Dad Finds Success with Growing Toy and Party Supply Business

Yep, Father’s Day is this Sunday? And, we, at Kabbage, wanted to take the time to honor all of the amazing dads out there who enthusiastically embrace the challenges and triumphs of parenthood. As the old slogan goes “It’s the toughest job you’ll ever love.”

To kick off Father’s Day weekend, we thought we’d share with you the story of Jack Martin, a business owner, Kabbage customer, and dad to two boys, ages six and eight.

Jack launched Trainbargains.com in a spare bedroom, selling Thomas Wooden Railway trains. Initially, he was collecting the toys for his children and selling duplicate products that he was purchasing on eBay to pay for his hobby.

Soon, it started to feel more like a business, and he moved his growing enterprise into the basement of his home. Before too long, he brought his brother in as a partner to help out during the busy holiday shopping season.

When sales dropped off after the holidays, Jack began exploring additional products to sell and quickly found that Thomas and Friends party supplies could generate year-round sales. In fact, sales were so good that he ventured into party supplies featuring Dora the Explorer, Spongebob Squarepants, Hello Kitty, and other kid favorites.

With business continuing to grow, Jack and his brother moved the business to a 2500 sq ft warehouse. Soon, they’ll be relocating to an even larger facility and will be opening a 2700 sq ft retail store in July!  With the help of Kabbage, he’s able to fund new product offerings and take advantage of discount offers from vendors.

When asked how being a dad has helped him in his success as a business owner, Jack says, “It definitely makes me more compassionate towards my employees’ needs and helps me have an understanding that there is life outside of the workplace. Family is always number one!”

His advice for other business owning dads? “Hug and love your kids every chance you get because before you know it, they’ll be all grown up, and you’ll regret the special times you missed when they were young!”

Good advice Jack!

And, a big Happy Father’s Day to you and all the dads out there from the Kabbage team!

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