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If you could make as much money in a non-sales role, would you take it?

Just curious,


If you could make as much money as a sales role, but not doing sales, would you do it?


If yes, why?

If no, why not?


Alternatively, what roles could you see yourself doing that isn't sales. Serious answers, please.

If you could make as much money as a sales role, but not doing sales, would you do it?
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Mikey
Opinionated
+2
Senior Regional Director
I love the thrill of sale! I also love the relationship aspect. With that said, if I could get paid the same for a role with more flexibility, i would totally take it!

I've always wanted a role in customer success, but they just don't pay well.
LordBusiness
Politicker
+7
Chief Revenue Officer
No, I like being able to instantly provide my worth, without any impact from my leader/boss/manager on my "performance".ย ย 
Accidental_Sales_Guy
Politicker
+3
Account Executive
I LOVE the what I sell, and geek out about being at the tip of the spear of innovation for my industry. However, success in my role comes from strong prospecting muscles and mapping pain to value, not from deeper product knowledge.

I've thought about going a product or sales engineer route so I can spend more of my days learning about cool technology- instead of polishing talk tracks to win commitments.ย 

Unfortunately, the pay just can't compete with the high end of sales when you factor in accelerators.
NorthernSalesGuru
Politicker
+5
Account Executive
Iโ€™m one of those guys who oddly loves sales...
Salespreuner
Big Shot
+11
Regional Sales Director
+1 ; with you!ย 
BillyHoyle
Tycoon
+10
Senior Account Executive
I would love to make my OTE fishing.
deviantzen
WR Lieutenant
+9
Consultant
I have a feeling the poll results won't match tone of the comments
funcoupons
WR Officer
+11
Kahluapons
Yep. The only reason I'm in sales is because it pays well. I don't hate the responsibilities, but they're not my passion either and this job comes with a lot of headaches.

If I could make the same amount in another role, I'd probably work as an internal recruiter, in human resources as a generalist, executive support, or perhaps as an account manager.
softwarebro
Politicker
+4
Director of Sales
no way. Sales is king in most organizations (I would argue that you aren't in a good org if it's not). I'd rather go deepsea fishing in the keys with prospects than be in a cubicle cooking the books as an accountant.ย 
SgtSDR
WR Officer
+7
Business Development Representative
I ran my first startup at 24, and love it to bits. It really took me to hell and back but I loved every moment of it honestly. I got back into sales because I said I wanted to become a non-technical co-founder one day. So I work in sales to gain as much experience as I can before I get back onto the horse with another startup
HarryCaray
Notable Contributor
+14
Regional VP
No, I like eating what I kill
Ba
Bandido
Politicker
+3
Client Director
Absolutely!ย  I love sales, but the parts I truly enjoy only make up maybe 10% of day to day responsibilities.ย ย 

Show me someone who claims they truly like prospecting/cold out reach and Ill show you a liar.ย  Even if you have an SDR, eventually you will have to try to find your own meetings during slow times.
LordOfWar
Politicker
+6
Director
Yes, but I would still be sales-focused, just selling the company rather than products. I love creating partnerships and finding new ways to tackle market opportunities, but that does not yield the returns that a nice shiney purchase order does.
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