Tom Balding

Tom Balding

Founder & President

Tom Balding Bits & Spurs

Sheridan, WY USA

You need that confidence that no matter what you do, you’re going to make it.


By Roadtrip Nation

Tom Balding


My road in life has taken me all over.
I knew from an early age that I loved making things—I even had my own little repair shop in my closet for random household items.
When I turned 18, I took a job with a company that manufactured race car exhaust systems, which started my career in welding.
After gaining a few years of experience, I moved on to do welding for a few other companies.
I eventually got certified to weld government aircraft parts—at that same time, I started welding sailboat parts.
After hitting an earning cap, I realized I’d need to start my own business in order to earn the amount of money I deserved.
I saw a movie that inspired me to move to Wyoming and start working around horses.
When a neighbor asked me to repair a horse bit, I realized I could actually make them—the next day, I printed business cards and started my business: Tom Balding Bits & Spurs.
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High School


Founder & President

I own a company that makes bits and spurs for horses.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Building Things

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Taking classes in entrepreneurship would be helpful if you're wanting to start your own business.


The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"What did I do? I shouldn't have moved to Wyoming. I made a mistake."

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