Summer sales: The boys, the companies and the wards during off-season

A salesperson for Alterra talks with a client about pest control services. (Courtesy Alterra)
A salesperson for Alterra talks with a client about pest control services. (Courtesy Alterra)

Summer sales come to an end in the fall, but the companies and their employees must carry on during the off-season.

Companies search for dedicated, hardworking and enduring people to sell for them throughout the summer. Companies thrive during the summer, shown by the success of the salesmen. Some BYU students understand how summer sales can offer these companies a lot of growing potential, but during the off-season the companies almost seem to disappear.

Summer sales companies don’t just disappear, however, said Heather Headrick, manager at Moxie Pest Control in Denver.

“Business is still full functioning in the off-season. In the off-season we are no longer selling but are still providing clients with services,” Headrick said.

Companies continue to sell their products, but they take a more passive approach during the off-season, especially pest control companies like Moxie, considering that pest problems tend to decrease with the cold weather. While downsizing, they continue to search for new employees and provide current clients with renewal monthly services.

Headrick said that the off-season is almost a relief because she and her family can go about their everyday lives.

“It’s definitely a weight off your shoulders,” she said.

Provo summer sales students jump right back into their everyday lives, but many of them live with a newly found reputation as a “summer sales guy.” Some students feel that the reputation they are left with isn’t as bad as some students believe.

“I’m sure some of them can be more ‘toolish,’ but for the most part they are just people and everyone has different personalities. It doesn’t have to do with the way they choose to make money,” said Kaelin Cowley, a psychology major from Raleigh, North Carolina.

While Provo YSA wards’ numbers dwindle in the summer, singles wards with summer sales companies in their district thrive. Once summer sales end, however, those wards previously filled with salesmen feel quiet. The ward members have mixed emotions about these salesmen coming and going, said Crystal Rogers, a Las Vegas resident and member of an LDS ward filled with seasonal summer sales boys.

“It’s kind of exciting because you see a bunch of new guys your age, but life moves on and they typically hang out with each other, and I continue hanging out with my normal group of friends,” she said.



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