As I write this, I’m sitting at the precipice of a big moment. A moment in which my wife and I sign away our lives to a little coffee shop/bakery that will, by all means, define the next few years (at least) of our lives. It’s an exciting moment, but also one that has caused a new level of anxiety as we work to try to make sure that we’re not only ready for the first days of being an open retail establishment, but also planning for the future successes of this business.
It’s not like we’re not capable of doing what we’re going to be doing. Although we haven’t been in this exact position before, we’ve definitely done most of the work that it will end up entailing. And the rest of it is mostly just logistical planning where we don’t have anyone else telling us that our ideas aren’t worth pursuing. In other words, the only things we haven’t really done are be able to have free rein to pursue the ways for success with a business that we believe are best.
And for all of that, I’m excited. For years I worked for small businesses and looked at what they were doing, suggested better methods, and saw those suggestions get looked down upon. And now, well, now my wife gets to look down on my ideas, but that’s nothing new.
Although I don’t really consider myself the owner of this business outside of in name and liability, I’m really excited to be a part of this thing that I know my wife will make into something truly amazing. I’m eager to see where we can go with it and what we can do to make a purely unique and original experience for our customers, while giving our staff the opportunities to shine in the best of ways. And do it through food and coffee…which are two of my favorite things.
And that all starts tomorrow…
Well, to be honest, it’s already started. Our house is already filled with supplies we purchased for our first week, because, you know, we have to make sure everything is fully stocked. And my wife has already been hard at work planning on some cool new things to do with the business, and I’ve been designing websites and figuring out point of sale systems, and, well, to be honest, I’m already a little exhausted by the detail aspects of running a business. But, soon we’ll get to move into the creative piece of it, coming up with cool ways to do even the most simple of things. Ways to make the customer experience better, and ways to make the business shine.
And those are the things I’m truly eager to get started with, to find ways to make the whole place simply work like it should, while finding ways to let me wife’s voice echo through the small room.
We just have to get there.
And it all starts tomorrow.