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Woman Entrepreneur = Sales Woman

August 31, 2016

Business and Entrepreneurial Wisdom for Women Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners on Sales

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One morning I was enveloped in a conversation about childhood moments. The woman I was speaking with brought me back in time to when catalogs from stores like Sears were sent to homes encouraging sales. We remembered how exciting it was to circle items to purchase with our “play money.” Of course most girls don’t have access to real money at the tender age of ten unless they had the chutzpah to become sales girls early in life.

grassbricksAs our conversation deepened we shared our young sales selves with each other. The woman I was speaking to found funding for her purchases by putting herself out there to perform money making tasks after watching generations of her Native American family members do the same. I became a door-to-door sales girl in my neighborhood offering to iron clothes, tend to unruly grass growing in neighbors sidewalks and polishing silver. I suppose my tenacity to work hard at an early age came from my Italian immigrant grandparents.

I bet if you looked back on your life you would recall memories being a babysitter, newspaper delivery person, lemonade seller, high school year book advertising sales person or camp counselor where you needed to present your best teenage sales self to land a job. We don’t often envision ourselves as saleswomen but really during our entire life we have been in sales in some way, shape or form. We didn’t need to become a woman entrepreneur to suddenly develop into a saleswoman.

I think this point is important to remember because every day we wake up and open up our businesses we are saleswomen. Yes, we are entrepreneurs doing our trade but we are equally saleswomen. No one tells us when we begin our companies we need to embrace sales to succeed. Instead people tell us to focus on the marketplace making unique products or services; but to land our first paycheck we must sell. We always have to sell.

GirlssellinglemonadeI encourage you to go back into your childhood or young adulthood to reminisce about your own sales experiences. Consider what made you a good sales person young was it your charm, a need for your service, your price or maybe someone needing your skills? Did you just land these jobs or did you go “knock on doors” like me and our Retreat sales presenter Robin Cortese? Did you have more guts to ask for work back then when rejection hadn’t played a role in your life yet? What lessons can you glean from your younger sales self today to make you pick up the phone when you are done reading this inspirational passage and bring in money?

RetreatspeednetworkingWhether we like it or not woman entrepreneur = saleswoman. If you can’t find the salesperson inside you, come to our annual Retreat on September 14th to glean wisdom from Robin and to identify the salesperson who has always resided in you. It will be an enlightening revelation that you can use immediately at our one hour Retreat speed networking event. Come to sell. Live to sell. Succeed in business by sales.

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  1. August 31, 2016 11:47 am

    Boy, is this spot on! I never would have taken the leap if I’d thought working for myself was all about sales! But as you point out, many of us have had sales experience, and that’s a great reminder that we’ve done it, and we can do it again! Great piece!

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    • August 31, 2016 12:06 pm

      Thank you Funnermother for your words about this subject. I am glad you enjoyed the post.

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