There are many reasons why being a sales development representative is appealing, especially in 2021 and beyond.
For starters, there are a plethora of SDR opportunities
that are done remotely. Remote work SDR roles are perfect for sales representatives who want to take care of their family or work from home.
Sales development is high-impact and low-pressure. Sales development doesn't make you meet with people face-to-face as much as other sales roles do. So if sales meetings make you nervous or anxious, then being an SDR as opposed to having another role in sales is a better fit.
Sales development is a stepping stone. Sales reps who want to move into other sales roles can use an SDR role as a launching pad for their next career in sales. Careers in sales can pay very well, SDRs themselves can earn an average salary of almost $50,000 per year
. Positions above SDRs - such as sales managers, sales executives, account managers, and vice presidents of sales - earn even more.
Working as an SDR means you're constantly learning and sharpening your skills. Sales development representatives engage in the art of persuasion through writing and speaking. These are life skills that are helpful outside the workplace.