Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Justin Conway, Founder and President of World Ninja Sport, located in Liberty Hill, TX, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
We are Ninja Obstacle Course builders! We provide a fun way to work out and overcome challenges for kids and adults around the world. We build for backyard, gym, school, and summer camp use.
Tell us about yourself
I started this company because when I learned about Ninja Warrior 12 years ago, there were no obstacles that you could purchase and no ninja gyms. I had to make all of my own to train for the show. I'm motivated every day to share my passion for the sport with others!
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
Quitting my day job and supporting myself and my staff with income to live off of! We've also done some awesome charity work and built the first ninja cause in Hawaii.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
Problems that others cause my business - vendors that deliver products late, products that have issues, and in general, not receiving the product or services that I rely on others for.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
Gear up! You're going to need grit and a lot more time and money than you would think. Business ownership is for those that can handle all of the business sides of things (finances, taxes, billing, marketing, etc.). If you just love to make stuff, have your own hours, or do not have a boss but don't have office skills, you are usually better off working for someone. Owners need to run the business, and that is an office job.
Is there anything else you'd like to share?
There has been a tremendous amount of struggle along the way to make my company successful, but I'm very proud of what we've built and the amazing team that has gotten us to where we are today.
Where can people find you and your business?
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