Outside Sales Representative, Blue Bell, PA - September 15, 2014
A typical day of work was getting to the office bright and early (around 7-7:30AM) The actual day started at 8:00 AM sharp. The first 2-3 hours are spent going over skills, and very often: playing games. After we leave the office- we spend the rest of our day visiting businesses and selling office supplies. We are supposed to visit 60 doors, and close two accounts per day. We would get back to the office around 5:30, and recount the day. We were expected to stay 1-2 hours late on occasion.
My co-wokers had high energy, and were always a ton of fun to be around. We all helped to get each other pumped up for the day.
The manager was easy to get along with, however there was never a lot of boundaries when it came to work/personal life. It was expected of all of us to be together after work, and then spend all of our free time together. Often asking to get together on the weekends for more team bonding.
Easily, the most enjoyable part about the job was going into businesses. Though most businesses are reluctant at first, office supplies are very relevant. Even if the business wasn't interested in purchasing office supplies, I still made it a point to create a personal relationship with the gatekeepers and/or decision makers. As someone with an entrepreneurial mind-set, I spoke with business owners all day. Not only was I constantly learning about different kinds of business, but I was also learning extremely valuable sales skills.
Along with that being the most enjoyable part of the job, it was also very challenging at times. In the age of direct marketing, and outside sales: I understand why many companies are put off by the sales people walking through the door, almost one after the other. I loved building relationships, and getting to know each potential customer. It was a rule that we could not leave personal information for the customer. I was not allowed to maintain a relationship after I left their business. This was definitely a challenge for me, because I personally excel in building and maintaining relationships.
I really enjoyed the time I spent in the field. However, the compensation is solely commission, and driving more than 100 miles per day was rough on both my car, and my wallet- so unfortunately, I had to go my separate ways from this company.
I so very much so value the sales skills and experience I got while working here.