Why Did You Start C Larboard?

January 06, 2019 2 min read

Why to start a retail business

You've Got Questions, We've Got Answers!

Rich and I want to start the year off with a blog post that will become part of an ongoing series. We get a lot of questions about our business, the C Larboard website, and our products. So we thought it would be helpful to you if we shared some of the answers to our most frequently asked questions. 

So here we go with our first question...

Why Did You Start C Larboard?

Rich and I get asked frequently about why we decided to start a retail business like C Larboard. And it really was started out of a desire to simply spend time together.

About 10 years ago I read a fantastic book called the 4-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss. It describes his history of building a business so that you can run it from anywhere. This intrigued me! So, we set out to find something that Rich and I could do that would allow us to live anywhere and work together.

We always knew we wanted to work together. Throughout the years, different ideas came to mind like opening a store, working in real estate together or even flipping houses.

We always felt that when we started a business together it should be based on something we were passionate about. And there was always a passion for travel and our mutual backgrounds in retail that kept pulling us back into the retail space. 

In fact, Rich recently came across a piece of paper from 2004 with some thoughts about business ideas that included products he would like to sell like hand tools, coffee related items, and kitchen gadgets. 

Taking the Plunge

Two years ago Rich and I decided to take the plunge and start our own business. We figured we would take his knowledge of tools, his contacts in China and his expertise (read his history HERE) as well as my expertise in retail stores (read my history HERE) to start our own e-commerce store.

We knew that once it was up and running, we could do the administrative tasks from anywhere. It meant we could continue to travel which is one of our passions. We could work and play as we traveled to source new products. And we have been having a blast! 

Future Questions? 

If you have any specific questions for future blog posts, please leave them in the comments below. We always love to hear from our community!

Zoe Coulcher ~ Co-Founder of C Larboard


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