If you have proven track record in the field of selling and if you enjoy helping others, a career as a sales training consultant may be just perfect for you. Today, as sales consultants are very in-demand particularly in the United States, the salary for this profession range from $75,000 to $100,000 per year. If you’d like to be a sales consultant, here’s what you need to do:
1. Assess your skills, strengths, and weaknesses. As a sales consultant, it is a must that you have in-depth knowledge on various selling processes that are being used by different businesses. You must also be very knowledgeable on all aspects of selling (prospecting, lead conversion, closing a sale, handling objections, promotion of repeat business, etc.). In addition, you need to have exceptional communication skills (both oral and written), persuasion, selling, and people skills. You must be able to project yourself in a professional manner without alienating your clients.
2. Learn from the experts. Don’t take a leap unless you have a solid idea as to how this endeavor really works. You may apply for internship programs that will allow you to watch sales consultants in action. Notice how they do their job and take note all the techniques and elements that they are using when transacting with clients and when they are preparing their paper works. If possible, talk to these people for advice. They were once on your position so I am pretty sure that they’ll be generous in giving you everything you’ll ever need to get started in this field.
3. Work for a company or self-employed? You can apply to sales consulting companies or work as a freelancer. Both have pros and cons. For example; working for a company can guarantee you with paychecks on a regular basis. You may also get medical insurance and other benefits. Working as a freelancer on the other hand, will let you earn more money per project. You can also choose the project you want to work on and you’ll have direct control over your working hours. Weigh all the pros and cons before you make that decision.
4. Improve your skills and increase your knowledge. Don’t ever get content with what you have and with what you know. If you want to dominate this field and if you want to be known as one of the best, you must strive to get better at what you are doing. You can do this by constantly improving your skills and by obtaining more information about the field of selling.