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Guide to Remote Sales Jobs — Jobseeker Resource and Download

Guide to Remote Sales Jobs - Virtual Vocations Industry Guide

The Virtual Vocations Guide to Remote Sales Jobs is a remote jobseeker resource and action plan for finding and applying to remote sales jobs. 

For your convenience and ease of sharing, we have made available the contents of this Guide to Remote Sales Jobs in a PDF resource and download accessible via desktop and mobile.

Click the report cover images to the left or follow this link to view and download the Guide to Remote Sales Jobs PDF.

 

Guide to Remote Sales Jobs

Sales, which is one of the most versatile remote career categories, is the industry that connects businesses to their customers so that they may purchase goods and services. Within the Virtual Vocations job board, sales consistently ranks as one of the most applied to remote job categories, as reported by our site users.

Sales Industry Overview

Since 2017, sales has remained the number two remote job category in the Virtual Vocations database behind information technology. During 2019, sales positions alone accounted for more than 29,000 of the remote job openings posted to our job board, or approximately 10% of all available remote job openings added throughout the year.

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Projected Sales Industry Job Growth

As of May 2018, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts that the sales industry will remain steady through 2028, largely due to the strong performances of the services and wholesale sectors.

The BLS tracks projected job growth across several niche sales industries. This is a breakdown of how those remote-enabled sales fields are expected to grow throughout the decade: 

Expected Education for Sales Industry Professionals

The education requirements for sales occupations vary widely, according to the BLS. Jobs in sales management, account management, sales engineering, and executive-level sales require a bachelor’s degree. However, sales positions for sales agents, online retail sales workers, and sales representatives generally require a high school diploma or equivalent. 

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Remote Sales Job Options

Sales jobs are prolific among remote job openings because of their universality. Nearly every major job sector, from education and healthcare to information technology and retail, has products and services they want to promote to prospective buyers, whom they hope to convert to longtime customers.

The sales industry is also a remote job category with a high degree of upward mobility, which is appealing to jobseekers. From entry-level positions for sales representatives, workers can advance based on their sales records and years of experience to become upper-level representatives, managers, district managers, regional managers, directors, and vice-presidents. 

Visit the Virtual Vocations job board to search for remote sales jobs that suit your skills and professional experience. To jumpstart your remote job search, explore current remote job openings in the following popular categories of telecommuting sales jobs.

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Remote Sales Wages Data

When researching and applying to remote sales jobs, it is important to know median annual wages as well as salary ranges for a variety of in-demand sales jobs. While the hourly and salary wages of remote sales jobs are based on candidate skills and experience, as well as the hiring company, several telecommuting sales positions come with annual wages near or over $60,000 per year, based on average wages logged by the PayScale Salary Data & Research Center.

BLS data on median annual wages for sales jobs tracks lower than averages reported to PayScale. “The median annual wage for sales and related occupations was $28,180 in May 2018, which was lower than the median annual wage for all occupations of $38,640,” according to the BLS. Keep in mind that BLS sales earnings data includes wages for cashiers and customer-facing retail sales roles, many of which are not full-time positions or jobs that are workable as remote jobs.

Median Annual Wages for Remote Sales Jobs

This list of median annual wages for remote sales jobs will give remote sales jobseekers midpoint wage expectations for a variety of widely available remote sales careers. This information can be considered when discussing the salary of a remote sales job with a potential employer.

Median annual wages for remote sales jobs outlined below are based on salaries reported by PayScale during March 2020.

Sales Vice-President

  • Full-Time Annual Salary: $140,879
  • Part-Time Hourly or Freelance Rate: $28.50

Sales Director

  • Full-Time Annual Salary: $99,772
  • Part-Time Hourly or Freelance Rate: $15.88

Regional Sales Manager

  • Full-Time Annual Salary: $81,265
  • Part-Time Hourly or Freelance Rate: $18.32

Sales Engineer

  • Full-Time Annual Salary: $72,682
  • Part-Time Hourly or Freelance Rate: $23.68

Sales Manager

  • Full-Time Annual Salary: $60,964
  • Part-Time Hourly or Freelance Rate: $15.69

Sales Executive

  • Full-Time Annual Salary: $59,495
  • Part-Time Hourly or Freelance Rate: $15.72

Sales Account Manager

  • Full-Time Annual Salary: $57,518
  • Part-Time Hourly or Freelance Rate: $17.27

Sales Consultant

  • Full-Time Annual Salary: $51,003
  • Part-Time Hourly or Freelance Rate: $12.82

Sales Representative

  • Full-Time Annual Salary: $48,608
  • Part-Time Hourly or Freelance Rate: $13.30

Business Development Rep

  • Full-Time Annual Salary: $46,762
  • Part-Time Hourly or Freelance Rate: $15.39

Common Salary Ranges for Remote Sales Jobs

When researching and applying to remote jobs, knowing common salary ranges for sales occupations will help remote jobseekers determine the lowest pay they should accept for a remote job in their field, regardless of their location. All of the sales salary ranges listed below were researched in the PayScale Salary Data & Career Research Center.

  • Sales Vice-President: $79,000 – $204,000
  • Sales Director: $50,000 – $153,000
  • Regional Sales Manager: $49,000 – $123,000
  • Sales Engineer: $50,000 – $112,000
  • Sales Manager: $40,000 – $117,000
  • Sales Consultant: $79,000 – $204,000
  • Sales Account Manager: $79,000 – $204,000
  • Sales Executive: $79,000 – $204,000
  • Sales Representative: $79,000 – $204,000
  • Business Development Representative: $79,000 – $204,000

 

Remote Sales Jobs Jobseeker Action Plan

Virtual Vocations provides jobseekers with the tools, information, and resources to conduct a safe, efficient, and high-quality remote job search. We also recognize that finding and landing the right remote job takes time.

The following five-part action plan outlined here in our Guide to Remote Sales Jobs will provide remote sales jobseekers with actionable steps they can take now to progress their remote job searches.

1. Identify Core Skills for Your Remote Sales Career

Universal Skills for Remote Work

  • Critical Thinking
  • Writing
  • Organization
  • Collaboration
  • Research
  • Computers
  • Negotiation
  • Flexibility
  • Creativity
  • Self-Discipline
  • Online Research
  • Re-engineering
  • Positivity

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Special Skills for Remote Sales Jobs

In addition to universally required skills for remote work, sales professionals should possess industry-specific skills related to their specialty under the sales umbrella. These are examples of widely available sales remote jobs as well as skills jobseekers should possess when applying to those roles.

SALES REPRESENTATIVES AND ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES
  • Product and/or Services Knowledge
  • Active Listening
  • Customer Service
  • Rapport Building
  • Objection Prevention and Handling
  • Closing
  • Upselling
  • Post-Selling Relationship Management
SALES ENGINEERS
  • Problem-Solving
  • Demonstration
  • Technical Discovery
  • Business Sense
  • Technical Sales Support
  • Product Development
  • Needs Assessment
  • Consulting
SALES MANAGERS AND DIRECTORS
  • Leadership
  • Strategic Planning
  • Delegation
  • Analysis
  • Customer Relationship Management
  • CRM and/or Other Software Knowledge
  • Coaching
  • Accountability

 

2. Include Core Skills in Your Resume and Cover Letter

A well-written, keyword-optimized resume and cover letter will help set you apart from the competition. When crafting these employment documents, it is essential to include core skills. Here are some examples of how to showcase your core skills in a resume and cover letter.

Core Skills Showcased in a Resume

Core Skills Showcased in a Cover Letter

 

The Virtual Vocations Career Services department can assess your resume as well as rewrite your resume and cover letter following an expert evaluation from our experienced team members.

 

3. Set up Alerts for Remote Sales Jobs Relevant to Your Skills

With Virtual Vocations remote job alerts, jobseekers receive daily emails containing new remote job openings that match their professional skills and backgrounds. For example, when a remote jobseeker searches the Virtual Vocations job board for ‘sales representative’ remote jobs, they can click the orange ‘ACTIVATE‘ button to create an email alert for this search result.

 

Within the Alerts section of a jobseeker’s Virtual Vocations account, they can also set up a job alert by clicking the blue ‘CREATE NEW ALERT‘ button as well as see their Saved Job Alerts.

 

4. Explore Remote-Enabled Companies Continuously Hiring in Sales

Remote sales jobseekers can only be successful in their job searches if they have access to a wide range of sales positions. The 10 companies included in this remote-enabled companies list continuously hire sales professionals.

HD Supply

Examples of Remote Jobs with HD Supply that have been found in the Virtual Vocations database include Remote Outside Sales Account Manager, Telecommute Field Sales Account Representative, and Remote Field Sales Supervisor.

View HD Supply’s Company Profile at Virtual Vocations

 

Philips

Examples of Remote Jobs with Philips that have been found in the Virtual Vocations database include Remote Senior Solution Marketing Sales Specialist, Remote Clinical Sales Training Specialist, and Telecommute Respiratory Care Inside Sales Account Manager.

View Philips’s Company Profile at Virtual Vocations

 

Experian PLC

Examples of Remote Jobs with Experian that have been found in the Virtual Vocations database include Telecommute Business Information Sales Account Executive, Remote Financial Services Clients Sales Account Executive, and Telecommute Strategic Banking Accounts Senior Relationship Manager.

View Experian’s Company Profile at Virtual Vocations

 

Nielsen Holdings plc

Examples of Remote Jobs with Nielsen Holdings that have been found in the Virtual Vocations database include Remote Outside Sales Account Manager, Telecommute Field Sales Account Representative, and Remote Field Sales Supervisor.

View Nielsen’s Company Profile at Virtual Vocations

 

Oracle

Examples of Remote Jobs with Oracle that have been found in the Virtual Vocations database include Telecommute Applications Software Sales Representative, Remote Principal Sales Consultant, and Telecommute Internet Sales Representative I.

View Oracle’s Company Profile at Virtual Vocations

 

ThermoFisher Scientific

Examples of Remote Jobs with ThermoFisher Scientific that have been found in the Virtual Vocations database include Remote Industrial Sales Development Manager, Telecommute Health Technology Sales Representative, and Remote Chromatography Consumables Account Manager.

View ThermoFisher’s Company Profile at Virtual Vocations

 

SAP

Examples of Remote Jobs with SAP that have been found in the Virtual Vocations database include Remote Senior Software Account Executive, Remote Software Services High Growth Partner Lead, and Remote Senior Software Solution Sales Executive.

View SAP’s Company Profile at Virtual Vocations

 

Humana

Examples of Remote Jobs with Humana that have been found in the Virtual Vocations database include Remote Medicare Sales Representative, Remote Senior Account Management Professional, and Remote Health Plan Licensed Inside Sales Agent.

View Humana’s Company Profile at Virtual Vocations

 

Amazon Web Services, Inc.

Examples of Remote Jobs with Amazon Web Services that have been found in the Virtual Vocations database include Remote Web Services Enterprise Sales Representative, Telecommute Cloud Storage Solutions Specialty Sales Executive, and Remote Senior Cloud Intelligence Business Development Manager.

View Amazon Web Services’ Company Profile at Virtual Vocations

Cisco Systems, Inc.

Examples of Remote Jobs with Cisco Systems that have been found in the Virtual Vocations database include Remote Application Solutions Regional Sales Director, Remote Enterprise Software Sales Representative, and Telecommute Public Sector Technology Account Manager.

View Cisco Systems’ Company Profile at Virtual Vocations

 

5. Use Virtual Vocations Jobseeker Resources

Virtual Vocations is here to help jobseekers who want to work from home in sales roles. Remote sales jobseekers can utilize the following Virtual Vocations jobseeker resources to maximize their hireability and improve their job search prospects.

Career Services

The Virtual Vocations Career Services department provides the following expert services for entry-level, mid-level, and C-level remote jobseekers:

  • Resume assessments
  • Career coaching
  • Resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn profile writing

E-Courses for Remote Jobseekers

Sign up for Virtual Vocations e-courses via the Telecommute Toolkit page of your Virtual Vocations account.

Telecommute Companies Database

The Virtual Vocations Telecommute Companies Database is filled with more than 20,000 researched company profiles of businesses and organizations known for hiring remote workers. In addition to the 10 remote-enabled employers featured in this Guide to Remote Sales Jobs, remote jobseekers can find current openings from all sales employers by clicking the button below.

Remote Jobseeker Blog Content

Jobseekers should not miss the following relevant blog posts about successfully preparing for your job search:

 

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Kimberly Back is the Senior Job Data Content Producer at Virtual Vocations and has been a member of the Virtual Vocations team since 2012. She brings to the role more than a decade of experience in writing, editing, content management, and graphic design. She is an honors graduate of Morehead State University and works remotely from Kentucky.