By Kelly Malcolm

Being a student requires a lot, as does being a business owner. But imagine doing both at the same time. Student businesses here on the Northwest University campus seem to be taking off as several have popped up.  What goes into running a business well while maintaining your grades and having an active life here on campus? I had the amazing opportunity to interview two successful business owners who are also full-time students here at NU. The first owner I spoke to was Noah Harvey, co-owner of No Straight Roads Clothing Co. No Straight Roads sells multiple clothing items and powerful images featuring the brand name NSR. When speaking to Harvey, I asked what the inspiration behind the company was and how it has been managing school and the brand at the same time.

He said, “Once I found the why, it was easy to start the what.” He explained that balancing schoolwork isn’t easy but“if you love it, it’s all worth it.”

Another business owner I spoke to was Hailey Mavromatis, owner of For the Name. For the Name features several sweatshirts and shirts sporting the number 4 and the phrase “For the Name.”

When asked the same question as Harvey, Mavromatis replied, “Starting a business isn’t easy, but college is the perfect place to potentially fail because you have an entire community that can support you and help you get back on your feet.”

It is easy to see when speaking to both these owners that they care deeply about what they are producing and are still wanting to further their education at the same time. When asked if they recommend starting a business while also being a student, they both enthusiastically said yes, but only if you are passionate and willing to learn from your mistakes when things go wrong.  Ultimately,
starting a business may not be for everyone, but if it is something you want, then you should go out and do it!