Hey H/A, in my short time here you guys seem to be really good about giving advice so I thought I'd ask you about a problem I'm having.
The first thing you should know is that I'm a first-year university student (second-year in September), and I have only had short durations in other low-paying jobs (>$10/hr) before so I go broke after whatever money I got from my birthday (usually in the $400 range) runs out.
Based on this, I decided to take this job at this firm going door-to-door selling water heaters. Now, this is the first time I've had such a job and it being only my second day on the 29th, I've only made one sale. This is for six hours walking around being somewhat nervous about getting people into a contract when I get inside their house so I'm hoping that I make more money tomorrow and in later days. Commission for the job is $100/sale + bonuses depending on weekly sales so its fairly profitable.
Regardless, I'm having trouble figuring out whether or not I should keep the job. So far, the problem is that the other jobs I've been offered have been non-paying, though I think I can probably find a paying job still. My parents have objected to door-to-door sales, because I attend what is considered a good business program in Ontario (Schulich) and they think that this type of job is under me. They also don't like me going down into strangers' basements (I guess it's possible, but less likely since I'm a guy, and I don't think the people are that bad). I'm unsure whether or not a door-to-door sales job is a good one given that on my first full day of work (29th), I encountered a man wearing only underwear and a dog that started biting me. I've also been offered a political intern position at the Green Party of Ontario (kinda crappy) and an Administrative Assistant position at a smaller company Gram Precision Scales (they don't even have a finished website last time I checked). They're both unpaid too and might be filled by now (they called me 7-10 days go).
The thing is that I think that talking to strangers can improve me speaking skills, which aren't as good as they can be (I stutter too much, I think) and give me a confidence boost when I'm in presentations, which are commonplace in the office and in university.
I was just wondering how long I should keep this job, and if I should try and contact back the other parties that gave me offers. I'm going to restart my job search for sure though. I'd also like to know everyone else's experiences with door-to-door sales.
This post has got a bit long so I'll give a rundown of the points.
Question: I'm wondering whether I should keep a door-to-door sales job.
-$100/sale + bonuses which is good since I need money for uni
-Improves my somewhat poor speaking skills
-Even if I don't get much I don't really need too much since I study from home and commute to university (my tuition is paid by scholarships, bursaries, OSAP and my parents)
-I've already made my first sale
-Pay is not assured so I may not be earning too much depending on my luck
-People aren't nice and most others I've talked to have described bad experiences in door-to-door sales
-I've checked with my university's career site and they have a lot of jobs listed. I might be able to fin a better job. There is however, no guarantee that I would find another job