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Lol...I think you're right. I kinda skimmed through the thread initially but just saw your first post (large corp, known for TVs).
Dont envy me too much, 75% of the time I'm wishing I was on the road somewhere instead of fixing problems or basically babysitting people 10-20 yrs older than me
I will say, though, that you appeared to have your poo together better than most salespeople that call on us, and seemed driven, which shouldn't be hard to find but I've hired two people in the last 6 months and it's not as easy to find as you'd think.
Well, to be fair, what my company actually does within the larger plastics industry itself doesn't really require much cold calling. I'm just running the branch now so when I visit customers it's the larger existing accounts (or if something gets fuged up, which always happens) but even the current "outside sales" don't cold call more than 10% of the time. They're usually going to existing accounts or someone that asked us to come in and look at a problem they're having, see what material would work.
Corporate really aims marketing towards engineering or technical/design assistance than just lower $$$
I definitely feel for those who have to cold call the majority of the time. We get called on a lot up at my office from local companies (which is surprising in Denver, NC), but mainly janitorial services and roofing companies. I never would have guessed Charlotte was home to over 1,000,000 janitorial companies, at least it feels that way.