Work, what is there to say about work that is not said all the time? Mine in particular is a rough job. If any of who follow my posts that are very sporadic, would first know over the last year it has been very rough. From one sales job to another, hitting the ground walking door to door to try to talk people into switching companies. Each day I go out and hit roughly 100 doors, or try doing so. I make 4-5 sales a month doing this and no leads come my way. So let’s do the math here…
· 100 doors a day x 5 days a week = 500 doors
· 5000 door a week x 4 weeks a month = 2000 doors
· 2000 doors divided by 5 sales a month = 400 doors to one sale
When doing the math here, that is a lot of walking to get one sale and typically these sales pay a few hundred bucks on a good day. Now every three months I do drag in an elephant of a sale that brings in more than expected to screw the average sale income.
After breaking down what I make over the last few months and including my base, I am making about $14.00 an hour to literally walk miles upon miles, tack on mass amount of stress due to rejections, and getting frowned at by the company because you are not hitting quota.
I ask myself this questions daily, is it worth it for the pay that I get? Well the answer is “I do not know but I am still here so what am I doing about it?” I need to either find another source of income of figure out what I am doing wrong to help close deals. I have read sales books, listened to audio books from even the great Zig Ziglar, but is it really helping?
Over the next month I am going to be evaluating my decision to remain in sales or not. I cannot keep doing this to myself nor my family with the lack of income. This job brings in too much stress for the little pay. I would not mind if it was around $20.00 an hour but that is going to take some improvement. If things do not change over the next month, then a change will be required. Where that takes me, who knows but most likely back into the field I went to school for, Criminology and Criminal Justice. I got a bachelor’s degree a few years ago in this field and it has done little to squat for me. A job in Seattle as a burger flipper for McDonalds makes more than I do, which really pisses me off. I had a job offer a month ago from a public transportation company until they found out I have 3 car accidents in last 5 years, at which none was I deemed 100% at fault. They didn’t care, so they moved on from me to the next candidate.
Well, we will see how this next month goes, and I vow to get out there and push the hardest. I really do enjoy sales as I feel I am pretty good at it but as an individual, I got to ask myself, “Is it worth it?” Over the next month this will be decided and change will be made if needed.