To be gutted I cannot take on this telesales manager

(37 Posts)
Arnie123 Thu 29-Aug-13 15:59:03

I run a cleaning company and woman phoned me today wanting a telesales job. Her experience was absolutely brilliant but she wanted23k per annum. My business is only a year old and currently only generates me 800 a month. I told husband we could stop taking a salary as I did not in the first year and just pile 900 a month out of the tax credits and my dla into the business. Husband has gone ape and said we cannot afford her. Gutted

flipchart Thu 29-Aug-13 16:00:22

Iwouldnave gone ape as well.

Did you advertise for someone to fill a position for telesales?

gobbynorthernbird Thu 29-Aug-13 16:05:39

Why do you need telesales staff for a £10K/annum cleaning business?

Arnie123 Thu 29-Aug-13 16:05:41

I advertised for a basic operative working a 16 hour week on basic pay. She wants 40 hours a week and a big salary

Arnie123 Thu 29-Aug-13 16:06:16

To generate more sales

MarianneEnjolras Thu 29-Aug-13 16:07:55

But that's not what you offered so why would you consider taking her on?

Arnie123 Thu 29-Aug-13 16:09:51

She just sounded brilliant. She had even run an entire call centre for one of my biggest competitors and had even worked as an area manager for a large cleaning firm. Good sales people tend to be greedy

GemmaTeller Thu 29-Aug-13 16:17:41

Why did she apply for a job advertised at 16 hours when she wants 40?

TBH she sounds a nightmare, stipulating what she wants when its nowhere near what you advertised.

youbethemummylion Thu 29-Aug-13 16:20:09

She sounds brilliant because she is a sales person she was selling herself and you fell for the sales pitch. Wether she could deliver or not is a whole different story.

Hrrrm Thu 29-Aug-13 16:20:41

I know you're gutted, but... The irony! She's a telesales person ringing you up making you want to give her more than twice the hours you need and loadsa money! She must be great at her job! grin

(But stick to what you really need.)

gobbynorthernbird Thu 29-Aug-13 16:20:54

Yes, I get that telesales people generate sales (hopefully). I meant given your current income, why are you considering putting yourself if such a precarious position?

Hrrrm Thu 29-Aug-13 16:21:08

Haha x-posted. grin

Repeatedlydoingthetwist Thu 29-Aug-13 16:21:49

To be honest OP I'd be wondering why someone who used to be an area manager was applying for a 16 hour a week telesales job?!

ClartyCarol Thu 29-Aug-13 16:22:55

Hmm so she's really great but she's still hawking herself around any old business looking for work.

ClartyCarol Thu 29-Aug-13 16:23:25

Or what vBigOrange said. ..

Arnie123 Thu 29-Aug-13 16:23:29

No my advert is very clear. 16 hours and not a great rate per hour.
She did say she wanted to leave her current job as her boss does not like her and is putting her through a disciplinary which is massive cause for concern

OK, put aside how great she is (because she's certainly sold herself to you) - if she generated enough new business to pay her own salary, would you be able to handle that amount of work, seeing as it will triple/quadruple your workload? With no actual increase in YOUR income, because it will all be going to her?

Listen to your husband. This is unworkable.

dexter73 Thu 29-Aug-13 16:26:52

I would ask for her CV and check her references carefully before believing her. Plus the disciplinary doesn't bode well.

MrsBeep Thu 29-Aug-13 16:27:34

She divulged that she wants to leave her current employer because she is under disciplinary action and doesn't like her boss, and you are considering her???! Slagging off where you currently work to a prospective new employer is just bad manners and I would wonder what the disciplinary is for. Steer clear.

shoofly Thu 29-Aug-13 16:35:21

If she's as good as she says she is, I don't get why she wants to work for you. I'm really not saying that to be rude, but when there is such a gap between what your business needs and what she wants; I think there are huge alarm bells ringing.

She's clearly a reasonable sales person, because she's sold herself to you. I think I'd be saying sorry we can't afford you, wish her all the best and maybe you'll be in touch a few years down the line when your business has grown. To take on an employee whose salary could threaten your financial stability seems a bit daft.

Yes yabu to be gutted.

She wanted money you can't afford to pay her.
She stated that she involved in a disciplinary.

Your dh sounds like he's sensible.

NatashaBee Thu 29-Aug-13 16:45:00

^ I told husband we could stop taking a salary as I did not in the first year and just pile 900 a month out of the tax credits and my dla into the business^

I'm not surprised your husband went ape. That's ridiculous. If you really want to employ her, can you not work out a commission only deal so that she gets a % of any revenue she generates?

Optimist1 Thu 29-Aug-13 16:52:51

That's the answer, Natasha! If she's as hot as she says she is she'll be up for a commission-only deal.

NatashaBee Thu 29-Aug-13 16:54:30

Exactly. Let her put her money where her mouth is.

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