So, you think you want to start something? You believe you are an entrepreneur?
I believe if you have ever had that thought then you are. Now it is up to you to make it happen.
Definition of an entrepreneur:
A person who organizes and manages any enterprise, especially a business, usually with considerable initiative and risk.
That sounds so, well, clinical.
My definition of an entrepreneur:
A person who has an idea, a dream, and jumps in before the fear totally paralyzes them.
If I would have thought and planned too much before I made the decision to open Spoons it would have never happened. I mean NEVER EVER.
- Do NOT over think your idea. Move on your idea. Do something. Anything. Trust me, it will never be perfect. It took me MONTHS to get the about me for this blog good enough to post.
2. Come up with a name for your business and get a domain name.
3. Find mentor’s that get it. Since I started Spoons, the internet has blown up. There are so many awesome resources out there willing to share. Remember, take what you like and rings true to you. This is your dream, your passion. I had never been in the restaurant business, so there were and still are many things that I do that are not considered the NORMAL business practices. That is one of the reasons you want to be an entrepreneur, the NORM just does not fit.
4. Form a corporation. Before you hire your first employee, place your first order, sign a lease, walk out your door. It is worth the money. DO IT! I have a few LLC’s. You must protect yourself.
5. Keep good records. Get a good honest bookkeeper and a CPA. This one took me awhile and I have some stories!!
6. There is no balance in the beginning. You will live, eat, and breathe your new venture. Hold on TIGHT!
7. You have to be able at any moment to look at the business thru a microscope and a telescope. For me, there are microscope days, where I am way into the day to day details, and then telescope days where I am thinking about the future and how to get there.
8. Invest in the best tools you can. When I first opened I had no choice but to buy all used equipment. We also washed every dish by hand and wrote every ticket by hand. New equipment and automation tools are awesome if used correctly. They can also be very expensive mistakes if you are not sure your exact needs.
9. Find your core employee or employees. I still have my first employee as well as many long term employees. I believe this has been the biggest key to Spoon’s success. You absolutely will not be able to do everything yourself, if you continue to grow. Know your strengths. Find others that fill in where you are weakest. Take care of them!
10. Build your relationships with your vendors and bank. Be honest in your communication with them. I have had to change banks and vendors because it was not a right fit.
This blog is my latest venture and you might think I wrote this just for you, but I also wrote it for me, to remind me why I have to keep creating. It is like breathing. It is my passion.