I am currently a junior in high school and looking at what I should do in the future. I want to go into some kind of sales job and eventually own my own business after I find a field I like to sell in and gain the experience. Are business owners willing to hire a high school graduate without any college degree as a salesman? And will not having a degree limit my opportunities for moving up? I do have a very strong work ethic and am very motivated , especially with people.
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It sounds that you are on the right path! I would check out search engines like Indeed, linkup and simplyhired for job postings for b2b. There are a bunch of b2b that will hire you right out of High School. This way you can look at the descriptions to see if you like what they are selling because the first rule in selling is you have to believe in your product! Typically, in sales if you do very well, you easily move up! A smart way to go about this is if you look for a good business that is creditable that need sales people, this way you can move up and they might even pay for your college! It will be hard to find a job in sales and not work weekend since typically that is when clients are available however, it is possible. Just remember when you first start working you will have to make some scarifies and work weekends. Please, let me know if this help or if you have any more questions! I hope this helped!
You may have some success hired out of high school but I suspect it may be more of a challenge without a degree.
My recommendation is to get a college degree--either liberal arts degree or a business degree with a major in marketing, advertising or management if you plan to sell. Management is beneficial as many sales people seek a promotion into management. At a minimum, I recommend starting at community college and earn an Associates Degree. You can take business courses as part of your 2 year degree.
In my opinion, there is a strong link between education and income and the overall personal success one can expect in business
Before earning my bachelors, I had 2 sales jobs over a 6 year period. They each paid a very low base salary. The first paid low commissions as well. The second job paid much higher commissions. My 3rd job turned out to be a homerun. At the time, it was one of the largest companies in the US. Initially, base salary was low (under 30k), however, commissions were great, benefits were incredible, and training was the best. They paid for my bachelors degree through their tuition reimbursement benefit. (I had previously earned an associates degree). After 14 years with that company, my base salary had approached 6 figures and commissions were still great. Plus, I had gotten to the point of getting 5 weeks vacation/year, a nice 401k plan for retirement and qualified for their pension plan. So, after 28 years in sales and sales management, I am looking to buy a business and I am confident in my ability from my experience and education.
Success came much easier after taking many courses--economics, finance, accounting, sales, advertising, marketing, management, business law to name a few.
Basically, I understood business, how businesses operate, how and why they make the decisions they make etc. It all made the selling process much much simpler and faster and more lucrative.
The great news is that as a H.S. Junior, you have an idea of what you want to do.
If your ultimate goal is to own a business, I suspect you will need college level courses in management and finance/accounting and possibly marketing and advertising.
Don't short change yourself the long term benefits that an education combined with work experience will provide to you.
Best of luck.
Short answer is Yes.
Long answer is, why work for someone else?
Watch that video it will give you some ideas. You can sell cell phones, food, whatever, but it first starts with selling yourself!
My brother got a sales job while attending high school selling time shares. The answer is yes, but you need to be careful of commission only jobs.
You will discover many companies willing to hire you to sell products or services that may seem like a good/great opportunity. Some of these companies will offer decent training programs that may be helpful in future endeavors.
Be careful though. Most companies willing to hire inexperienced and/or high school sales reps do not offer a base salary. You may find yourself dedicating time, money, and resources getting to and from work and never close a deal, ultimately working for free.
Most importantly, do NOT get involved with a MLM (multi level marketing) opportunities. These programs usually require you to invest into a "Starter Package." If ANY company asks you to buy a kit, a training program, or any sort of money up front deal, walk away.
You can always get a job at a boutique, a Mall store like Nordstrom, mom and pop hardware store, or small business.
There are a lot of how to books on selling and they are actually quite good. I think it's best to join a LinkedIn group on selling. You will find many short articles and advice videos with great insights that are trending.