Let nothing stop you
To Vihersalo, the most challenging thing about making the leap to become an entrepreneur has been the hard work of managing the entire operation.
- "There have been so many variables, whether it has been IT, hiring staff or maintenance of rented premises, that we have had to find out about from scratch."
One thing is planning your business and budget another is planning a timetable. Theirs caused all sorts of problems, like the delayed delivery of trampoline parts that forced the trampoline park opening to be postponed. Or the need for Mikko Vihersalo to move his family – wife and two kids not yet at school – the 800 km from Rovaniemi to Helsinki. To top that Vihersalo’s private earnings temporarily dropped 75 %.
- "However, my attitude has always been that challenges and setbacks slow you down, but they don't stop you. What we originally set out to do, we have now eventually achieved.”
Vihersalo and Puhakka have invested nearly EUR 1.5 million in the venture. The company now has 30 employees. In the end, construction of the park required eight sea containers of metal and springs.
RUSH TRAMPOLINE PARK also received invaluable coaching from Nordea. According to Pertti Kohonen, this primarily involved asking lots of questions.
- "We asked what the profitability threshold was, if things did not go according to plan, i.e. how much room for manoeuvre the company had? In this kind of project, you need to take equipment and conditions into account, and of course the safety aspect, which in this case had been given proper consideration.”
"In some ways running a business is all about having the courage to seize the moment.”