How Dawid Godziek Accidentally Started a Successful Business

I recently visited Poland’s top BMX rider - Dawid Godziek - at his home on the outskirts of Krakow. I’ve known Dawid for a few years, but really didn’t know a whole lot about his life off of the bike. I was pleasantly surprised to find that, in addition to being an incredibly nice, well-spoken guy, Dawid also owns and operates his own business. What started as simply buying a machine to work on dirt jumps quickly blossomed into an entire legitimate operation. At only twenty-three years old, Dawid is wise and successful beyond his years. We asked him a few questions about his business and how he manages to balance the many hats he wears. Check it

What’s the name of your business?

WykopSobieSam, which means “Dig It Yourself.”

What exactly does your business do?

We rent out mini building machines.

How exactly did you end up starting this?

I just bought a digger to work on my jumps. One day, someone asked me if they could rent it. Then another person asked. Then another… After that, I bought multiple machines.

Is this something you ever really desired to do?

I had never thought I would be doing something like this, but I’m glad that this idea came to mind.

Tell us about all of the equipment that you own…

I own four mini-diggers, two mini-loaders, one roller, ten compactors, and a bunch of garden and garage equipment.

What do you think has made your business successful?

The high demand in my area and our modern approach to the customers. 

Do you have any employees?

Yes. I have one full-time employee and one part-time employee.

 

Business-wise, what does your day-to-day routine consist of?

Every morning, I organize orders and deliveries to make logistics as efficient as possible. Throughout the day, I handle marketing focus on overall business development.

How do you balance running your business and riding professionally?

In the morning I work and in the afternoon I ride. I’m planning on bringing on more workers to coordinate everything in the near future so I’m able to ride more.

Do you feel like owning your business has had any effect - positive or negative - on your riding career?

It has both positive and negative effects. I don’t feel like riding BMX has to be the only way to live. Work is a perfect stepping stone for me. I don’t have time to waste on chill riding. When I ride, I ride 100%.

Do you plan on continuing to run this business when your BMX career is over?

Of course I do. It will be big AF!

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned running your own business?

It has mostly taught me how to manage my time efficiently. Every day is a new lesson for me!

What advice would you have for any BMX riders looking to start their own business?

It’s fun to have another focus besides riding BMX, but never forget about your passion - riding!

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1 comment
  • readybmxer

    9/11/2017 12:21 AM

    This is awesome!