I love the ex­cite­ment, stress and hus­tle of run­ning a busi­ness

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - Best Weekend - - FRONT PAGE -

Nathan Woodrow finds run­ning his Ryde Cloth­ing la­bel tough but re­ward­ing. He says: launched Ryde Cloth­ing in May 2016, when I just turned 16. Start­ing the brand was easy, but it was get­ting enough cus­tomers to keep the brand run­ning that was tough at the start. My par­ents re­ally sup­port me ... they un­der­stand my pas­sion for it and re­alise it’s some­thing I want to keep pur­su­ing.

It was cool to see how my teach­ers sup­ported my la­bel. They even bought some of my cloth­ing, even when I was of­ten tired in class from work­ing and send­ing busi­ness emails in­stead of pay­ing at­ten­tion.

I’ve been run­ning the busi­ness all the way through Years 11 and 12. For the past two years I have been work­ing two part-time jobs, go­ing to school, play­ing sport and run­ning my busi­ness. Some­times it gets a bit out of con­trol and I get over­whelmed. To fit it all in, I’ve been wak­ing up at 5am nearly every morn­ing and go­ing to bed late at night.

It’s all about us­ing every spare minute of your time and au­dit­ing what you do with your time.

Pretty much all the money I make from Ryde Cloth­ing goes straight back into the busi­ness, to work on the next thing and to keep the busi­ness grow­ing.

I’ve also been donat­ing $1 from each shirt sold to Life Rolls On, a char­ity based in Amer­ica that gives kids with paral­y­sis the op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence skat­ing and surf­ing.

I love the ex­cite­ment, stress and hus­tle that comes with run­ning a busi­ness. Stay­ing up un­til ridicu­lous hours is worth it be­cause I’m work­ing on some­thing big­ger than my­self and some­thing I can hope­fully do for the rest of my life that I love. Even the hard and stress­ful part of run­ning a busi­ness makes it ex­cit­ing, be­cause when you see the good that comes from it, it makes it worth the stress.

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