I just have to say it was an honor working with Nationwide travel jobs. I made so many friends and so much money. You also set before me a great mentor and manager.Mr. Speight. I look forward to working for you all again when i finish college.
"I was 18 and being bored of day to day life in Ohio. One day in July of 2000 I had a knock on my door. It was two guys selling magazines around the country. After buying some Rolling Stone subscription, I asked if they were doing this for college. They told me no and this was their job. I asked about traveling with them and was hired shortly after. It was a cool experience, i saw more in seven years of traveling then most people see in a lifetime."
My name is Stephanie Gordon and I I loved going door to door and traveling all over the country. I started in April 2006 because I just lost my apartment and didn't have a place to stay, so my friend and I called and they hooked us up with a bus ticket. As soon as I started training, it was amazing to see how great this experience was I was hooked.all I needed was a sales talk and it took me a couple months to get it down packed . I started in California and so far, I've been everywhere except for Hawaii, Alaska, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota, and everywhere above New York. I'm hoping to go to the rest of those places soon. Before my mom passed away in 1996, she wanted to travel around the world, I'm getting a chance to do that for free and love it. Making great money at it too.
Door to door has gotten a bad rap . All I can say is I am glad I found this avenue when I did. Not only have I been to every destination in the lower 48 you would want to go I also can sell and if you can sell you can make money---- period. I come from NOTHING and from the skills I learned from guys like John Nelson, Denver Price, and David Wimberly I now am over 6 figures in invoicing. Coming from at times homeless and destitute I am contributing and respected in My community. Thanks to Nicole Miller for showing me how to sell and relax at the same time.
The best thing about the job for me were the people you meet and the friendly faces you see all over the U.S.A. I just turned twenty two and was getting out of jail and needed a job. So I went and got a newspaper. I saw an ad about traveling the United States and having fun. I had to go and see how fun it really was. When I arrived I did not know what to expect but i was ready for anything. I met alot of cool people and had alot of fun. They teached me how to sell anything and belive in myself. I just want to thank them for that.
"I have been doing magazine sales for two years now it is the best thing. Before I was in a gang and I've been out for two years now and I will never go back because I have seen the world. "
When I first started on the magazine crew I had been out of work for 2 weeks. I was very shy and couldn't really talk to a lot of people. Being on crew was wonderful. I got to meet thousands of awesome people. It was the best two years of my life. I loved being able to travel and meet all kinds of people. The best part about being on crew is that it helped with my self-esteem and now I can talk to anybody. I have so many amazing stories to tell whenever it comes up and I still get excited thinking about it. The only thing stopping me from going back is my daughter that is now 15 months old. There were times on crew when it just felt like it wasn't worth it, but it always was. Everyday made me a stronger person. I am very thankful that I was able to have such a wonderful experience in my life.
Well in a nutshell, I was pretty much doing nothing before this job, except for various temp. jobs. Let me tell you. Those kind of jobs will take you nowhere. It was like my life was surrounded by dead ends. I was in the U.S. Navy before this and when I got out my life just became stagnant and I did not know where I was going or what my profession was gonna be. Then some situations came about with my significant other and I pretty much had nothing, and no one to turn to. Thank God for the internet!!! I was online and found the ad , and the rest is history. I have learned a trade that is insurmountable among any other. these folks has given me more confidence, experience, knowledge, and character than even my own family. For that alone I love this job and this company. I know that this lifestyle is what I want and that this company will take me all the way to the top.....and that is just the beginning. There’s no telling what I will accomplish, and it is all from the magazine business. That is my story and I am sticking to it.
Well my life wasn't going anywhere. I was working dead-end jobs as a waitress, and then I was a secretary. I joined the mag crew, and that was the best thing that could have happened to me. It was a like a dream come true. I have been in the business for almost five years, I left for awhile, and guess what? I came back, because of the opportunities, they are amazing; you decide how much you make. One quote I'm going to end with: "Success is an accumulation of learned failures, without losing your enthusiasm". Have a great day and get a bunch :)
I spent over 11 years traveling the united states and had a blast. There are many stories to tell both good and bad. The bottom line is it was a great experience and learned alot about success. I now manage a multi million dollar night club in Dallas Tx and am verry happy. I still from time to time visit some of the guys from "the road" and am still very good friends with several. Peiple who talk trash about the door to door business are idiots and do not know what they are talking about!!!!!! Thanks and get a bunch.
"The best thing about selling magazines is that not only do you have Bosses and Managers that believe in you, they also put your future in the goals. The atmosphere around keeps you alert on how to approach a potential costumer, communicate in other languages, and travel to different countries! If you are a young adult that wants a chance to remove yourself from a bad environment,learn a sales trade, or even learn how to make money in a legit and fun manor. Well now I am 22. I started selling magazines in Tucson, AZ when I was 20. The envirnment that I was in was jobless, homeless, druggy and broke. So when the crew made it to my town I was handed a CARD at the laundry mat. I took the job the next day, and I've been away from meth for over 2 1/2 yrs! I've travled with other young adults that were in my situation and bonded into a FAMILY that wants the same as me: success, happiness, and to help another! I thank God that I was able to have this life changeing opportunity. I say give it a try; it could change your life. "
I was raised in group homes and foster homes. People always told me how I would never succeed and now here I am proving them all WRONG!!! And it is all thanks to the magazine business. It has helped me to grow into a mature women.
"A blind leap of faith got me to where I am today. I have a really good family and I had a really stable job and was going to school full time to become a nurse when I met some agents in my home town. Since I was bored of doing the same thing day in and day out and since I was raised in a really small town, I said why not. I never thought I would have the guts to knock on a complete strangers door and actually get them to give me money. I was wrong and I ended up being much better at it than I ever thought. I just recently left the road in April to work in our home office in Colorado and to start a family. For those of you who are looking to join a crew, take a leap of faith. If it works out, you will probably be writing about your experiences on this site too. If it does not work out, you don't really lose anything. Keep and open mind and be adventurous."
"I started door to door thinking it was a hard job. Talking to people I didnt know and not know why I was really at there door. Now I have the best gift for gab. I love my job. Its a great feeling knowing that I can change a person's day around just by knocking on their door!!! "
"I love selling magazines! Don't get me wrong...there are days that I hate it...but that's with any job. the magazine crew is by far the best company that I have ever worked for!! I love the people I work with; and the things you get promised out here...you actually see! It's not just a dream! You actually get what you deserve!!!"
Before I joined crew I was living in a hotel in Illinois. A guy named Jim Cornelison was telling me about the job in a bar attached to the hotel. I started the job only wanting to do it for 2 weeks so I could get the $500 that they start you out with. And when I started talking to people door to door, I enjoyed the knowledge and encouragement that they were giving me to keep me motivated. Well when I first started selling magazines I was on TKO, and a month later I got fired for having a bad attitude and not producing sells. So my greatest mentor Mr. Steve Travis hired me and gave me the greatest opportunity of my life. I went from selling drugs to selling the hell out of magazines. My very first contest (out of about 89 people), I came in 10th place. My goal was to come in 20th. The next contest I came in 2nd place, the 3rd contest I came in 5th, then 5th again. Now i am in 6th, but the biggest success I got out of this job was becoming something I never thought i could be: a role model for others that want to do something better with their life. My goal is to be a manager and bring others up, like Mr. Travis did for me.
I have to first and foremost thank God for me getting this job seventeen years ago. I am now the vice president of the company I started working for back then. I am from a poor part of Pittsburgh, PA, my parents never had enough. My mother passed away when I was ten old, and all the kids I grew up with (as well as my family members and teachers at school) always put me down on a daily basis. When I finally reached California five days later, it was like a different world. All of a sudden, I had friends and leaders that wanted me to succeed. The confidence that gave me is the reason I am still here today!! Please give our jobs a chance!!! You never know until you try!!
"I worked for a magazines crew and it was an awesome experience. I met so many new people and saw things I would have never dreamed. I always wanted to travel and this industry let me travel and see the sights and make money at the same time. The other agents I worked with were really nice and I have made new friends out of this experience. If anyone ever came to me questioning this job I would tell them to jump in with both feet. They always made me feel like i would succeed, and i have!"
"I was hired at age 18. I come from a family of seven; my mom was a single parent working two jobs doing the best she could to raise us, mostly boys, raised in a social economic low income poverty and crime stricken area. Gangs were becoming a popular way for youths. I guess I was lucky to have joined with a company that ran its organization with southern family values. We had a set of rules like: no alcoholic beverages during week nights, and absolutely no drugs of any kind. There was a three-strikes-your-out law for trouble makers and people who fought. We all received our own account books and kept track of our income, sales, production, bad business, etc., which made it easy for us to set weekly and monthly financial goals. The P.M.A. (Positive Mental Attitude) meetings helped us to focus on bettering ourselves in all aspects: the way we dressed, how we talked, who we associate with, and always having money in our pockets. We were called the T.O.P.S. (Team Of Professional Salespeople) on the crew. I was visually impaired but managed to earn and save enough money to pay for the retinal operations to my sight, now I have close to 20/20 vision. I met my wife which gave me a beautiful daughter. My wife passed away of leukemia when my daughter was two years old. I then stopped traveling to raise my daughter. While working part-time in an office still hiring for the company, and private security on the side, I still had enough money to get a nice place in a two family brick home in a private community, $5,000.00 worth of new furniture, and dream child's room. My daughter is now 27, graduated with honors, went to beauty school, and is now a professional hair stylist and has two beautiful daughter's my grand kids'. Since I did my duty as a responsible, devoted, and caring father, I'm back to work with the company, and they welcomed me back with open arms. You see, some crews believe in QUANTITY rather than QUALITY, believing that the more people you have the better for sales and production, hiring people by the masses without doing a proper background check and allowing their crew to run rampid letting them drink, smoke, stay out late, and letting them do what they wanted. This is when you have people or crews that give the industry a bad name. Because of this industry, I've helped my mother with many bills, bought my brother a car to find work, fixed my sight, helped pay my wife's hospital bills, got my new place in a safe, quiet community to protect my daughter from the elements, etc., so I believe strongly in this industry. Remember in anything you do when dealing with large groups of people, you will encounter certain problems, but if you don't have rules, laws, regulations, or principles things will get out of hand. I wrote this poem inspired by Ms. Maya Angelou: "BE MINDFUL, MY PEOPLE, TO WHAT YOU DO OR SAY - FOR A NEW PERSON WAS HIRED ON THIS CREW TODAY, REFRAIN FROM GOSSIP, PREJUDICE AND LIES - FOR SENSITIVE ARE THEIR EARS AND EYES, TOGETHER WE CAN BUILD SUCCESS AND FAME - WITH UNITY WE CAN EARN OUR RESPECT BY NAME- AND IF ONE OF OUR PEOPLE SHOULD HAPPEN TO FALL - DON'T LOOK TO BLAME ONE - BLAME ALL..." To this day, the T.O.P.S. still use this poem."
"I starting the magazine business 6 years ago. I had nothing going for me and I wanted to start something new so I called an ad in the newspaper and I started right away. My mom hated it at first because her baby girl was traveling and not gonna be near her. But now she loves it because she knows that the magazine business has turned her baby girl into a women. It's a great job. Actually it's not a job to me, IT'S MY CAREER"
"Well I was about 19 or 20 I met this girl she said "Hey I really like your personality you're awesome you wanna take a trip and make some cash?" So I was thinking like it was some other stuff but it was the mag crew. Wow how cool it was the best thing ever in the whole world. I loved the whole thing, how it is run, and I really love learning new things from different people. Before I joined the crew I was doing nothing but training and I was playing sports a lot and hanging out at my apartment. But once I got on crew life has be more motivating than ever. It took me a long time to realize that the crew is me and that is where I should be. It has pretty much raised me and I would tell anyone who wants to do sales or be on the crew DO IT. It is the best ever."
"Well, it was my second week after my 18th birthday. My life was about to change forever. Just before that on my 18th birthday I got a card from my uncle saying “Happy Birthday! You don’t have a job, get your stuff out of the house by the time I get home.” Sounds like tough love, you think? Well, it was done out of love, and he is a great uncle, who loves me dearly. For two weeks I spent my time couch surfing (staying with friends) from Hollywood to Ventura, CA. I had no direction in life, nor did I really care. I saw an job ad that said “Travel USA” and I said, "that’s me, a travel job, I can do that!" I was on the job/crew for about two to three months and it all started to make sense, I could be a manager, I could be a leader and teach others everything I have ever learned. I was a pretty rough kid with no future bouncing around Hollywood and Ventura. Now I see kids/agents and I just want to show them that, all those who broke you down and told you that you didn't have a chance. You have a chance, you have a voice. I have a chance, I have a voice. Just think about it, you're reading this. To all you doubters in the world, embrace the New Generation and show them what they can have. They will listen, just give them a chance. We were all young at one time, I chose a travel job, others choose to go to college, and some choose to go to a factory job. Each one of us can make a difference in the world, I chose to lead and it’s very rewarding and I must say “USA ROCKS”."
"I joined crew about 5 months ago. I was working at a car lot and it seemed like my day would just drag on forever and i could never get any time to myself and then my cousin got me to join the crew and I have realized that there is much more to life than a normal routine day and I can have fun while working and I have also opened up a lot and made some new friends and found out that it is alright to trust new people."
Traveling, meeting new people, getting the money I was worth, learning respect and self-discipline, doing things as crew together, going bowling, and going to the movies were the best experiences.
"1986 fresh out of a foster home, with no plan for my life, I got on a crew (selling magazines). I worked hard to become an agent; it did not come easy to me. My trainer and manager worked with me until I had the confidence to become an agent. The rest was up to me and I wanted to become successful. So I learned to control my attitude, train and manage others, then I met a trainee in February of 1991. She wanted to travel and see the country. We became one, then in June 1993 we started our own crew. This business is the best thing that ever happened to me. Because of it and my hard work I have the American dream. A family, 3 kids, wife (that has been with me from the beginning) and a successful business. "
-- James Clair,
"When I first started selling magazines it was with Chaple Sales. I loved it I learned so much about life, and how to talk to people. I loved my job. I started off looking for my brother and joined the crew it ended up being the wrong crew but I still stuck it out for the longest I had learned so much and so much fun. I found out the things and quit for about 1 year. I finally found out which crew my brother was on and joined it. FRS it was the best crew in the world. I fell in love with my boss Steve Travis he is the best boss in the world. He actually teaches you stuff everyday. He takes young people in and gives them a fighting chance. I thank God for putting him in my brothers life and the chance to meet. I wasn't the best saleswomen in the world but my goal was to teach, train, and motivate. When I left FRS I left with hope, and goals. Thank you Steve for that great opportunity and teaching me everything you taught me."
"I am a consultant for magazine subscription agents and magazine publishers and have been in this business for 17 years. I have not knocked on doors but have contact with many who do. I can say that those companies that are in this business for the right reasons have provided young adults with an opportunity that in many cases they would not have had. These companies have provided income, a place to sleep, an adventure to see the beautiful USA and are teaching these young adults a trade: salesmanship. It is the choice of anyone regarding the decisions they make about themselves and their future. Yes, there can be negative publicity about this industry as there is in any industry, but I believe NASA has made some mistakes in their choices and even companies as large and contributing as Wal-Mart has problems with negative press as well. My point being, this can be a very useful program for young adults who are struggling with everyday life and don't have the support of a family to help them make good decisions. I commend those Door to Door Companies who strive to make this a better industry and a better world by teaching young adults the value of a job, earning an income, and self-respect."
It was 1972 and I was fresh out of college and wanting to travel. I saw an exciting job opportunity in the newspaper with a magazine travelings sales crew out of California offering the chance to travel around the country along with the opportunity to make great money, and I thought to myself, this job is for me.
-- Sandra Hall,
President of Alliance Service Company
I came from a crazy environment, so these lovely people moved me from that, and built up my confidence. They also brought faith and wisdom into my life, so now I see clearly, and I know what I want. My goal is to help people, so I'm becoming a pediatric nurse.
Its hard in life to find something that you truly enjoy and get paid well for doing it...
"I have both experiences. Yes good and bad... but the one I remember the most and talk about most often is the success I achieved right out of high school as a door to door magazine with the magazine sales crew ."
"When I first started on crew I didn't know what to expect. And now for being on crew for 4 months I can read people and what they are going to say before they even say it and it has made me a better people person. So if you ever wanna try something new mag crew is for you."
"It took me off the street and out of the life of street crime. It showed me you can make money and still have fun doing it. "
"I use to be a party animal, ditched school, got in A LOT of trouble, had no future, now im on the road to a BRIGHT, POSITIVE FUTURE! I found a fun travel job ad, so decided to give it a shot, went from Idaho to Arizona, then ever since then I have gone from a careless teen to a productive adult!! if anyone wants a job, with a LEGITIMATE company and it was a great experience"
"I had just come home from a stint in the Army, it was Friday, June 24th, 1983. The first question out my old mans mouth was "what are you gonna do" My response was I'll look for a job next week Pop. I forgot to mention my dad was a general,A real live 4 star Marine General. I don't think that was the answer he was looking for. The next morning at breakfast he had my reenlistment papers, a college application, and a newspaper. He said pick one and make up your mind. Monday, June 27th, 1983, the most beautiful red-headed girl I've ever met handed me an application. She said fill this out, wait outside in line. Monday night, June 27th, 1983 I got hired!!! YYeeaahh!! I was in Philadelphia, PA. I was hired on to the magazine crew (the pretty red head turned out to be Mrs. Price.) That's how it started. I've had more ups in this industry than downs. Twenty-four years later I can look back and honestly have no regrets about my choice of a profession and life style; the skills, the determination, the tenacity, the competitive edge I've learned have helped me become a Good father to my children, a better son, The best creative, and inspiring Manager to my own sales crew, "The magazine power crew" And to the managers and crews, that have come up in my organization And to be able to publish my own magazine from scratch and make it in the publishing world. Today I run Home owners choice magazine, And I run U.S. Custom Chemical inc. We sell Pro-Tek chemical products: protekchemical.com. It's been an awesome 24 years. I've formed friendships that have lasted my career, I've lived 3 lifetimes!!! Some times I think I'm the luckiest man alive. I'm looking forward to 24 more great years. 'The Best Times Aren't Even Here Yet...'"
I dropped out of college and saw the travel ad. For three years, my parents encouraged me to leave and come back home. Then after my successful advancements through the years, in 1978 my Father (a successful banker) agreed to run my new company as tight as a bank. He passed away in 1989, and with what he taught me about ethics, hard work and dedication, my present company has thrived and grown to what it is today. I owe so much to him, my mother, and my first manager for teaching me discipline, and to He who makes all of this possible, the Father of us all.
"I went out of high school curious, wondering what is this thing all about? At first it was different but then in like a week or so I got it and was making like $500 a week easily, then it was about 2 months later it was like $800 week. I met my wife on the same crew and she is now in the medical field and I am a manager at Firestone making good money. I would do this line of work if you want a change in life for a while fast pace. I was a quiet person, not outgoing, didn't know how to talk to people. I learned everything I needed to know about sales and speech for work and life from this place. You can make a lot of money- I did. I brought home $10,000 cash and made $55,000 in one year."
Leaving was the hardest thing I did... Then it became the smartest... I learned how to deal with adversity . This has changed me into a new and better person who now has, respect, knowledge, belief, and direction to become the person I know I can be. It's more than a career, it's a lifestyle.
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