From Working a 9 to 5 Job to Running a Top CPA Firm in America; Joel Sandover Shares Some Business Tips

The desire to leave your 9 to 5 job can arise for a variety of reasons, including a bad boss, an unhealthy work environment, unchecked dreams, or a lack of job satisfaction. Some people have the strength to leave their jobs and pursue their passions. In contrast, others can’t bring themselves to reject a toxic work environment or an unsatisfying job. Joel Sandoval, CEO and founder of Sandoval Tax, is one of those who left a secure 9 to 5 job to catch his dream.

Before becoming CEO, Joel worked as an accountant for a real estate developer and earned a solid six-figure salary. He was a successful accountant and was very good at his job, but his pay was not enough to hold him down. Joel wanted more; he knew he could do better than working a 9 to 5 job. So he quit and took the giant leap of faith necessary to start his own business. However, news of the arrival of his first child with his wife accelerated the success of his business. Joel had just nine months to make his business work—an ultimatum from his wife—and work it did. It was either that or going back to his 9 to 5 job, and that wasn’t an option he was willing to take.

A few years later, after leaving his 9 to 5 job to build his own firm, has grown into a 7-figure accounting firm looking to grow to a $1 billion CPA firm. Joel didn’t just get to this stage overnight. He put in a lot of work and effort. Though a master of numbers, Joel knew nothing about running a business prior to starting Sandoval Tax. He had nearly zero ideas of how to market himself, grow a team, and build systems. However, this didn’t deter him. He started by prioritizing personal development. He read books that broadened his knowledge of business, systems, operations, and marketing. He also invested several thousand dollars in coaching and mentorship to be the successful businessman he is today.

With over a decade of experience under his belt as a Certified Public Accountant, saving business owners tens of thousands of dollars through proactive tax planning has become a lifestyle for Joel. Business owners in all fifty states can take advantage of the monthly accounting services offered by Sandoval Tax, a virtual tax and accounting firm. In the past five years, Sandoval Tax has assisted numerous business owners in reducing their tax liabilities by over 37 million dollars.

Compared to other CPA firms, Sandoval Tax stands out due to the unique way they help both business owners and their companies. They always begin a new partnership with a personal income tax strategy. The firm also stands out from the competition because it is a bilingual CPA firm; they speak English and Spanish and hope to be the biggest in America.

Joel, when asked about the importance of having a positive mindset when leaving the 9–5 grind to start a business, cited Henry Ford’s famous quote, “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, either way, you are right.” He attributes his firm’s success partly to his optimistic outlook and self-assurance. His recommendation to those with entrepreneurial aspirations is to seek coaching and mentorship. He says, “my advice for those trying to start their own business would be to invest in coaching and mentorship. However, do your due diligence because I’ve been burned in the past. But, if you research, the right coach and mentor will pay dividends and multiples that you can’t even imagine.”

You will find Joel on Instagram at @joelsandovalcpa. Follow him to keep up with his success story and learn more about Sandoval Tax.

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