Mudgee Corner Store

A Year Into the Crazy

A Year Into the Crazy

At the end of the month we’ll have been immersed in this crazy endeavour for a full year. Regularly my friends and family ask “so are you enjoying it”, some also ask “so, are you making any money”. The second question I try to ignore or skirt around, as quite frankly I’m not entirely sure, being in a small business brings out a whole new set of metrics compared to those you have when having a PAYE job. The first question however is easy to answer. Yes. Yes. Mostly yes. Yes.
On the spectrum of busy-ness – we sat on a the “pretty-crazy-hold-on-for-your-life-sleep-when-you’re-dead” end. Now it’s more of a regularly steady manageable crazy with peaks of “hold-on-for-your-life” chaos. Twelve months ago we had just relocated to the area after having lived away for a decade (or two). With 3 kids, the oldest in school and the youngest still being breastfed, I dived into a seven day a week business I didn’t really know a lot about. Research, business plans and a weeks handover leave you terribly underequipped for the reality of your livelihood, confidence and families future is resting squarely on your shoulders. I’d prepared for many things, the two things I could never have grasped the full weight of before taking over, was just how hard it was to make a great coffee and just how much energy reserves your body has left when you think you’re tapped out.
In twelve months we’ve gone from knowing how to order a coffee and how to complain when it wasn’t right to being pretty proficient and confident in ability to say we serve the best coffee in Mudgee. It was excellent before we took over, it took a dive as we started our learning curve and now it’s beyond excellent.
So with the rollercoaster still going we’re enjoying the ride a lot more now, we know where some of the big dips are and are fully aware that some may still be ready to knock us sideways. The kids are settled and happy, the unwavering assistance of my parents making this whole adventure possible and providing that stable home base the kids are thriving in. That and rock solid husband who knows all the stuff I don’t (which is a lot), fills in the gaps, repairs my mistakes and keeps the wheels of life turning. He has impressed beyond measure with his steely determination and ability to still like me after a year of massive change and growth that has come with some wounds from my some prickly, nasty thorns along the way. We are now both fully immersed in this business, hell or high water and we’re starting to move on from treading water and put in a few arm strokes.
Most importantly we have an amazing team who are conscientious, capable and great to work with. Then of course we have wonderful loyal customers. Without either we’d still be day dreaming about something other than the corporate grind we’d spent our careers resenting. Hospitality is a draining industry and it’s a rewarding one. Thank you to everyone who has supported us this far, our loyal customers, are friendly team and our family.
Twelve months in and we’re ready to face another twelve head on.
Anne

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