I thought I posted here when I got laid off on March 27th but apparently not. Worked in retail for 13 yrs. and it's changed. Major companies are now using self checkout, reduced labor force using part time workers instead of full time, reduced inventory, etc. I was one of those full time employees. I'm not bitter because I understood the company laid off employees across the U.S. and closed 40 stores. My disadvantage is my age - 59 yrs. so facing employers who hire older workers was going to be a huge challenge. What irks me is I worked for Staples, so I'm as tech savvy as any teenager or 20 something.
Yes, I was upset but remained positive and enrolled in a real estate course to get licensed. I knew I was a genius at selling, marketing and negotiations, so I figured real estate would be a perfect fit. If I could handle customers in a retail setting with all their problems, I can sell a house.
Now that I'm licensed, I'm encountering issues I never planned or expected - namely start up costs. I'm running my own business, and I'm good at doing that, but I never realized how expensive start up costs were and how long I would be without a paycheck. So in answer to the post below - real estate would more or less qualify as direct sales.
Now that my unemployment insurance will end in December, I'm applying for part time jobs to support my new career in real estate. Wish me luck, I need a paycheck.