While I was the Internet Manager at a boat dealership, I was two hours from my kids. I went home every weekend, no matter how bad the snow was in Rochester, NY to see them. At one point I had a meeting with the owner, and asked about working out of my home where my kids where. I could come up to the dealership a couple days a week. That was immediately shot down, and didn't go over that well. "Face Time" is what you call it. When I worked for the RV dealership, and we would work a four day show. Come Monday morning, we had to be back at the dealership. We did a show in Daytona at the speedway, and drove to South Carolina to drop off units. We then drove through the night back to New York. What's my manager tell me, that he expected me to work that day. "Face Time" is what he liked. Fast forward a little bit.
A couple weeks ago I attended the Rochester Boat Show. Mostly to get a feel from the dealership owners as to whether they wanted my assistance with their Internet Department as a consultant. I've talked to these guys a couple times before, so it wasn't really a cold call thing. Needless to say, in my opinion, there's gonna be some that don't make it. They are contracting way too much. I was about to leave, when I heard that my old boss had showed up. We hadn't spoke in about a year. It was kind of strange at first, but I've been staying on top of the current goings on in the boat and RV industry, so that was the ice breaker. We had a beer together, and I proceeded to talk to him about how and why I was able to be successful at selling boats on the Internet. It all comes down to having a great system. I told him part of my system, and I think he was caught off guard by what I was saying. This is part of the problem with management and their opinion of Internet personnel. They just view us as "computer geeks", or people that take photos. They don't realize, or have a clue as to everything that goes into a successful Internet Department. The frustrating thing for me while I was working for him, was that no one took what I was doing seriously. Now that I'm not there I had one manager tell me that "I know how to generate revenue using the Internet", and another tell me "that I was the only person who made more money for the dealership than he did." The entire time I worked there nobody ever told me what to do as far as my job, and I'm the type of person that works very well independently. If you let me do my thing, I'll get you the results. If I feel that you're trying to control me, forget it. That is part of the reason why I left, because I felt that I was being pushed back into floor sales.
Two days ago I get a phone call from him. He wants me to list a bunch of units on ebay for him. I'm going up there next week to get photos of the units. If you're doing ebay, you have to have the right photos/information on the listing. There's a system to doing it correctly. He's compensating me for my time, and travel expenses. When the unit sells I also get a percent of the selling price. I would never do this percentage deal with anyone else. I know in working for him for many years, and that if he tells you, "If it sells, I'm paying you", he means it. His focus is on reducing floorplan inventory, and I've never ever been screwed by him on any deal. Even when I sold his personal "toys". I'm getting photos of all the units that will eventually be on ebay, so that I can list them when he wants them on. I get to work from home, and I'm free!!