Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Richard Lynn, Owner of Hobbies Galore, located in Columbus, OH, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
We sell Memories, Nostalgia. Vintage toys from your childhood all the way up to the newest hottest toys on the market. We also sell fun, with the fastest names in radio control hobby cars, planes, boats, helicopters, and the like. All the parts are on-site, a repair department with an awesome technician full-time. Fun and More @ Hobbies Galore / Richies Toybox.
Tell us about yourself
I started a landscape lawn care business back in 2011; that business hit its peak within about 5 years. I needed more, more stability for my family, a future with a brighter outcome than cutting grass for the rest of my life. I can grow old and run this place with no problem.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
The 5-year Hump. Most businesses fail in the first 5 years. We made it and are still going strong.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
It's 10-100x harder than a normal job. You have to live, eat and breathe your business 70+ hours a week for years until it's safe to let up. Of course, that depends on your LUCK, but for most, including myself, it's been a long hard road. But hey, I'm my own boss—no better way to live life in my mind.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
Be ready; expect the unexpected. Stick to your guns. Go with your gut instinct on most things. It's usually right.
Is there anything else you'd like to share?
Hope you like running, because money Runs.
Where can people find you and your business?
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