Pros: low stress, good paying job, summers off
Cons: lack of technology, no job advancement
My typical week is 1/2 the week setting up book displays at businesses and schools and the other half is supplying the orders and making calls. After I'm done with my day, I usually spend a 1/2 hour e-mailing my customer follow-ups or to let them know I'm coming in a couple days to set up.
Since working with Books Are Fun, I learned that I've wanted to get further involved with the business, but can't do much since their isn't a way to move up. I've become more involved with promoting the business through the internet and trying to create the buzz on social media sites and creating our own little site to promote our sales team.
Management is great. I haven't had any issues with bringing up ideas or thoughts to help out. I'm trying to get him, as well as, the entire sales team on the same page with becoming more technically sound. The business, in general, is still a pen and paper one, that I feel can become an iPad/Smart Phone business to save on the cost of paper and such.
The job itself isn't hard unless a customer isn't prepared for you the day of the delivery. That situation can put you behind the 8-ball. A rainy day makes it very tough as well, because of the need to juggle inventory from my vehicle throughout my delivery days.
The most enjoyable part of my day is the freedom. My manager doesn't call other than to check in on the day and see where I'm at. There isn't any pressure on sales, cold calls, or numbers.