business success

Addicted to Change in Business and Life (4-minute read)

Over the years I have observed that while some people are very resistant to change other people are addicted to it. They regularly end and start relationships, buy and sell vehicles, move, change jobs, and chase one business idea after another.

Change can be refreshing, logical, and a productive exercise. Yet this constant search for new opportunities can also be driven more by discontent with one’s current situation than a calculated fact-based decision to achieve better results.

Changing your external situation to solve an internal problem is a strategy that is doomed to fail which ironically leads to more change and the cycle repeats itself. If you find yourself in this cycle in your career, business, or even your life what is the answer? keep reading »

Reaching Your Sales Quotas in Q2

Q1 is behind us. How did you do?

Personally, my first quarter was an overall success although I know I can still improve. In January I hit the ground running reaching 112%, February was disappointing missing my quota and only achieving 92%, and finally, March was a banner month hitting over 130%. Overall my quarter ended 112% of quota.

Now that we are in Q2 of 2017 what can we do to set ourselves up for success all year long?

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Dealing with Competitors Cheaper Products (3-minute read)

Recently our delivery driver brought to my attention that one of our top 5 customers had purchased some product from a competitor. This, of course, got my attention so I made a sales call as soon as possible and I discovered that this customer had indeed purchased a skid of brake shoes and a skid of drums from a competitor. Then I got a shock when one of the mechanics told me that they had purchased the product for approximately 50% less on the shoes and 20% less on the drums than what I had been selling our products for.

My first reaction was panic! keep reading »

Setting a New Standard in Collaborative Sales Work (3-minute read)

In the Heavy Duty Truck and Trailer Parts business, most manufacturers have sales reps assigned to work with OEM’s, Truck Dealers, Aftermarket Distributors, and Aftermarket Retailers. The relationship is strictly B2B and the manufacturers rely on their customers to sell their products to the end users.

Manufacturers want to work with the people who sell their products to the end users. Sadly over the last 20 years, there has been a trend of declining interest in collaborative sales work. This is a mystery to many manufacturers as their only goal is to make the people and businesses who sell their products to the end-users successful.  keep reading »

Patience – My New Secret Weapon

When I was a teenager I didn’t give a lot of thought to my future, I graduated high school not knowing what I wanted to do with my life.

Once I entered the workforce I found the Commercial Heavy Vehicle Parts Industry. This industry is perfect for me, it allows me to work in a blue collar industry while holding positions in Management and Sales. After 12 years in the industry, I left to start my own business which I successfully bootstrapped with a $700.00 initial investment and built a 6-figure contracting business that I sold 7 years later. Now I am back in the Commercial Heavy Vehicle Parts Industry and I am loving every minute of it.

Sounds like a great story with a happy ending right?

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