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163: "You're probably in the best place of your life once you find out that people will pay you for something you enjoy doing." Scaling Jacob Mousseau's hobby into a business
Episode 1230th October 2023 • Holding Down the Fort by US VetWealth • Jen Amos
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163: "You're probably in the best place of your life once you find out that people will pay you for something you enjoy doing." Scaling Jacob Mousseau's hobby into a business

Have you ever thought about scaling a long-time hobby into a full-time business? Founder and CEO of Wounded Woodworkers Jacob Mousseau definitely has.

Jen Amos listens to Jacob Mousseau share his journey of starting a woodworking hobby club 8 years ago after leaving the military earlier than expected. He found woodworking to be therapeutic for himself and other veterans. However, the club had to stop meeting in person when safety and liability concerns arose. This prompted Jacob to shift his focus to creating personalized gifts with laser engraving.

After graduating from The Rosie Network's 2023 Service2CEO program, he started to consider how growing his hobby into a business can increase his impact and donations to nonprofits supporting veterans. At the same time, he finds himself at a crossroads as he works a full-time job and values prioritizing his family responsibilities. Listen in while Jacob shares his hopes to generate enough revenue to hire help and continue donating to nonprofits while sustaining a work-life balance.

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