The Challenges of Starting a Business

The Challenges of Starting a Business

Being a specialist in everything

A typical day for me can involve cleaning the bar, meeting with potential suppliers, doing the accounting, tapping and venting casks of beers, talking and serving customers, completing a stock check, writing my blog and posting on Facebook and twitter. Some of these things I am naturally good at and enjoy, some I am not and need to develop. There are times when I am so far out of my comfort zone that it’s scary but it’s a fantastic opportunity and the best way to learn.

Finding and obtaining the right site

One of the most important aspects of a start-up, locating and getting the site can take months, even years. Do you rent or buy a place? Have a long-term or short-term lease? Can you obtain suitable break clauses? There are negotiations to carry out with the landlord and commercial agents. Other key aspects are if the site will attract enough people and will it generate enough income.

When the chance to open in Queens Road appeared, I instantly knew that this road in Hastings was the one, and I made sure that I got it. I love it here as there are some great businesses and there is so much potential in this street.

Work, work and work some more

Just getting to opening day takes a lot of effort. I did a lot of the work on Twelve Hundred Postcards myself and was also fortunate enough to have a great team of builders and fitters to help with the process. It was a huge push and then we opened our doors.

At this point it’s like starting all over again, trying to attract customers and keeping them by giving them an enjoyable experience. I have no complaints about working hard and I feel lucky to have the chance to run the business.

Dave BrumleyComment