I am excited to introduce you to someone who is living his passion—and getting paid for it, too!
I met Shane my freshman year of college when he was lucky enough to room with one of my good friends from high school, which meant I was constantly barging in on them, overstaying my welcome, obnoxiously spouting opinions about any and everything—basically just being my fun self.
He ended up transferring, but we still keep in touch now and then, when he's not busy farming corn and beans in Fargo, and working as an owner of two businesses: Migrator Valley Outfitters, which offers spring snow goose guided hunting services, and The Shooting Park, which is basically what it sounds like.
So young, so successful, yet so down to earth. Read on to see how he does it!
We renovated the whole place and increased the 120 league shooters to over 650 this season. We have a full food menu and beer/wine license and also do a lot of corporate parties.
First job ever: Farm laborer for my dad.
First job after graduating/first "grown up" job: Farmer/goose guide.
Dream job: Farmer/goose guide.
What is the best part about your job(s)? They all give me lots of flexibility, and I can somewhat make my own schedule.
What is the most challenging part? Staying on task and not procrastinating.
What was the biggest obstacle to starting your own business not once, but twice? Money. Being a business owner, you can never have enough. Your overhead is always about 20 percent more than what you initially plan for, so don’t cut it short.
What advice do you have for anyone hoping to start one?
2. Don’t cut any corners. You only get one chance to impress your customers the first time; be sure you have all ends tied up before opening any sort of business.
What is your secret to balancing so many responsibilities?
I am very laid back. When I wake up in the morning I know things are going to go wrong, but you have to take them in stride and stay focused on the end result.
Three words to describe where you're at in life right now: Building, pursuing and accomplishing.
How do you define success? Success is when your dreams get bigger than your excuses.
Who has been your biggest influence, personally or professionally, and why? My dad. He has been very successful, starting from nothing, and has acquired a lot over the course of his lifetime. If I’m half as successful as him I will be very pleased.
What is number one on your bucket list? Travel around Europe.
Favorite ice cream flavor: Cookie dough.
Thank you, Shane!