I heard something very interesting the other day. I was talking with an older buddy about work and future career opportunities. He then told me, “it comes down to two types of jobs when it comes to making money: you’re either in sales or in numbers.”

I thought about this for a while. I figured it couldn’t be true. There has to be more than just numbers or sales out there to make money. Every example that I thought of was quickly shut down by my buddy. Below are a few quick examples:

Professional athlete? You’re putting people in those seats at the games. That’s sales. Fans come to see your talent and to watch you perform what you do best.

Accountant? You’re dealing with numbers all day. All you ever think about is crunching numbers and making the numbers add up.

Service work? Can be either sales or numbers. This is sales when you have to promote your service business. This is a numbers job when you work on the pricing.

This got me thinking even further…

What does this mean? How can there only be two ways to make money?

You can work in sales.

If you have the gift of gab, enjoy meeting new people, and are socially driven, you can make your money in this world by focusing on sales. You can sell, promote, and spread the word of whatever the product is. You can make a ton of money here because sales jobs work on a commission basis where you make more money depending on how much you sell.

What are some of the jobs that fall under sales?

  • Marketing.
  • Online sales.
  • Sales associate.
  • Customer service.

You can deal with numbers.

There are many ways that you can work with numbers if you hate to sell stuff. There’s always a way for all of us to make some money in this world. If you’re not the most charismatic person in the world or you hate dealing with strangers, you can focus on the numbers. You can ensure that the numbers add up and that financially things are in order.

What are common gigs that focus on numbers?

  • Cashier.
  • Accounting.
  • Budgeting.
  • Economics.
That’s all I could come up with. Not everyone will want to work with numbers solely simply because of so many of us perform poorly in high school math.

What about both sales and numbers?

As mentioned above you don’t have to focus in on only one of these options. You can work in both sales and numbers. This is what most personal finance bloggers do. You promote your work and then you handle the advertising dollars as they come in. This can apply to any occasion where you start your own business. Can you handle promoting your own services and then dealing with the money? If not, there’s good news for you. You can outsource the accounting work or the marketing aspect of things for your business.

This means that either you’re selling something or dealing with numbers. What side of the spectrum will you fall under? Will you sell anything? Will you deal with the financial side of things? How will you make your money in this world.

“Money is usually attracted, not pursued.” — Jim Rohn

Martin Dasko

Martin Dasko