I have a wholesale costume jewelry company with limited funds. Should I hire a salesperson and, if so, should that person be full-time of part-time?
Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.The challenge with hiring a salesperson, as you've probably figured out, is that it creates a larger gap in your cash flow, because you have to pay your person upfront, along with paying for your inventory, before you ever get cash from sales. You may want to start with a part-time person first, and see if you can get some of your stock paid for upfront or in advance.
It sounds like you will also need an additional source of capital to grow faster, so you might want to look at a credit line or a partner. You also may be able to find salespeople who have a good set of contacts to work on commission only upfront.
The key, whatever you do, is to make sure you tighten up your cash-flow gap--or even eliminate it entirely--by working your current business model in a little different way.
All the best.