Delaying the Freakout – An Exercise in Perseverance!

maxresdefault (1)Sometimes life smacks you round the chops – what the hell do you do with that?

We love our jobs, it gives us a reason to get out of bed in the morning, not knowing what the day has in store for us that day, is part of the appeal of being self-employed.

Of course, there are many things that go with having your own business that can really test your patience, resilience, and dedication. Doing your tax return for example, putting on events in the rain and freezing cold, carting all of our equipment around in bags for life and still trying to come across as professional, roping in the Anna’s mum to help us cart our stuff around, the 7 day working week, making tedious spreadsheets and costing ingredients to make sure our business is viable. It’s a tough old game!

But for every negative, it is equally balanced out by many positives. From our position we see having own restaurant, own catering van and the cash flow to pay the business bills, as the holy grail. Even then, although things are easier, you have other obstacles to deal with. I worked with The Bagelry this weekend to help them out, from their perspective I can see obstacles don’t just go away when you have your own place, they just change form. Just like life, I guess?

This week has really highlighted the highs and lows of running your own business. Pao have of course been planning our supper club at Claremont Farm for some serious time! So it came as a blow when we heard the news 2 days ago, due to unforeseen circumstances, we had to change venue. We are gutted about this, and were really looking forward to work with the lovely Andrew Pimbley in the farm’s beautiful family-run café at Claremont. I am sure they can attest to the fact that even the best laid plans can fail.

So, instead of crying into our pillows, reaching for the whisky (although we did share a snifter!), or even worse cancelling – we decided to delay the freak-out. So, mid snifter, the three of us took a deep breath, and thought of some solutions.

The lovely folks at Frederik’s have generously and graciously offered to host our supper club. Disaster averted, we hope!

Obviously due to the relocation some have understandably had to cancel. So what now? Cancel? No way! We have worked too hard to plan this event, far too stubborn to quit!

Anyway, for all you budding entrepreneurs out there, if there is one thing I know, as a start up business trying to make it count, it’s that it is possible to delay your freak-out to a later date. If you are lucky enough to have a good people around you, which we are -reach out and talk to them, there might be someone out there to help. My mum always said, “if you don’t ask, you don’t get”.

Have a wonderful day, be kind to others and yourself, but most importantly  – don’t give up!

Shelly.

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