During the process of establishing Tipping Cow, I am constantly being reminded that although I am an entrepreneur, I am also a child. In starting a business, I am entering into a realm of adult things, like taxes, insurance policies, licensing, and all other sorts of grown-up madness that I don't know the first thing about. The other day I was feeling infantile, looking at insurance policies and understanding none of it. I called my mom and litterally opened with the line "Mom, I need an adult."
Every step along this process has brought new hurdles that I've had to learn how to jump. Little things, like putting a new plug on my ice cream maker turned into an entire electrical rewiring project to prevent my 220v appliance from burning down my 110v kitchen. Not knowing anything about anything electrical, I was blindsided. I was so excited when I had found a kitchen to rent and a batch freezer that I could afford, that I didn't realize that their voltages would make them incompatible.
The consequence of not knowing anything is that you learn a lot; it's really not such a bad deal. I made the mistake of buying an appliance with a high voltage, and as a result got to learn how to rewire an outlet (as well as learning the lesson to always check for voltage compatibilities). I feel extremely young and inexperienced every time I make one of these mistakes (mostly because I AM young and inexperienced) but every time I learn something unexpected, so it feels like a fair trade.
My Take Away: Messing up really isn't the worst thing If you are venturing into a field that is new to you, you're not going to know everything. There will be surprises, there will be mistakes, and there will be questions that you don't know how to answer. Every problem is surmountable, however, so accept that and move forward!
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Starting a food business has been exciting, rewarding, stressful, terrifying, and without a doubt the most fun I have ever had. I write here to share with you my struggles and successes in this journey.
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