Once upon a time...
There were a few, three to be exact, proficient machinist with a
bright idea. They wanted to build a great pedal powered boat. This
turned out to be much harder than they ever thought it would be. First
they knew almost nothing about what they were attempting to do; all they
really knew how to do was make good reliable parts. These parts were
(and are still) used by some of the largest companies and industries in
the world, including; manufacturing companies, mining, food processing,
oil & gas, water treatment, medical products and machines. This
background gave them the confidence and belief, that they could build a
great pedal boat. They have. But that is only part of their story.
What they didn't know was that almost every part they needed for their
boat, didn't exist in the marketplace, they had to design it and then
build it. They build every part on their boats except the pedals and the
seat, and they even build those to meet special customer needs. They
already knew how to design and build their metal parts the gears,
shafts, housings, control linkages, aluminum frames, they even designed
and built their own propellers. They knew these parts had to wear well
and not rust or corrode from the weather and being in water.
They had to organize a company ProPhish, llc and learn how to operate
and promote their business and their products. They had to set up their
own machine shop and learn how to buy their raw materials. They learned
how to work together, building on their individual strengths and
overcoming their collective shortcomings. This can be such an adventure!
No one should miss it as they travel through this life.
These task were full of interesting adventures and growth opportunities,
which they took full advantage of. The one thing they knew next to
nothing about was how to build pontoons for their WaterSkipper pedal
boat. This stumped them for a couple of years. They tried working with
some of the pontoon boats already on the market, these either didn't
work well for what they needed or they made their boats retail cost too
So they took on the task of learning how to build inflatable pontoons
that were light and tough enough to handle the job they needed them to
do. In the end they had a great time learning and growing with their
human powered propeller driven pedal boat project. Those friendly folks
at Prophish heartily encourage any and all of you who may have a dream
to get off your backsides and start doing something you really love and
can take great pride in. The End, for now... Thanks, for your
Lessons we have learned
Most large companies don't or won't do business with a small
start-up company. They seem to want only big accounts that make them
large profits with minimum effort, who can blame them.
When you find a sales person in any size company that works to solve
your needs, give them your business if you can, they are few and far
Don't expect anyone to give you anything. This includes your
vendors, they need to make a buck on their time and product. If you find
someone that is helpful or sympathetic to your endeavors, don't wear
them out with endless request.
Discovering how to find and buy your products can be very difficult, don't give up, keep looking.
Stay flexible when you are in a design prototype cycle. Don't spend
your cash on expensive molds and setup designs that you may find hard to
recoup your investment from. Rather out source as much of your work as
possible. This saves you time and money in the long run. And MOST
importantly it leaves you flexible as to what type of product you bring
Never discount what your potential customers tell you about your
product or service. Listen to them and they will tell you what they want
Be persistent, like the saying goes "Don't give up, ever!"
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