I have been a software engineer for 6 or so years but my drive for teaching myself to code always came from a creative product-oriented interest. I feel that the two core skills for building tech companies are sales and code. I think I've got the code down for the most part and it has become an addictive habit. However, I'm lacking the sales experience and more importantly the habit.
How can I form the sales habit? More specifically I want to practice prospecting, pitching and closing.
Some ideas I am considering are
Getting a business development representative role. (Likely to be poorly paid, may lack the closing element).
Cold calling for a fictitious product? (Quite a daunting task).