11 Things To Know When Starting A Successful Boarding School Business

Want to start your own boarding school business? Here are 11 tips you should know.
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We've interviewed thousands of successful founders at Starter Story and asked what advice they would give to entrepreneurs who are just getting started.

Here's the best advice we discovered for starting a boarding school business:

#1: Adam Elliot, founder of D*** At Your Door:

We chatted with with Adam, founder of D*** At Your Door ($25K/month). In our interview, Adam says:

What started as a joke quickly became a viable business with real opportunity.

Additionally:

E-commerce is all about finding the right niche and understanding the people in that niche.

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#2: Miriam Zelinsky, founder of Lazyjack Press:

We chatted with with Miriam, founder of Lazyjack Press ($21K/month). In our interview, Miriam says:

I went to the mill and had a little trouble (to say the least) because of their religious beliefs - they did not think a woman should be in this business.

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[Spending money on loads of ads] is such a big risk, especially when that money pays for one month at a holiday market where I know I will make good sales and forge great new relationships with customers.

Further:

I only want to work with people who love the brand and believe in it. In turn, they also see more turnaround because they’re invested in it as well.

Also:

The biggest advice I can give you is to just start. You don’t need to have everything figured out – you will figure it out when you begin.

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#3: Harris Derner, founder of Brine Brothers:

We chatted with with Harris, founder of Brine Brothers ($10K/month). In our interview, Harris says:

We invested a total of $11,000 in 2016 and had a business valuation of $200,000 3 years later.

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Nothing is easy, be creative, and prepare to make sacrifices. It took us 2 years from concept to production and we faced more challenges than ever anticipated. Stay focused and goal oriented.

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#4: Colin McIntosh, founder of Sheets & Giggles:

We chatted with with Colin, founder of Sheets & Giggles ($200K/month). In our interview, Colin says:

Build a business model first, not a product. So many entrepreneurs spend time and money building a solution for a problem they perceive without ever validating that it’s a viable business.

Additionally:

I think the single best thing we do to drive conversion is answer all Facebook comments and messages within minutes.

Further:

Don’t hire people you know are assholes just because you need someone to do the job. Suffer and do it yourself, or delay the launch, but don’t hire assholes. It’ll hurt you more in the long run.

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