Women Take Extra Jobs in Tough Economy

March 27, 2009

COLUMBUS, Ga-(WTVM)-Unemployment in Georgia sits at more than 9%, in Alabama, it's 8.4%.  However, it's not just folks without a job, that are looking.

In fact, there seem to be a growing number of people, particularly women, finding creative ways to make some extra money.

"They've said back in the deep depression, the only thing that didn't waiver was alcohol, tobacco and cosmetics," says Mary Kay Senior Sales Director Cindy Hess.

In the midst the current recession, that's how Hess makes her money.

She's Mary Kay paid and proud and has a pink Cadillac to prove it!

"I just didn't have 20 years to re-invent myself," explains Hess.

Similar to folks being forced out of today's workforce, Hess says nearly 10 years ago, she was let go from a retail job and needed to get back on her feet.

"I had this income that I had to replace and I had to replace it quick and so Mary Kay was that track for me to run on."

Tanisha Colbert has only been selling cosmetics for seven months, but calls it her personal bail out plan.

"We didn't have to wait for an act of Congress to put that through," exclaims Colbert who is an Independent Sales Consultant for Mary Kay!

Colbert and her husband both have full time jobs, but she says they made the change after sitting down to evaluate their financial situation.

"With all the uncertainty in the economy and everything going on, we really needed to find a way to make ends meet."

Now, Colbert says that extra money handles the day care bills and often, much more.

"And some months, a little luxuries like getting my hair done and something too!"

While jumping into sales certainly isn't for everyone. Experts say times like this provide a great opportunity for folks to re-evaluate their skills, and possibly try something new.

"I never really took a class or anything, bought every magazine I could find and copied everything I could see," says Cheryl Stoddard.

Years later Stoddard, a wife and mom of four turned her hobby into cold, hard cash when she opened her own business, the Scrapbook Shoppe.

"We didn't really do it in terms of me bringing in an income, it's something that I always had dreams of doing and the store's taking care of itself and I'm taking care of all of our customers," says Stoddard.

And like Hess and Colbert, Stoddard says she's waking up every day to work she enjoys.