your on Twitter: WHAT’S… http://bit.ly/6eXRv

Shari Weiss (sharisax) on Twitter.

Love, Tony

Twit Review @HeshieSegal

Following.

Due to a tweet recommendation from @cathywebsavvypr

Conversational and somebody who know SM relationships and professionally motivational.

Sample Tweet 09/28/09:

“RT @calhardesty Our life always expresses the result of our dominant thoughts. Kierkegaard”

Heshie Segal (HeshieSegal) on Twitter.

-Love, Tony