Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Ken Tarlow, Founder of Tarlow Design, LLC., located in San Rafael, CA, USA.

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

Full-service product design company - from concept to store shelf - prototypes, CAD engineering, Patents.

Tell us about yourself

Been designing things from early childhood - I took over the family basement and had a workshop where I built everything from kids' toys to a walking talking robot (featured in the local newspaper).

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

Remaining in business for over 30 years and giving top-quality service at affordable prices.

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

Making sure that you hear the client correctly - to avoid any potential misunderstandings.

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

  1. Do something you love (because you will spend a lot of time on it).
  2. Make sure the market is willing to pay the price you need to stay in business.
  3. Establish a list of core values and keep to it (not taking on projects that do not align with values).

Where can people find you and your business?


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