Every Sales Pro is a Small Business Owner

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Whether you sell


for yourself or


someone else, you


sell for your SELF!


    Top (big) business world muckity-mucks often disregard and underestimate the value of their salespeople. Small business world owners typically think they can handle sales themselves. Both are wrong and neither understand that selling is its own business!  

     If you sell for a living, and haven’t considered yourself a small business owner, you are just as mistaken.

     Regardless of what others may think, when you get up in the morning and head off to your pipeline appointments, you are viewed and thought of by customers and prospects as the flesh and blood representation of the business you represent. You ARE the company in their eyes. And that applies equally to selling a one-man-band or the services of a mega-multi-national corporation.

     It’s easy to lose track of your SELF in the process of representing others, and you must fight this “mind-drift” if you are to survive and thrive in today’s marketplace. Begin to do that by pinching yourself before every encounter, by taking a deep breath http://bit.ly/cMoqHf and by reminding yourself that you are in business for your SELF.

     Of course if you’re a true professional, or aspire to be, you already know you can only sell your SELF by listening hard, by putting your SELF in the prospect’s shoes, by focusing on benefits, and by being 100% honest 100% of the time — “To your own SELF be true” if you’re a slogan/ motto heeder.

     You need to keep records. Do the paperwork and data entry with vigor because every piece of paper or computer entry related to every sales call is a piece of bridge that will bring the business you run for your SELF a little closer to the financial success and goal achievement waiting for you across the river.

     You need to constantly innovate. Rebuild, revise, redirect, re-examine, re-explore, re-visit, re-think. Start with the attitude that everything you do every day can be done better, more efficiently, more effectively, more productively. CHUNK IT UP! Don’t overwhelm your SELF with too much at once. Start by establishing priorities of what can be the most immediately beneficial, second most, etc.

     You need to constantly add value to the products and services you represent. Think about this. It doesn’t mean you have to go begging administrative types or trying to re-invent your wares. And it doesn’t have to be expensive.

     Good small business owners are also good at managing their finances, especially cashflow. I know one industrial sales rep who passes out free online flower arrangement and iTune credits to customers for their families. Another makes charitable donations in the customer’s name.

     And you need to promote your small business. Really top sales pros I know have their own websites and/or blogs, and participate heavily in social networking. None of that has to be expensive either. But, you know what? It pays. It pays back many times over to do it, to keep it active, to include it on your business card, and to include it in your spiel. An educational site related to what you’re doing becomes a value-added situation in and of itself.

Whatever you sell, make it a daily habit

to inventory and adjust your SELF

because YOU are your own small business!  


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