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Is this salary accomplishable?

Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by krakowiak6, Aug 25, 2019.

  1. krakowiak6

    krakowiak6 Occasional commenter


    I was looking at jobs and saw this (not that I searched for it or am interested in applying).
    It is as a self employed RAC salesman and states that you can earn 40-65k (one advert I saw on the same page said up to 80k).

    Is this possible self employed? I have seen the AA and RAC at supermarkets and in towns trying toget customers but most people just walk straightr past. How easy do you think it would be to make this sort of money? IMO I don't think it is achievable esp in a small to medium town. Possibly in a large city but I don't know.
  2. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    Are you the Polish Reece ?
    sabrinakat and mothorchid like this.
  3. mothorchid

    mothorchid Star commenter

    No, almost certainly not. Did you honestly think it might be?
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  4. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    You've too much time on your hands @krakowiak6 ;)
    As with teaching assistants, the salary quoted may well bear no relation to actual salaries achieved. :rolleyes:
    DexterDexter, steely1, bonxie and 2 others like this.
  5. Rott Weiler

    Rott Weiler Star commenter Forum guide

    Agency ads for sales jobs that pay commission only are notorious for giving a misleading impression of what the average sales person can make. And it's self employed so you have to pay all your NI, pension, and no sick pay, no paid holidays no job security.
  6. thejudgesscoresarein

    thejudgesscoresarein Occasional commenter

    That salary looks like it’s OTE, but what you will find is the basic is about £20k- etc- not as good as what it seems- so many people have fallen for the trap- leaving a secure teaching role to go and work self-employed.
    Lara mfl 05 likes this.
  7. krakowiak6

    krakowiak6 Occasional commenter

    I dont think there is any basic salary. At least it does not say so anyway. If there were, I doubt it would be as much as 20k, perhaps 12k. But it looks like it is commission only. ANyway what people have said makes sense.
    DexterDexter and pepper5 like this.
  8. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    It says in the ad that it is 80% commission.
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  9. Rott Weiler

    Rott Weiler Star commenter Forum guide

    So if their earnings 'range' starts at £40k it would be a basic salary of £8k and everything above that is commission?
    Lara mfl 05 likes this.
  10. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    I assume so yes.
    'To maximise the potential of this opportunity, you will be resilient with a high work ethic and commit your time and minimal investment.'
    So basically you will need to work all the hours God sends, standing outside in all weathers and put up with people walking past you with barely a nod to achieve anything like the salary we have advertised. Hmmmm clearly not a job of the cynical.
  11. Shedman

    Shedman Star commenter

    I would say this was as accurate as the recent teacher recruitment ads.
  12. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    You would have both a large commission and a large number of potential customers.
    In a town of 30000 population, there might be 20000 motorists. Probably fewer than 5000 without cover already.
    £50 commission? £25000 to make.
    If you signed them all up, who would you target in year 2?
  13. celago22

    celago22 Occasional commenter

    Personally I wouldn't touch that job with a barge pole. Not very secure, unpredictable income and dealing with the general public... No thanks.

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