I've mentioned that starting a business is difficult, right?
For me, it's not the paperwork or organization or multi-tasking. It's the parts that I can't do myself. It's the need for patience and trust and all those things you don't want to keep learning over and over again in life. Remember all the reasons group projects sucked so bad in school? I haven't escaped that in this venture. Don't get me wrong, I love working with different people, and that's a major asset for me here. I just have a really hard time not doing everything myself. Even for the things I WANT other people to handle. I just want to bulldoze through everything toward the finish.
The most frustrating question I hear is "when is the opening date?" It's an appropriate, common question for any new business, and one I assume most business owners are excited to answer. My original plan was April 1st (yes, I know that is April Fool's Day), but I know it can be sooner than that.
3 months? 2 months? I'm not sure when or why I became so eager. Maybe because the opening is the goal right now and since the end is in sight, I'm fearful of everything exploding into flames before it happens.
I have all the elements in place, except for the actual store. And I'm not going to wait until warmer weather to finish the construction of it. That means I am building in the middle of (an unusually high snowfall?) winter. Anyone who has ever started a business or worked in construction or hired someone to remodel their house is nodding their head right now (and probably rolling their eyes). I feel it would be incredibly naive to give a solid number on my opening date. Yes, I should come up with a (better) rough estimate, but to be honest I'm afraid of being way off or unrealistic and having to eat crow later. I'll work on it and get back to you.
I'm super anxious to open this store and sometimes forget to savor what I really signed up for, the process of starting it from scratch. Even with total decision-making control over a project, I still have to work with what I got. I still have to stay within my budget, rely on other people's time frames, and deal with all that construction in the dead of winter entails. This store will open and we will be chugging along, selling groceries and other items to lots of grateful folks, and this part will become a distant memory . So I will try to relax and enjoy the ride a little bit more in the meantime.