Sales jobs are readily available, some with base pay plus commission and others commission only. It appears that these are harder to fill even though the potential income is much greater than a salary-only job.
As a business consultant I enjoy working with commission sales people. They are really given an opportunity to be in business for themselves without the normal upfront cost needed to open up their own businesses. The business building process I use is the same as I use for most small businesses.
Many people dream of owning their own businesses, but the lack of capital is an obstacle to moving forward. I believe that most businesses will hire someone on a straight commission basis. If you have a special area of interest, then prepare a resume and call on the business owner with a plan to help grow the business. The work is hard, but realize that you don’t have the out of pocket startup expenses. Over the years I have seen people become partners in a business and even owners of the business.
There are always a few caveats:
- Check the reputation of the company you are considering
- Check with other employees as well as customers
- Check the value system of the owners and that of the company
I share this method of hiring staff when I am working with a growth company. Almost all of my clients are receptive to this method of growing their businesses.
I want to share an example of one of my clients. It is a well established national company with headquarters in Arizona. We are in the process of hiring a regional rep for Arizona (also for several other states). Our base is $2,000/month plus expenses plus a commission on existing business and also all new business.
A potential income of $60,000 to $70,000 is realistic in the first year, and it gets much better in future years. Yes, we do have certain criteria that has to be met as far as personality and past experience, but not necessarily in this industry. Training is included plus room for growth.
I mention this to show that it is possible to be in business for yourself without having the usual resources required to start a new business. It only takes a little imagination and a desire to work hard.
But those Woulda-Coulda-Shouldas all ran away and hid from one little DID. Shel Silverstein
Nick J. Petra CFP Call me and let’s visit… there are a lot of opportunities ..www.strategicduck.com