Hello All, I really wish I would have found these forums earlier.
I don't want to bore everyone with a life story but, this might help with some of my questions. I have been in hospitality management for over 20 years, 10+ with the current company, and have 6 direct reports and approx 100 people under them. I currently make around $75K/yr base, plus around $15-20K a year in bonuses.
I have to be honest, I am not really all that enthusiastic about sales, however I have come to learn that I now have to sell in my current job and over the past several years I have gotten a knack for B2B
sales. I was considering making a career change and I have been searching for opportunities for the past 6 months or so. I spoke with a recruiter for SF and really went into it without much of an expectation. I ended up really liking the opportunity and have made it past the first couple of stages and will be presenting my business plan proposal in a few days.
After reading some messages here over the past few hours, I am having some of my own concerns realized. I am worried about going into debt and burning out in a few years. I honestly have confidence in my ability and don't plan to fail, but I am also realistic and know it's a possibility.
During the process of pursuing the SF opportunity, I was contacted by a Farmers Insurance agency and they are putting the pressure on me to go with them. I have met with them a few times and even spoke with an agent who is leaving due to some personal issues and is looking to sell her small book of business.
Again, JUST found this forum and interested in hearing some opinions. I had never thought of going independent and SF seems to give new agents a LOT of support.