Last June, I started a new job as a car salesman. I've enjoyed working in the automotive industry, but as you can imagine learning the art of selling takes time. And trying to convince people to purchase a $25-50,000 car in this economy has been, shall we say, interesting. But that's probably due mostly to my laid back personality. I'm not the type of person that enjoys pushing for a sale — even when my income depends on it.
But then a recent conversation steered my thoughts in another direction. As I spoke with a veteran salesman about the lack of customers, he assured me that I had started at the worst possible time. The winter months have typically been the worst for sales, but our down time had already begun this summer. So, if this happens to be the worst possible time to start as a car salesman, I need to seriously consider my options. Waiting for the economy to improve is an option, but that will only work if the job provides sufficient income to meet our family's needs.
The usual way of doing things involves setting aside funds during the good months for use during the slow times. But if you start during the down time, you find yourself in a difficult situation. And I don't like that because I'm not the kind of person that quits a job just because it is difficult. My thinking has always been that perseverance plows through the good and bad. But is that really wise thinking? I'm beginning to wonder.