Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Jeremy Petersen, Owner of Hawker Hobbies LLC., located in Schererville, IN, USA.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

I own a hobby shop, and my customers tend to be males buying models, hobby paints, and/or hobby accessories.

Tell us about yourself

My maternal grandparents helped feed my hobby, i.e. (model building) passion at a very young age, and once I was hooked on model building, My creative motor kicked into high gear, and I was self-starting from then on.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

Surviving the COVID lockdown and not going bankrupt.

What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?

Budgeting and cash flow.

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

First tip: Go with what you know. If you are good with woodworking, be a carpenter, not an auto mechanic. If you are good with plants, be a landscaper, not a dentist. Everyone has a calling in life. Listen and follow. Start small and plan. Rome wasn’t built in a day. Lastly, remember everyone has different advantages and disadvantages. No one gets all the breaks in life.

Where can people find you and your business?


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