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Asked customer for phone number. Turned out she was secret shopper and reported me to upper management

I already know it's not a good idea to date or flirt in the workplace. I work for a company that does marketing. They send me around to different stores to give out samples of products. The other ...
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Coworkers frequently joke about being fired or quitting

My coworkers frequently joke about either being fired or who's going to quit next at work. They often bring up stories about predecessors who quit or got fired and why. It unfortunately seems to be ...
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How to stop the sales department from selling functionalities that don't exist

Our sales are selling stuff without consulting the technical team. I am about to lose my temper - this is a difficult situation because the CEO seems to be siding with the sales. We already had ...
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Moving From Help Desk to Sales Engineer

I've been thinking a lot about what I want to do next and what type of companies I'd like to work for, I recently applied to Jr Sales Engineer position at a large software company and the role seemed ...
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Providing direct feedback to a product salesperson

I work in tech in a decision making capacity on an Analytics team, and have just moved positions in the last couple of months. In my former role, I inherited a team using a data analysis product, ...
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Is it professional to use banter when Cold calling?

I've recently started working for a small recruitment company as IT support however yesterday I was given a list of companies and told to make sales. I have never done cold calling before and found ...
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Conflict of interest between Agile Dev Team and Marketing Team

Agile dev team says the cost is already fixed due to a fixed number of developers, so either scope or deadline shall remain flexible. Marketing team whats to launch a promotion campaign with a ...
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As a contractor, how to fill in those end-of-year weeks? [closed]

For 46 weeks of the year, there's lots of freelance and contract work However, I find that right around now it's basically[2] hard to find any contracts or freelance work. I find there's just not ...
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Should I ask for commission on sales if I'm not a sales rep?

I work as an account manager and have had direct contact with customer for over 10 years. It is a house account but my work with this customer has grown them from a $1 million/year to a $8 million/...
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Ownership of Money Sold for company share [closed]

If you have ever watched the Dragon's Den or similar shows, basically people go and ask for $100,000 for 20% of their company. What I would like to know is how does this works. Who owns the $100,000 ...
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How to pass a business opportunity to a company and ask for money

I had an interview for a company that does UX analytics for some major global brands. It went OK technically - I think I could do the job (3rd line/tech support for their JavaScript library) - but ...
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Concerned about losing commission to new salesperson [closed]

I joined my company 2.5 years ago as a sales person coming from a technical background. I have utilised some past existing relationships to bring in additional business and new customers. Until now I ...
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How to deal with a manager who doesnt settle things with the customer and does not tell? [closed]

I have a situation here with a manager (he and me report to the same person) who is responsible for certain aspects with a customer (he is sales, i am a technical team lead). More often than not in ...
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Is it appropriate for your wealthy boss to host a customer at their mansion?

I work for a small startup (< 10 people). We're all "white-collar" folks that live in apartments or "normal" sized homes in a city with a population of about 70K. My co-workers and I have typical ...
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Boss telling me to make hyperbolic statements, but I find it unethical. What do I do?

I recently got a job that has been great. Unfortunately, my boss is now trying to ask me to do something I feel as unethical. I have a presentation in front of a group of potential clients next ...
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Good reputation not enough to overcome being smaller than a competitor? [closed]

I own a small software development business. We tend to lose bids to a much larger (big name) businesses. The pattern goes, big-name gets paid millions of dollars, screws up royally and leaves. Then I ...
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How often should I follow up with a contact who is a fellow Alumni?

I've been keeping contact with a fellow Alumni that is a sales manager hoping to hire fellow alumni at his company, but his company is on a hiring freeze until June. How often should I follow up with ...
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what does “per annum OTE” mean? [duplicate]

I came across a "customer service and sales adviser" job vacancy (which is supposed to be direct marketing) online, and for the pay it says "From £15,000 to £25,000 per annum OTE". does this mean I ...
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Competitor asking for me to sell my free product [closed]

Ok, so another person has a paid product and I have produced a product that is very similar and nearly as good as the paid product. The creator of the paid product has personally messaged me asking ...
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How can I (being lower on my dept's ladder) respectfully tell a 3rd party salesman to wait?

I work for a three-person team, and recently we've undergone a project where we are looking for a certain type of software product. Due to the nature of the product, it's a very expensive and ...
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How do I decline giving potential employer my book of business?

I recently received a job offer as outside sales for a company that is in the same market as the one I am currently employed with. Due to the book of business I currently have (my list of my clients, ...
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Should one ever openly acknowledge his limits or defects?

Once somebody told me "never say 'I don't know', never". However, sometimes I really find myself wanting to say "I do not know the answer to your question", or "I can't do this". Some other times, I ...
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How to build a application development business on the side

I'm an application developer full-time but I'm trying to make a shift from working for someone else to starting a company primarily focused on custom application design/redesign. However, my target ...
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How to please both my bosses and my customers [closed]

I have been working as a salesperson in my current company for close to two years, the bosses are my friends and we work pretty well together even though my bosses have quite some attitude problem. I ...
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How to challenge product direction? [duplicate]

I am mathematician software developer good at algorithms and optimization. Got teamed up with a partner to sell a product in a space where I have no traction and flat spit the revenue. We have made ...