I recently left my cushy, corporate sales job at Marketo (owned by Adobe) to pursue owning and running my own business full time. Marketo was the best place I’ve ever worked - the product was best in class, my teammates and boss were all amazing, and it was the most money I’ve ever made thus far in my career. But there was always something missing.
During my meetings with potential new clients, everyone of my customers asked the same question: “This product is great, but do you have anyone in your network that can manage the platform? We’re not sure if we’ll be able to effectively run your software." It was there that I discovered one of the biggest challenges in my field: the actual recruitment and hiring of people. I've lost customers to other marketing platforms such as Hubspot, because it's easier for a client to set up, and their team can basically run it on auto-pilot, and other clients have told me that they love the product but simply don't have any people to manage it at all.
As I reflect back on my first few months of being a full-time entrepreneur, it’s safe to say that this is the best decision I’ve ever made in my career thus far. There is no better feeling than the feeling of being your own boss. Although, there are many words that come to mind when explaining running your own business: anxiety, freedom, fear, (like that time I realized I was now going to have to handle payroll, legal, marketing, customer service and sales all by myself!) My friends and family thought I was crazy to leave such a high paying job with great flexibility to dive into entrepreneurship. But, after watching every episode of Shark Tank ever, entrepreneurship was calling me and I had to answer.
So now, I’m taking my 7 years of marketing technology software sales and translating it into white glove recruitment for my clients across the nation. I've started my own company, Sloane Staffing, and in the past 2 months, I've placed 10 employees at 4 different companies nationwide: A Director of Paid Social Media, A Director of Sales, A Digital Marketing Manager, and multiple Account and Content Marketing Managers. And it doesn't stop there - I’m currently looking for a Marketo certified expert in Dallas, a Director of Demand Generation in Atlanta, a Senior Paid Search Specialist in West Palm Beach and a Director of Marketing in Delray Beach. What makes Sloane Staffing different than the 1000s, literally, of other recruiters in your inbox is that I am 25-40% less expensive (my overhead is low at the moment!), my speed (I hired that Director of Paid Social Media mentioned above in 7 days), and the quality of my candidates (I comb through endless amounts of resumes for you and take the time to set up and schedule interviews with them, essentially “weeding out” any candidates I don’t feel are a perfect fit for your company.)
If you’re in a hiring seat and in my network, don’t hesitate to reach out. You’ll probably be receiving a cold call from me very soon to ask for your business anyway :)
-Max Spanier, CEO of Sloane Staffing
PS - I chose that image because my fiance and I are going on our honeymoon at the end of this month. I'm going to try the true digital nomad lifestyle by working on a beach somewhere in the South of France.