Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Hyle Campbell, Founder of Native Clan Training Blades, located in Hayward, CA, USA.

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

Native Clan Training Blades is a martial arts equipment by martial artists for martial artists. Our company provides safe polymer alternatives to training with metal weaponry. We off training knives and swords for all styles and ages of practitioners.

Tell us about yourself

We started our company because as people practice in martial arts, at some point, they will be asked to perform with some sort of weaponry. Usually, a metal sword is made of aluminum. And although this is not sharp, it is still metal and can cause damage to training mats and training partners. We provide equipment that has the look and feel of real weaponry but is safe even for younger practitioners.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

Perseverance is our greatest accomplishment. You have to really want it and seek the help needed. Luckily I was a tech business person, so I have a general knowledge of running a business, but there are so many factors involved with marketing, inventory, and finance that are unique to this industry. Enjoy the process, and don't get too frustrated with all the hurdles that exist in running a business.

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

One of the hardest things about being a small business owner is wearing many hats. We would all like to delegate those items we don't enjoy as much to others, but there is a time when you are the only one and have to wear them all. Figuring out how to spend your time in each of the required areas is one of the hardest things to do. You can spend all the time building inventory but forget to market. Or market your product like crazy and have no inventory. Find the balance.

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

  1. You will never think you are ready or that you have the right education/experience. No one is ever perfectly ready. Ask lots of questions and just start. Even if it's just in your spare time.
  2. Ready, Fire, Aim - You can spend too much time planning and never do anything. Instead of getting everything perfect, you should begin. Once you start, you can adjust your direction, but starting is the most important thing to do.
  3. Find enjoyment in the process. You will work hard. You will be frustrated. You will have setbacks. But if you keep going and learn to enjoy the process of building something, the rewards can be spectacular.

Where can people find you and your business?


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