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About Us: Triptych Growth is a dynamic marketing agency specializing in generating high-quality leads for contractors. We are passionat…

Business Development Outbound Sales Sales B2B Marketing Cold Calling
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Sales Hourly ‐ Posted 1 day ago

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Sales for a social media marketing company .. we need a sales man with a data help us to have a new clients .. work is per commission

Business Development Customer Support Presentations B2B Marketing Price & Quote Negotiation Sales Lead Generation
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Are you a skilled and ambitious real estate professional seeking an opportunity to earn a lucrative income? Look no further! Sincere Ho…

Business Development Email Communication Phone Communication Communications Real Estate Sales Price & Quote Negotiation
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Sales Outreach for Chinese Brands Fixed-price ‐ Posted 1 day ago

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We have a list of 85 contacts, all for Amazon sellers based out of China. We have phone numbers for each one of those contacts. Your re…

Business Development Amazon Sales Business Development Jobs Lead Generation
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Lead Generation Specialist (Cold Caller) Hourly ‐ Posted 1 day ago

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More than 6 months
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We are a professional, agile and innovative marketing agency in the financial services niche, and our goal is to acquire new clients to…

Business Development Outbound Sales Lead Generation Cold Calling Finance & Accounting B2B Marketing
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More than 6 months
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We are seeking a highly motivated and experienced sales specialist to join our dynamic web development/design agency. Our ideal candida…

Business Development Outbound Sales Lead Generation Sales
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Sales Representative for Home Cleaning Business Fixed-price ‐ Posted 1 day ago

US$1,500
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Intermediate
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Job Description: Are you an experienced sales professional with a knack for closing deals over the phone? Do you have a background in t…

Business Development Relationship Management Scheduling Sales
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1 to 3 months
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Intermediate
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We are seeking a talented individual to join our team and assist with business development and expanding our audience. As a brand ambas…

Business Development Sales Business Development Jobs Market Research Lead Generation
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WhatsApp Sales Expert Hourly ‐ Posted 1 day ago

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Less than 1 month
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We are seeking a highly skilled individual with expertise in closing sales through WhatsApp and phone calls. As a WhatsApp Sales Expert…

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Hours needed

1 to 3 months
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Intermediate
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We are seeking a reliable and professional Virtual Assistant to manage client calls and communications. The ideal candidate should be b…

Business Development CRM Software Payment Processing Invoicing Contract Drafting Contract Management Communication Skills Google Ads Relationship Management Lead Generation High-Ticket Closing Sales Sales & Marketing B2C Marketing
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How to Become a Business Developer

The best businesses are always searching for ways to expand, whether that’s offering a new line of products, boosting customer service, considering a franchise model, forming strategic partnerships, or building a bigger online presence. Whatever the case, businesses need to have the right people on their team, good planning, and a comprehensive business strategy. Having the absolute best business developers is a surefire way to achieve quick business growth. Learn what a business developer does and the skills you need to become a professional business developer.

What does a business developer do?

A business developer or business development manager (BDM) is a person who identifies opportunities in target markets for the company’s products and services that allow the company to fulfill its mission. Business developers build and maintain a strong business growth plan with targeted goals, objectives, strategies, quantifiable outcomes, and timelines to hit yearly budget targets.

As a business developer, you’ll be responsible for providing clear monthly performance reports and collaborating with a range of people outside the development team (like the sales team) to collect business intelligence. Senior business developers are also responsible for capturing and reporting both industry and competitor intelligence back to the head of business development to support strategic decision-making and sustainable business growth.

What skills do I need to become a business developer?

A business developer's skills may vary from project to project. Below are some of the key skills that business developers should possess to excel in this career path:

  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills to build lasting relationships with diverse audiences
  • Ability to form lasting business relationships and deliver results across multiple market demographics
  • In-depth understanding of the sales strategies and the steps necessary to close a sale
  • Excellent customer service, relationship management skills, and understanding of the customer experience
  • Analytical and detail-oriented with demonstrated organizational and project management capabilities
  • Demonstrable financial knowledge, with an understanding of budgeting processes and financial reporting
  • Sales management, cold calling, strategic planning, and negotiation skills
  • Expertise in targeted influencer identification and outreach is a strong asset
  • A proven track record of success in a business development role and leadership skills
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to work under pressure and deliver on time
  • Technical skills, including Microsoft Office, SharePoint, and CRM tools

What are the core business developer job responsibilities?

The day-to-day job responsibilities of a business developer include:

  • Generate new business growth through network development, new client acquisition, and retention
  • Review sector focus to ensure productive regional marketing and new business efforts
  • Conduct meetings with clients, professional intermediaries, and relationship managers
  • Support strategic decision-making through industry, customer, and competitor intelligence gathering and analysis
  • Assists in the development and implementation of the company’s new business development plan
  • Review potential business leads by analyzing market strategies, deal requirements, potential, and financials
  • Develop and support new and current partnership engagements, including identifying and building relationships with prospective collaborative partners
  • Maintain the income pipeline for all new opportunities using the CRM system
  • Collaborate with the finance team to analyze and report to the executive team on profit levels and potential return on investment of bid proposals
  • Liaise with product development teams and senior management to ensure business processes and operations provide an end-to-end customer experience that is appropriate and within customer requirements
  • Provide feedback on potential new product development and operational needs back to the appropriate departments to ensure customer needs are met
  • Maintain a cycle of business development activities, including the identification and cultivation of potential clients in new markets, market research, preparing marketing strategies and plans, marketing visits, and presentations

Should I get a business developer degree or certification?

Earning a degree or a professional certification may help you stand out:

  • Bachelor's or master’s degree in business administration, international management, strategy, and digital business, innovation, entrepreneurship, or in a related field
  • Training and certification programs like Certified Business Development Manager (CBDM), Certified Business Development Expert (CBDE), and Professional Certificate in Business Development

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