I am relatively new to this site and have really enjoyed reading the posts. Most have been very insightful.
I would love to get some opinions from newbies and veterans alike on my possible "career transition."
I am currently in medical sales. I make a base salary of $85,000 a year with bonuses that add up to about $20,000. It is a good job that offers some satisfaction, but I am most definitely an "employee." I am micromanaged at times even though I have always been a strong producer. Also, my income is pretty close to being capped out where I am right now. I can get my 4% raise every year, but that is about it.
I have been thinking about your industry for a while. The things that I am looking for in a career are as follows:
1. Autonomy - I don't want to punch a clock or be told how to run my business if I run it ethically and produce. I know about the 70-80 hours the first few years, but I want to work towards control of my time.
2. Ability to increase income well past the 100k to 150k point. I don't mind that it can take years or that I may make much less at first if I know that it is absolutely realistic to make 200k and above with perseverance. In other words, is REALLY realistic to make 200k and above or is it only the extreme minority that make it to this point?
3. I want to always act with integrity and ethically. This is very important to me. I don't mind sales at all, in fact I LOVE sales. I am competitive and love the competition that sales provides. But I have to believe in the product and I have to believe that I am doing what is best for the customer. I don't want to sound like Mother Theresa here and I have no problems with profit, but I wouldn't make it if I felt "wrong" about what I was doing to earn income.
So what are your opinions? Is this potentially a good industry for me or am I crazy? The reason for the title of this thread is that I have talked to many people and about 50% say I am crazy for leaving a "good paying job with little stress" and the other 50% say to go for it.
I will be happy to add any more information about myself if asked, I just know this post is already long enough.