On this episode of The Small Business, Big Deal Podcast, we talk with Jake Farrant, founder and president of Mammoth Sports Construction. The booming family business is an industry leader in sports field construction, national cemetery renovations and golf course installation.
With 144 employees and clients in more than 30 states, Jake operates his company with precision and a strong moral compass at the center of all decision-making. His company comes from humble beginnings and started with Jake purchasing a pickup truck, financing a John Deere mower and borrowing equipment from his uncle.
“A $50 to $250 job back then was a pretty big deal to us,” Jake said.
Now, he has a large team of employees working to make his business vision a reality. But looking back, he views his former business failures as crucial to his current success.
“Even the mistakes you make, you learn from them. I look at some of the bigger mistakes that we made, and it’s pivoted us into the company that we are now,” Jake said.
During our chat, Jake also talks about:
- What his company does
- What his first week in business was like
- Some memorable projects he has worked on
- How he gets new clients
- What advice he has for working with your family members
- How he uses technology to track his business
- What he has learned from failures
- How he handles a work-life balance
- The most worthwhile investment he’s ever made
You can listen to the full interview or use the timestamps below to jump to a specific segment. Thanks for listening!
[2:18] – Meet Jake
[4:00] – What his company does
[7:31] – What his first week in business was like
[9:08] – What he wishes he had known sooner
[11:28] – Installing synthetic turf fields for smaller schools
[15:25] – Installing New Orleans Saints’ turf on his hometown field
[17:47] – How he gets new clients
[19:38] – Artificial turf injury statistics
[23:13] – Advice for working with family members
[26:16] – How he uses technology to track his business
[29:12] – What he has learned from failures
[31:18] – How he handles a work-life balance
[34:36] – The most worthwhile investment he’s ever made
“Growing organically and through hard work is always the best way to grow, and not necessarily going out and hiring somebody with that experience.”