Business Advice from Independent Sales Director, Romy R.
Romy knows not to not judge a Cadillac by its color. She found inspiration in other professional, like-minded women who had started their own Mary Kay businesses. Between losing her job in advertising and struggling to pay off student loans, Romy was determined to make her entrepreneur parents proud by working to become a Mary Kay Independent Sales Director. This 27-year-old is busy with a business she loves.
We sat down with Romy to learn more about what she’s learned from starting her own business, and advice she has for entrepreneurs like herself.
You mention your parents were entrepreneurs. What did you learn from them that you’re applying in your Mary Kay business?
My grandfather started a welding company with his brother when he arrived to the U.S., and my family has run it ever since. Our family business is what helped sustain our lifestyle and what gave every member of our family a job when coming to the U.S. from Cuba. It wasn't glamorous; it wasn't easy; but it was honest work. From the young age of five when we first arrived in Miami, I saw my parents - two prior engineers - adapt to their new roles managing and operating welding projects because it was the job they had. They made it work and they were grateful. When things went awry, they worked on weekends because the company's success rested on their shoulders. And when times got tough during the real estate bubble crash, they were the first to take pay cuts to allow other employees' salaries to be fulfilled. Growing up in an entrepreneurial home showed me what it truly meant to be a business owner - both the good and the bad. I think this helped me have a really healthy mentality when running my Mary Kay business. I know there will be good times and bad, but I am I 100 percent responsible for my business.
There are lots of options when it comes to starting your own business. What was it that attracted you to the Mary Kay opportunity?
What attracted me the most to Mary Kay was seeing successful professional women choosing to begin a Mary Kay business to fulfill the dreams their professional careers had not yet allowed them to achieve. My prior industry was highly competitive and I felt a lot of pressure to be 100 percent devoted to it. I felt like I could never mention, or even consider, a part-time business not relating to my day job. But when I saw doctors, teachers, lawyers and executives working Mary Kay part-time or even full-time so they could double their incomes, it really opened my eyes to an even bigger vision for my life.
What is your favorite part about having your own business?
My favorite part of having my own Mary Kay business has been the lifestyle it’s allowed me to achieve. Living in Miami on a single income ain't easy! But at the age of 27 I’ve been able to move into a beautiful two bedroom/two bathroom condo, run a business, afford administrative office, give back to my family, and enjoy a lifestyle I didn't think would be possible this early on in my life. I can't wait until I can enjoy the same flexibility when I start a family of my own.
Are there any leaders or business owners you look to for inspiration?
I really admire Mary Kay Independent Elite Executive National Sales Director Gloria Mayfield Banks not just for what she has accomplished in Mary Kay, but for how she has extended her reach to areas outside of Mary Kay. She has truly built an empire through her Mary Kay business and become a national authority for women entrepreneurs. I also love Sarah Blakely, the founder of SPANX. Her story of courage and grit is incredibly motivating!
As a business leader, what advice would you give to other women looking to start their own businesses?
Don't take advice from anyone you wouldn't be willing to trade places with!
Where do you hope to see your Mary Kay business in the next five years?
In the next five years, my aspiration is to triple the size of my independent Mary Kay business. This means a lot more women being exposed to our amazing products and the Mary Kay opportunity. This also means a lot more women that I would get to mentor to grow and develop their own independent Mary Kay businesses! After what I have experienced in just 4 years of having my Mary Kay business, I am more convinced than ever that the Mary Kay business opportunity is the best option out there for women!