Climb Mount Fuji
But slowly, slowly!”
― Kobayashi Issa.
The hardest thing about being an entrepreneur is that you have to do most things yourself. I have prior experience in retail and finance amongst other areas but it is quite different when it is for your own business and each decision impacts you personally. You only really have one shot at each as well which puts a lot of pressure on so it somehow takes longer too. A much bigger issue is that there are some areas I really have no clue about and, every time I look into them, I find there are ten new things hidden behind each. However, they all need progressing so I will have to learn how to do them or learn who to contact to get help. It is sometimes overwhelming and I have been tapping into my network as much as I can.
It is a little bit ironic that the business I am trying to create will hopefully involve networking and people sharing their skills and experience together as part of a co-working community. In the surveys I have done across Levallois, I can see how knowing someone to turn to for (unpaid or even paid) help could life make so much easier. It is often very time consuming just trying to identify who would be the right person to talk to even though you know many, many people must have been through the same journey before you.
I am planning to gather some key information on Connect Café clients (with their permission of course) so that I can connect them as needed. As an example, could you imagine an entrepreneur wanting to run a marketing campaign but perhaps coming from a technical background so not having much experience of that area? Connecting him to a graphic designer who could help him with images and then a web designer to build on it could be the difference between a successful digital campaign and wasted time and money. Similarly, a good accountant or lawyer is often hard to find but you can be sure that many people have good ones they could recommend. I could do with a business like this existing locally now. Sigh…! Though, of course, then I wouldn’t be doing this in the first place!
My friends have been great so I felt my family should suffer along with me too! More seriously, they are a constant source of support and it is so great to be able to share ideas or thoughts with them for feedback. I sometimes wonder how people could do this on their own. I owe a public thank you to my husband and parents for the time and help they are providing so here it is! Thank you all so much!
My brother has been roped in actively too and has also decided to learn new skills to help me out. He has agreed to build the website for my new business and is busily doing so though much of the functionality is hidden for now. We talk almost daily as a result and that is really nice as we live in different countries so don’t see each other so often. Today, he uncovered a little bit of the new site so that I could move the old blog here to the new platform and I will be posting here from now on. I hope the full site will be going live across the summer.
It seems Connect Café is now moving faster on its internet presence than its actual location though, if anyone is reading this, please keep your fingers crossed for me as I hope I might have good news on that front soon.