Ask Away Blog: Essential Accessories for the Traveling Salesperson

Essential Accessories for the Traveling Salesperson

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Every good traveling salesperson knows that two of the keys to closing a sale is your organization and style. It doesn’t matter how good the product is, if you show up for a meeting rumpled looking and fumbling through your paperwork, you’ve probably lost the business before you even open your mouth. Put the odds of success in your favor with some stylish and useful organizational accessories.


Equipment

A salesperson’s home away from home is his or her briefcase. This bag needs to be both durable and classy. Leather catalog cases fit the bill exactly. The leather will hold up under miles of traveling, and it looks sharp. A larger case should have room for all your promotional items as well as your laptop making you look like a one-stop professional from start to finish.

Since your briefcase is your lifeline, it’s worth it to invest in a luggage tracker. This small device fits in an inside pocket of your case and connects via a tracker app to your phone bringing you peace of mind as you jump in and out of cabs or from meeting room to meeting room.

Personal power stations are incredibly useful when you’re on the road. You can be in control of discreetly charging your phone or laptop while you wait for your next meeting. Avoid the embarrassment of having to scramble under tables to unplug cords when your name is called at your next appointment.
 
Personal Care

Looking good is important for a professional salesperson because image speaks to how much you care about your product. Keeping your shoes shiny and scuff-free should be a priority even if you’re on your feet all day long. A small travel shoe shine kit is a must to keep your shoes looking spiffy on the road. Even if you don’t travel overnight, keeping a kit in your car allows you to keep up with that last little detail before you make your presentation.

A compact lint roller is also a high priority item. Even if you don’t have pets, you can’t always avoid sitting in a chair recently vacated by a cat lover. A quick 360 check in the mirror before each new meeting will let you know if you’ve remained fur and lint-free. If not, a quick roll handles the problem.

If you look professional and act professionally, you’re already halfway there to making the sale. Use high-quality accessories to boost both your business and personal appearance.



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