Figuring out business idea, input appreciated!

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Figuring out business idea, input appreciated!

Postby Midaila » Fri Aug 29, 2014 7:53 am

So, I guess I *somewhat* figured out what I want to do. My dream is to have a small, local store, where I could sell things I've baked, clothes I've sown (and possibly some other handcrafts too), and where I could organize small lectures or courses - like those soirees Barbara told about (such a wonderful thing it sounded!)

Right now, I'm studying sewing. I don't want to do that as a full-time job, but I do want to make intriguing clothing, for excact needs or purposes, and maybe some cosplay outfits as well.

Baking I love to do. I'm pretty much self-taught and like to try out new things regularly. I was thinking of applying for conditorian courses after I'm finished with sewing classes, but I might not be able to.

We just recently found out an opportunity to buy an exsisting coffee-flowershop (or at least the coffee-part of it, not so much a flower person) when the owner retires in 1,5 years. The owner's an old friend of my mother and even I've worked for her on summers when I was young. My husband's studying cooking, and he likes making food. That coffee place serves lunch so it'd be cool for him, too.

One more thing worth mentioning; I'm on 5th week. By the time the shop owner retired, we'd have a child not even a year old. I've long wanted a job where I could be freely with my children, so it wouldn't work with regular payjob. Does anyone have experiences of running a business while having small kids? If you do, please share.

At this point I'm trying to get a clear image of what I'd be doing, what kind of business I could come up with, and how to make things work out. Oh, and the place is right on downtown in our small city of 28000 residents.
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Postby Vickih » Sun Aug 31, 2014 12:35 am

the coffee shop sounds like a great starting point. Make it a really homely place and you can sell your wares as an addition to the coffee shop keeping your sewing as a hobby rather than an obligation to pay the bills. Your group get togethers can happen in the evening too as you'll have the space once customers clear out.

As for running a business with children. It's doable, but only with help. You'll be okay until the baby can move but after that they'll want entertaining!
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Postby Elaine Glimme » Thu Oct 09, 2014 10:21 pm

Vickih, I love your avatar.

Midaila,

I think your idea is very feasible. Your friend who own the shop now is your best source of advice. He probably knows a lot about the finance side and health department requirements and other yucky things that you need to know when you're running your business. Maybe you could swap a few favors for advice.
Maybe he'd let you try out a few recipies or some clothing ideas before you actually bought the shop.

As for bringing kids to work, it can be done. My friend Maria had two children while she worked as hazardous materials specialist, and those children attended more meetings and training sessions than most. The secret was that the kids started going to meetings when they were babies, and they grew up knowing how to behave at Mommy's work. Also, you, the mother, will grow into this mode just as the kids will. You will learn what to bring to keep them occupied, and what you can reasonably expect a child at a particular age to be able to handle. Also, kids are not all alike. You could get a mild-mannered, quiet kid who will sit for hours with a pile of books, or you could get a kid that needs to run around for a couple of hours. And if you have more than one child there is no guarantee that the second one will be the same as the first. So you probably want some supplemental baby-sitting options.

I'm wishing you happy successful thoughts.
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Postby Midaila » Thu Dec 11, 2014 1:01 pm

Okay, so a little update on my situation.

I decided to drop the coffee shop idea. Can't understand how I ever imagined I'd be happy just baking every single day. Even if I did something else on my time-off, it'd still be too repetitive at work. So meh.

Instead, I'm gonna set up a home business sometime next year, after the baby's born. That way I can stay at home while s/he's little and still get much-needed human contact. I'm going to start making and selling handcrafts, mostly clothes and textile accessories, made from eco-friendly or recycled materials. There's always some market for those kind of things, and I can make something with my hands, invent new models and overall do something that somehow helps other people. I can also add to the selection of services at will when I learn something new and useful. Sounds much better to me than some coffee shop.

Even thought I don't even have the business set up yet, I've made some guidelines for the future. In five years, I wish this company grows into a bigger local market with up to ten employees. Thanks to some school course I've been thinking this pretty thoroughly and I think this is the best work solution for the Scanner in me.

p.s. I started reading Refuse to Choose again. I really wish it could be translated to my native language (even I could do it) I'm sure it would help many people in this part of the world too. I always tend to forget that I have permission to have wild ideas, as many as they come and now that I'm reading it again, the ideas are coming to me by the dozens.

Ah, the Scanner life <3
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Postby Elaine Glimme » Sat Jan 24, 2015 10:42 pm

Just found your last post. Wishing you good vibes.
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