Pros: freedom, autonomy, fun atmosphere, great management
Cons: nothing is guaranteed, must build your business
Art Van had a tremendous amount of freedom. Your performance was really predicated on how much you wanted to put into it - honing your craft, building up networks, and taking care of the guests out on the floor.
The environment was generally warm and supportive even though competitive. The managers were the shining aspect of the work - they were always – more... there for you when you needed anything, they were always listening, always helpful, and they were always ultra-responsive in a very quick timeframe.
Like any office environment, there are some co-workers you probably won't be compatible with relationship-wise, but there is always the opportunity for a business partnership - and otherwise, most co-workers are amiable, friendly and driven.
I learned how to be more keenly aware of interpersonal and social cues, how to think closer about the way people are moving, acting, what energy they are emitting, and what this means about their person and how I can use this information to help make a sale.
The hardest part of the job was following up with sales that had already been made - it is not as glamorous as getting out in front of new guests and making new sales.
The most enjoyable part of the job was spending time with the other salespeople talking, learning about their stories, and enjoying the light-hearted atmosphere in the store. – less