(Closed) Bees in Sales?

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I’m not in sales myself, but I’m a corporate sales recruiter. PM me if you have career questions πŸ™‚

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I don’t know if retail counts as sales, but I’ll fill in out just in case!

What type of product do you sell? High-end A/V equipment (TVs, receivers, speakers, etc.)

Do you make good money? (be honest! estimate would be great, or you can PM) I do not work on comission, but my hourly wage is decent, I work in Ohio and make about $11 an hour (though I know that varies greatly based on your location). I do know people who work comissioned sales though and it seems to be very on and off – sometimes they’re making a lot of money, but during slow times it can be tough.

What do you like/dislike about it? I hatehatehate the pressure from my boss – whenever we are having a slow day where there just arne’t a lot of customers, or you’re helping someone but they’re just not quite ready to buy yet, I get grilled about why I’m not closing sales. Customers are totally a crapshoot – sometimes they’re great and pleasant to talk to and help my day go by faster, other times they are totally rude and unpleasant. And I like the team of people I work with.

Is this career something you sought out or something you decided to try and stuck with? Other? It is not something I sought out, I started as a cashier in  my early college years just needing a part time job, and I’ve earned some promotions since then.

Advice on whether it’s a good thing to get involved in? Unless you’re looking to move into a managerial position it’s not something I would recommend. It defintiely varies based on your own interests though – my dad loves being the manager of a retail store, but I am really just sick of being in sales, I’ll be relieved to have my degree and be working a different job where my performance isn’t so greatly affected by whether or not many customers are in the store that day.

 

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@AmeliaBedelia:  Yes, I know $11 is laughable in some places but it’s pretty decent here (I was thinking the same thing about big city bees when I typed my post, haha)! I’ve been with my company for 4 years, so I have gotten several raises during that time, if I had a Masters like you then I could try to become a manager, which gets you a very, very generous salary here, but for me it’s just a retail job that happens to offer tuition reimbursement until I finish my degree.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

You’re only as good as your last month. Sales is tough but can be a very lucrative career with perseverence and education. Pharmaceutical Sales Reps are required to be very knowledgable in the field and not only must sell their product but must also educate the consumer to a greater extent than sales in say a telemarketing fundraising position. I did a lot of cold-calling in my past and most of my success came from the “its a numbers game” mentality, just call, call, call until I was blue in the face. What type of sales roles are you interested in? Did you have a specific industry in mind? It always helps if you are passionate about what you are selling. AND if you’re not, fake it till you make it!

Also, the sales I did was all throughout college. I did fundraising through my university’s telefund center. In the summer I cold-called local businesses to solicit donations for breast cancer (just flipping through the yellow pages and pulling out numbers), I worked for a financial investment company and called locals, inviting them to a seminar (would receive commission for each attendee + hourly pay). I also did in-person promotional sales….I sold “The Gutter Shutter” and “The Bath Fitter” (received $10 hourly plus $10 for each in home proposal) “Crystal Light,” “Ladies Degree Deoderant” “Axe Body Spray” (spray more, get more!), “Tasty Bites” (Indian Cuisine) and an energy drink–these promotions were about $18 an hour…

I also worked for my dad’s commercial real estate company and cold called local businesses to see if they would be interested in listing their business for sale… ($10/hour, thanks dad :))

FINALLY, I worked at a recruiting company and cold-called potential candidates for a 100% commission position ($12/hour)…

keep in mind these were all temporary jobs that I held throughout college. I would not accept a sales position unless there is a base of atleast $30k + Commission.

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

@AmeliaBedelia:  i was in advertising sales for many years (retired early).  it was straight commission and very rewarding; well over $100k.  when you’re at a job like this with no cap, and really enjoy it, the money part of it just comes naturally.

Post # 12
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

@AmeliaBedelia:  media advertising as in print or online

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

What type of product do you sell? I sell wedding dresses

Do you make good money? (be honest! estimate would be great, or you can PM) NO, I don’t! I make minimum wage ($8.50) and a pidley commission.

What do you like/dislike about it? I do like that I get to play dress up and the atmosphere is usually pretty happy. I hate the pressure from management, each week they rank everybody based on their sales. Being a bride myself, I understand that you probably won’t buy the dress your frist time out. But mangagement doesn’t seem to understand this.

Is this career something you sought out or something you decided to try and stuck with? Other? Both. I’ve always wanted to work in the bridal world, my dream job is an event planner.  2 years ago I worked for another local bridal shop that had a planning part to the store. When that store closed down, I got a regular office job and HATED it to the point it made me sick. I decided to go back to bridal until I could find something that pays better.

Advice on whether it’s a good thing to get involved in? I think it depends on what you’re selling and if you really care. For me, I love bridal stuff, so I love that part.  If you’re selling something you don’t give two shits less about, then you will hate it.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

What type of product do you sell? I sell Cell phones in Canada for a top company

Do you make good money? (be honest! estimate would be great, or you can PM) I make decent money however i have made better at tis job… it does fluctuate because its comission based so when the economy changes… so does my income

What do you like/dislike about it? I really like sales for reasons that i meet new people all the time and well… i’m good at it… I hate it becuase although i like people… some of the public can be rude, agressive, annoying….. and the list goes on and on

Is this career something you sought out or something you decided to try and stuck with? Other? When i first started here i actually applied 7 years ago for a receptionist positon posted and they called me in for an interview in sales… i was desprate for a job so i went in and decided to give it a go… it was only a matter of months until i was bringing home the big bucks… then i was hooked

Advice on whether it’s a good thing to get involved in? Sales can be good, however is can be very stressfull… in my persoal experience… when we get new staff, i find that either they quit right awa or they become long term employees; i’ve just chalked this up to that fact that either they can cut it in the sales world or they just cant. I believe that to be super good at sales, it is a natural talent… but just to make it you just need to be patient and knowledgable

 

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I quit a very lucrative software sales career to go to school full time for speech pathology.  I should probably put that out there before I answer πŸ™‚

 

What type of product do you sell?  I sold technology- anything from your run of the mill antivirus software to million dollar virtualization systems.  

Do you make good money? (be honest! estimate would be great, or you can PM) Hell yeah I did.  $70k, all to myself in a low-cost of living city.  God I miss shopping πŸ™

What do you like/dislike about it?  I loved that it offered me financial freedom, and after 6 years at the company, I actually ended up with a pretty flexible schedule.  I loved talking to new people all the time, and the constant learning that goes along with product knowledge. 

I hated selling products that I didn’t think were quality.  I’m a terrible networker, despite being a people person.  Networking is key and I just couldn’t bring myself to stop by and talk to people I didn’t care about, just so they would remember my face. 

Is this career something you sought out or something you decided to try and stuck with? Other?  Totally fell into it.  Went in on a phone queue at entry level, designed and implemented training programs, and left selling million dollar solutions.  If you’re motivated, moving up is usually not a problem. 

Advice on whether it’s a good thing to get involved in?  That’s such a personal decision.  And it depends on the type of sales, and your client base too.  There is a lot of pressure, and Sunfire is exactly right, you’re only as valuable to the company as your last month (or quarter).  Because it’s easy to move up, you may get passed up rather quickly by someone who wants it (it being the money or status) more than you.  You have to be able to take lots of rejection, and YOU are the face of the product you’re selling. The customer sees you as responsible, not the company.  Dancing around negatives that are out of your control will give you a workout.  There’s also the politics.

 

All that said, I miss the money. But I’d never go back unless absolutely necessary.  I just looked around after so many years at the company and couldn’t see a single person’s career that I wanted to model my own after.  Out of 50,000 people. 

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