Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Sam Davidson, Co-Founder of Batch, located in Nashville, TN, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
Batch is a premium provider of corporate and personal gifts that are thoughtfully curated from our network of small business vendors all across America.
We work with companies big and small to provide meaningful gifts for employees, customers, clients, and prospects. We all our corporate customers to customize not just the gift contents but also the branding on many items and the packaging.
Tell us about yourself
The business was founded in 2013 by myself and two friends (Rob Williams and Stephen Moseley). We were looking for a retailer who selected and consolidated artisan goods from the local (to Nashville) small businesses we loved supporting. At the time, there wasn't any, so we decided to start such a service.
Each day, after nine years, I enjoy working with each and every one of our small business vendors - hearing their stories and struggles and hopefully helping them grow their company as they each chase their own dream.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
We are proud to land key accounts and onboard new vendors. And we are proud to grow the business and hire more employees to service our growing customer base. Earlier this year, we were acquired that milestone that will help us grow ever faster to do even more of the above.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
Not making it all about you. It's easy to put a lot of pressure on yourself, and it's easy to stand in the spotlight (when it's shining). But I've found time and again that the height of my success is directly related to the depth of my community.
Thus, the more I lean into and rely on my community (or employees and vendors), the more I'm happy to share the glory and recognition because the more we end up having.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Success will take longer than you think. Have enough money, grit, and patience to last.
- Grow and embrace your community. Whatever you sell, whatever you do, make sure you're not doing it alone.
- No one will tell your story as well as you do. Shout it from the rooftops as many times as you can. Eventually, it'll land on the right ears.
Is there anything else you'd like to share?
Be generous! The more you give to others, even when you're starting out and even when it's tricky, the more you'll get in the end.
Where can people find you and your business?
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