How to Know if a Commission-Based Job is Right For Your Career

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You can find a commission-based sales position much easier than a normal job with a steady salary, and this is how most of these guys start their career. Now if you ask them if they liked working in a sales job, the majority will tell you they hated it. But that doesn’t mean anything else except that not everyone has what it takes to be a successful salesperson.

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So, how do you know if this job is right for you? Here’s what you need to do to find out whether a commission-based job is ideal for your career:

1. Look at Good and the Bad

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There are many benefits to getting a commission-based job that most people cannot see. On the one hand, a commission-based job offers you a flexible work timetable and the ability to control time. As such it gives you a better work-life balance. Apart from that, you also get to determine how much you will make depending on your performance and the effort you are putting into the job.

However, you never know how busy you are going to be while working in a commission-based job. The number of hours you need to work in a week will largely depend on the consumer interest and the popularity of the product or the service you are selling. Also, for many getting into a commission-only job is considered to be a risk. This may be due to the fact, that while in the job, it looks like their expenses are bigger than their earnings. But really, this depends on how you choose to see it and how hard you are willing to work.

2. Ask Questions

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A great way to find out if you were made for the job is to ask the employer what the job is really about. So let’s say you have applied for the job but you are not sure what it involves. This happens a lot as most employers won’t say that a job is commision based in the advert or at the interview stage because candidates could get discouraged. Questions like how long will you be required to work, what will a typical day be like and whether you will be travelling or not, can help you get down to the details and they are questions you need to ask when you are not 100 percent sure if the job is right for you.

3. Think About Your Skills

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Do you have what it takes to succeed in a commission-based job? People who are more likely to succeed in this type of job usually have some qualities that aren’t commonly found in most professionals. Just like in any sales position you need to be motivated, self-disciplined, have excellent interpersonal skills, a passion for sales and the desire to succeed. Apart from that, you also need strong networking, organisational and time management skills in order to be able to work independently.

Before you say yes to the job on the offer, make sure that you know what you are getting yourself into and what will be expected of you. Some people wouldn’t mind working in a job like this, but most of those who excel at it, have a passion for sales and are determined to make it work for them. The question is, what kind of person are you? Let me know what you think in the comments section below…