Hiring part-time sales reps seems like a smart proposition--fewer benefits to pay, and lower overhead and salaries than full-time reps. But can a business really score with part-time reps?
Yes. And it's a growing trend, according to Kent Billingsley, president of AIM Sales Group, a Coppell, Texas, company that helps entrepreneurs grow quickly and generate more profitable revenue. He offers the following pros, cons and advice for hiring part-timers.
- Access to great talent at a fraction of the normal rate
- Limited overhead due to reduced costs
- Prospects and sales opportunities won't wait for a salesperson's schedule.
- It's difficult to keep part-timers focused, especially if their off time is split up or they have additional jobs.
- The team may suffer. Says Billingsley, "A company must consider the impact on the whole team when a member isn't always available."
- Find out what experience the candidate has in working in a "fractional" position.
- Be clear on specific expectations, including number of calls, proposals, meetings, sales targets, quotas and financial achievements.
- See if the part-timer will be available to answer questions on days off.
Kimberly L. Mccall ("Marketing Angel") is president of McCall Media & Marketing Inc., and author ofSell It, Baby! Marketing Angel's 37 Down-to-Earth & Practical How-To's on Marketing, Branding & Sales.