What Motivates You In Business? With Nick Hill

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What Motivates You In Business? With Nick Hill

There are many things that drive an ambitious business owner to their successes. Whether that’s a legendary idol, or a small bit of advice their grandmother gave them when they were young, all business owners are powered by their own individual goals and inspirations.

We took a few minutes out of the co-founder and owner of Walker Hill’s busy day, Nick Hill, to see what motived him to get into business.

What was your first ever job?

When I was 14, I worked as a kitchen hand in a Chinese restaurant. It was very stressful and busy, but they treated me well (free Chinese food every night I went home!). That being said, I ended up quitting because I missed my friends, and I didn’t care too much about making money … yet!

Did you try out other career paths prior to owning your own business?

I’ve tried quite a few different jobs during my time so let’s see if I can remember them all. I was a kitchen hand, delivery driver, landscaper, forklift driver, personal trainer, legal administrator … I think that’s all of them?

When did you first decide you would like to start your own business?

Back when I was a personal trainer, I got a taste for running my own small business and really loved it.

Have you always been business minded?

No! I have read a lot of articles on successful business owners who started their first business as a kid (like a lemonade stand) or tried making money off of their friends at a young age. That certainly wasn’t me – I was a typical kid and teenager. But then in my early 20s I started to really think about employment vs. becoming business owner.

Who motivates you in the business world?

There are too many names to mention them all. I have met so many inspirational people that I feed from their skills, knowledge and energy. I don’t believe you can truly ever have just one inspiration if you want to succeed and grow.

What are your top 3 tips to running a successful business?

It’s tough to think of only three.

  1. Get the right mindset;
  2. Understand your cashflow (and don’t forget to include your taxes!);
  3. Set a 12-month plan. I’m a short-term kind of guy so I don’t do 5-year plans.

If you could describe up your time as a business owner in one word, what would it be?