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