Finding Success in Independent Sales
Most of us have worked as sales clerks at one time or another during our lives. Many people spend entire careers working at retail stores. Retail sales clerks generally are paid by the hour, and punch a time clock. Hourly salaries are sometimes low, and bigger paychecks are dependent on commissions from sales made.
Direct sales are different. Usually, paychecks are totally dependent on sales commission. Sales are made independently. There is no time clock to punch, and selling is done person to person, or person to business.
The success you achieve is up to you...
Do Your Homework
Choose the Right Company
If you are searching for a sales representative position, do your homework. Do not just take the first thing that pops up. While it is often difficult to find a classic white collar career position, manufacturer's rep. positions, and direct selling opportunities abound.
In a manufacturer's representative position, you will work most often for commission only. You might have only one or two products to sell, and a specific market to target. If you choose the right product, you can make a very good living. If you don't, it's on to the next thing.
With direct selling, you are usually an independent business owner. You pay a fee to join the company, and get a kit of products to sell. Examples of this are Avon, Tupperware, and Amway.
Find a Manufacturer's Representative Position
- Manufacturers Representatives - Independent Manufacturer Sales Reps Wanted
Manufacturers representatives wanted for independent manufacturer rep sales opportunities from nationwide manufacturers of all industries offering 100% commission sales opportunities.
Develop a Plan
Every commissioned sales representative needs a plan. You might be working for yourself, your father, or be part of a large company, .... you still need a plan. Even though you are not officially punching a time clock, you will probably find yourself putting in many hours each day. The hours you choose to work can be more flexible, though.
Make a list each evening of what you plan to accomplish the next day. Check off each task as you complete it. Keep all your contacts, and phone numbers organized. Jot down notes about your contacts after you meet, so you will remember something about them when you meet again. Keep a calendar handy, whether digital, or handwritten.
Set weekly, monthly, and yearly goals.
Mirror - Mirror
At home, you might enjoy lounging around in sweat pants, or pajama jeans. If you are meeting clients, though, it is time to shine. It doesn't matter if you are twenty, or forty, or sixty, you need to look the best that you can. Your hair should be neatly trimmed, your clothes stylish, your nails clean and short. Confidence in yourself will help you to make sales.
If you are making phone calls, work to develop a professional phone voice. If you are working from home, make sure your television is off, and the dog is in another room.
Know Your Products
This seems obvious, but enthusiasm can sometimes trigger us to jump in too soon. Study everything that is involved with your products. A pharmaceutical representative has to be able to discuss side effects with doctors and nurses. A person selling hospital beds has to know how to work them. If you are selling a computer program, you better be able to teach the clients how to use it. If you are selling insurance, you need to know all about the different plans and benefits.
Knowledge of your products, especially if you truly BELIEVE in the products, will always help you to boost your sales.
Enthusiasm is contagious. If you are happy, people will enjoy talking to you. If you meet clients, and act unfriendly, sad, and depressed, they are not going to want to talk to you for long.
As I said before, it is very important to believe in what you are selling. You should have a personal testimony related to the product. Choose carefully what you decide to sell.
Below are some links to a few sales opportunities.
- Discovery Toys Business Opportunity - dtcorp.com
Discovery Toys is a 32-year-old direct sales company specializing in educational toys. It functions with the typical direct sales model using party plan marketing, offering incentive trips and the earning of free merchandise. Its products are sold in
- Tupperware | Tupperware - the official World Web Site for Tupperware Products
official tupperware Web site, food storage, food preservation, plastic containers, tuperware, tupper ware, storage containers, containers, microwave cooking, career, tupperware recipes, tupperware products, tupperware party, tupperware catalog, home
More by this Author
Atlantic Ocean St. Augustine, Florida, U.S.A. Look to nature for color inspiration. Sand, ocean, and sky -relaxation... Spring is finally here! Our clocks have sprung forward, and our days are getting longer....
In a previous hub of mine, I wrote about my faux tile backsplash walls. During the same kitchen remodeling, I also redid my kitchen countertops. I had very little money to spend, so granite, river rock, or stainless...
This is how my stove looks now. Sometimes good things come from mistakes. Recently this happened to me. My stove was originally an ugly antique white. It didn't match anything in my kitchen. A couple of years ago I...