27th April 2015 was the day that we have officially embarked into the unknown world of food business.
I was a teacher.
He was a retailer.
Together it didn’t make any sense why we wanted to take that leap of faith into the cruel world of F&B with little knowledge and experience.
We had that share of struggle.
We learned from scratch.
What are the practical purposes of those formulas we learned in our undergraduate schools ; the overhead cost of operation, profit and loss, marginal productivity, fixed cost vs variable cost, the Maslow Hierarchy etceteras.
This is our 8th months. We struggled, yes. We failed, yes. We came back home tired, with no energy to do much yet we have a toddler ( plus a newborn now) and a piling papers that needed our attention before going to sleep. Most of the time after 2 am.
Did I mentioned that when we first started, I was about 3 months pregnant with my second child? Yes. I was.
I mean, on the technical part, it was obvious that being a start-up, you have to be the person that work the hardest in the company.
That’s where we made mistakes. We underestimate the market. The pain of starting a business at this time of economy. The complexity of human resource management. The accounting and financial management. For me, I had no idea that dealing with raw materials suppliers can be very taxing and blood-boiling at the same time.
Both of us underestimated the challenges of managing talents and human capital management from an employer point of view.
Then we learned.thanks to supports and advices we’ve been compiling from parties that are much experience.
It was been told that our backgrounds thought us to preserver.
This is our 8th months and money is never the only important thing that pushed us to choose this road (not that we had much).
What we figured, mistakes are the only ways for us to learn. Its okay to fall and cry because of the pain that we made. Its not okay that we never tried.
SImon Sinek’s said
“People don’t buy what you do; they buy why you do it. And what you do simply proves what you believe”
So why WHY we are doing this? Let me word it in a different entry because it deserve a longer post.
We believe in this. We just need to make sure that we deliver the message.
So here’s to November.
May we learn from our mistakes and make the best out of it.