Founder meet sales is the only freelance marketplace for sales professionals. Projects vary anywhere from cold calling, all the way up to defining an executable sales strategy. How it works: 1. Define what your company needs from a sales professional. Include your industry, website, and a brief description. 2. Post your listing and wait for sales professionals to respond. Alternatively, you can seek out a sales professional that you wish to work with and message them directly. 3. Meet with your freelancer and discuss the details of the engagement as well as compensation. They will provide guidance around the best next steps forward. Once the terms are agreed upon, you can begin the engagement. 4. At the end of the engagement, give a rating to your sales professional. If anyone has any questions please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Love this concept here. As many founders would attest, selling is a necessary skill that very few of us have. That means we have to bring someone on to the team. The problem is, hiring for a salesperson (s) is incredibly difficult! We as founders need to ensure we’ve prepared the salesperson as best as possible and removed boundaries so that person can succeed. Even with the best preparation, sales can take time.
Foundersmeetsales wants to make this whole process easier. Allowing you as the founder to meet several sales professionals, prep them, and if there is a good fit, you both move forward.
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The process was relatively easy but I think there are a few things that FMS can do to help founders make the best decisions. I’d like to learn more about how sales pros are sourced and how to best hire a sales pro. Providing resources to founders about how to avoid costly mistakes could go a long way. Perhaps a “questions to ask before hiring sales pro” article and/or “common assets sales pros request”; Stuff like that would help make everyone’s life a lot easier. I think it would also be really helpful to have some sort of Kanban board that acts as a tool for this hiring process. For example, I reached out to several professionals. It would be great if I had a way to keep track of where they were in my process.
Probably the most important issue that needs to be addressed is answering how FMS protects its customers. We all know that hiring salespeople is just as hard as selling, so what is FMS doing to ensure the sales pros are true professionals and protect me as the customer? FMS needs to be the leader in hiring and vetting salespeople, if not why would I even use the service? If FMS can nail this, then they have a real shot at success. Until then, it's basically just Fiverr or Upwork.
Overall, I really like the concept of FMS and I think it’s a great tool for early-stage projects to get initial feedback and potential customers without needing a full-time engagement (most of the pros are doing this on the side). So for low-ish cost, you can test out different theories until you’ve found something that works. However, in order for FMS to take it to the next level, they need to address how to protect the founders.
FounderMeetSales gets a score of 65%