FOODĒ's First Year on Earth

Day 364: That’s A Wrap (For Me)

This is my last entry for thefirst365.  I asked Joy to write the blog post for the final day … after all, FOODE was her idea.

I could get all emotional here, but I’m not going to.  That’s not my style.  Remember, I’m the first to admit that I’m still not a great businesswoman .. I have so much to learn.  But I did learn a lot – and I’d like to share it with you.

So, here goes.

Research is everything.  Do not rush into anything.  Trust your gut.  Surround yourself with people who are smarter than you.  Think smarter.  Trust your instincts.  Have an excellent staff.  Pay your staff well – or as much as you can.  You get what you pay for.  Be honest.  Have tough skin.  Cherish customers.  Get comfortable saying no.  Be okay when someone says no to you.  Attack debt.  It’s okay to be scared.  If you want customers to come back, more than the product has to be wonderful.  Be kind.  Be tough.  Get ready for surprises – and some are going to cost you.  Not everyone is your friend.  Get used to being poor.  No social life.  At one point, you’ll think about quitting.  Make it your life – there should be no Plan B.  Give customers a reason to connect with you and your product.  It’s okay if people blast you online … if you think about it, it’s actually pretty funny.  Smile.  Have an excellent business partner.  Growing pains are okay.  Admit when you’re wrong.  Be humble.  Sometimes, people can be mean – even if they don’t mean to be.  Find a positive way to release stress.  Ask a lot of questions.  Do not over-extend yourself, or something will suffer.  Be brave.  Stand up for yourself.  There’s a reason why other small businesses have been around for years – figure out what they’re doing and why people continue to support them.  Pay attention.  Watch every little detail.  It’s okay to be sad.  Don’t cry.  Get your shit together.  Don’t curse.  There is never enough money.  Be there every second of every day you’re open.

And finally …

You will never, ever work this hard again in your life – unless you’re lucky enough to make it to year two.

Thanks, y’all.

What a year.

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6 responses

  1. Chef Mo

    Super proud of you and love the posts. Continued success.

    January 17, 2012 at 7:50 pm

  2. Carly

    Yay! Congratulations Beth and Joy!

    Here’s to an awesome year 2.

    January 17, 2012 at 8:21 pm

  3. Sophie

    Love love love this post and love you ladies!! Foode is the best place in town and I know you’ll be around for years to come!! 🙂

    January 17, 2012 at 9:50 pm

  4. Nannette McEntee

    I have really enjoyed reading the blog you two have written! This has been a year of change for me and Budd too. While our circumstances are totally different, alot of our experiences have been very similar. We too have learned alot….about ourselves, our “friends” and business associates. I can honestly say we give thanks for our family and each other every day. I am hoping you decide to continue writing about your fabulous-sounding restaurant, maybe we’ll get to visit one day! Mostly I wish you both continued success!

    January 18, 2012 at 12:25 am

  5. Seriously…….., brilliant. Nice job, my friend. There is a pot of gold and happiness and relaxation at the end…. Nevermind, it’s wherever you and Beth want it to be. Huge, huge congratulations!

    January 18, 2012 at 1:28 am

  6. Anonymous Diner

    Congratulations!

    January 18, 2012 at 1:48 am

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