working on commission
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sales – the field and profession of persuading people to buy something * Melissa makes 10-20 sales calls per week, but usually only one or two people want to hear about the products she’s selling.
to make a bundle – to earn a lot of money for one’s work * High-powered attorneys can make a bundle, but they have to work long hours.
to work strictly on – to receiving compensation for one’s work in only one way * Our tour guides have to agree to work strictly on wages. They aren’t allowed to accept tips or gifts from customers.
commission – money received for one’s work as a percentage of the sales one makes, or as a certain amount of money one receives for each sale * Yehsev receives a 5% commission for each sale he makes.
to coast – to relax and become lazy, not working very hard * Ingrid got a perfect score on the first major test, so now she plans to coast through the rest of the course.
second nature – something that one has learned how to do and now understands well and/or does very well without trying very hard * After living in Brazil for more than 20 years, speaking Portuguese has become second nature to Rebecca.
to barely have to – to almost not need to do something; to not have a very strong need to do something * Amber barely has to put on any makeup because she’s very beautiful.
to lift a finger – to work; to perform a job or task; to do something * Grant has been living with us for six weeks, but he still hasn’t lifted a finger to help us clean the house.
profits – money that one makes from one’s work or business; the difference between revenues (the money one receives) and expenses * They’re trying to increase profits by firing unnecessary employees.
to come rolling in – for something to come or be received in large amounts * The business really struggled for the first few years, but now new customers are rolling in.