My background is in the car sales industry and I am director of a sales orientated business.
If you do have a wealth of knowledge and experience in sales then it shouldn't be very hard for you to go work wherever you want to go work. The first thing you need to know is where you want to work and what role you want. This is what YOU want. When you know what you are good at and what you want then really, those jobs can find you.
I do high end sales conversations and people seem to find me. I don't advertise, I don't have a website specifically for that and I get people all the time reaching out to me asking me to work with them. What that comes down to is positioning yourself in the right place at the right time.
I do this by being active in groups in social media. I put posts out and people can see that I have experience and then they just ask me if I can work for them. Same thing goes for you. Position yourself in front of the people that you want to work for and they ultimately will find you. But it will be hard if you don't get specific on what you want.
This is what's called "selling yourself". In this day in age one can't be "salesy" but you do have to demonstrate that you know what you are talking about. Social media is a great place for doing that.
The other thing you should also be comfortable is just asking. If you connect with your ideal people on Facebook and LinkedIn then you can simply send them a message and ask. Ask them if they have a place for an experienced person, if so, then invite them to a conversation.
I have a domain name that I refer people to so they book appointments with me. I'd reach out to someone and say something like, "I'd love to learn more about you and see if there's a fit with anything. You can jump into my calendar at www.MeetWithPreston.com."
Hope this helps.
Agree with Preston.
If you have a "wealth" of knowledge and specific industry expertise, start there.
If you are good at selling, that starts with selling yourself. Why would a customer buy consulting from you for their business if you struggle selling your firm's services?
FOCUS is key.
I focus on Startup Software companies and only work with them. Knowing who to say "No" to is as important as who to say "Yes" to.
Pick your Top 50 Potential Customers and prospect, prospect, prospect. Prove your worth to them, and the deals close themselves.
I'm curious. What is the real question here? Are you considering the life of an entrepreneur or a you thinking of self employment? There's a big difference.
If you are thinking of building a business, your question would be 'what opportunities exist in the ........ industry or market that I could meet by harnessing my skills, experiences, networks or resources?'
If you are thinking of self employment though, you have asked the right question already.
I would challenge your question and ask if you are ready for the life that your question will lead to? It's not going to be easy and you will regret the decision many times over, but if you persist, you may find that you have made a pretty decent life.
I hate to sound pessimistic but this is the reality of self employment. You work long hours and get paid little for the effort. And this might be the case for a really long time.
If you would like to approach things differently and consider a different way to seeking out opportunities that may be great for your skills, let's have a conversation. I would love to be the one to help set you on that path.
Connect with people at companies that you admire and find interesting and ask them if they could help answer some questions around their industry! Use your sales experience and sell it!