Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with John Brandes, Founder of SalesBountyHunter, located in Palm Beach Gardens, FL, USA.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

At SalesBountyHunter, our goal is to help businesses grow. We accomplish this through recruiting and sales process improvements. We help businesses find their dream candidates and help people to find their dream job. For the most part, our customers are small businesses that want to grow into midsize businesses.

You eat what we Kill!

Tell us about yourself

My daughter was my inspiration to get started. She started her business at the beginning of COVID after a job offer dissolved. In the midst of all that fear and uncertainty, she stepped out and built a business that now employs seven or so full-time employees. She's been featured in magazines and podcasts. Best of all, she's positively radiant with happiness!

I took guidance from her example, and after my 20-year career in sales and management, I decided to bring those skills to companies that otherwise would not have access to such experience.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

Does living my best life count? Actually, on some level, I think the biggest accomplishment is achieving proof of concept. When I started doing this six months ago, I was unsure if it would work. Through the support of my wife and our savings, I figured I could make a go of it. I am grateful that I have not had to dip into any reserves. In a short period of time, I have placed a dozen candidates and attracted a database of hundreds of potentials for other positions. Ultimately, I had to start before I could know if it would work.

What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?

Determining what to do next is the hardest thing. There is an unlimited selection of options of what to focus on. Most of them will not add any revenue to the business, and even some of the revenue activities are destined to fail.

I struggle with whether what I am doing is the next best thing to work on at any given moment. I find calendar blocking and balance to be the solutions that work best for me. Also, as a solopreneur, the lack of a sounding board is a struggle. I have been reaching out to my network of relationships to fill that void, which has been effective.

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

  1. Do it.
  2. Start now.
  3. Ask for help! You'd be surprised how many people are willing to help if you take the time to ask the right way.

Is there anything else you'd like to share?

It is a weird job market right now; if you're looking for people and finding it a struggle, we can help. We get you the same result as if you spent 20 hours on it yourself.

Where can people find you and your business?


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