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New job selling laboratory equipment, but have no lab/science experience

I recently accepted a sales position within a company that sells laboratory equipment. (i.e. centrifuges, GC's, HPLC's, Thermal Cyclers, etc) I have no previous lab or science experience, so learning about a myriad of highly technical products/methods is a quite challenging. My main challenge comes from the fact that I need to engage in conversations with scientists, chemists, biologists on a daily basis. With no previous lab experience, I've been having a hard time talking to them on technical level. [more inside]
posted by AMWKE1984 on Feb 8, 2013 - 11 answers

What are the top PR websites to submit my new product?

I need to market my software and my friends told me about a couple of PR websites but I can't recall them now. [more inside]
posted by usermac on Feb 7, 2013 - 5 answers

Will Carmax save my sanity or make it worse?

I'm approaching the dreaded moment that I need to buy a new (used) car. I hate the idea of negotiating with a salesperson. I love the idea of no-haggle. But I also hate the idea of getting a lemon. I've read loads of reviews of Carmax online, but they're so mixed, I don't know what to think. Can you offer insight? [more inside]
posted by Ms. Toad on Jan 23, 2013 - 19 answers

How to Find and Keep a Good Salesperson?

How do I find a salesperson? How do I pay them? What kind of freedom do I give them? How can I make it worth their while so it can be a long term relationship? I believe there are people out there interesting in helping me, but I've never been able to figure out how to find them. One man bands do everything but seem to burn out faster, and I don't want to do that. I need help. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind on Jan 10, 2013 - 7 answers

Where should I sell these shoes and pants?

How / Where can I sell some designer items? [more inside]
posted by Julnyes on Dec 31, 2012 - 9 answers

I got a job! Help me be great at it!

After posting here several times about my job search and post-MBA malaise, I have been offered an Account Manager position. This wasn't what I wanted to do entirely, but I want to be great at it, so I can move into a position I would want in a year or so. How do I be awesome at my job? [more inside]
posted by hrj on Dec 19, 2012 - 9 answers

Is this too good to be true?

You've seen sales companies that bring you in, train you to sell for them, and after a certain amount of time train you to manage a team. Is this a viable pursuit or is there a catch? [more inside]
posted by Autumn on Dec 8, 2012 - 14 answers

Self-publishing can't be that hard? Right?

In 2013, I want to put out a monthly zine-esque short publication and charge $1 each. I want to sell them online. What is the best way to do this? I have no experience with selling things online whatsoever. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 5, 2012 - 4 answers

I gave myself a great deal

Under what circumstances would somebody sell themselves a house for a drastically reduced price? [more inside]
posted by blazingunicorn on Nov 28, 2012 - 17 answers

Sweeping the problem under the rug that isn't there.

Recourse filter: I probably have none, but thought I would check with the hive mind. I purchased a rug online from Target that was a GREAT deal ($150 for a 9x11 wool hooked rug). I received the email that the item shipped but noticed that it wasn't updating in the UPS system after 2 days. I called UPS & they said they hadn't received it from the shipper. UPS told me to call the shipper. I called Target and they said to wait it out. They tell me to wait 5 more days. 2 days go by and it still hasn't updated so I call UPS again & they tell me that they haven't received it yet. I call Target again (at this point it is past their listed latest estimated delivery date)- they tell me to wait again until the 21st. On 21st, the 6th day after it should have arrived the item is listed as sold out online. [more inside]
posted by MayNicholas on Nov 26, 2012 - 24 answers

Habits for Highly Influenced People

Please recommend some up-to-the-minute and engaging thinking, videos, reading, or anything else about sales and marketing that, if digested in full or in part, won't result in more work for product development. (Bonus round: Results in reward for them, too!) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 15, 2012 - 1 answer

And I always thought the customers were the problem...

Help me cope with retail hell. [more inside]
posted by sunset in snow country on Oct 21, 2012 - 15 answers

Sales as a bridge to other careers?

Is a job in sales a good way to jump from academia to the corporate world? [more inside]
posted by MouseOfHouseofAnony on Oct 18, 2012 - 6 answers

a job for a salesman

A young man I know has had some bad luck this year with medical issues. He's on the mend, but is out of a job. I need your best ever advice for how a personable 30-year-old who is bright but not an egghead, liberal without being extreme, a born salesman, and a masculine man can get a job with some sort of future to it. [more inside]
posted by Jenna Brown on Oct 16, 2012 - 12 answers

Which Department Store Clothing Sections Sell the Most Over the Holidays?

My girlfriend has applied for work as a sales associate at two upscale New York City department stores and has been offered a variety of clothing departments to work in at both. She wants to work through the holiday season and to earn as much as she can in that period via commission. Assuming that all departments offer the same rate of commission, can anyone advise us as to which departments would have the highest sales in Oct/Nov/Dec? Or point us to any internet resources with such info? I've been unable to dig up any on my own. Thanks!
posted by laswingkid on Oct 15, 2012 - 7 answers

New York State Sales Tax headaches for a clothing retailer

How do you handle the labyrinth of New York State sales tax? I'm launching an online business that sells goods (some clothes, some non-clothes). We're located in New York State. We need to collect tax in New York State... gorey details inside. [more inside]
posted by Muffy on Oct 11, 2012 - 8 answers

The other kind of "shipping"

What are the best books and other DIY resources for learning about logistics and supply chain management, especially with regard to international sales?
posted by Sticherbeast on Sep 26, 2012 - 1 answer

How to do a webinar?

How can I find an audience for a software demo webinar? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 17, 2012 - 2 answers

Where can I sell event photos from marketing conferences & summits?

Where can I sell event photos from marketing summits? [more inside]
posted by bostonhill on Sep 9, 2012 - 2 answers

Improve my resume!

What are some classes or certifications that would bolster the resume of a sales professional besides a college degree? [more inside]
posted by cheechman85 on Sep 6, 2012 - 4 answers

Need a list of essential gear for frequent business flyers

Need a list of essential gear for frequent business flyers [more inside]
posted by deeman on Aug 30, 2012 - 32 answers

Do P&C agents and adjusters love giving referrals to restoration co's?

P&C agents and adjusters: are you marketed to by restoration companies (water, smoke, mold, and so on)? Is it helpful or annoying, and do you make referrals? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 29, 2012 - 2 answers

How can I be more effective at business development?

Do you work in business development? Please tell me how you spend your time. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 23, 2012 - 6 answers

Saving money with the internet.

What are some less obvious ways to save money using the internet? Examples below the fold. [more inside]
posted by griphus on Aug 14, 2012 - 26 answers

Help me succeed in my first sales job!

I've landed my first sales job. Yay! Please recommend books I can read, classes I can take, and other things of that sort I can do to succeed in the field. [more inside]
posted by Autumn on Jul 22, 2012 - 8 answers

How to make a website for a small company?

I'd like to create a website for a company I've started with some friends. I've never done this before. Can you tell me the best way to do this? [more inside]
posted by twirlypen on Jul 21, 2012 - 11 answers

How on earth to sell this object?

How best to value and sell a beautiful, large, fragile antique desk in the suburban Chicago area? [more inside]
posted by Frowner on Jul 12, 2012 - 1 answer

Life of a Salesman - how to find one!

How to find good sales people? (Looking for Groupon refugees...) [more inside]
posted by mtstover on Jul 2, 2012 - 5 answers

What to do with a dying van?

What to do with a 2000 Econoline which is (not so slowly) dying? [more inside]
posted by ashtabula to opelika on Jun 29, 2012 - 6 answers

Recommend best site or store for Ralph Lauren and Lacoste sales?

Recommend best site or store for Ralph Lauren and Lacoste sales (Men)? I see almost every Tom, Dick and Harry wear these brands these days. I doubt everyone is paying $85 for a polo. Any suggestions on where/when clothes from these brands can be purchased at a discount? Stores - NY/NJ
posted by r2d2 on Jun 3, 2012 - 16 answers

How to sell art to a first time buyer.

Selling art to first time buyer. [more inside]
posted by Staples on May 27, 2012 - 3 answers

Can this deny me unemployment insurances? Is the company being sneaky?

May be let go for sales performance, company wrote "general misconduct for not achieving monthly target"...is this a play on words to deny me unemployment insurance? [more inside]
posted by Wazooga on May 26, 2012 - 17 answers

quitting now or later???

I just started a job at a finance leadership program at a Fortune 500 company. The program is extremely well known is 2 years long and is on the path to become an executive at this pretisgious company. I joined right after school ended (4 days) and never really had a strong inclination to go into finance. I knew that from the begining, while I know I do not want to stay there long-term as I am likley leaving after 2 years, I'd love to hear thoughts on whether I should leave the company now. [more inside]
posted by happydude123 on May 3, 2012 - 11 answers

How to get rich in three easy steps.

How do you sell an entertainment booth/game/contest to something like a trade show, fundraiser or festival and/or its sponsors? [more inside]
posted by michaelh on May 2, 2012 - 4 answers

Need online bookkeeping website

I need a free online bookkeeping / accounting website, can anyone suggest one for a small business? [more inside]
posted by ascetic on Apr 30, 2012 - 2 answers

Small Biz, Big Smart Sales Force

How can a small company hire honest, reputable sales people and how much do these mystical people get paid? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 27, 2012 - 2 answers

Is this false advertising or just bad sales technique?

Is this false advertising or just bad sales technique? Salespeople using "Made in USA" to boost sales... of foreign-made items. [more inside]
posted by checkitnice on Mar 21, 2012 - 10 answers

Sales tracking for a small business?

I am looking for an online or software-based solution to track monthly/quarterly/yearly sales numbers across multiple markets. As a small company, we are not opposed to paying for the service, but cannot afford anything too expensive. Any suggestions on programs you have used?
posted by Equiprimordial on Mar 6, 2012 - 8 answers

Weaseling out of a sale is uncoool

What should I do about a jewelry company trying to back out of a sale which I already paid for? I ordered online a small piece of custom gold jewelry this week, paying the price coded into the seller's own website. Now the seller's "customer service" staff has emailed me to say the price of gold went up and they can't sell me the piece at the price I paid. [more inside]
posted by cuddles.mcsnuggy on Feb 10, 2012 - 30 answers

Job wanted in ATL

Help me help my dad find a job in ATL. [more inside]
posted by madred on Jan 30, 2012 - 6 answers

Can you help with this Canadian GST/HST dilemma?

Canadian tax question: I quoted a client for a job, and neglected to specify whether GST/HST is included. They think the price should be understood as including GST/HST. I think it should be understood as excluding GST/HST. Is there some external standard to resolve this? [more inside]
posted by PersonPerson on Jan 27, 2012 - 23 answers

How do I jump-start the the go back to school mojo?

How do I change from worst student ever to world-class adult learner + scientist? What habits can I put into practice that will help me succeed at school, work, and personal endeavors? [more inside]
posted by Giggilituffin on Jan 12, 2012 - 17 answers

Selling a product wholesale – How do you do it?

Know anything about selling a product wholesale? To local shops? Looking for some hivemind retail knowledge! [more inside]
posted by amanda on Jan 9, 2012 - 5 answers

Does the direct sales executive work more hours than the channel accounts manager?

Does the average direct sales executive work more hours than the average channel accounts manager? [more inside]
posted by gttommy on Jan 5, 2012 - 1 answer

Online resources for selling a restaurant in London

Are there any useful online listings services for selling a restaurant in London? [more inside]
posted by zhwj on Dec 30, 2011 - 0 answers

I want a chunk of the change, please.

Is there any recourse for this sticky work situation? Crying about wanting a chunk of the commission, and whining about the business owner's kids inside. [more inside]
posted by Syllables on Dec 20, 2011 - 19 answers

Which sales role has more room for advancement - Direct Enterprise Account Manager OR Channel Partner Manager?

Which sales role has more room for advancement - Direct Enterprise Account Manager OR Channel Partner Manager? [more inside]
posted by magazineaddict on Nov 23, 2011 - 4 answers

How can I get new clients as an introverted financial advisor?

I'm finishing my economics degree this year and I've decided that I would like to become a fee-for-service financial advisor. The one major issue is that I'm strongly introverted and I'm not confident about my ability to find new clients. I'm looking for book recommendations and sage advice from those with similar types of careers. [more inside]
posted by Homo economicus on Oct 29, 2011 - 11 answers

Also, I'm not sure why it's socks in particular

What is the business model of people who sell socks at intersections? [more inside]
posted by foursentences on Oct 10, 2011 - 11 answers

Transition from technology to sales? Tell me your story.

I have 15 years of experience building web applications, programming in interesting subject domains and leading programming teams. I enjoy software development, but it doesn't utilize my social skills very well and I think I have a unique blend of technical talent and communication skills. I'm looking for the next thing and I'm wondering if it might be sales in a technical field. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 27, 2011 - 7 answers

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