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Carey Wickum was nice enough to spend time telling us about her business and what it means to her. Let’s see what she has to say!
1. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? What are you interested in? What you do for a living?
My name is Carey Wickum. I enjoy staying busy and doing many things such as traveling, photography, flower gardening, scrapbooking, playing frisbee with my puppies, watching movies, working out, and hanging out with Jason (my fiance). I’m a registered nurse and work at Oklahoma Heart Hospital and recently started my Mary Kay business in March of ’08.
2. What interested you about joining the Mary Kay family?
I initially started my business to get the 50% discount on products and to sell to friends. After attending seminar in Dallas, I was energized and had found a new goal: to become a director in Mary Kay. The Mary Kay leaders all believe in God first, family second, and career third. This is inline with my own values. After listening to their inspirational stories of how they started they business and how they became successful while balancing their lives I too was inspired to go for it all. In fact my first few months as a consultant I mostly sold through catalog sales and samples. I wondered what could happen if I truly tried to be successful. So, that’s where I’m at now. I’ve been booking facials and skin care classes in addition to the catalog sales.
3. What are some of the challenges you’ve faced in your business thus far?
I think with any business there are going to be challenges and one is that people are so busy these days and things come up and they have to cancel and reschedule. About half of the facials and classes have canceled. My director did tell me this and suggested double booking and then if both do hold to have one of your Mary Kay consultant friends to do the facial for you, but I don’t feel comfortable doing this. Also, another suggestion was to utilize the time anyway for Mary Kay business if you need to make phone calls, etc. This can lead to discouragement, but attending weekly meetings helps so I don’t get discouraged.
4. What goals do you have for your business? What strategies have you implemented to achieve these goals?
My goals this year are to be in the National Court of Sales by selling $36,000 in retail product and to be in the National Court of Sharing which is recruiting 24 new consultants. I’ve divided this up and need to sell approx. $750/ wk and get 2 new recruits each month. So, far I have 1 recruit and have interviewed about 6 people who all are interested in the opportunity but not at this time. Most say they are too busy right now. I’m trying to hold 3 classes or facials a week and trying to interview 2 people a week. One director I listened to said she prays about the kind of person she wants as her recruits, so I have listened to her advice and been praying about that. My recruit I have is exactly the kind of person I prayed for. She is young, energetic, motivated, and beautiful. What a great asset for me as I begin to build my team!
5. Tell us something that not many people know about you.
Some people might not now that I was born in Chester, MT and moved to Oklahoma when I was only 18.
6. Last thoughts?
Mary Kay is fun! I really enjoy helping people that’s why I became a nurse and in Mary Kay you show women how to care for their skin and apply make-up. When you leave a skin care class or facial you have made a women’s day. You’ve made her feel good about herself and therefore you feel good. That’s probably why a lot of nurses and teachers are in Mary Kay. My website is www.marykay.com/cwickum
Thank you so much to Carey for her interview!