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  1. Alphaboy Gold Belt

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    I'm just curious about if anyone's done it.

    This is a job I can't ever imagine doing. Trying to beg clients to buy a product, facing rejection after rejection before finally getting a sale sounds rough.

    If anyone's done it, do or did you like it? What are your thoughts about this kind of job? What was it like?
     
  2. Estemachine Gold Belt

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    Just in general rejection makes you a better salesman or better at anything, if you have the will to keep on going.

    I haven't worked particularly on sales, but I've done something similar, and the more practice you get the more confident you become and this area spreads on other areas of your life such us becoming better at talking to people, being more confident during dates and going for what you want without the fear of being rejected.
     
  3. Jake the Muss Black Belt

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    It's not that difficult. Building mental fortitude towards failure and rejection is called resiliency, which is the stuff of great men.

    It is far easier to sell something if you are a likeable person providing a product or service that people need or want. That is a good way to be in tuned and connected with other people.

    Also, closing a sale is an aphrodisiac.
     
  4. tonysmasseuse Black Belt

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  5. KONG-D'SNT-TAP Banned Banned

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    One time I sold pumpkin and squash stocks around thanksgiving time.

    Pretty cut throat business. It’s Do or die out there.
     
  6. all caps Gold Belt

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    Moving notes of debt (which are created out of thin air) around in a big circle is one of the most soul sucking, depressing, miserable activities this world has ever known
     
  7. Bacco Silver Belt

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    I did, both itinerant and for a company

    Itinerant suck
    Yeah you do some extra road experience, learn to read people and all, but ultimately sucks

    For the company it's good
    You ARE the company, so you don't beg, they buy or not, you get your full month pay
    In latter case i was really enjoying it and doing great numbers/getting extra bonus

    Then i'm end up in a dispute with my superior (short story i was rising too much for his tastes, so he tried to contain me while still benefit from the numbers i was able to do), and caused a shitstorm to get moved to another area
    Now i'm in the graphic team and i'm loving it even more (i did art as school path), but sometimes i miss the game
     
  8. Alphaboy Gold Belt

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    I dislike the idea of being dependent on others. If a potential customer is reluctant to make a purchase, if people are not buying because of external factors (tough times, competitors, etc.). I like the security of a job where there will always be clientele like a nurse will always have sick people to care for.

    I can believe that.
     
  9. TankAbbott4Eva Gold Belt

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    This, i'm an engineer working in technical sales now. Basically I'm not trying to sell slicers in a shopping mall, everyone i sell to is at least half interested in what I sell. It's business to business as well, so my aim is to sell to them repeatedly unlike a used car salesman. This means my integrity is number one.

    Having a shit quarter right now, that's when it gets tough.
     
  10. The HAMA Orange Belt

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    Did it for 3 years. Loved it. Pay was bad but made a lot of new friends. The social aspect was the main reason for me staying so long.

    Whenever I didn't get a sale I didn't think of it as rejection I just assumed that the customer was a tight ass or poor.

    When in doubt, blame someone else.
     
  11. Alphaboy Gold Belt

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    Are you an extrovert?
     
  12. TSO Pink Belt

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    I liked being a salesman because I like talking to people. The thing I didn't like was dealing with the people I worked for. They were always trying to find reasons not to pay me my commission.

    I sold motorcycles BTW.
     
  13. Midnighter Silver Belt

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    I like manipulating people and bending them to my will.

    I sell crack btw.
     
  14. legatoblues Purple Belt

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    Had two stints in car sales for a total of about 3.5 years. I'm a car guy so was enthusiastic going in, but the burn out is real. Made more money than I had at previously, but quality of life was pretty much non-existent.
     
  15. HeffDoesWant Brown Belt

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    Few roles, not my thing really.

    My enjoyment and results were highly correlated to my belief in the product.

    It is frustrating when you know a product is perfect for someone but cant get them over the line.

    I do recall one guy I spoke over like 6 months refusing to move from one service to the exact same service with the same company except $2,500pa cheaper. Felt bad for him but at the same time hated him for being so stupid.
     
  16. The HAMA Orange Belt

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    I'm an introvert that is trying to learn how to function.

    Just been winging it. So far so good.
     
  17. LS1Rx7 Blue Belt

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    What you're selling defines the job quite a bit.
    And the experience of selling very complex 100K+ computer systems is very different then selling magazine subscriptions door to door.

    The sales people couldn't be more different, so it depends pretty heavily on what you're selling. The only thing I never did was true door to door, although as a kid I did the second lowest form of sales life which is standing on a corner selling candy bars and I did do the MLM thing where you sell very expensive kitchen cutlery to everyone you know.
    As a young adult I sold cars (really not sales, or at least eliminates the worst part of sales which is dialing for dollars / lead gen)
    And finally got into a real career in sales, selling complex software and hardware tech solutions well into the six figure range.


    You know what I do now?
    I'm a reformed white collar worker (despite never working with my hands in my life) and I've become a glorified plumber
    WHY? Because I got tired of dealing with other people's shit.
     
  18. Only Here for Attachments Bacon Lettuce and Mayo

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    Only thing I've ever sold is houses, logic being that people actually need houses and people will always buy houses.
     
  19. Wizzlebiz Wizzlebiz is the Wizziest

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    Career sale manager here.

    Il add more to this later. But for now I will say the sales person sees unlimited potential to control the paycheck. The good ones do amazing tbh.
     
  20. Alphaboy Gold Belt

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    MLM is like the bottom rung. You gotta start hustling friends and people you know under the guise of "catching up with dinner" and embarrassing yourself. Then start looking at every interaction as a potential target. Yeesh!
     

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