You may or may not enjoy my ramblings about micro business so it would be nice to hear from other micro entrepreneurs from time to time, wouldn’t it? Well, here you go! I met Adam about half a year ago when he commented on my old blog. He simply asked me to check out his blog and let him know what I thought of it. So I did. I didn’t think much of it at the time but apparently what I said really helped. We’ve exchanged e-mails on a pretty consistent basis since then and I’d say that we’re pretty good friends now!
- What’s the name of your micro business and where is it located?
Untitled Motorcycles – London, England
- How long have you been in business?
- What does your micro business do?
We currently customize motorcycles and are hoping to start selling shirts and parts in the near future.
- Why did you decide to start your micro business?
I don’t know as I’m still working for the man to pay most of the bills. (Me- I’m pretty sure that Adam’s passion for motorcycles was the reason for the creation of Untitled Motorcycles. Since the business has only been around for less than 2 years, it is normal that you will need an outside source of income to fund your micro business and to pay your bills. Don’t think of this as being a failure!)
- Who else is a part of your team? What are their roles?
Rex is the chief mechanic, Anita is his assistant, and I fabricate parts, put bits of the bike back together, and do all the social media stuff.
- What are some memorable moments that you’ve had in your micro business?
Selling our custom UM-3
- What are some moments that you’d rather forget?
Agreeing to work on a Kawasaki VN800!!! (Me: If you’re unfamiliar with motorcycles, Adam is basically saying don’t agree to do something that you don’t usually do or are not totally comfortable doing. Stick to what you know!)
- What’s something that you know now that you wish you would have known when you started out?
Being helpful is better than the hard sell
- If you could give advice to those just starting out, it would be:
- What do you think is a key trait that you possess that has led you to have a successful micro business? Why is it important?
I don’t know if we are successful yet. (Me: If you’re doing something that you are passionate about and are adding value to the lives of others, I think you’re successful on some level. A lot of other people can’t say that they do the same thing! Adam is still in the “early” stages of his business. If you stick with something long enough and are determined, it will all pay off eventually.)
- What do you think is most important to have while first starting a micro business; a business degree, connections, determination, etc.? Why?
Determination, connections, being helpful, trusting others, social skills, and great products. Why? Because without these, you are not making it easier on yourself to succeed. You won’t like yourself if you do “make it” by treating others horribly. (Me: To sum things up, I think Adam is trying to say, be a good, honest person who runs a business which makes honest, quality products and you will like yourself and your customers will like you as well.)
- Looking forward to the next 6 months or so, what new ideas or goals do you have for your micro business?
We’re hoping to create more t-shirt designs and have more parts available for sale.
- What are some “myths” of starting a business that you’ve found to be absolutely false?
You need a lot of money to get started.
- Is there anything else you’d like to share or address? If so, what?
Having a great mentor really helps.
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