Have any of you worked in sales?

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My primary job is that of a physical education teacher and coach, however, I was told my position will be cut at the end of the school year. I have been looking for teaching jobs etc but I was wondering if any of you do sales full time with IM on the side? It seems like a natural fit and I was wondering if my interest in IM would carry over to an actual sales job or are these the types of jobs that you hoped to quit by making it full time on the internet?
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  • Profile picture of the author laurencewins
    "Sales" is a very broad area. I have worked in a number of different "sales" roles over the years. I don't know enough about you and your skills to suggest what you can do but if you pm me more info I may be able to make suggestions.
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  • Profile picture of the author Cajun Copy
    Originally Posted by svsets10 View Post

    My primary job is that of a physical education teacher and coach, however, I was told my position will be cut at the end of the school year. I have been looking for teaching jobs etc but I was wondering if any of you do sales full time with IM on the side? It seems like a natural fit and I was wondering if my interest in IM would carry over to an actual sales job or are these the types of jobs that you hoped to quit by making it full time on the internet?
    I worked (inbound phone) sales for 5 years before I quit 4 years ago to start my own business. I left the sales job because I was able to do better working for myself full-time than I could at the sales job, even though I was the #1 salesperson in the company for the final two years I was there. For me, working for myself is much more fulfilling. If your IM business is successful, I'd stick with it. If you've got the passion to work for yourself, you'll be back at it full-time soon anyway.

    I didn't hate the sales job. Much of it I liked. The income was, well, less than my family needed. For me, I prefer writing the sales copy to talking on the phone. But everybody's different.

    Good luck!
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    • Profile picture of the author Jojane
      Laurence is right - sales is very broad. I'm currently working in retail sales in the private sector, but we are also an agency for a government service so its a difficult combination! In my case, the company I work for is not great with their customer service, and are 100% focused on staff meeting sales targets at all costs. Personally, customer service is the part I enjoy the most! I think if that comes first, sales will follow.

      If its a path you choose to take, and you are wanting some measure of job satisfaction, do your homework on the companies you consider working for. If the business behind you is great, then you can build on that. If not, you may find yourself pushing the proverbial you-know-what uphill!

      All the best! :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author nicholasb
    I worked many 100% commission only jobs in the past, they either pay really great or pay nothing, all depending on you and your willingness to learn sales as a skill and your amount of dedication and hustle you are willing to put in, just like IM.
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  • Profile picture of the author svsets10
    I understand that sales is very broad, I should have been more specific. I guess my gripe with teaching is this.....I can work my butt off and the only one that really knows is me. I teach inner city kids that could care less for the most part. I am entertaining the idea of working harder and making more money because of it....I hope this makes sense. I have no problem working and am not trying to get rich fast online, I would just like my work ethic to be a factor in my success
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  • Profile picture of the author svsets10
    I feel like I want to elaborate a bit more, maybe those of you that have worked in business and sales positions can chime in. I am a highly competitive person, I was an athlete in college and chose a profession based around athletics and competition. I have found that coaching doesn't satisfy my competitive needs because I ultimately cannot control what my athletes do. I can prepare them the best that they can and hope for the best, but at the end of the day, I am not the one competing. I feel like I need competition back in my life. I watch tv shows like shark tank and other business type shows and think I would thrive in that environment. That is kind of why I started IM in the first place a few months ago. I viewed this as a "game." Could I sell products online and "win" Yes, money is also an interest, but I am attracted to the competitive aspect of business. Ok, end of rant.
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    • You would probably do well in sales. I enjoy selling but I have to really believe in the product to do a good job.

      You've probably already thought of this but since you're already in the P.E. field you could sell gym memberships or supplements.

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  • Profile picture of the author HolyWarrior
    I've worked in sales, and some things I've sold very well, others not well at all. The largest reason for this is I find sales to be mundane, in a way. I like putting my brainpower to other uses than trying to persuade a person to buy the car that they already want, while they throw up objections to convince themselves NOT to buy it when they came to the dealership just for that purpose!

    The thing is, I don't like sales for two major reasons...

    First, people want what I offer, they can afford what I offer, but they won't buy it until I break down their objections for them. How annoying. When I want to buy something, I do it with intention, not this mind-numbing wishy-washy nonsense. I go to the car dealership, KNOWING what I want to buy, I test drive it, ask the price, ask what interest rate I can get on it, if it sounds good I buy it, period.

    Second, I hate wasting people's time, and I hate it when they waste mine. If you say "no", to me, that doesn't mean I should rephrase the question seven times until you say "yes". I know that when I say "no", I mean it, and I don't want to be asked again.

    Maybe I'm just not cut out for the typical world of sales. However, if you have a powerful driving force to make money, and you're HAPPY selling things to other people, then I say go for it, and I wish you millions of dollars! If not, then find out what makes you happy. I was making great money as a casino card dealer years back, especially for somebody my age. My family was proud of me, and they all thought I was "successful"... but I wasn't happy.

    If sales makes you feel good, makes you feel happy, then more power to you! Just do what makes you happy, even if you earn less money at it.
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