How to Start a Skateboard Company?

Skateboards are in the market for a long time, still, the demand is increasing every day. Since 1950, skateboards have remained a teen's favorite outdoor sport. The evolution of skateboarding drove many entrepreneurs' attention and made them successful in the skate business.

Skateboarding remains to be one of the most popular hobbies that the young and old alike engage in.

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Many entrepreneurs, therefore, find it a good idea to invest in a skateboard shop given the number of potential customers looking for snowboard skateboard products and accessories like skateboard clothes, skateboard pads, skateboard shorts, skate apparel, and skateboarding shoes.

If you are looking for a profitable business that you can engage in, you can take advantage of the popularity of skateboard sports by investing in a skateboard store. Investing in a skateboard company is best if you are a skateboarding enthusiast yourself because you can teach your customer's skateboard tips and skateboard tricks.

The following is some information that you will find helpful if you want to know how to start a skateboard company.

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What You Need to Get Started with Skateboard Company

To operate a skate shop, it is important that you choose a good location where you will be able to display the skateboarding products that you sell. Make sure that you choose to operate your skateboard shop in areas where people looking to buy skateboards and skateboard gear can easily find you.

You also have to make sure that you have the basic skateboard products and accessories that skateboarding people will usually look for in a skateboard store. These basic skateboarding products include helmets, footwear, and skates.

Make sure that you also have a good number of skateboard ollies, skateboard ramps, skateboard bearings, skateboard birdhouses, and skateboard decks. Your clients will also look for roller blades, roller skates, spitfire wheels, skateboard trucks, longboard skateboards, skateboard wheels, inline skates, and grip tape so it will be a brilliant idea to have a supply of these items in your skateboard company.

How to Increase Your Skateboard Company Sales

The sales of skateboard stores peak during seasons when people have plenty of time to skateboard such as during vacations and holidays but there are also times of the year when rollerblades and skateboards hardly sell. You will therefore find it a good idea to consider effective marketing strategies during this time of the year.

You can boost the sales of your skateboard stores by selling cheap skateboard products or offering girl skateboard products at discounts. It will also help if you can provide your customers with excellent customer service so they will likely return to your skateboard store in the future and tell others about your skateboard company.

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  • Jake said on March 13, 2008
    Well, first, there is the website, then the t-shirts, the decks for sponsors, then making the decks. I own a skate company, and starting a company is a *****
  • jonathan said on March 13, 2008
    How much money do you need to start your skateboarding company, and how old do you need to be?
  • HARI beginner adviser said on March 15, 2008
    i say around 10,000 dollars to keep it running smoothly
  • joe said on March 22, 2008
    I am also starting a skateboard company, and I agree it isn't easy. Getting your name out there is probably the most challenging part.. in all due respect, people who don't "have" to buy an expensive premium deck{like plan b or Element, etc.} should take some time and look at all the small companies who sell their decks for less $, and they are still just as good.
  • elliott said on March 23, 2008
    I am looking for a skateboard flow sponsor. Can anyone please throw their shops' names out so I can get sponsored? thnx
  • woody said on April 22, 2008
    Well rick james, go to a small company not too far away from where you?re at and buy the cheapest one. That way, when you think about not continuing your skating, you save money on your board. Take it from me. I have done the same thing many times.
  • bogey said on April 22, 2008
    Well, I'm not starting a skate shop, but I'm starting a skate company, and it will be called D.R. Grizzly Skateboards. I need to know how much I need and do I need a business license. How to put my name out there and where to get the decks. Anyone who wants to talk further with me, e-mail me at element55_756[at]
  • skate for v said on April 23, 2008
    I got a name for my company. I got the money. Should I ask my friends to wear my shirts and shit, or should I be getting noticed differently?
  • Reality beginner adviser said on April 27, 2008
    First, starting a skate company and being original is a start. First, look at the market and fill in the present gap. Make sure that your decks are from a good mfg. There are many out there now, more bad than good. Different skate scenes have different tastes. The skate industry is tricky, where fortunes are made and lost overnight. Start small with decks in the 7.5-8.25 range and tees. Bro out with the people at all of the shops around you. Some of them might give you a shot, and most won't. Find the best skaters in your area and see if they want to get flow from you to get your name out there. Most shops have a team and have hidden talent lurking behind the counter. If one of the shop guys is getting flowed product from you, chances are your product will be on their shelves, and they will be pushing it hard $$$$$$$. Do your best not to burn any bridges because word travels faster than the speed of light sometimes. Go to demos and contests to get a good idea of what a good skater is. Just because some dudes can kickflip stairs doesn't mean you should flow his product. I hope I have helped in some way. Good luck, and you will need it.
  • Ted_Toxic said on May 13, 2008
    Ok, guys, I am considering starting a skate shop. I need to know how much money I will need to gather to get this thing off the ground and standing on its two feet. Someone with some expertise in this area, please email me at
  • Thomas Field said on June 14, 2008
    Hey guys, I'm trying to start up a Christian skateboard company. I have the name and all down. I even have some products already, like shirts, jeans..etc. I want some advice on how to get it started and out there. I don't get on the computer that much. So if anyone can help me at all, call my cell number. 812-241-5684.....thank you
  • Alan Encinas said on June 16, 2008
    OK, well, I?m a 19 yr old skater that started building decks for longboards and skateboards. I aim to make my own company, but I don?t know where I should start or how the business works. Please help out. If you have any advice, please email me at I?ve tried getting advice from my mom since she?s the designer for Stussy, the clothing factory, but she hasn?t been much help, so that any advice would be greatly appreciated.
  • juvy said on June 18, 2008
    Skaters, I am trying to open up a skate shop. Any advise I can get I will greatly appreciate..
    Already got the logo and what the shop would be called...
  • sgm412 said on June 20, 2008
    Going to open an indoor skate park and have a retail shop. It is going to be in the Hopkinsville, KY area. Is anyone out there close that would be interested in checking it out? Please advise... Thanks!
  • Mike Mega beginner adviser said on July 3, 2008
    I've recently opened a skate shop in my city here in Minnesota. It's much more work than I ever imagined. We've been officially open for three weeks, but I've been working hard for 5 or 6 months. It's very, very expensive to do what you want to do. I'm not a business major, my parents don't own businesses or anything like that, and I'm just figuring it out as I go, doing TONS of research. You can do it if you're serious about getting your shop going. If I did it, you can. I love what I'm doing now. It's a commitment and a half, though. I'll do this for the next few years, whether I like it or not. I work basically all day, every day. I want to go skating with customers!! I'm willing to share some of what I've learned with you, only serious contacts, please -
  • j-nelson said on July 7, 2008
    I want to start my own skateboard company. I already have the name, but how much money do I need?
  • B.Wilson said on July 9, 2008
    I am also starting a skateboard company and I want everyone opening a shop to send me an e-mail so we can work together on future projects. Hopefully, we can all make it and go far with our ventures. But most of all, have fun with this. The skateboarding world is small, and they know when someone is trying tomake money, it's for the kids, don't forget.
  • CHRISTOPHER MAY said on July 27, 2008
  • Hard cory beginner adviser said on August 7, 2008

    Let's see. Everyone wants to start a skate shop or company, and the only thing they can come up with is the company's name. Sounds like a typical skateboarder. That is the least of anyone's concerns. If you start a business like this, you will no longer have time to skate.

    I own a successful business and decided to add a skate shop. I have been on the scene for over 15 years, so I thought I would give back a little to the skaters. I offer name-brand decks at very reasonable prices. Something I think you all forget is that, by nature, a skateboarder is a thief, vandal, and public nuisance. I know because I, too, am a skater, and now I get to tell the kids not to skate on my property. Why? Because a lawsuit can and will destroy you and your dreams of operating a business. Anyway, the kids can't be trusted for the most part. Sure, it's a good time to go to the park and skate with them, but I wouldn't leave my wallet lying anywhere in plain sight.

    Finding a place for your shop

    Starting a skate shop requires a good location where all the skaters will easily find you. Ensure you are friendly with all the kids, as one bad word turns into seven and then multiplies again until you can't get a single sale.

    Don't sell based on brand name. The kids will always find it cheaper elsewhere (eBay). Finding a niche that makes them want to come to you would be best. Every single kid will want to get sponsored. That is an entirely different story that has no happy ending, either. I know the secret to success here. But I am keeping it as I am planning on doing it. Something that has never been done. And it should have been done years ago.

    You don't have to be a certain age to start a skate company. But you do have to be a certain age to rent property, get certain business licenses, and maintain a business merchant service and checking. Ask your local banks about their merchant services and see your limitations. Find someone to invest in your venture that can put their name on a lease. Have some real start-up capital. It's better to start big than to start small and try to work your ass off to get big.

    Oh yeah, popular brand name boards are pressed out in China and are far inferior to an American build. They only press the decks for 20 minutes and add heat to the mold to speed up curing time. This, in turn, dries out the board and makes it more brittle. The biggest names out there are doing this. It's because they only want the dollar signs. So, to those who love Plan B and the other big companies, let this be a lesson to you. They don't give a shit about you, just your wallet. If they did care, they would offer a better board for the same price. You pay how much for a board? It costs them less than a dollar to make a single deck, and they only pay the pro rider a buck a board per sale. Where does the money go? In their pocket.

    Best of luck to everyone.
    It's not glorious.

  • Truth beginner adviser said on August 27, 2008
    Starting a shop is a more complex process than just creating an "sk8 company" First off, you want to trademark your name if you?re serious enough about your company, register a domain name, make a website, etc.

    But by all means, start local, as many have said. Go to all the local contests and have your board be the first place prize. Create a local fan base within your community, hit up all your local shops, and ask if they can carry a deck or two.

    And as far as how much money, that figure cannot be answered as some people may want to start by buying 200 decks, shirts, wheels, etc., which could be costly. START SMALL.

    And another question to ask yourself is what makes your products better than your competitor? Why should I buy your board? "cool graphics; name?" It would help if you offered something people can relate to being lost in the crowd with the rest.

    HARDCOPY above is correct. This is and can be a complicated business. I am blessed with owning a Christian skate/surf company whose mission is to help positively influence the youth of our society. I get super excited knowing I am making a difference in these kids' lives. Wow, I wrote a lot.
  • larry beginner adviser said on September 3, 2008
    Let's see, almost 30,000 for my shop, and I have not even opened the doors yet. But most of what was said is true .and especially the name part ( that's funny). We don't pick a name and then decide to have a kid. It's something that ponders in your head, and you will know it when it comes. I am unfortunately not a skater, but more into business. And locale and product should be your #1 word that will get around, especially if you're a big fish in a small pond.
  • said on September 10, 2008
    I want to know how to start my own skate company. Where do I begin?
  • said on September 25, 2008
    Does anyone know how to deal when the weather gets cold? No one will buy skateboards or in-lines, and just relying on selling clothes and accessories won't suffice...
  • said on September 30, 2008
    Hi, does anyone know where I could order the skateboarding equipment from?
  • checkmate said on October 13, 2008
    Is anyone in here from the NYC area serious about starting a shop? Meaning you have some concepts and capital. If so, drop a note on this site with your email, and I'll email you a personal message.
  • jaz from australia said on October 22, 2008
    My brothers and I are starting a new skate company, and we have some pretty sick ideas on how to do it. We don't have the money, and I'm the eldest. I'm 13, but I'm passionate about it. We have good skaters and some people to flow, but we need money to buy decks. I'm getting a job at the local skate and bike shop, and we have them all checked out s4l skating for life pretty kewl hu well, the whole purpose of my being on this site is that my bro is a heap mad skater, and I want to make him big, but I'm only learning and so is my Lil bro to money is tight in our family but were willing to strive and excel as we are determined.
  • IanBailey said on October 23, 2008
    I am 18 years old and starting a skate shop in Ohio.
    I need to know where the best place to buy equipment from. I like what company I should use to order my gear, such as brand name decks, clothes, etc.
  • Liné Ryan said on October 28, 2008
    So glad I could read through all these. My son wants to start a skate shop and have the ramps next door in Hout Bay, South Africa. If he gets the land next to Hout Bay Beach, we invite you skaters to come and enjoy the best time ever.
  • Austin beginner adviser said on October 28, 2008
    You need around 300k to start a skate shop, buy the products, and keep it running for a while, not counting redecorating your location, rent, and utilities you will need a lot of skateboards, Ollie? Seriously.


  • matt said on November 2, 2008
    Well, I do wildland fire fighting, and I can make any were from 16 to thirty grand in four or five months, and not even I'm 19?perfect ideas for a skate shop, like skate lessons for kids. I live in Reno and want to start something in the next two years. What should I start with when I have all this money, like blueprints or something? I need advice, and I'm not kidding about starting. I have a buddy in the army who's saving up money and making a family, and I have a great name, but I won't disclose it cause I don't want some one to steal it, but I would love some advice and how much to start and what to invest in first for an indoor skate park.
  • fellow skater said on November 4, 2008
    I've been considering starting a little shop in my garage (not a car garage). It's pretty decent in size. As for spreading my name, I have many friends who can help, and I know a local skate shop manager. I need more info on who to contact for supply! I'm going to start saving for this business, and my mother plans on providing help. She, too, will profit from this. If anyone with experience can give some info, I'd gladly appreciate it! You can contact me at Thank you!
  • sam said on November 6, 2008
    Reading this has put given me a little confidence I could succeed. I'm 17 and a girl who does NOT skate. I live in Vancouver but wanted to start a skate company rather than a shop immediately. I'm decent with sewing and not wrong with computer graphics shit. I wanted to start with T-shirts, with graphics by me, get the name out, and if all goes well move onto decks and begin to sponsor. As, well, I'm also taking a shitload of business courses at school... can anyone recommend to me what steps or preparation I can take? Or advice on a location or even how to start?
  • nicholas hansen said on November 15, 2008
    I plan to start a skate shop with my products and name brands. I also want to make my videos with a store team. What can hold someone back from this? What significant legal or nonlegal issues do I face? And what kind of costs am I looking at?
  • Maddison said on November 22, 2008
    I'm a girl who skates and wants to start a shop/brand. And that Factory Importer dude helped me a lot. Thanks, Factory Importer Dude.
  • KarrieTamsin said on November 27, 2008
    I initiate a soup that checks out grand and can be made in big batches and frozen. Is there any interest?
  • WiseGuy said on November 27, 2008
    You can dream up the shop/skateboard co all you want. This is a primary cutthroat business. The almighty dollar can split up the best of businesses. You have to try really hard and have a lot of luck. First, forget about hooking anybody up. Understand this business.....c-ya out there WiseGuy
  • Cows say moo! said on December 7, 2008
    I have finally opened my skate company... it is more challenging than I thought. If you want to start a skate company, you should probably go to a local sk8 shop, show them your designs, and ask them to sell or promote your stuff. I started with a small sk8 shop, but it is up two you! Good Luck!
  • said on December 11, 2008
    Ever since I was ten years old and went to the local skate shop in town for the first time, I knew that's all I wanted to do, own a skate shop or some skateboard company, I'm eighteen, and I'm about to get my diploma, but I don't know where to go from there, I NEED advice...
  • Garrett said on December 14, 2008
    Thanks for all the advice. I plan on owning a skateboard company, and I don't want to release the name because it might get taken. I am 12 years old and trying to start it with a few of my friends. We are starting small. We are only starting with $500, which I know I'm sounding like such a kid, but I think it will work. My grandpa will be making boards for me because he owns a company that can make them, which will be cheap for me. I will sell them pretty cheaply. Remember this "Buy low, sell high" but not too high. If you can give me any advice, it would be great. Thanks!
  • Guest said on January 6, 2009
    My boy and I are starting a skateboarding and snowboarding company, and right now, we aren't trying to open a shop but just a brand or company. We are starting with clothes and promoting right now but can anyone hook me up with who I need to talk to or get ahold of to speak about getting decks made? We already got some raw shit cooking up!
  • Guest said on January 6, 2009
    Can someone hook me up with who to talk to about getting decks and snowboards made?
  • JCT beginner adviser said on January 20, 2009
    I own a skate shop in Tokyo, and I have some wall space for some smaller companies' products.. If any of you company owners want to go international, hit me up and maybe we can work out a deal to get your branded products in my store. I'm not looking to make money out of this - Want to diversify the skate industry and offer my customers some product varieties. I could easily just fill my space with more junk from Element or Zoo York as that stuff sells really quickly here, but as you other owners know - If customers know exactly what products you have at all times, they'll soon get bored and won't come back.. I just picked up an old 720 arcade game to put in my shop for kitsch!
  • samaad said on January 21, 2009
    I need help with starting my own skateboard company. I need to know where to order the products from and how much money I will need to get started. If you know anything, email me at Thanks
  • J-dog said on January 26, 2009
    I live in sa and want to start a skateboard company. I want to know where to order decks. Please help.
  • OHM said on January 27, 2009
    Hey, gals and gents, I agree there is much work involved in getting a company up and running. however, if it is something you really want, the only thing holding you back from success is yourself. It takes about 10 years to get where you want to be.
    JCT I'd like to talk to you about carrying some product. If you can, contact me
    Perhaps we can make something happen. Anyway, good luck to all of you out there catch you on the flip side. And see you in the winners' circle.
  • ZYIVVZRRZZZF said on January 28, 2009
    I am very grateful to all who have helped me solve my problem
  • Nick said on January 28, 2009
    I am really thinking about starting up a skateboard shop! It's hard work and a lot of setbacks. I want to give thanks to this site for making things clearer! But I, too have a problem!!! I'm starting a christian skateboard shop in South Africa but don't know where to get the decks and stuff. Any help will be gladly accepted!
  • kayela said on February 11, 2009
    how much do i need to start the company and am 21 living in africa zambia in lusaka. can this business work?
  • Nick said on February 17, 2009
    Hwzit guys in looking for skateboard suppliers.....decks bearings trucks cloths shoes etc. Anyone willing to help please email asap. come on guys help me out.
  • Nick said on February 17, 2009
    Whats your email address i'm sure we could help each other out. . . . Email me as soon as you get this
  • Rippy said on March 26, 2009
    I live in a historic town that is growing. A skatepark was just built in the last 2 yrs. Finally! The town is also located on a river that is the shit for wake-boarding! So many kids skate, wakeboard, snowboard, and surf. Oh yeah, the beach is only an hour and a half away too. I want to start a one stop board shop here because there has never been one and everybody has to drive 30 min. to get any kind of boards or equipment. I've got some prime locations I have to check on as far as vacant shops. There is still a lot of figuring out what to do first! If anyone has any roundabout guess on how much $$$$ it would take to get this shop going HOLLA @ YA BOY!
  • GHOST LEGION SKATEBOARDS beginner adviser said on March 26, 2009
    I think some of you people on here are crazy lol. But you all seem nice...anyway I've had my company 'Ghost Legion Skateboards' since October 2007. I started by looking online for skateboard manufacturers, found one, started with 50 decks, 50 shirts then got hoodies, stickers. we recruited a team(including me) filmed for our video...had a big video premier party and raffled a deck. 3 local skateshops and 1 skatepark carry my products now. I'm friends with them all, they're really cool. I sell my product on a consignment basis meaning i front them the decks, etc. When they sell something they'll contact me on myspace and i'll swing by in a day or two and get a check. Obviously you give them the products at a lowered price so they can make a little money too. I've been skateboarding for 16 years... i think it is easier for a skater themselves to start a company or shop because they know all about the business already. It's much cheaper to start out small with your own company than to start a skateshop... so if you don't have much money(like me) i suggest starting your own company. Find a name, artist, manufacturers, a team of skaters, and some skateshops/skateparks and go for it! if you already love skateboarding it will come naturally....later yall check out ghost legion skateboards on
  • D. Boy said on March 27, 2009
    A lot of ollie??????? Hahahahahah!!!! Well I have been skateboarding for about 8 years now and I got my own thing going on selling decks but I don't have a shop yet or anything. I started out with thirty skateboard decks and got a good return on it. If anybody has any info on where I can get the decks like a manufacturer or something hit me up at
  • GHOST LEGION SKATEBOARDS beginner adviser said on March 27, 2009
    You'll need very much skateboard ollie like 1 or 100 and plenty of skateboard birdhouses. you will need to carry plenty of kickflips to sell! that's where the money is!!!
  • SwitchSkateShop said on April 1, 2009
    I am finishing writing the business plan for my retail skate shop set to open in late May in Indianapolis. I am working on building the financials but i have no idea how much wholesalers sell products for (for example i don't know how much wholesalers charge for skateboards or apparel or hardware) Wholesale distributors will not discuss price until you have your retail sales license which I will not have until i complete this business plan, can anyone offer any help as far as prices that skateboarding products will costs (example wholesaler = eastern skateboard supply) thanks!
  • Ev said on April 3, 2009
    I am starting my own skateboarding company not shop but brand boards. I have noticed a lot goes into it. I haven't once read on here that any person who signs a skater or have their own decks mention insurance for your company?
  • Ev said on April 3, 2009
    Switch Skate Shop... I understand your problem. its like a secret code to everything with these people.(Companies) I created my own label due out this summer. And I have no idea what I am supposed to sell these for to retailers such as yourself. If you find out let me know!
  • Ramsey said on April 15, 2009
    I am thinking about starting a skate shop. I want to brand my own decks. Any deck makers in Orange County, ca. Email me.
  • Matt Mutter said on April 18, 2009
    hi i am only 13 and i have big dreams for opening a skate shop or company i think i will start with a company i have a place to get boards and i could find a place to paint them what about the trucks thought wheels and bearings and can i start a company when i am 13???
  • jack said on April 25, 2009
    I don't think you really need a premises, the best thing you can do is start a skateboarding website and sell online. I'm currently working at it myself now, my website is
  • dennis said on April 25, 2009
    I want a skate company i got some design for shoes but that's is of far and I'm going to try to make some more designs and then i will begin any design ideas. please email:dennisskorokhodov. i check email for at least every 48 or so hours. Once i do get started i will probably sponsor someone and i don't really know I'll make an indoor/outdoor skate park.
  • Nick M said on April 28, 2009
    hey i'm starting a company and the name is Colors. We are 5 right now, who are in charge. And I have an artist. Does anyone have an idea for t-shirt designs or sticker logos. send me a message at thanks
  • brandon baptiste said on April 30, 2009
    hey if any of you are serious about starting a skate company or shop within the next 6 months and live in washington, or anywhere close to spokane. shoot me an email i have some innovative designs. I am an artist and went to school for a while for business. didn't graduate but have a good grasp on how a small corporation work. my mother owns a business so i kinda grew up around this type of stuff. I am going to build my own board manufacturing suite in my basement here real soon. I use to skate and I got lazy and fat so now i don't. my dream is to pick it back up. but I have always wanted to start a skate company. I have started other venture in the past that fell on their face because of the economy and the market. I also have an associates in art design specializing in metal works like jewelry. my skill and knowledge alone could net some good profit. but with a bang up crew of like minded individuals, there is no telling what we might do. shoot me an email if anyone serious and ready to do something about it.
  • Dano said on May 3, 2009
    Hello to all if anyone needs help with getting boards made i would love to help. Offer 7 ply maple with your logo and also can print on wheels which have all kinds aval. Also looking to work with companies or industries. who has a new idea. All decks, wheels, bearings, bushings, hardware, and grip is tested parks in Hawaii and California. Let me know if anyone has
  • reggie said on May 4, 2009
    i'm 14 and can help anyone that wants to start a skateboarding company like my whole school is skaters and the area i'm in is full of skaters i would sell stuff right now for u and can get the name out if any one needs some help i am willing to help you just email me
  • Jordan said on May 7, 2009
    me and my friends have had a skate crew i guess you could call it for a while now and we have wanted to make it into a legit company does anyone know where i could get boards, t-shirts, etc made so we can get our name out there and start it up. email me at
  • Tim said on May 7, 2009
    Hey, we're four 18/19-year-old kids from Central Canada looking to start a company. We have a name, a bit of cash and whole lot of talent and we're looking to start our own company selling and creating our own t-shirts/boards/whatever. We need some info as to which the best online warehouses are to get this stuff from. Anyone knows any info please let us know. Thanks a lot.
  • orchid beginner adviser said on May 10, 2009
    Are some of you serious? Eight year olds, twelve, 14 year olds wanting to start companies? Parents getting involved? Companies in garages? Skateboard ollie & birdhouses? wtf? There's something very wrong here. Go ahead and dream big but with out any action they'll just stay dreams. Your going up against some companies that are in the $100 million + category with world wide distribution, distributors and retail shops. There's nothing wrong with being a small company; many people love & support the little guy. People have worked there way up but at what cost & sacrifice? We see all the success stories but how many failures are out there? People like Reality, Ghost legion, factory importer over there, do know what they're talking about but that's 3-5 comments out of 84+ on here that KNOW what they're doing. The basic formula for wanting to run a shop or company starts off with MONEY. $5,000 -$50,000+ saved. Then most likely your going to need a RETAIL spot and or E-COMMERCE site, (website). Your going to need to register for reseller license, insurances, display cases, bills, finding distributors, etc, etc, etc, then much more etc. This is a business and sometimes its CUT THROAT. You just don't wake up one day and open a restaurant with out any experience or knowledge on how to take Either way, in all honesty, this is the real FILTRATION SYSTEM: the people that are the most serious, talent, creativity, networking, will save up the money, find all the information they need, set up all accounts needed and simply just do it.
  • habib said on May 21, 2009
    hi, i want to start a skateboard company but i don't know where to get the boards. anyone can help? email me please. tried emailing pennswood but didn't get any reply.
  • Barb said on June 10, 2009
    Hey JCT, Can you e-mail me with your information, I have some apparel I would like to place in your shop. Thanks Barb. e-mail is
  • Andy Bee said on June 15, 2009
    Hey you all just a quick one for you all check out Wolf Skateboards and Decks. Soon coming up in the L.A. Cali area or e-mail me for details. Andy Bee Also check out Wolfie Barrueta on or
  • AJ sk8er said on June 17, 2009
    My dad and his friend are thinking about starting a skate shop in Michigan. They expect me and my friend to give them advice as to which brands, to sell, or even what to sell. I was thinking decks, trucks, wheels, bearings, and maybe even shirts and shoes. If you see anything that i'm missing, or know some good brands to sell contact me.
  • Dunn210 said on June 25, 2009
    My dream is to start a shop any advice. help, my email is, serious advice only. thanks
  • raul contreras said on July 10, 2009
    Me and some high school friends have started a small skate company and we already have boards stickers and shirts and we're looking for shops in the LA area that could help us out in selling our stuff thanks.
  • the miestier matt said on July 23, 2009
    i'm trying to launch a skate company called trashcan skateboards. i don't know how to make a deck or anything but i can make great grindwax that one coating will last weeks if used properly. where can i sell the wax? stores don't take me seriously because i'm only 14, so should i wait to even try?
  • Mmm said on July 28, 2009
    Well, so far the guys that claim to own a shop haven't mentioned the price and quantity they get the decks for, and a lot of us are wondering the same thing. So if you own a skate shop, please share the price that you get the decks for, so people can figure out the profit of wholesaling decks. Because it is obvious that buying 50 decks like somebody said, you're not getting the price that the ones that buy in the thousands.
  • Ryan said on August 9, 2009
    hey guys i'm trying to start my own brand of skateboard decks and stuff.. i'm thinking about going on eBay and buying some blank decks to test out and see if people like them but if you have any advice for me please email me at anybody's opinion is welcome. thanks, Ryan B.
  • jon said on August 13, 2009
    whats up, i'm 16 years old and i want to start my own skate shop/park. i just don't now how i will get the brands like enjio, volcom, elament, zero plan b and all those other owns that i don't have time to type out to sell there stuff at my skateshop. can you guys help me?
  • austin mclendon said on August 18, 2009
    when i get out of high school i was thinking about opening up a skate company and i was wandering do you need a business degree or something to start it up and i'm also looking to get sponsored. what all do i need to start a company?
  • austin mclendon said on August 18, 2009
    hey my name is austin mclendon, i need help starting my skate company. what all do i need? i'm 17 and i'm looking to get sponsored. msg me at
  • Ryan S. said on August 19, 2009
    hey guys i want to start printing designs on boards do i need to use a silk screen press or can i use a regular screen printer? and any advice would be appreciated on how to start a skate company. I am starting this with a friend that wants to start a clothing company so we are partnering up and he has some connections to get us a tent at warped tour next year. msg me at
  • skater escape said on September 30, 2009
    Hey guys. It's great that so many 'young' people already have such ambitions to want to start their own business'. But everyone has to take stepping stones to get what they want... especially when you're young as some of the people blogging on this thread. Anyways... I have been working for a local restaurant for 8 years now. The owner and I are extremely close since I'm basically the longest working employee she has. The owner and her business partner are 'strongly' considering starting a skate shop. We do have a skatepark in our town, and don't have a single 'local' skate shop. We do have pacsun, zumiez, buckle... Which is what EVERYONE wears in my area. But they all are no where near our skatepark or downtown area. If my boss goes through with this idea of a skate shop, she wants me to run it, so she can continue to run the restaurant herself. I want to gain a few things from this thread. I am looking for some advice, hints and tips by skate shop owners. My boss and I aren't 'dumb' on a business basis. She's ran the restaurant for 15 years now, and I've worked there for 8 years. But we know it's a very different kind of business. I also would love any ideas for a business name and any other cool ideas. Please email me at Only serious emails please.
  • lisa said on October 7, 2009
    I am building a Indoor Skateboarding and Family facility, need help in the Business plan I'm in B.C. PLEASE HELP..... email, p.s. already have land
  • kennyo said on October 11, 2009
    hey! i'm also trying to start a skate shop. i have everything all set except for one thing. how many decks, trucks, wheels completes should i buy?
  • Stratman said on October 20, 2009
    Hey what's kickin? I am in college for business management so i can start a skatepark/skateshop. I also want to start a board company after i get things running with that. Does anyone know about prices and such or which one would be better to start first? Please shoot me an email at
  • Stratman said on October 26, 2009
    Hey what's kickin?!?! along with my last post I need help with the skate park. If anyone has any information as to how to get it running ramp plans stuff like that. that would help me tremendously! shoot me an email at thanks
  • loncho said on December 3, 2009
    It is very sad that about 98% of all these day dreaming people that commented in here are not gonna be able to really make a company or a shop.. You all young people think this is very easy.. and is not..
  • Luis/Mexico beginner adviser said on December 4, 2009
    Hi to all, first of all word on orchid and some others out there, they know the business. Well in my case I'm from Mexico(BAJA) and well just to let you know, if you think that in the states is hard to create a sk8company, in a third world country you have no idea. You have to work 24-7!! The competition it´s huge against the big ones. And well just follow the suggestions of those how know what they are talking about. 1.-Over 22 its a good time to start
    2.-Make a business plan
    3.-Do a lot of research (marketing, sales, suppliers, etc)
    4.-Be creative
    5.-Do a lot of promotion (events, internet, local magazines, make a team and a video)
    6.-Support your community
    It´s very hard, but it´s what we live for, right? Most important Enjoy and do it with love, because some days you will really need it. peace out. You can contact me at:
  • BigRob said on December 7, 2009
    Just wanted to know the basic rundown of costs for a shop, and how hard it is to open accounts with skate companies? thanks for any help guys
  • Sebastian said on December 10, 2009
    I have a company for sale! Name, Rights, Small inventory of decks and some accessories, Shirts, and all vendor info.... Make me an offer.....
  • Misty said on January 2, 2010
    Some people have started a skate shop for around 40k but most start with around 100k. This is an expensive thing to start and if you are not really into it you could fail and become broke with lots of debt. I plan to open up my own shop soon but am having trouble finding a good city/state to start in. If anyone has any good places in mind please let me know and I will check them out.
  • the dude said on January 5, 2010
    Milwaukee, wi. dude where do i buy the decks
  • austin said on January 14, 2010
    i own prototype sk8 team/board co. and i have nice riders and i'm the best skater but go to BOARDPUSHER.COM, it the best place to design your own deck w/ ur name
  • TommyTheTuna420 said on January 23, 2010
    I live in Chicago, Illinois and I've lived in this fine city for all my life and the one thing I figured out about the future is you have to both have fun and and try to influence the younger generation. If anyone can give me some "insider Training" on starting up a company please help. I also do a little videogrophy so I am available for that as well and yes I can skate!!!!
  • odell beginner adviser said on February 10, 2010
    i'm so happy to find this forum well starting a skate board shop or brand can be very rewarding and easy it all depends on your marketing concept advertise in your local community magazines and news paper subways buses cabs etc hold events at clubs with younger crowds you have to get your name out there locally get that buzz start a blog and do social marketing. work with designers they are some really good designers out there I like graphic designers from Latin America and the UK start with t-shirts and sweaters then boards, jeans, hat, watches etc its an easy concept if you have the money you can start a shop or brand with 5-10k and grow after i love this business and its growing with Nike now getting in to it im working on starting a new skateboarding brand and finishing of my business plan and I’m willing to talk to any one that need my help.
  • meth said on February 13, 2010
    okay guys, I am a 41 year old who has always worked in corporate and am quite successful at the executive level. I finally want to start my own business and am thinking about a skate shop, especially since my son is 9 and I think it would be great for him to grow into as he gets older. I'm in NY and the town we live in doesn't have any real skate shops at all, but they also don't have a skate park either, therefore I'm nervous to start this business. I have about 50k to invest initially but I'm worried if the business will generate at least 90k a year in PROFIT for me to live on. Again this is all new to me as I am not or have ever been a skater, my son is but he's young. I just see that there may be a niche in my area as there are no other shops. Any advice from serious people?
  • Nate. said on February 14, 2010
    Man.. I've been skating my whole life and I know the industry. I'm trying now to start my own company, the only things i need are a good list of specific distributors. A basic outline of a business plan from someone who's done it before. And finally money. I need about 10,000$ to have a good start. Seriously, if you don't skate then don't waist your time opening a skateshop. You will fail. I'm not saying that to be rude, its just the truth, i've seen it happen at least 20 times. If you aren't a mechanic you wouldn't open a garage, would you. Same difference. To the man with 50k and a 9 year old. Thats awesome, but don't do it. Only if you really know the industry well, AND you are a good business man will you succeed. Thats it take care.
  • Adam said on February 28, 2010
    Yo, I'm 16 and me and my friend are trying to start a skate business; nothing big at first, but gradually get bigger sometime in the future. (sorta like the selling thing sorta deal, but I doubt we'll ever be that good). If you could email me with any suggestions that would be great. My email is and I've been skating for a few years but I don't know how to get started, like what would the costs be? and what should I start out with, and where? Because I live in a neighborhood where there aren't a whole lot of people around, but I'm psyched to get started so if you could help out in any way it would be appreciated. Thanks.
  • tkorey pittman aka thermy said on March 25, 2010
    hey i'm not starting my own business or any thing but i'm a great skater i'm goofey footed black an 6'1. i have a lot a talent but i've been in a little trouble. i'm homeless but want to do something with my skills and talent and even have my own park and shop one day. but i have to do a little bit of time just a couple months. but try to get in touch with me any one if you are looking for a good skater to help out. my only address is 216 crestview dr. thomasville n.c. 27360
  • Riley Thompson said on April 2, 2010
    I own I skate board company and its hard to start but you don't need a lot of money, and you can do it at any age. what you need is connections. I'm 15 and my company skate company PWK (Pasty White Kids) is already getting into shops and I've never had to get some $10,000 or anything else like that.


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