Fast forward to 2018.
From a rusty boat to my first business venture
I am graduating from Bucks County Community College. I am at a loss for what to do, should I saddle up with $50k in student loans to go to Drexel, should I just keep working at the Country Club. What I decided to do was use my new degree in the purest way I could, start a business.
At the beginning my parents (and myself if I am honest) were nervous, my first ideas were not very good, a car detailing business, a custom jewelry business, and another I forgot.
But then, my Mom actually had an idea that, I thought, was good, a pet product, it was for litter boxes, there was nothing else like it on the market. I figured it was a good product, one of my professors always used to say "grandkids and pets, the market for products around those demographics never shrink". So let's do it, I thought about it for a while, still working at Doylestown Country Club. Then one day after they had sent me on a literal 10 mile mower walk I decided that was it, I need to quit and build the rest of my life. That is what I told my boss, he was a great guy, offered me a raise to stay, but I said I need to go.
From there it was clear what I had to do, I needed capital to prototype the product. So, I looked into the backyard and saw my family's absolutely destroyed ski boat. It was as raunchy as they come, in a state where you would actually have to pay someone to take it away as trash. I don't know how I decided this was my diamond in the rough, but it became my obsession. For an entire summer, 3 months, every single day I worked on that thing. Using money from savings and some from my parents to bring the thing back to life, if I had to list all the parts it needed this already way too long story would be a full book.
Everything needed to be bleached and scrubbed, entire soft body panels rebuilt. Sections reupholstered. The engine was the same, after trying to rebuild the carb and failing, ordering an entirely new one, finding out the problem was a rusted one-way valve in the gas tank. Replacing the starter and battery terminals. Finally it was done.
I made a video, put it on Craigslist and sold it for $4500 in a month. That was it. That day, holding that money, I knew I was going to do it.
This is a big deal for a 21-year-old, having $4500 and instead of spending it on car parts, taking it and buying literal cardboard and stickers for a product that was just an idea his mother came up with. I didn't realize it at the time, but now I do, I do not really know why I was so obsessed with getting a business off the ground.
So, that's what I did, I spent all of it getting a product together, everything from camera equipment to actually redoing a room of our house to shoot pictures. Buying a small webserver to host the site for free. All the branding, stickers, setting up the LLC, (yes Meadowlark Marsh LLC was originally intended to be a pet products company).