Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in clothing but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Daniel Maldonado, Owner of DD-NASH Apparel, located in Ocala, FL, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
DD-NASH Apparel prints graphics on t-shirts once an order has been placed. We will soon begin printing on sweatshirts, hoodies, footwear, and more! Anyone who our printed apparel resonates with would be our customer. Our target customers are mostly women of all ages, but our items also appeal to men.
Tell us about yourself
I studied Graphic Design in college and love working with computers. I've worked troubleshooting computer hardware and software for years, but I have a creative side that needs an outlet. The idea of building an online store and spending countless hours on a computer putting beautiful things together was very appealing to me. Not only is building and maintaining the store exciting, but I also love providing great customer service. That side of it is very rewarding.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
Since I'm still in the early stages of my store, I would say that the biggest accomplishment has been taking the plunge, building it, and going live. It can be scary just to put yourself out there.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
As the owner of a small business, you have to wear all of the hats at the beginning, which can feel daunting. I would say one of the most difficult things is to be patient during the build. Many times, we expect immediate success and get discouraged.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
Anyone who has started a business will tell you that the first bit of advice for someone looking to start a business is to get started. Too often, we want to have everything figured out when the best teacher is experience.
For running a business, I would advise taking at least one class in person or online to begin wrapping your head around the scope of what it takes to run a business (from legal to financial).
As far as growing your business, my advice would be to begin delegating tasks as soon as you are able financially. You can use virtual assistants, hire help, and/or partner with others. Freeing up some space in your life will allow you to focus on things that are most important in scaling your business.
Is there anything else you'd like to share?
Be prepared to work without a profit for some time while you learn the different facets of running a successful business, and never stop working during the build. It will pay off; just stick with it.
Where can people find you and your business?
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