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RiverCat Journal : Training

Posted by on April 10, 2013

Current Venue:  Tempe, AZ (Phoenix Area)
Campground: Tempe Travel Trailer Villa

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I began training at Jesco, today.  I think I’m going to like it. My trainer and supervisor is very laid-back and I really like the relaxed “vibe.”  The training will be difficult — memorizing the script and all the subtle hand-gestures and nuances of this type of salesmanship.  However, it won’t be hard at all after the first month.  In fact, I think it will be quite fun!   But I’m not going to get rich…

The way I have it figured, once I’m fully trained I can sort of expect to make a little better than $100 per 6-hour shift — after the occasional long commute, right around $100 per shift in the long-term.  So, each month I take a “gig” with them I should make around $2000 -2500, depending on how many shifts I work.  Not terrible at all considering I have total flexibility as an independent contractor!

I’m debating on whether or not to buy new shoes.  My loafers did not withstand the 7 hours of standing very well — but that was for training.  When I’m actually on my own, there’s probably only about 3 hours of standing and quite a bit of downtime between presentations.  We’ll see how the ole joints hold up tomorrow before I spend that kind of cash.

I have my interview for the Amazon winter gig Friday and am expecting my packet for the summer job in Vegas any time this week.  Whew!  It seems I’m going to be working hard all but 6 weeks the rest of the year!  Oooook, but only one more year of it, at most.  RiverCat Productions will come to the forefront soon enough…

One concern I have is my health.  I’m still suffering a  bit from the same condition that began over six months ago.  Additionally, I may be developing another infection.  I’m very anxious about my doctor’s visit Thursday.  The last thing I need is another financial crisis.  If my condition worsens again, I may have to nix Las Vegas to stay here and receive medical attention.

But overall I’m optimistic.  Barring another full-blown catastrophe, I’ll be on the road again in a few weeks.

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