First of all, roofing salesmen, with no glass ceiling on their earnings, and working as independent contractors, ARE entrepreneurs in every sense of the word. You are building your self, that is your brand, and how much roofing you sell determines your earnings and your lifestyle. The only thing holding you back is YOU.
In that vein, read this great article, 13 Entrepreneurs Share the Best Career Advice They Ever Got. Below are the first few sections from the article:
“It’s like building a bridge as you barrel across while blindfolded. But at least you’ve found some bridge designers to show you what to do (and almost as importantly, what not to do).
You can find startup mentor advice is all over the internet. However, the best guidance are the field-tested, entrepreneur-approved strategies from the trenches. These 13 industry leaders share below their very best career insights from applying their coaches’ hardest-hitting startup mentor advice.
The following answers are provided by members of the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, the YEC recently launched #StartupLab, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses via live video chats, an expert content library and email lessons.
What is the absolute BEST piece of advice a mentor has ever given you—the kind that sticks, time and again?
1. Sell Once, Sell Again and Scale
A few years ago, I saw Mike Evans from GrubHub speak, and the way he described business stuck with me to this day. He said, 1) sell the first dollar, 2) get the customer to buy again and 3) hire the right people to scale. When you think about it, that’s all you need. Of course, easier said than done!
– Tim Jahn, matchist“
The following 25 tips on getting motivated to sell more is from Jim Meisenheimer. Jim publishes the Start Selling More Newsletter. The focus is on common sense sales tips and selling strategies based on practical ideas that get you immediate results. The information is for all salespeople but it really…
We are going to do some forward thinking today for new RRSA roofing salesmen, or this post could well apply to current salesmen and management. The National Roofing Contractors Association has this great teaching module called How to Be an Excellent Trainer. The course is free and last about 15…
RRSA is always looking for bright, enthusiastic people to join our sales team. If you are someone who thought you'd never be a salesman, think again. You are only held back by your own lack of belief. Anyone is is willing to learn and ambitious can become a salesman or…
If you ask any successful salesperson in any industry what has helped them succeed, I would bet that managing their time wisely would be high on the list. To manage your time well, prioritize, and be organized, you can save yourself so much hassle, stress, and time, thus opening windows…
These lessons from Mike Coday's blog are helpful to new RRSA roofing salesmen, but can also help our current salespeople to remind themselves of things not to do and how to continue to be successful. Here is the first portion of the blog post: "#1 Loser It was back in…