Job Title: Independent Distributor
Type of Company: product brokerage and internet marketing
Education: BS, Salem State College (Salem, MA) M.Ed., Bridgewater State College (Bridgewater, MA)
Previous Experience: I worked as a teacher for thirteen years and executive assistant or administrative assistant for a quarter of a century.
Job Tasks: My job as an independent distributor requires me to sell a certain amount of product every ninety days and to recruit two people to work for me. A typical day for me starts with checking my web portal for information from the company, checking and responding to any voice mail messages from corporate or senior partners, checking email, making phone calls to set up appointments and occasionally to attend trainings and meetings.
When I make phone calls to set up appointments, I am working from a list that I have created of people who I think might be interested in working in my business. If they show any interest, I will book an appointment with them and go over the concept of owning their own business. If they are still interested after that first meeting, we will book another to go over the compensation plan.
I also make phone calls to salons where I would like to drop off samples. I follow these up later on, hoping to take an order for the product (if they liked it and it got a positive response from their clients).
Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of this job is the freedom I have working on my own in my home for the hours that I want to work.
The difficult part is getting motivated on some days to do the necessary work.
The worst part is having people say no to me when I am trying to set up a meeting or appointment with them. Also, it is difficult when I am trying to motivate my junior partners to do what is required of them.
Job Tips: I would definitely recommend that someone who would like to do this job should go to college and take marketing and management courses, since those courses will help them understand the structure of the business and our business plan. A person who is goal-oriented would be a good match. This type of person would be an asset to this business.
Additional Thoughts: The most important qualities to possess in order to succeed at this job are maturity, reliability, honesty, responsibility and an attentiveness to detail. The ability to set goals and follow through on them is important. Being able to give up something in order to meet your goals is another important asset.
If a student were to shadow me for a day, I think she would be impressed by our compensation plan and how easy it is to do this home-based business.
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