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Hidden Gems: Meet Andrew Sheppard of Sheppard Marine

Today we’d like to introduce you to Andrew Sheppard.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I grew up on the water around boats and the marine industry.

So naturally, my passion for boating and being out on the bay and the local rivers stems from my childhood being spent doing anything that involved fishing, swimming, and boating. I was taught from a young age that I have to earn and work hard for the things I had.

So everything I have ever owned I worked hard for. That followed through with me starting my own boat rental company. My mother owns her own business and has taught me much of what I know today and I aspire to be as successful as she has been.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Absolutely not! When I was younger, I remember being told constantly that if I wanted to work for myself and be an entrepreneur I would always be hungry for the next job.

Hungry for the next opportunity. Being self-employed is a constant battle to feed yourself and be able to enjoy the things in life, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything else.

You are always looking for the next way to make money, how you will pay your next bill, but sometimes your score is big, and get to take a break longer than you would have if you worked a normal 9-5.

But working for your self you work 24/7. One of the biggest struggles I’ve had and many others will have if they choose this path is money managing, but once you achieve that, your world will change.

Great, so let’s talk business. Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
Sheppard Marine is a boat/Jetski rental company. We offer boat and Jetski rentals that are extremely affordable and unique compared to other rental companies of our kind.

We also offer marine surveying and winter services. What sets us apart so much from others is we offer rentals that do not limit you to a certain location or set buoys per se like the standard boat rental company.

You can explore all the local rivers and waterways and see all they have to offer while staying under budget. We are most proud of offering such a service at the price that we offer it at.

Do you have any advice for those looking to network or find a mentor?
My biggest advice to anyone looking to be an entrepreneur or start their own business is to just do it!

There is no time like the present! Being an entrepreneur is all about taking risks and trying your best. Fail, fail and fail again until you succeed.


  • Daily boat rentals at $400 per day
  • Daily Jetski rentals at $400 per day

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