Founding a Gear Company

DONE BY: Sterling Dintersmith | Milton Academy '16, Stanford University '21 | Jamestown, RI

HOW OPPORTUNITY WAS FOUND: Had made some sandals out of old tires in Chile, and decided to make and sell them when I got home in order to raise money for organizations that fight climate change. 

LENGTH: Currently working on it! :) 

LOCATION: Jamestown, RI, USA

FUN: ★★☆☆☆ (very satisfying, but not "birthday party" fun) 

PERSONAL GROWTH: ★★★★☆

DAY-TO-DAY LIFE: 

  • 6:00am: Wake up
  • 6:00am-10:00pm: Make sandals for up to 12 hours, with eating breaks in between
  • 10:00pm: Make a list of what needs to be done tomorrow, and sleep 

DESCRIPTION OF WORK/ACTIVITIES DONE: 

Making products out of recycled products (sandals, bags), selling them at fairs

HOW MANY HOURS OF WORK DID YOU DO PER WEEK? 48-72

TOP TIPS: 

  1. Capitalize on your being a young entrepreneur. During your gap year, you’re still young enough that you can get people’s attention for being young yet still working on your own project with some kind of purpose. Because you’re a young person who is trying to make change—as opposed to the other 90% of people your age watching tv—they’ll want to help you. MILK THAT SHIT WHILE YOU GOT IT. 
  2. Just start your business if you’re passionate about something, and if you don’t like it—move on! You get experience out of it. Some people think they need to start Facebook if they want to start a business, but you don’t need to feel the pressure to do that. 

MOST MEANINGFUL LESSON TAKEN AWAY: 

Lesson that I will end up learning if this keeps going successfully is: how to stay motivated when nobody is around to tell you, “Hey, you should work on this project.” 

Jiyoung Jeong