Food & Drink businesses are hard to start........
I’m often contacted by would-be start ups for advice…..and I try to speak to as many people as I can…if you scan through my blog I’ve written lots of posts about the reality of business in those early days…such as this one from a few years back. I also network at the Cambridge Grub Club and that’s a nicer way to meet people and discuss the food and drink industry!
One really good friend from Grub Club is the eponymous and very talented Laura Brown – aka the Canesmith, or more correctly formerly the Canesmith. Because a few weeks back Laura took the really hard decision to hang up her apron. Her seeringly honest blogpost entitled ‘Saying goodbye to my start up: sometimes you have to know when to give up’ is a great one for anyone wanting to start a food and drink business.
There’s subsequently been a follow up article on the Guardian Small Business site which is also work a peek .
And what does all this mean? Well only that it takes a lot [and I really do mean a blooming lot] of hard work in the early days. It’s not all about rags to riches and earning ridiculous amount of investment [as lots of start up media success stories would have you believe]….its 110% hard work. BUT its also lots of fun….and that’s the nicest reward of all.
To everyone starting out – best of luck to you all.