13 Secrets For Starting A Successful Leather Business

Want to start your own leather business? Here are 13 tips you should know.

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 leather business:

#1: Brad Gadd, founder of The Populess Company:

We chatted with with Brad, founder of The Populess Company ($11K/month). In our interview, Brad says:

I have really learned how important it is to know WHY I do what I do on a personal level and really challenge that and articulate it.

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We are able to control what is on our site we can’t control what is on Amazon or Etsy, just the products we put on there. We want our customers to really get a feel of our company and philosophy through our means.

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#2: Zeynep Prens, founder of Galen Leather:

We chatted with with Zeynep, founder of Galen Leather ($40K/month). In our interview, Zeynep says:

I was diagnosed with a rare type of head and neck cancer. Doctors warned the cancer treatment might leave me incapable of speech. This forced me to consider alternatives to my burgeoning career in sales.

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#3: Jacques Flynn, founder of JAQET:

We chatted with with Jacques, founder of JAQET ($1K/month). In our interview, Jacques says:

Take the time upfront to develop the idea and make sure you’ve looked at the idea from every possible angle.

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#4: Jamie Clawson, founder of Jamie Clawson:

We chatted with with Jamie, founder of Jamie Clawson ($4K/month). In our interview, Jamie says:

I had tons of jobs growing up, 20+, they all drove me nuts

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My biggest lesson learned that I’m still working on is to keep moving, you can plan and prepare forever but it’s never going to be perfect so just do it.

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#5: Ryan Popoff, founder of Popov Leather:

We chatted with with Ryan, founder of Popov Leather ($75K/month). In our interview, Ryan says:

Don’t rely on consensus or approval from your peers, staff, and loved ones. Many people will tell you that you won’t succeed, prove them wrong.

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People who spend their time agonizing over a logo design or constantly reading self-help books to the point of paralysis are doing themselves no favors. My advice is just to get out there and DO IT.

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#6: Jacques Flynn, founder of JAQET:

We chatted with with Jacques, founder of JAQET ($1K/month). In our interview, Jacques says:

I think it’s very important to first establish a very clear vision… What is it you want to accomplish? After that, it is very important that all efforts go to supporting that one vision.

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I feel we had a very curated and professional appearance on the web right away. This helped get the attention of some very popular fashion and design blogs. When they wrote and posted, we got flooded.

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#7: Jacques Flynn, founder of JAQET:

We chatted with with Jacques, founder of JAQET ($1K/month). In our interview, Jacques says:

One of the things I am most proud about with JAQET is all of our return customers and virtually 0% return rate. Seriously, I’ve sold thousands of wallets through our website and have only received about a dozen returns!

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The brand vision is the creative and the seed to your business, but it’s the reality of resources that will allow that seed to grow into a successful business model.

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#8: Ryan Popoff, founder of Popov Leather:

We chatted with with Ryan, founder of Popov Leather ($75K/month). In our interview, Ryan says:

There are ways to make you stand out from your competition and build a base of customers who love your brand.

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