Designers Offered Safety Guidelines for Protection on the Road
Selling kitchens and baths is generally an extremely rewarding
profession. Unfortunately, it's taking place these days in a world
that occasionally subjects kitchen/bath professionals to situations
that may place them somewhat at risk.
As a salesperson who has to travel outside of your place of business to meet strangers, often while alone and in unknown surroundings, it's prudent to recognize that the following basic safety guidelines can improve your chances of not being victimized by unexpected problems:
- Make sure someone knows where you're going and when you'll be
back. Put your appointments in writing.
- Bring along a cell phone. Tell your office that you'll check in
with them every hour or so, then do so like clockwork. That way,
someone will know if something is wrong.
- Avoid "rush" or last-minute appointments.
- Don't wear flashy or expensive jewelry. Do not have large
amounts of cash (or appear to do so). Do not take credit cards on
- Wear loose comfortable clothes. If you're female, wear shoes in
which you can walk fast or run.
- Don't put your home phone number or home address on your
- Don't go anywhere in the car or with a prospect you don't know.
Do not let an unknown prospect in your car. Park at the curb, if
possible not in a driveway. When you leave your car, lock it.
- When you arrive at an appointment, take a moment to look
around. Does everything seem normal? Are there are any suspicious
- Look inside before you go inside. Do things look normal? Are you comfortable walking in? Is somebody following you in? If anything seems wrong, don't go inside.
Remember, while it's probably not likely to happen, there are dangerous people who seem well dressed, well spoken and polite on the surface. Listen to your inner voice. You're better off walking away from anything that makes you suspicious.
It's also a good idea to create a "distress" code word with your office, so that they'll know you're in trouble if you call in and say that word. A product brand name makes an excellent "distress signal," because you can say it without arousing suspicion on your end.
These are just a few simple steps you can take to help you stay safe. You're much better off saying "what if?" now than "if only" afterwards.