In the past eight months I have put myself “out there” for readers of my work, and today will be a major “putting myself out there” moment. I hope you’ll subscribe here because I’ve been moved around a bit, and people haven’t found me as much recently. But, this one is important to me…
As a business owner for the past 16 years, I enjoyed my equipment leasing company, and we built a strong reputation for ethical business dealings and positive client interaction and support. I loved that business. We provide the funding for companies and municipalities to acquire equipment (we provided the money, not the equipment).
When banks quit lending money 2-3 years ago, my business dropped 80 per cent, eventually forcing me to close, but not before losing a lot of money trying to keep the business going, and my employees paid for longer than I should have.
I threw myself into the job search, looking for an exciting position that would allow me to impact a company with my strong sales and marketing management background. Not much out there, and owning a business didn’t exactly move me up the resume-review ladder. So, I taught workshops, I wrote a lot, and I searched.
Eventually, I came to the conclusion that I needed to take something, accept some offer (don’t you feel guilty turning down a job offer today?), so I took a commission sales job for a national organization. It seemed like a strong company, with decent products, and competitive pricing, so I thought I might have found a home.
It’s three months later, and it wasn’t a home. In my own business, I paid people straight commission, but I paid them when they sold something. While my ramp up took some time, I did sell some business; however, every sale had an exception.
We couldn’t sell to churches because they were on a list of “do not sell” and we couldn’t sell attorneys, or maybe we could (tough to get the right answer). We didn’t do real small clients, and we couldn’t compete for really large ones. I had three managers in three months, and I was asked to buy a laptop from the company to report my territory.
Every mile was on me, and every spec of toner from my printer was my expense. I worked from my home, which I liked, but I had to travel for some training, in my car, with no reimbursement of anything. What did the company cover? It must be pretty easy to hire commission people. I’m the idiot in the cartoon here, but that’s what some of us do, because we feel we have to do something, and maybe anything is better than nothing. Sometimes it isn’t.
This week ended it for me. I was asked to drive to another training location (140 miles round trip) and to bring my laptop, which isn’t working too well (I can still buy one from the company). They would get us lunch during the training meeting (I hope). I refused.
In three months, I made $200, and spent $1,500 in gas, toner, fax machine (oh yeah, I needed a fax machine — anyone want one?), a new phone line, etc., etc., etc. I’m good at sales, and I sold some accounts, but every one of them had an exception. I didn’t get to the training on Monday.
I’m back to equipment leasing and writing. Here’s where you can help, if you’re willing.
I am specializing in leasing equipment to municipalities, anywhere in the country. Every city needs police and fire vehicles, computers, recycling containers, and a myriad of other equipment. And, municipal clients can still get approved. We have great sources for funds, great rates, we have a strong reference base, and we have 18 years of experience. If your city needs equipment, please let me know, and we’ll help them structure their payments for it to fit their budgets.
And, writing? I am doing some professional writing now. I’ve rewritten some websites, done some marketing materials, and I can help companies “punch up” any type of communications. Everyone thinks they can write, but good writing can boost profits.
Our website is www.humantransitions.com. Please visit us and forward us to those that can use us. The website is in final development now (still being tweaked), but we put it up to begin getting some exposure.
I hope you’ll stop by and suggest it to others. Or simply call me at 248.238.7214.
Today I got an offer where I can be a regional sales manager for a company, and it’s only $7500 from me to get the ball rolling. They’ll make me a regional manager, and I can earn back my $7500 in the first 2-3 weeks. Let me think about that one. Sounds good.
Curt MacRae – [email protected]
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