Just a reminder that there are a few spots left in next Tuesday’s webinar Creating The Business You’ve Always Envisioned webinar. This short, 45-minute webinar will help you create a vision for what you want your business to look like and how this business of yours will complement and work with the rest of your life (something entrepreneurs often struggle with!). Visioning is the foundation work every entrepreneur should do before setting their business goals as it will help you clearly identify what you want and need your business do to. This webinar is ideal for anyone who hasn’t yet started their business and for established entrepreneurs who feel like their business and their personal lives are always at odds. Click here for more information and to register. Read more
Posts tagged ‘artisan food entrepreneur’
Just a reminder that if you’re interested in being the 2014 Featured Year In The Life Food Business Entrepreneur, the deadline for submissions is this Thursday at midnight (PST). Here’s all the details in case this is something you think you might want your company to take part in. Read more
When demand for Michelle Miller and Jennifer Chapman’s Polka Dot Bake Shop Sweet Potato Crackers first took off, they looked at working with a co-packer to help them manufacture the product but in the end, they say one of the best decisions they ever made was to keep the entire production process in-house. Read more
Hippie Chow is, as the name suggests, a little ‘granola.’ In fact, it is granola – handmade with all-natural ingredient goodness granola! In a food catagory as competative as granola though getting noticed can be tough. Which is why, when learning that Valerie Jennings managed to take her small company from a startup farmers’ market business to being carried nationwide by a gourmet retailer in just a matter of months, we wanted to know more. Read more
CHOW.com has declared the artisan food movement dead and warned aspiring entrepreneurs that they might as well forgo their dreams and stay put in their dead-end cubicle jobs. So is now a good time for artisan food entrepreneurs to try and build the business of their dreams?
French-style macarons, made of two delicate – almost air-like – cookies sandwiching a complementary filling is a far cry from the chocolate-dipped coconut macaroons most Americans are familiar with. A new breed of food artisans are whipping up these traditional European delicacies and adding a twist with their own unique flavor combinations that has customers clambering. Today we sit down with one such artisan, Rhiannon Devine of Seattle-based Lilli-Pilli Patisserie who is gearing up for her second year of business. Read more
The Teton mountains in Wyoming have long drawn adventurers. First Native Americans called the area their home, then fur traders looking to get rich, pioneers who hoped to set down roots, and now, it’s hikers, bikers, skiers, and climbers who flock to the area. Kate Schade is one of these modern-day adventurers and it was her quest for food – real food – to help her fuel her adventures that led her to create Tram Bars (named such because Kate and her friends ate them in the Tram line at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort), a delicious, easy-to-eat, bar made from real ingredients. What started as a bar just for friends that Kate made when she had time (and wasn’t working multiple other jobs), is now a buzzing small business based in Victor, Idaho with products sold nationwide. Read more
Perhaps it was the full moon last week, but every entrepreneur I talked with (myself included) was feeling overwhelmed with the sheer amount of stuff that our respective businesses were demanding. My own personal to do list has sticky notes attached to it with even more to dos and it feels like for every one thing that gets crossed off four more are added.
The truth of the matter is that entrepreneurship has always been a bit of a juggling act where you try to turn something you love into a viable business, run the business side of it without losing your mind, and do it all with grace, charm, and a happy family life. It brings to mind the image of a duck who looks so calm and collected on top of the water and yet is paddling frantically underneath.
Personally, last week my own to do list got so large and unmanageable that it threatened to stymie me completely. I normally pride myself on being able to keep all those balls in the air but all of the sudden my juggling act appeared in jeopardy. It finally dawned on me that there are times when focusing on the big picture is important for an entrepreneur but by the same token, there are times when you have to focus on the gritty details. In my case that meant looking at the list and deciding what needed to get done right away, what could wait, and what might not happen at all. It meant that a few noncritical phone calls went unreturned and a business meeting was pushed until later in August, but that freed me up to make sure that the ads that were due today for a major b2b holiday publication were exactly as I wanted and were submitted on time.
Sometimes in our efforts for perfection and success we entrepreneurs forget that we’re merely human. Do you have any suggestions on how you manage an unmanageable to do list?