A chat with Entrepreneur Sanjeev Jandu on the challenges of running a Marketing Agency, the rise of ‘bedroom entrepreneurs’ and her latest business venture, Mahambi Market

You run a digital marketing agency called Breath Media, with an international clientele, that sounds very intense, what does a day in your life look like? 

Well, each day is totally different! Some days it’s admin in the office, while others it’s me on the move from meetings, to shoots, to online conferences. It’s unpredictable, but you know what? I love it! The hustle and bustle really drives me!

How long have you been running Breath Media and what challenges have you encountered along the way? 

Breathe Media is now over 2 years old. Instead of challenges, I would say insights… Running my own business has made me realise that I don’t have to be a one man show, and that there’s great talent and partnerships I can make out there, that will ultimately help me succeed.

What do you feel has been the highlight of your time as a business owner? 

Seeing my baby grow! Yes, Breathe Media is my baby. It makes me feel so proud when people recognise by work, which leads to them wanting to work with me on their own projects.

I noticed in one of your marketing videos (I am nosy), that you have a ring on your finger :), how do you manage to balance agency life, managing a team and having a personal life? 

Haha! I am nosy too, don’t worry :). I am not going to lie, it gets tough at times, and I can’t seem to turn off work on the weekends but I have made it a point to have cut off times and concentrate on building memories with my loved ones. It’s the only life we’re going to get and I’ve learnt the hard way that life is so short, so don’t sweat the small stuff!

What inspired your latest venture, Mahambi Market?

When the Covid-19 pandemic hit earlier this year, I saw a need. I noticed the impact of the pandemic on small business owners, and the general public, and I decided to take action by launching an online e-commerce platform to help them take their businesses online.  I also noticed that there was another group of people out there with more clothes than they actually do wear, who would love a space to creatively showcase their wardrobe and potentially sell some of their items and that there is an even larger population eager to browse through and shop thrifted items without the hassle of leaving their homes.

I kept thinking as well, how much individuals spend on items that they’ll probably only wear once in a blue moon, and then the items end up sitting in their wardrobe and since they’ve spent quite a bit on it, they wouldn’t want to just give it away” That’s when the idea for Mahambi Market was born. I envision Mahambi Market creating a new generation of young entrepreneurs, making money straight from their bedrooms and pushing forward a waste free, re-use, reduce and recycle culture.

How does an entrepreneur sign up and get started with Mahambi? 

It’s super simple, just visit www.mahambi.com, and sign up as a vendor in the registration form! You will be able to then access your vendor dashboard, and begin building your profile and adding product pictures!

If you were to go back to when you were starting out in Business, what advice would you give your younger self about getting started and succeeding in business? 

I would say look at the business as a whole, not just your idea. There’s a lot to think about as a business owner, and you have to be prepared for all aspects of it, from tax, admin, HR, you name it. It saves a lot to know about the nitty grittys, instead of getting others to solve it for you.

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