Feature Friday: Nathan Nedley

Nathan Nedley & Nate’s Board Shop

Feature Friday

Nathan Nedley, a NorCal resident, is a senior majoring in Management. Besides being a student, he works part-time with a mental health company and runs his own business, Nate’s Custom Boardshop. His business has been successfully running for a year, and they sell hand-made custom long boards which they manufacture themselves in Northern California. His passion for creating longboards began during his freshman year of high school, and later expanded towards his vision of owning his own business.

{Read below for the Feature Interview}

© Nathan Nedley

ZSB: How have the resources at the ZSB benefited you personally or added value to your company?

Nathan: It’s the people and the connections I’ve made for sure. I’ve benefited so much from the ZSB faculty. They are here for your success, and they want you to get that more than anything. I’ve learned to never be afraid to ask a professor for help. Dean Thomas, Dr. Fox, and many others have made a huge difference in my business, and for that I will be forever grateful.


ZSB: What was the biggest driving factor that motivated you to start your own company, and how do you balance managing it with school and work?

Nathan: To be honest, I’m not really sure how I got the motivation to start it. My parents and several others told me it was a bad idea to start a business right before coming to school. I heard them, but had a burning curiosity to see if I could do it; if it would go anywhere. I committed to it, and a year later have no regrets. I’ve been able to stay on top of it all, and learn so much more partly due to my perspective as a business owner. Classes are even more interesting. The things I learn, I am able to practically apply in a very real way. You’d be surprised at how many ways there are to incorporate the knowledge you gain in your classes in your own business.I have used my work towards several assignments at school, which always feels good. Also, when you are working for yourself, ideally, it doesn’t feel like work. So it really isn’t that bad at all.


ZSB: What is some advice you’d give to young entrepreneurs?

Nathan: Don’t listen to the naysayers, you’ll run across a bunch of them. We all know how convincing they can be, but trust me, they’re wrong. Also, for me personally, it has been really important not to get too bogged down in the boring stuff that comes along with starting your own business. Don’t lose your passion for what you love going over your company’s operating agreement. Stay involved in the processes that made you start the business in the first place. For me, that has been super important.


If you are interested in some of his work, check out his website natesboardshop.com or his Instagram @natesboardshop.


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