PROS V. CONS
I have been surfing around the comments about all these B 2 B businesses. They all seem legitimate, kind of whiny. With all jobs I have worked, there are pros and cons.
A little background about my experience. I worked for The Advertising Group in Los Angeles. The campaign was going door-to-door selling Quill office supplies. Supposedly it was supposed to be the best in the country at the time on that campaign. I only worked there about 2 months after taking the California bar exam to become a lawyer. I really was not expecting much about the job. I was decent at selling, quickly becoming a leader. But it was tough work walking around neighborhoods all around LA. Not to mention the wear and tear on your car. But in reality, it was the BEST and WORST job I have ever had.
My biggest complaint with the whole organization is simple They make it seem like anything around than this job is for losers. Many leaders would talk about how those '9 to 5ers' are such losers working for someone else. The people in history I respect most are Gandhi, Martin Luther King and Mother Theresa. None of those people were rich, good looking or great salespeople. You would think people in this organization would view them as losers. Not me.
They also like to think this is the only way to make some money. I am not that fixated on money. But people like Donald Trump and Dale Carnegie are fine. But I do not proscribe that philosophy. There are plenty of ways to make money outside of door-to-door or sales. It is ridiculous this is the only path to success.
They also have this unbelievable way of sniffing on negativity. Anybody who has rolled a donut will feel down. That is normal. But showing that emotion is pounced on, probably not to 'neg' out the others. But this should be a normal part of any business. There always be highs and lows.
There are not many pros. But I gained a few. I learned some art of selling. They gave tried and true techniques that seemed to work. They also are betting on the law of averages, which will help in any business.
I learned a good phrase Confidence is gained by doing something you fear most and being successful at it. If you can go into an office building and sell crappy office supplies to someone who does not want it, then it gives you confidence.
Some people can make good money. A very few can become owners.
SUMMARY Most should not do it but those who love to sell might like it.
I do not really understand those who whine about not knowing what they're getting into. The whole 3 interview process is kind of misleading. But you watch what the job is going to be before taking the job. You could just not show up to the job. I was not promised anything but commission. Those who promise otherwise and don't deliver should be sued.
Right now, I am an attorney working in the LA area. In fact, I work at a law firm not to far from the office at TAG. I love my job. It took a while to get deprogrammed from this experience after only 2 months. A weaker person may have been devastated. I can understand how some people would be furious. I like to use it as a learning experience.
The key is figure out in the first week if this is for you. If it is not, then move on. In fact, run. Do not let the bills and mileage on your car run up. If you love selling and going door-to-door, this is a great opportunity. I'm sure you'll make a lot of money.
Hope this was helpful.
Long Beach, California