The type of investment required to begin a Mary Kay career is a monetary investment of $100, plus tax and shipping, to buy a starter kit bag, as of December 2015. The bag includes full-size product samples, product catalogs, trial-size products to give to customers and literature about selling products.
With the initial investment, Mary Kay offers a free eCard for announcing the new business. In addition, many new Mary Kay salesmen also begin by purchasing business cards and a website. Other optional initial investments include buying additional Mary Kay products that range in price from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars.
New sellers have the option to finance initial business costs, and Mary Kay offers direct financing through the company's own Visa card. Product purchases for new Mary Kay businesses carry a 90 percent buy-back offer.