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Why sales is a hot new job

Meet one man in the Boston area who is holding down three online sales jobs – and earning more than $250,000 a year. 


Ad salesman Tim Kilroy works remotely on his computer from a Starbucks last month in Arlington, Massachusetts.

Melanie Stetson Freeman/The Christian Science Monitor

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Tim Kilroy, a father of five, changed jobs about a year ago to become a sales representative for three companies, all in some ways linked to technology. The payoff: He raked in between $250,000 and $500,000 last year.

His full-time job is selling advertising for Triggit, an online firm based in San Francisco. And on evenings and weekends, he's a part-time sales rep for two Internet companies that produce social analytic software.

"In sales, if you're good at your job, you can go from making a lot of money most of the time to making an incredible amount all the time," says Mr. Kilroy, who works from home in Arlington, Mass.


Kilroy is part of the rebirth of the salesperson – someone who was supposed to become obsolete in the Internet Age. In theory, people were all going to start doing their buying directly online. No need for legions of salesclerks.


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