When the average person thinks of a “sales guy,” what comes to mind? Probably a smooth-talking individual with a sports coat, slicked-back hair, and a suspicious grin. Or maybe they picture a boiler-room environment lined with cubicles. They probably imagine phones ringing off the hook, held by someone who needs to meet their monthly commission target in order to eat anything other than Ramen noodles next month.
Now picture a calm, focused individual who’s working from the comfort of their own home. They enjoy a standing desk and relax in a comfy chair. They wake up at 7:30 am (with no need for an alarm clock). After an energizing workout, they finish off their morning routine with a fresh-squeezed glass of juice. They set their own schedule and have no one checking in to make sure they’re in front of the screen. They’ve got a steady base salary coming in that covers their bills. Plus plenty of extra for savings and investments. They also receive monthly commissions that offer the freedom to take exotic vacations. Last, they get to spend their days helping businesses solve challenges that are causing the employees pain.
Who is this person? Sounds too good to be real. Nope, believe it. They’re a typical salesperson at one of the thousands of tech companies across the country. And they’re enjoying all of those benefits, plus more. Here are some of the top reasons you should consider a career in sales, ideally tech sales.
Sales is one of the few careers where you have a direct impact on your income based on your performance. Sure, you can get raises in other industries. But those come once a year, at what, a 5% increase? Sales reps can increase their income by two-to-three-times as much by stepping their game up and selling more. The majority of tech sales jobs pay you a comfortable, livable salary with commissions on top. You need to be performing well to keep your job of course. However, the pressure of having a bad month and being unable to afford your bills is not there.
Sure, there are other jobs that pay similar incomes; lawyers, doctors, investment bankers. However, these jobs all require something extra. Something many people value even more than money. They require a massive amount of your time and physical presence. All the money in the world doesn’t matter if you can’t spend your time how you want (and where you want). This next point illustrates why sales is a top career choice in our opinion.
Like the example I gave in the beginning, sales (again, specifically tech sales) gives you the unparalleled ability to control your own time and your own schedule. The majority of meetings in tech sales take place over a video conference. You’re not bound to a specific location or office. Remote work has become even more common over the past couple of years after everyone was forced to work from home, and thrived!
The second aspect is time. Many sales managers (the good ones at least) give you the freedom to accomplish your work however you like. If you’re hitting your quota, of course. There aren’t many daily or weekly projects you have to routinely submit. You just need to be sure you’ve reached your goal when the time comes. That may not be easy, but you’re free to accomplish that however you wish. Moving on, we also understand that many people switch careers and may not want to stay in sales forever. With a little bit of time in this field, you will acquire skills that pay dividends down the line.
This might seem obvious, but a sales job really does improve your interpersonal skills. You’re interacting with other people on a regular basis and persuading them to take action. There are a ton of nuances to human behavior that relate to your everyday life, and that’s the best part!
These skills can convince your friends to follow your plans. Or turn a potential argument with a spouse into a productive, positive conversation. If you ever want to run your own business one day, this is the most important skill of them all. The lifeblood of every company is sales. This isn’t about smooth-talking people into buying things they don’t want. It’s about listening to someone else’s point of view and building trust. Then advising them on how you can help based on how you’ve helped others.
So there you have it. Just a few of the reasons why you should consider a career in sales. You’re going to have control of your income. You’ll have the freedom to work how you want. And you’ll learn skills that will benefit you for the rest of your life. Sharpening up your resume yet? Lucky for you, sales is one of the hottest jobs on the market right now. It’s certainly a candidate’s market. So what are you waiting for! Get out there and make some calls 🙂
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