We had the good fortune of connecting with John Welch and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi John, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I went back to college at 27 years of age after realizing I peaked in my position at the time. When I went back, I told myself that I wouldn’t let anything get in my way of obtaining my bachelors degree in mechanical engineering. While I was in school I was juggling part time work, my beautiful wife, and our two kids, I realized I needed to make extra money on the side due to my inconsistent school schedule. At the time I was only working a few days a week serving/bartending at a small pizza joint barely making ends meet. I had built my first barn door for our home, since the size of the opening was larger than usual, so not something you can buy at a big box store. Of course I posted it online and the response was overwhelming, so I started building them for customers. The following Christmas I met my wife’s cousin who in fact did woodworking as well and we developed our plan. It’s been three years now and our annual gross profit continues to double to the point where he is now working at this full time along with another part time employee. The business is continuously growing as we expand our knowledge, abilities, and tooling. So what started out as a simple idea has now blossomed into something much more sustainable to the point where we are now shopping commercial property and have also recently obtained our first CNC machine.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would give my biggest shoutout to all of my family who supported me and believed in me through all of the late night study sessions, the constant stress I brought home, and gave me the encouragement I needed to jump into starting a business at the same time. Grand Canyon University also had multiple professors who were always there to help with new ideas and would push me to not only think outside of the box, but to also be a better version of myself. I learned that taking risks is part of business and you have to be able to “jump in” or you’ll never get your feet wet.