My experience in Sales

I had two important experiences in life so far that taught me how to learn from failing. The first experience has to do with entrepreneurship and the second has to deal with being a sales representative. So, one day, my friend Derick and I had the idea to open our own online store. Derick and I have been friends for many years and I knew he was interested in opening an online store. That’s the reason I asked him to assist me in this project. Within three or so weeks, we had to take in a lot of information about how to do this project successfully. Being successful mostly came down to how good your store’s format is, advertisements, and the quality of your products. In the beginning we were obviously very nervous about the launch of the site, but we were excited at the same time. First week the website got decent traffic, but only converted one sale. Two more weeks pass by and we get no sales. At this point the only feeling was confusion. Derick and I talked about what the next move should be and after being down three hundred dollars, we decided it would be best to close the store.

The second experience I had was with a marketing company called Cutco. I got a call one day about a job opening, so I decided to set up an interview as soon as possible. I thought to myself “what’s the worst that can happen?” First day of training I didn’t feel nervous at all, which was sort of strange. Working in the sales field felt right for me when I was training. First week after training I ended up selling close to three hundred dollars. When you make a sale, it is an amazing feeling and it really boosts you confidence. The weeks to follow weren’t that good profit wise, but I was getting by with some money. Then my summer started getting very busy to the point where I barely had any free time. The company would keep calling me over and over again to tell me about meetings. This is when I started to get irritated. I told them several times that I didn’t have any time for meetings, but they didn’t listen. It got so bad to the point where I just had to quit and focus on school.

Both of these experiences served as life lessons in some way. The first experience taught me to not rush into things just because my emotions tell me to. In order to understand something and be successful with it, you need to know all the facts before you jump into a project. The sales representative experience taught me how to communicate and sell to a lot of different people which will really help in my future. Although I got irritated with them, I’m glad that I did decide to take the position.

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