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    • 44 posts
    January 12, 2008 6:56 AM EST
    What are the best sales jobs today? I am currently working my lawn care business on the side while I pursue a real career as one of the best salesman in my area. Any advice?
    • 44 posts
    January 12, 2008 9:35 AM EST
    Well I could, currently I am still in college, so the lawn care is just money on the side for me. I am looking at getting into sales and then i am going to invest.
    • 19 posts
    September 2, 2009 4:32 AM EDT

    1.  How can you tell the difference between a legit sales job and some MLM bull sh!t?

    2.  Do you guys have any suggestions on where I might look for an entry level sales position? Im in southern California and looking for some real sales work.

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    Fr3shjive,

    1.  If the position is legitimate, you'll find people who have been doing it long-term.  I just celebrated 25 years in my business, selling promotional advertising products to a wide range of business, industry, and gov't buyers.  This is a great industry for repeat business, where you don't have to sell to another bunch of one-time buyers every day, week, or month all over again.  Many of my clients have been ordering from me for 10 to 24 years.  Over 90 per cent have been my customer for 3 years or more - I do add new clients almost every month, but can do quite well with just the repeats.


    Look for products that are both in-demand and consumable.  If the client needs to buy your product, the way you need to buy groceries every month, you've found the right kind of sales.

    If you can own your business, rather than be just an employee, you will be growing equity with every new customer you sell.  It doesn't get more legitimate than that.


    It also helps, if you will have the ability to leverage income by adding others to sell for you - Leveraging your knowledge of the industry and gaining income from sales you didn't have to make personally.


    2.  Promotional advertising is the one area of advertising & marketing that has grown consistently over most of the past 4 decades - where it is now a $20 Billion industry.

    I've been selling promos full-time for the past 22 years, after starting and building my business on a part-time basis.


    With Kaeser & Blair, you don't have to have a pile of money to start your own business, buy inventory, and handle all the billing, accounts payable/accounts receivable, sales tax collections and reporting, etc.  Just service the customers need for products that will carry their company name, logo, contact info, etc, and do it again and again.

    This business isn't for everyone, which limits the competition I face.  Serving my clients is something I look forward to every day, as I know I'll be rewarded generously in return.

    Good luck in finding what works for you.

    Dennis

    BASSCO, Inc.

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    Dennis Bevers
    BASSCO, Inc.
    www.CuttingEdgeAdvertising.com
    www.CUttingEdgeAdv.com

    • 19 posts
    January 12, 2008 11:20 PM EST
    Chris,

    If I read their post correctly, every job KJC listed was B2B or business-to-business selling. I have to agree.  I`d much rather be selling regularly in volume to a number of customers that I see repeatedly over the long-haul, rather than primarily selling retail to a much larger number of buyers.

    I prefer the "relationship" style of selling, as it suits both my products and my personality.  I started my business from home over 20 years ago, and have a large number of clients who have been ordering from me for 15 to 23 years.  The life-time value of a customer`s business can be huge if you have the prospects of selling to them again and again over a lifetime.

    My field in promotional advertising, all those t-shirts, ink pens, coffee mugs, business gifts, golf balls and accessories, calendars and countless gadgets for use in home or office, that keep a business`s name/logo in from of the buyers and prospects for an extended period of time.  So, once a customer has bought and is satisfied with their merchandise and the process, I can expect to receive additional orders from them.

    It doesn`t matter whether you choose to sell industrial paint, medical equipment, promotional advertising, mechanical tools, or sheet metal - B2B sales can provide you a career for life.  And if you choose selectively, you can do it self-employed and never have to worry about office politics, pink slips, bad bosses, mandatory retirement, juggling work vs. family priorities, etc.

    Just my opinion,

    Dennis

    DBeavers1/13/2008 5:21 AM

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    Dennis Bevers
    BASSCO, Inc.
    www.CuttingEdgeAdvertising.com
    www.CUttingEdgeAdv.com

    • 19 posts
    July 20, 2010 12:25 PM EDT

     

    I was speaking to my old sales manager the other day and he had just hung up the phone with one of his reps.

    He told me the conversation went something like this.

    Manager:"What does your pipeline look like this month"
    Rep:"This recession is just killing me"
    Manager:"Remember what I told you? Put down the paper, turn off CNN, there is no recession"

    This manager is very aware we are deep in a recession, but it is his job to get the reps head in a more positive place.

    David,

    Your former sales manager was trying to do his job.  If the sales people stay focused on the recession, their sales will reflect that focus.

    I learned a good lesson about recession and high unemployment numbers from one of my clients over 2 decades ago.  I had asked about how his sales during the recession (back in the '80s) exceeded those of the former Nissan dealer that he bought out.

    His reply - When unemployment is 12%, that means 88% are working and driving used cars to work.  I target my advertising and marketing efforts to reach that percent that are still on the job.

    When I spend too much time listening to 'negatives' my sales results suffer accordingly.  So, I learned to turn off the radio and go to my happy place.  I put on the Big Band/Swing music and crank it up.  A little Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, the Dorsey Bros., Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Will Bradley, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Cab Calloway, Django Reinhardt, Mel Torme, or other of that era puts a little extra bounce in my step and makes me glad I'm alive.

    Then, I'm ready to hit the bricks and make some more sales calls. 

    Your prospects or clients will feed of your mindset.  Go in focused on recession - in person or on the phone, the buyer can detect it and respond accordingly.

    Ignore the media's recession focus and the Obama-nomics behind it and watch your sales increase.

    That may not apply if you are trying to sell real estate in one of the housing markets that got clobbered by the mortgage crisis.

     

    Dennis



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    I am a teacher, I am writing a ebook about jobs for 15 year olds and jobs for 16 year olds, I can help teens find Jobs.

     

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    Dennis Bevers
    BASSCO, Inc.
    www.CuttingEdgeAdvertising.com
    www.CUttingEdgeAdv.com

    • 19 posts
    May 2, 2011 7:24 AM EDT

    I used to think that real estate sales were the place to be but now I think that pharmaceutical sales are much more lucrative. Once I'm done selling a few atlanta real estate units, I will probably switch to the pharmaceutical industry.

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    • 3 posts
    September 8, 2010 12:46 AM EDT

    Some great thoughts are shared... i personally believe that it totally depends upon your choice and expertise.

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    myleadsystempro

    • 60 posts
    December 7, 2010 6:48 AM EST

     

    What are the best sales jobs today?
     
     
     Chris, I was in sales for over 10 years. I sold everything from vacuum cleaners to yellow pages advertising, and I can tell you with absolute certainty, there is no "best" sales job. A job - any job is what you make of it. Every successful salesperson in any industry will tell you that they have the best job in the world. It`s all a matter of personal preference and application.
     
    However, if I were you, I`d select an industry where I could work indoors and the customers came to me, such as department stores, furniture stores, electronic stores, etc. Door to door sales is tough. I did it successfully for many years, bit it`s brutal. If possible, try to get a job that ties in with your personal interests. But again, it all boils down to personal preference.
     
    One last thing, if you`re going to get into sales, take it seriously. Learn everything you can about sales and sales pyschology. It`s an education that will pay you dividends for the rest of your life. Trust me on this. I continue to use my sales background in my business every single day. In that regard, I highly recommend that you read the following books:
     
    1. "Compelling Selling" by Philip R. Lund
     
    2. "The Closers" by Jim Pickens and Ben Gay
     
    3.  "How to Master the Art of Selling" by Tom Hopkins
     
    4. "Secrets of Closing the Sale" by Zig Ziglar
     
    5.  "The Psychology of Selling" by Brian Tracy
     
    Dale King
    DKing1/13/2008 8:59 AM


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    What Dale said; especially regards to sales training/Brian Tracy, my favorite. Has helped me through many-a-close. Develop those skills and you'll be crushin' it!  Good luck to you.

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    • 60 posts
    January 31, 2012 9:53 AM EST

    Hello,

    I believe the best sales jobs are those where you have the most control over your earnings potential and where YOU call the shots.

    Social Media is on fire right now there's an urgent need amongst small to medium-sized businesses in particular to retain Social Media Managers. I checked it out and according to PayScale.com the average Social Media Manager earns between $35k/yr to $59k/yr for qualified vendors.

    So why not develop some highly marketable skills and sell YOURSELF as a Social Media Manager.

    Then start pluggin' away in your local market.

    To your success,

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    Chas T.
    "You can always better your best."

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    • 1 posts
    September 1, 2009 9:57 PM EDT

    How can you tell the difference between a legit sales job and some MLM bull sh!t?

    I've been doing collections for over 5 years now and want to move in to an industry where Im paid more based off of performance. I was consistantly a top collector but now Im looking for something that is performance paid and I know in sales they'll definitely pay you for your performance.

    Do you guys have any suggestions on where I might look for an entry level sales position? Im in southern California and looking for some real sales work.

    • 64 posts
    January 7, 2012 12:55 AM EST

    Some of the most popular sales jobs are in the following sector:

    Securities

    Commodities

    Financial services

     

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    • 2 posts
    December 6, 2010 3:38 PM EST

    A lot of people opt to sell medicine to doctors (med reps), while others sell home appliances or electronics. However, if you are looking to improve your skills as a sales agent, I suggest that you try your hand at selling insurance. As we all know, insurance is one of the hardest services to sell because of its bad rep, but if you can develop the skills needed to sell insurance, I'm sure you will succeed in being a great salesman.

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    Long Term Care Insurance Alabama

    • 19 posts
    December 21, 2011 9:52 PM EST

     

    According to my knowledge, sales job is quite tuff and if anyone is trying to make career in Sales, he should think about his Interest in different sales field. There are many sales fields like insurance, product selling, etc. He should think that what he really want to do in sales field.

     

    • 96 posts
    September 3, 2008 12:34 PM EDT
    I think selling recognition products to companies is a big thing.
    When I say recognition products I mean - plaques and other related products such as:
     
    Stickers - to put on company envelopes or boxes, stickers that say for example: "Top 100 Companies In New York.."  
    Custom prints - for trade shows
     
    The list goes on......
     
    Follow your local newspapers and magazines and search for recognitions: top companies, top employee of the month, top real estate agents.....its endless!
     
    For product ideas check out http://www.awards.com/ 
     
     
     
     

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    • 741 posts
    January 13, 2008 2:50 AM EST
    What are the best sales jobs today?
     
     
     Chris, I was in sales for over 10 years. I sold everything from vacuum cleaners to yellow pages advertising, and I can tell you with absolute certainty, there is no "best" sales job. A job - any job is what you make of it. Every successful salesperson in any industry will tell you that they have the best job in the world. It`s all a matter of personal preference and application.
     
    However, if I were you, I`d select an industry where I could work indoors and the customers came to me, such as department stores, furniture stores, electronic stores, etc. Door to door sales is tough. I did it successfully for many years, bit it`s brutal. If possible, try to get a job that ties in with your personal interests. But again, it all boils down to personal preference.
     
    One last thing, if you`re going to get into sales, take it seriously. Learn everything you can about sales and sales pyschology. It`s an education that will pay you dividends for the rest of your life. Trust me on this. I continue to use my sales background in my business every single day. In that regard, I highly recommend that you read the following books:
     
    1. "Compelling Selling" by Philip R. Lund
     
    2. "The Closers" by Jim Pickens and Ben Gay
     
    3.  "How to Master the Art of Selling" by Tom Hopkins
     
    4. "Secrets of Closing the Sale" by Zig Ziglar
     
    5.  "The Psychology of Selling" by Brian Tracy
     
    Dale King
    DKing1/13/2008 8:59 AM

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    • 1 posts
    February 9, 2011 7:57 AM EST

    Chris...  sales is really a very broad field e.g., Business Development, Solution Selling, Consultative Selling, Transactional Sales, Lead Generation (Inside Sales), Direct Sales, Distributor Sales, and more.  Each has its own approach, goals, and complexities.  Whether you market to B2B or B2C will have its own challenges as well.

    I’ve been doing Consultative Selling for a fortune 100 company for several years; it has its rewards, but can be extremely stressful most of the time.

    My suggestion to you is not to overlook the obvious – you already have a business; why not grow it?  If you think you have good sales abilities then put it to the test and go after more business for yourself. Definitely go after commercial business if you haven’t already – that’s where the money is.  You can think about selling your business at some point in the future, but if you’re really successful then think about franchising it.

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    • 59 posts
    January 12, 2008 11:06 AM EST
    I would highly recommend BookWise.  There are several people that have are already set for life because of their sales abilities.  I will be set for life in the next few years.  You ask how that can be done.   BookWise is the largest and fastest growing franchise of bookstores.  The company has been growing at about 15-20% per month and has a less than 1% drop out rate.  It will soon be going into Canada and will be entering other countries as well.  There is a 100% money back guarantee too--after 1 year, if a person`s life is not better, then they can get 100% of their monthly fees back, minus commissions--and you keep everything.  Worse case scenario is that you will have twleve great items off your website, 12 e-books, 12 audio books, tax training, business training, and everything else and all your money back.
     
    You can make money by having people by from your internet franchise store.  You can also make money from helping others get their own franchise and building a team.  With each person that you bring on, you get their matching commission paycheck.  (If you found 100 people that wanted to join, you would get the matching paycheck of 100 people).
     
    The thing I like about this the most is that there are no minimums to meet.  I don`t have to sell X amount of product or talk X number of people into joining.  Everybody gets paid on levels 1-8 as long as they make the small monthly payment of $39.95.  (A dollar of that goes to charity.)  I figure if I put in a good 3-5 years, I will be set for life as I can do this until I`m 106 years old...if I live that long.  Then I can leave it in my will to somebody near and dear.  I can work and build somebody else`s business, and if I save, I will get a monthly check when I retire--that may not be enough to continue with the lifestyle that I want.  With BookWise, I will get a LARGE monthly check for the rest of my life and for the rest of my child`s life and longer.  You can too.
     
    For the small monthly payment, you get:
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    *Free Selected E-book and Audio Book
    *Wisdom Link (This is what the White House speech writers use and is sold at universities for $49.95.)  It contains 100,000 source documents and 4,000 e-books.
    *Tax Training--get all the tax breaks a business is entitled to (I`ve found that just this knowledge saves me over the $39.95/month membership fee.)
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    *Much more still being added (Do you want to be published?)
     
    As you can see, the value is much greater than the small monthly fee.  Any one of these features is worth more than $39.95.  I feel very fortunate as this company is small, but growing quickly. 
    I haven`t been so excited about the future as I am with this company.   You really need to look into this because if you wait for 5 years, you will kick yourself for not getting involved sooner.  If it`s not for you, then that`s okay--it`s not for everybody.  But the people that are in BookWise are doing well and creating a better world too.
     
    Imagine you getting some of your textbooks as your item of the month.(There may be a small charge if they cost more than $27.99 and not all textbooks are on there as some professors like to make up their own and charge an arm and a leg and no other college will use them.)  Have you college friends buy from your website.  Everybody buys books, CDs, DVDs, or Video Games.   Why not ask them to buy from your site.
     
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    • 184 posts
    January 13, 2008 2:17 PM EST
    I agree with alot said here. I have sold advertising including newspaper and yellow pages as well which I would sign up to do again before I would even consider, say in home sales such as home improvement. I have run many telemarketing operations for home improvement companies, which is what my current FT gig is, and I wonder all the time how these guys (& gals) do it. I don`t mean how do they sell, rather the job with the hours etc.
    • 3 posts
    January 24, 2012 11:03 AM EST

    If I had to return to any of my old jobs it probably would be working as an estate agent, this was before the recession and I made a fortune. Unfortunately we all know how this story ended.



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    • 4 posts
    February 17, 2012 9:19 PM EST

    I have started my career with Insurance filed in marketing. It was my great experience. Now many MN companies are in the market. They are even paying good salary. If you are good speaker than you can do this job very well and  you will get increment also fast. Let me tell you one fact sales field is very tough and to much competition is their.

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    • 1 posts
    September 24, 2008 8:15 AM EDT
    Hi Chris,

    I have been in sales for 17 years; in multiple industries, and have always risen to the top.  However, what I`ve found is that in each sales job, although I made a lot of money, the only way I could continue making that money would be by continuing to work!  As I thought about this, I learned about residual income, and realized that building a stream of passive, residual income was the only way to REALLY enjoy retirement!  As a result, I did alot of research on companies offering this type of income opportunity, and came across one that aligned with exactly what I was looking for.

    Robert Kiyosaki (author of Rich Dad Poor Dad) teaches that there are 3 key ingredients to a successful income opportunity:

    1.)  Timing!  (Just imagine if you had been on the front-end of Microsoft, Dell, Apple, Excel Communications, etc....)  The people who caught he vision, and got involved with these companies during the infancy stages, are millionaires today.

    2.)  Product!  The product must NOT be discretionary, but necessary.  In other words, it must be something that people truly need, and will continue to pay for as a result of that need.

    3.)  Compensation Plan!  Any company can get distributors to sell their products; but how many of those distributors will become multi 6 figure and 7 figure earners?  The compensation plan is key to growing a truly successful organization; in which individuals getting involved and working the business can realistically win on every level.

    Chris, I admire your tenacity, and hunger; and and am looking for individuals like your self to join my organization. The company I am apart of has each and every one of the characteristics I mentioned above. 

    Below, I have included 3 initial steps you must take to find out more about this opportunity.  Once you have completed these 3 steps, you may contact me directly on:

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    • 85 posts
    January 14, 2008 10:37 AM EST
    Snake Oil is for sure your best bet!

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    • 2 posts
    September 1, 2008 9:10 PM EDT
    If you`re in college, make sure sales is the route you want to go, and not something you have to settle for. Fact is, the majority of marketing and business grads will end up in sales positions, these are really just over saturated, generic degrees. If you really want to make consistent money and have the ability, consider degrees that will give you good money out of the gate.
     
     Medical and Engineering, which are your more typical areas. Also, there are other `diamonds in the rough` I went to a school that pioneered a concrete degree; they had a job demand of 200 positions with only 60 graduates. Most of the grads I know say it`s hard work, but they start off with a minimum of 50k and usually get company vehicles, that`s just bottom-entry level. Sorry for the tangent, but if you aren`t too deep within your major, just make sure sales is a career route you really feel is best for you.
     
    I graduated two years ago with a double in Advertising and PR. I opted for a sales job at a company that I heard was paying very well. As soon as I hit the sales floor, I excelled and hit a nice pay check. I continued to do well and consistantly remained within the top five of the company, well above hundreds of other reps. Now, I`m so burnt out I can`t even stand showing up in the morning.
     
    It`s as if I`m having the exact same conversation over, and over, and over, and over... etc. Also, as soon as I find a way to successfully exceed my quota/metrics they raise them. Maybe some of you more seasoned sales-people can tell me. Is it common for companies to raise your base pay when they promote you, while setting unrealistic quotas? I think I`m working for a company that`s becoming increasingly cheap and shady. I`m looking for a way out, but don`t know if I`d go back to sales or not..
     
    Anyway, I guess I`m slightly jaded, point is: just make sure you`re making the right move, you can make good money in sales, however, "money isn`t everything".
    tds2n9/2/2008 2:19 AM