Up next in our Side Hustle Series is Jarrod Pine and his apparel company, Vector Apparel! Based out of Long Beach, NY, Vector Apparel offers high-quality athletic clothing to fit all of your work-out needs. We sat down with Jarrod this week to ask about his experience as an entrepreneur among entrepreneurs!

Jarrod had a busy summer! Without his classes at Binghamton University to keep him busy, he decided to pick up new projects. In June, he founded Vector Apparel! During his spring semester, he realized that his friends and classmates were on the hunt for high-quality athletic wear to stay comfortable and fashionable while working and studying from home. As Jarrod describes it,

There wasn’t one specific reason for starting the business. I was in the middle of quarantine and I had wanted to start a business for a while. I thought that a clothing company would be good to start because I feel like I can make comfortable clothing with sleek designs that people would like. I know a lot of people across so many different areas and groups, and they were all looking for something different.

Once he had a handle on his business, Jarrod started looking for more opportunities to grow. At the end of August, he joined one of our outsourced inside sales teams as an Inside Sales Rep! As a member of Dylan Smith’s team, Jarrod has been able to polish the sales skills that he learned from our Inside Sales 101 training course. Plus, he’s had the opportunity to apply those skills to his own business! Similar to the other entrepreneurs on our team, Jarrod has seen a lot of benefits to working with other small business owners. For him,

Bandalier has helped me work alongside eager, entrepreneurial-minded individuals who drive me to work harder. Working with other entrepreneurs allows me to gain additional knowledge and ideas from others in similar roles. So many other entrepreneurs go through similar struggles and issues, which leads to helping each other out whenever needed.

We’re excited to keep building up our team of entrepreneurs! If you’d like to connect with Jarrod and Vector Apparel, you can find them on LinkedIn and Instagram. To learn more about how you can work directly with driven young entrepreneurs like those featured in our series, head over to Bandalier’s website!