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BusinessIamA 25 year old entrepreneur with the world's shittiest business AMA!

Sep 12th 2017 by emno • 27 Questions • 572 Points

Hey, I'm Nick. I own shittyballoons.com and yes my parents know. They find it hilarious.

Idea came about when I was at my sister's graduation and realized that people should have sarcastic balloons for the after parties.

Ask away!

Proof

https://twitter.com/shittyballoons/status/907681461301641216

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Q:

Have you considered making your balloons even shittier by filling them with glitter so that people can pop them over a friend's head and give them glitter herpes?

A:

I have not, but that's actually a great idea.


Q:

I'd like to have that business card: Snowback_Lake - Shitty Consultant

A:

We'll talk...


Q:

Fun idea! Could be fun for bachelor or bachelorette parties too.

Any chance you'll do t shirts and stuff as well? Some shitty shirts with your shitty balloons?

A:

Haha thanks, surprisingly bachelors and bachelorettes don't want them...

Most likely not going to do shirts lol


Q:

You should look into the Nashville, TN market...you'd be amazed at the bridal shower market they've got going in that town.

A:

Noted.


Q:

Bro, half your shit is sold out! When can we expect more shitty inventory?

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I know! Not sure tbh, sign up to the email list and we'll send out a blast.


Q:

How do you not know the answer to this question? You said you quit your job for this, so your livelihood depends primarily on the answer to this question.

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Correct, I'm in an interesting phase with my manufacturer. It'll be ready within 1-2 months.

Right now the 24 packs are the main sellers, which I have plenty of.


Q:

Is this your full time job? How have sales been recently?

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As an entrepreneur, I'm constantly looking for new cash flow. This isn't my only project. Sales are enough for me to quit my full time job


Q:

What other projects are you involved in?

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Nothing as fun as this. They're all in the hush hush stage :)


Q:

I understand college is not necessary to be an entrepreneur, but for someone who is studying business, what degrees or skills do you think will help out someone who wants to be one?

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Definitely not necessary. I graduated with a Criminal Justice major and wanted to become a police officer. yea, things changed.

The number 1 skill all entrepreneurs have is the ability to overcome difficult situations. When X problem occurs you do Y solution. Not only that, you need to have the drive. If you're not out there hustling, learning new skills relating to ecommerce but you have this BIG vision on being an entrepreneur, then you're a wantrepreneur.

Start flipping items from your local goodwill, learn how to sell things on ebay, start your lemonade stand, just have that drive to WANT to be your own boss.


Q:

Dog, you've inspired me to take my first steps into my ceviche and fish taco stand. I've had these dishes for years and everyone enjoys them.

I guess I'll start small and keep it simple

A:

I'm happy to have inspired you. Really am, I love it.

Here's the steps you need. Start with friends and family. Then start a small catering business. Create social media accounts, and be active and post engaging pictures. Reach out to local restaurants see if they want to wholesale them from you.

Reach out to local food bloggers and have them write about you in exchange for a days worth of tacos!


Q:

Great advise! I've done "taste tests" with different people I know outside of friends and family.

im taking advantage of being in Mexico and having an exchange rate that benefits me. The culture here is also more accepting of pop up stands. If I can keep it going it'll be a swanky restaurant in the states in the future.

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Do it, get started tomorrow.


Q:

Are you hiring?

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Not really, but it all depends what value you can provide to the company.. Not opposed to the idea.


Q:

Any chance you're going to offer a 12-pack of "You're a Slut" balloons? I have a friend who has a habit of getting drunk, calling people sluts, and shooting finger guns; I also play him in fantasy football in a few weeks

A:

we're getting them made as we speak, sign up to the email list and we'll send out a blast when we get them in


Q:

They available in the uk?

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Yes, we ship worldwide :)


Q:

Ever thought about making shitty fortune cookies?

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I have, but I don't see it being a big business.


Q:

After looking at your site, I'm curious...is the cat included with purchase?

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yes


Q:

Was it your plan to use Reddit as a shitty marketing platform or did you just decide to do this and it turned out well? Kudos though, Just all of it.

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I just decided to do it and it turned out well.

I'm doing fine regardless of if I did this or not, but it definitely doesn't hurt.


Q:

Were you inspired by some other shitty thing?

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Haha nope, but products that are silly and make me laugh inspired me :)


Q:

I really enjoy this concept! Do you make Mylar balloons for those with latex allergies? I'd love to get some.

A:

Hmm, good point. I'm thinking of going into Mylar, it's very expensive, but something I have to start transitioning into.


Q:

Do you really think making a shitty AMA to plug your shitty website will help your shitty business?

A:

I have shitty answers.


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you and many others!


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[deleted]

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Because it's meant for people who can take a hint of sarcasm and take life less seriously.

I wasn't, I was the quiet kid.

Yes lol :)


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I see it :)


Q:

Are you expanding to other types of party supplies like hats and kazoos?

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Yes, but it'll be a while.


Q:

Well I had to order for a friend's party.

Any ideas that you want to put on balloons but you think are to vulgar?

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Nothing is off limits, except racism etc.


Q:

What makes you think reddiors care about your overpriced, unoriginal balloons that we could easily buy from china?

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Nothing, I made an impact with couple people who wanted to become entrepreneurs and that's good enough for me.


Q:

I think you have been nice to everyone and that's worth something.

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I try to be, life's too short to be a grumpy frog.