Name: Chelsey Ehlis
Hometown: Mandan, ND
Education: Bachelor’s Degree in University Studies from Dickinson State College
Name of Business: Pressure Prints Promotional Products
Business Type: LLC
How did you get started? I was approached from another promotional product company years ago to be their sales representative and be the face for their business and loved it so much that I decided to go off on my own.
What I do every day: Everyday is a new day that is for sure! I get up, check my emails, voice mail messages/texts, Facebook messages and respond to them. I deal a lot with vendors during a sale to make sure the proof is done correct and that the product will arrive on time. I put free presentations together for clients with products which may be of interest to them, do free price quotes for my customers, place orders and personally deliver products as they come in.
Successes (best part): The best part of this job is running my own schedule and being able to personally deliver promotional products to my customers and getting to see the smile on their face & how happy they are when they see their logo on the promotional products they ordered!
Challenges: As with any job, there are always challenges! The biggest challenge in my industry is gaining more customers and along with that comes sales! This is a competitive market so I strive to give the best customer service that I can. Another challenge is advertising expenses! You want to get your name out there and market yourself as much as possible and find the most effective way to advertise your business to gain more sales without breaking the bank.
Advice for other YPN members: I have been an active member in the Bismarck-Mandan Young Professionals Network for 1 1/2 years. My advice to other members is to get involved in the network by joining a team and getting to as many events on the event calendar as possible. Most members will go to each other for whatever it is they are looking for before going to someone outside our network. I know it works because I have had quite a few sales from members myself. Not to mention, you never know who you will meet that will help you get to the top and reach your goals. A lot of times, it’s not so much what you know, it is who you know and the YPN has many great members as well as partners to get to know!