I don’t know about you, but not only are my weeks long, but so are my days. Working for a startup isn’t easy. Obviously I have faith in the potential of the company and the people who work there and the products that we produce. Otherwise I wouldn’t bother.
I’m part time until we can get the business where it needs to be for me to be full-time.
But I need full-time work, so rather than call myself part-time, I consider myself semi-retired.
It has a nice ring and feel to it, don’t you think?
I spend 10 hours a day putting together seven hours of paid work. I have three part-time jobs to equal one full-time job and it’s still not enough. Some weekends, I Uber when I feel like it and am confident I can keep my snark to a minimum and enjoy the people.
Recently, I jumped in and started telemarketing. The leads and names were just sitting there, gathering dust, so we put together a script and off I went. It’s been years since I’ve done cold calling. Things have really changed since the days of calling a phone (that was always a land line because cell phones didn’t exist) so I don’t expect people to answer. But when they do, there’s always a moment where I don’t know what to say.
I’m a telemarketer you want to talk to. But I know nobody wants to talk to me, any more than I want to talk to a stranger on the phone, so it’s a fun game. What I mean by that is I know I am sincere and I know how much we can help people, but I also understand they don’t want to talk to me and I don’t blame them.
The fun is seeing if I can get them to talk to me and if not, can, how quickly they curse at me and hang up.
I started doing it this last week. Some days were good and some days were horrible but what made it good was that I kept going.
I’ve learned that I am a very determined woman and I don’t like to quit. Learning at this age is just as difficult as it was at a much younger age. The trick is if you want to learn and or not.
Personally, my ideal job would be people throwing money at me just because I exist. But the last time I checked Craigslist, that wasn’t available.
The downside to what I do is because I now spend 95% of my week on the phones, I really don’t want to talk to anyone when I leave work. Thank God for texting!
It is a miracle to get me to answer the phone nowadays, as many of my friends can attest. But it’s not personal.
It’s that I just don’t want to talk to anybody when my day is done. I even added a reject text on my phone. It says “Please text me rather than call.”
It’s that I don’t want to talk anymore at the end of the day. I just want to sit quietly, watch Netflix, read and enjoy some peace and quiet until the next day starts again.
It’s not you. It’s me and I don’t want to talk to you.
Love you! Mean it! Have your people call my people and we’ll do lunch.
Just don’t call.