Working In Retail - Pros & Cons

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I think the most common question I get ever asked is 'what are you doing in retail if you studied Film & Television?'. And my usual answer is, 'I love clothes!'. I do, I really do but there is so much more to it than I may be able to say in a short clear answer. Yes I did graduate with a bachelor in Film & TV studies last summer but at the moment I cannot imagine myself working in a studio somewhere backstage, carrying equipment or doing something of that sort. I wanna go straigt to making my own movies one day, (ha, I wish!) but we'll see. I would love to start a YouTube channel though at some point this year, would any of you be interested to watch? For some time I thought about why I'm doing what I'm doing in life at the moment, started debating the pros and cons in my head (probably whilst folding a pile of clothes at work) and thought that it would be fun to share with you guys an article about what are the things I like and hate about working in retail. So take a look at this little list.

Pros:

1. Music - I love, love, LOVE having music at work. Not only is it an energy and mood booster but it also makes so much fun if you know the song and you can sing, whistle, twirl or do whatever makes you happy to the rhytm of music. I cannot think of any another day-time profession where there is music playing at work? (Correct me if I am wrong).

2. Co-workers - arguably the best thing about working in retail. They can be either the highlight of your job or the nightmare of all nightmares. I personally have continuously worked only with really nice people. I did encounter a few that were not the nicest bunch to be around, but overall I feel grateful to have met SO many wonderful people that I became friends with and who just created and continue to create an overall nice environment at work.

3. Discounts - oooh boy, this one is a love/hate kinda thing. I am sure everyone who's ever worked in retail will agree with me that this is like the best thing ever, yet the most dangerous for your bank account. Discounts for lunch at the shopping mall you work in, at companie's sister brands, or at your own store is so awesome if you have discounts. And I hate to break this, but some of the best stuff is always in the stockroom so on certain occasions, customers aren't even given a chance to get their hands on the best stuff.

4. Flexibility - most retail companies have very flexible schedules, meaning you will never work 8 to 5 / Monday to Friday, but will most likely have a schedule that's constantly changing. I love it, one day you get to sleep in, the next you're up and at it bright and early, or as they say the early bird gets the worm. I love this kind of job, I would go crazy if I had a routine.

5. Customers - I don't know how about you guys, but I love being appreciated. Especially for your work, or the energy you put into something. So if a customer is grateful for my help, or team-members for the hard work and efforts, than that's all the reward I need! I love sharing a genuine smile and wishing you a nice day, so to get the same in return just makes me happy. Here's to all the nice customers!

Cons:

1. Customers - 'No, I don't have 20 minutes just for you. No, you cannot mess up the pile I just folded to perfection. No, you cannot treat me like I'm your slave and disrespect me at my work place. No, I don't like the way you talk to me.' BUT these are the things I will think and never say to a customer. Yes, that's retail, and sometimes the customers can be real a**holes, but you learn to let it go. You will complain and bitch about it for a few minutes and then you're back to doing your job.

2. Pain - those of you who work or have worked in retail, will know the joys of standing on your feet 8 hours a day. Not only your feet, legs and back will be sore. I still have not learned how to cope with this or how to make the soreness go away. Sometimes your body just gets so tired and exhausted that on days off all you wanna do is stay in your bed and never ever stand up.

3. Sales - now this one is probably the biggest disadvantage of all working in retail. The amount of work, preparation, team effort, individual energy goes into this is hard to describe. Sometimes I wonder why do people need so many clothes, why they are all behaving like savages while sales shopping? It gets pretty bonkers and sometimes you need three coffees, a Red Bull and a strong painkiller to survive a Saturday during sales.

I worked in retail for almost two years now, and have worked in two very different companies, so I managed to gather quite a bit of experience. I have been in a sales assistant position and then went into management, but the job is still pretty much the same, except that you have more responsibilities, which include emails, calls, paperworks etc. And although sales assistant and manager positions are quite different, I would still write the same pros and cons as these ones above. As you see, there are more pros then cons in my opinion. However, if you work(ed) in retail, what are your thoughts about it? Share your thought and experiences below!

With Love,
Bri



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38 comments

  1. Great post!
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  2. This brings back memories! I worked in retail a little bit throughout college, and my biggest retail experience was 2 years in a hair salon during grad school. This was at least 6 years ago, and I am STILL working my way through all the hair products I purchased with my discount. I'm not even CLOSE to the bottom of that box. I had a major retail sickness while working there!

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    1. Oh my, haha that sounds crazy! I mean I wouldn't mind having hair-care supplies for such a long period of time, I get a headache whenever I try to choose something from so many products and brands in the market, so trust me maybe it was a good thing that you worked in a hair salon to last you a good few years! :)

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    2. Probably true! I have enjoyed not buying hair products at all for the last 6+ years.

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  3. I can image it must be hard to stand 8hrs a day. I had to do that lately and my feet hurt like crazy afterwards. Not used to it as an office girl
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    1. The beginning is always the hardest, then you just get used to being in pain. I don't think I ever had a day when something was not sore. So kuddos to those who last in retail for years! But I can imagine sitting in an office is also hard sometimes?

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  4. This is truly wonderful dear!


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  5. So true!! I have been in retail for 4+ years and it's a love/hate relationship!

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    1. May I ask where do you work? Indeed, one day it's great the next it can get really tough!

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  6. I have not worked in retail but this has helped my understand a little more when I am shopping in stores! Have an amazing Monday!

    Danielle
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    1. I am so glad it gave you a little insight into what it's like to work in retail! Have a nice week Danielle :)

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  7. I worked in retail, but it wasn't for me for all the cons you listed. But I do love clothes! So I started this blog and also run a separate fashion site. There are so many ways to make your dreams come true! Good luck with the youtube channel if you decide to go through with it.

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    1. Thank you so much Yasmin for your sweet comment! I do love clothes a lot as well, but I try to not make it the main focus of my blog, as I like to share many different stories on here! Thanks for popping by:)

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  8. lovely photographs and great insight into the good and bad sides of working in retail!
    Minaali
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    1. I am really happy you enjoyed hearing the other side of it! :)

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  10. i used to work retail as well so i totally relate to this!

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    1. Good to hear you could relate, means I've listed the right things! Ha:)

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    1. Thank you so much! It means a lot to me! :)

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  12. I love this post! Interesting analysis!
    thanks for sharing <3
    kisses

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  13. This is such a great post! Back in the day, I used to work in retail, so this definitely brings back memories! :)

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    1. Thanks Valerie! I think everyone who's worked or still works in retail can relate to this, so I am really happy that you did too! :)

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  14. Such a great post! It's nice to hear your view on retail since you have the experience from working. During mid-season sales, I walk into stores packed with customers and I admire the people working there and how much time it actually takes to set everything up!

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    1. Thank you Yousor, it means a lot that you appreciate this so much! Yes, retail is hard both on the body and on the mind sometimes, but it's also a lot of fun. Thanks again!

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  15. Such a fun post! I just watch a really fund video about the same topic :)

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  16. Hey lovely, really enjoyed the post! Just curious- where do you see yourself in the future? Is that retail? I am nearly 25 now and still have no clue where I want to be haha. Also, I am working in Health Club so the music here playing all day as well. I can relate to you cause I can't imagine working in silence, would drive me mad! By the way, start Youtube channel! I already filmed few videos but I still didn't post them on Youtube, it@s bloody scary, don't you think? Haha, but I think it's a great platform for fashion lovers. kisses, Mona xx

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    1. Hi Mona, I have to be honest since you really put the time to write this comment. I honestly would love to work something that I enjoy most and that is definitely artistic - I loved photography, films and music since I was a child so it's something I would love to have a close connection to throughout my whole life. If it were to happen that I can make a living from it then I would be the happiest person in the world. I love travelling more than anything though so I think it would be amazing to somehow make those hobbies intertwine one day. What about you, where do you see yourself in the future? Please share your YouTube channel, I would be more than happy to check those videos once they're up! x

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    2. Girl, you are half way through to your dream I think. I guess your blog is the first big step towards it. :) Me, oh,babe, it's complicated haha. I want to see myself in a fashion industry and media in the future, just things not always work as you expect, especially when u have a full time job, I think I became comfortable with it and only that inner voice keeps telling me that I always wanted to do something else. As you said - adult life is not easy. I would say adult life sucks, but it's also a lot of fun, I wouldn't want to be a student again! Just it's hard to find time for things you really love! haha, anyway, positivity and hard work is the key. Do you ever come back to Wales? I love Wales, especially in summer. And I love Frankfurt, you lucky to live there. How come you moved there for good? xx

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