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I literally feel this, that Sales/Business Development roles are underrated, what's your take folks ?

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BillyHoyle
Tycoon
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Senior Account Executive
I think SDR/BDR roles are great ways to start your career arch and to see if you have the temperament for sales.Β 

If you can handle a year or two in that role you'll have a great career in sales, because it certainly does not get any more monotonous than the SDR/ BDR grind.
Sgt_Trollingham
Valued Contributor
+5
Business Development Director
Doesn't need to be just a career starter... I know some true cold calling aficionados who love that grind. But sure, definitely it is typically a career start type role!
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Theloanemperor
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+3
Loan Officer
@Sgt_TrollinghamΒ Super SUPER agree with you.
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BorntoSell
Contributor
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Global Business Development Manager
Agreed, my point is why some people consider it as underrated ?

I don't think I can do anything apart from selling #borntosellΒ 
funcoupons
WR Officer
+11
up in Fiji, under paddy
A lot of people don't consider sales as a career because of the negative stereotypes associated with sales. When you say "sales" to most people, their mind goes to the annoying telemarketer, greasy used car salesman, or the poor souls who have to sell knives door to door.

It's also not discussed as a career option for teenagers. It's either go to college, or go into a trade.Β 
Sgt_Trollingham
Valued Contributor
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Business Development Director
This is so true! Whenever I say I work in sales, people give me such a shitty look because they assume I sell snake oil! That being said, nothing like the paycheck and respect from people who know the grind. In my experience, the only job that pays near senior management level is a sales role (when you're good).

StringerBell
Politicker
+7
Account Executive
It’s why I specify that I sell b2b software so I don’t give them the chance to assume that.
MMMGood
Celebrated Contributor
+10
Senior Account Executive
The people who don't appreciate SDRs are usually the ones who have never been an SDR. Almost every sales professional out there, including everyone in this War Room, has been there at some point, understands the grind, and appreciates the hell out of the role. Just my take.Β 
BorntoSell
Contributor
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Global Business Development Manager
Absolutely correct, they don't know what they're missing and we keep the economy flowing. Grinding makes you better day in day out :)
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Theloanemperor
Opinionated
+3
Loan Officer
@MMMGoodΒ TRUE FKN THAT SIRRR!!
SiliconBBQ
Politicker
+3
The Metal Rooster
I feel like we're entering a sales bubble. Lower barrier to entry to big money than many professions.Β 

All sorts of young bucks coming out of the woodwork to crush deals bc they were social or funding chair in their frat. all sorts of new tech that needs people to sling it.Β 

not gonna call it a golden age. if you're good you can always stand out somewhere. but even in tech there's plenty of sneaky, somewhat sleazy people scheming and scamming. used car sales guy meme is old...we're in the new era. tech douche.

but what do i know. i'm old and cranky.Β 
DonDraper
Politicker
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National Sales Manager
15 years ago I think that was the case, but now more than ever seeing people with legal, accounting background work their way into sales.
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Theloanemperor
Opinionated
+3
Loan Officer
most people are realizing that their skill sets aren't being fully utilized behind a desk with no voice and want a hybrid role of client facing and product knowledge. That's why i love the mortgage business.
LordBusiness
Politicker
+8
Chief Revenue Officer
The funny thing is, most non sellers at companies feel like their roles are out shined by the sales organization (and 99% of the time they are, at least from a compensation standpoint).Β  Β I think most humans under-estimate how HARD selling actually is, because life/TV only show the fast talking "natural" sellers - not all of the process and discipline it takes to do the job.Β 
Coffeesforclosers
Notable Contributor
+11
Director Sales and Market Development
SDR work is endless and thankless. My advice- have some kids so you get the same feeling at home, and maybe even more appreciated at work cause home is so deflating. You're welcome!Β 
BillyHoyle
Tycoon
+11
Senior Account Executive
Who needs thanks?! That's what the money is for!
Coffeesforclosers
Notable Contributor
+11
Director Sales and Market Development
Yeah and there is so much money in it too, i forgot!Β 
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BorntoSell
Contributor
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Global Business Development Manager
Selling can be from anywhere - anytime. The hustle must continue always!
ChocolateBrown
The Mob Leader
It is... Because it's entry level.Β  I think it's insane that you depend on someone who just started at your company to make the first impression for your business.Β Β 
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Theloanemperor
Opinionated
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Loan Officer
SUPER underrated. I had my first sdr role at 19 and the AE had me manual dial 200 businesses a day and taught me the psychology of sales. To pave a path with your words and direct the conversation and gather information. Best experience i ever had.
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