Love Wine? You Might Love This Flexible Sales Job in Pacific Northwest

A glass of red wine with wine bottles.
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Most employers frown on drinking at work.

At WineRelay, sampling wine on occasion is actually part of the job.

The small Seattle-based company, which provides sales and marketing services to nearly 20 independent wineries, is looking to hire two wine sales representatives who’ll help sell wine to customers over the phone.

This is a part-time job where you’ll log about 10 to 30 hours per week.

Though you’ll mostly work from home, job candidates must live in Washington state or Oregon. You’ll need to travel quarterly to meet winery clients for tastings. WineRelay’s network of wineries are located in the Pacific Northwest.

As a wine sales rep, you’ll be expected to make about a dozen calls an hour to encourage wine sales. If you’re turned off by cold-calling, don’t worry — this isn’t that. The job description refers to it as “warm calling” instead, because you’ll reach out to the wineries’ previous customers, not trying to bring in brand-new clientele.

WineRelay is looking for candidates with strong social skills, a basic knowledge of sales and a passion for wine. You should be driven when it comes to hitting sales goals, even during a slow season.

This is a commission-based job. WineRelay’s founder, Michael Haas, told us base pay ranges from $11 to $14 an hour. However, wine sales reps will generally make about $15 to $20 hourly with commissions.

Benefits include flexible scheduling and free and discounted wine.

Haas said you’ll have opportunity to grow with the company and move into a full-time position in the future, performing other marketing roles.

If this seems like the final answer in your search for flexible jobs, get your resume and cover letter ready! According to the job listing, the cover letter should be less than half a page explaining a little about yourself and why you’d be a good fit. You must also include a sentence about your favorite wine.

See here for more information about this position and to apply via Indeed. You can also apply by sending a resume and cover letter directly to [email protected].

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Nicole Dow is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder.

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