At HJS Accountants we can advise business owners in the Southampton area on many aspects of running and growing a business. Here are some thoughts getting more productivity from your sales team...

Do you know how much time your sales force actually spends selling? Statistics show that on average it is only 30% of their working time.

40% of their time is taken up with administrative tasks such as completing reports, sorting out account disputes, and dealing with delivery problems.

A lot of time can be saved here by standardising reports and having administrative support personnel type and circulate them. Solving customers' problems can be reassigned to other departments such as customer service or credit management.

The other 30% of a salesperson's time is typically taken up with travelling from one account to the next. Although this time expenditure is unavoidable, it can be made more productive by providing salespeople with essential portable office equipment.

Developments in information and communications technology, especially in corporate intranet technology, mean that it is now possible to work just as efficiently from a remote location as it is in the office. Sales staff should also be encouraged to use otherwise unproductive time to complete administrative tasks such as record keeping, database updates, etc.

The more time your sales staff spend on actually selling, the higher your profits will be.

If you are in the Southampton area and are looking for support and advice from a team of professional accountants and business advisers, contact HJS Accountants.

Southampton Office

12-14 Carlton Place
Southampton
Hampshire
SO15 2EA

Tel: 02380 234 222

Winchester Office

6 Charlecote Mews
Staple Gardens
Winchester
SO23 8SR

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Reading Office

3 Richfield Place
Richfield Avenue
Reading, Berkshire
RG1 8EQ

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90 Long Acre
Covent Garden
London
WC2E 9RZ

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