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Car Dealership Sales, Marketing Consultant Hourly ‐ Posted 1 day ago

30+ hrs/week
Hours needed

More than 6 months
Duration

Expert
Experience level

We are online used car dealership. We are looking for Social media Sales & Marketing Consultant to help us establish the best Online M…

Business Development Internet Marketing Facebook Sales
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30+ hrs/week
Hours needed

More than 6 months
Duration

Expert
Experience level

Need an executive assistant to join the team to help with sales and scheduling. Please note: Cold calling is NOT an option. A list of…

Business Development Lead Generation Sales
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30+ hrs/week
Hours needed

More than 6 months
Duration

Expert
Experience level

Are you an experienced Educator/Entrepreneur in the U.S.A. who would like to be the person to launch tutorcafes.com across the States?…

Business Development Tutoring Educational Leadership B2B Marketing Education
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30+ hrs/week
Hours needed

1 to 3 months
Duration

Intermediate
Experience level

We are seeking an experienced executive coach who can guide and support our team in their personal growth and leadership development. A…

Business Development Lead Generation Executive Coaching Communications Career Coaching Business Coaching
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Experienced Media Sales Professional Hourly ‐ Posted 1 day ago

30+ hrs/week
Hours needed

More than 6 months
Duration

Expert
Experience level

We are in need of a Media Sales professional with at least 7 years experience selling out of home media, including identifying, conduct…

Business Development Sales
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TikTok Account Management and Content Posting Fixed-price ‐ Posted 1 day ago

$500
Fixed-price

Intermediate
Experience level

We are looking for a skilled freelancer to assist with managing 100 TikTok accounts and automatically posting content on them daily. Th…

Business Development Internet Marketing Social Media Content Creation Social Media Management
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TikTok Account Management Fixed-price ‐ Posted 1 day ago

$500
Fixed-price

Expert
Experience level

We are looking for a talented freelancer to manage 100 TikTok accounts and post content on them daily. The main objective is to gain ex…

Business Development Data Entry Instagram Social Media Management
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Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

More than 6 months
Duration

Intermediate
Experience level

Hi, I'm looking for a motivated Sales Lead for Workout Structure (https://www.workoutstructure.com/) to help with cold outreach, prosp…

Business Development Affiliate Marketing Outbound Sales Lead Generation Sales
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Experienced Client Development Freelancer Hourly ‐ Posted 1 day ago

30+ hrs/week
Hours needed

3 to 6 months
Duration

Entry
Experience level

**Job Description:** We are seeking an experienced and proactive Client Development Freelancer to join our team. The ideal candidate w…

Business Development Sales Communications Data Entry Lead Generation Sales & Marketing Manufacturing & Construction B2B Marketing
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Company lists for Manufacturing & Construction Fixed-price ‐ Posted 1 day ago

$100
Fixed-price

Intermediate
Experience level

We are looking for some help in building a prospecting list for Manufacturing and Construction companies within a 40 mile radius of 503…

Business Development Sourcing Data Scraping Prospect List Lead Generation Manufacturing & Construction Market Research
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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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