Some years back in my sales career, I remember I used to wake up every day at 4 am. I would prepare myself and reach at work before 6 am in the morning to knock off at 8 pm in the evening. Beside that I suffered at times pleasant and displeasing day-to-day challenges. I have heard a number of people saying sales is hard, honestly every salesman has his unique experience in this industry.
Learning from the hard way
Apart from school experiences, the challenge in this industry was tougher and above my expectations. The first obstacles were to work every day with peers who used to kick ass and made things hard. Again my frustrations became more in moments where my sales targets were beating bellow the goal line. Then the culture of solely celebrating daily, weekly and monthly high performers was hard to bear. In my case average results were not that much consistent. However, compared to the level of competition I was facing, my results were not good enough to be part of the high roller celebration. So every single day I had to work hard, figuring out what could be the best strategy to beat my competitors. Yet again the challenge did not only end here but to correct mistakes and preparation of new challenges. So the daily hustling on how to polish up my pitch handling objections and closing techniques were my duties.
Sales is Hard Responsibility
The duty of sales is to be at the front line. Make the first contact with the first prospective customers before they reach to experience product and service. Working as an ambassador of the brand you are selling or promoting is not an easy task. The fact is you possess the key to keep or destroy the integrity of the company. So the pressure sales ambassadors absorb is not only to achieve sales targets, but to also handle well customers complexities. Thus, keeping customers satisfied, retaining them and achieving the daily target is hard.
Working up early and sleeping late daily is one of the hardest things in life. On the other hand, living under these principles is also part of the road map to one’s sales career success. Important: the amount of sacrifices made forth to reach anything or career success always comes with a price. As for me there was no plenty of time to spend with family, socializing and entertainment. I guess you can imagine how hard it is to live without these things. Moreover, this new life style will cause family issues for not being there for them. Yet it does not only end there but missing-out as well the best of social life and even losing weight.
Therefore, the sales practice differs everywhere and it turns out to be broad in general but applied according to industry. Like I said, each sales professional has his own and unique experience with sales. Here is the challenge for you, Are you of the public opinion that says sales is hard, and why do you believe so? Leave your comment and tell us about your experience.