10 Things I Am Learning About Building a Business

Wondering where I am? Yeah, it’s as if I have been abducted by aliens and all that is left are my clothes! Actually, all is fine, just productive getting my Big Red Kitchen Cooking Salon into the Market. I have met with the Market Coordinator and found exactly where my tent will be located. Have I told you that already, because Himself keeps telling me I am repeating myself? I guess that happens when I talk to so many people every day, I have no idea whom I’ve told what. But here are some things I have learned along the way as I build this business…

1. Networking– as my college professor once said, “it is not about knowing the answers, it’s knowing where to find them, and who can help you.”

2. Humbly but boldly asking for help– This whole cooking in the market thing is completely new and I am relying on surrounding businesses, family, and friends to help me, and I will do what I can to help them. Want to live your dream, ask for help.

3. Saying no– This is a time when all my energies are going into building the business, and with that in mind, My God and family comes first, then my teaching job, and then the business. So everything else that may drain my time, although important, has to be put on hold for a little while. Only a little while though.

4. Keeping lists– If it is not written down I will forget. Check list frequently.

5. Staying organized– This is hard for me, I can be organized, but I am mostly very abstract in my lifestyle and I desperately have the “I’d Rather Syndrome.” You know the one where you say I would rather bake than fill out 52 thousand LLC and trademark forms? But now it is so bad I am saying, “I’d rather run a rusty file up and down my shins than…” My kids love that one. See #4.

6. Eating, drinking plenty of water, and moving!– Keep your body strong and healthy. I walk a lot, cashews are a lifesaver, and I force myself to drink plenty of water. Healthy body=healthy mind.

7. Talking– I am a talker. (Zip it Ma!) I have to hear my ideas come out of my mouth to hear/see how they sound/look. I am blessed with people who will listen, play devil’s advocate, and tell me the truth, and help me expand on those ideas.

8. Not letting the “What Ifs” stop me– Since I will be cooking al fresco in the market, I have run through all kinds of scenarios. “What if it rains?” “What if it is windy?” “What if I wake up with one of my tremendous headaches on market day?” Etc and etc. All to which Himself says, “Yup, you should quit now.” Sarcasm noted. So with that, I keep on keepin’ on.

9. Making every minute count– I have tiny pockets of time during the day when I think, “I have five minutes, what can I get done in five minutes?” Is it a load of laundry? A phone call? Commenting on my friends blogs? Sadly, sometimes I stare at the wall, daydreaming about all my ideas. Or running a rusty file up my shin.

10. Realizing it is hard! – I guess if it were easy, everyone would be doing it. Starting a business is hard, and uncomfortable, and overwhelming, and exhausting, and exciting, and energizing, and exciting. I’m repeating again.

I haven’t been cooking anything incredibly exciting of late, I wish Amy of Eat! were my Personal Chef. Would that be bad to be a food blogger and have a personal chef? Go check out all the wonderful dishes she makes for her very fortunate clients.


  1. highplainsdrifters
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 6:13 PM | Permalink

    Sounds like you got it figured out. Remember, tons of folks with Harvard MBAs are responsible for the Chevy Vega, and while everyone thinks Steve Jobs is a genius, not to many people remember the Apple Lisa, the Newton, or the Cube.


  2. FOODalogue
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 10:13 PM | Permalink

    Good advice…and funny photo!

  3. Mary at Deep South Dish
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 10:53 PM | Permalink

    Good luck!

  4. EAT!
    Posted April 1, 2011 at 8:49 AM | Permalink

    I wish you the best of luck and you seem to have it all under control. I hope to make it to your neck of the woods so I can attend one of your salons. It is such a get idea and I know you will do a fantastic job.

    And thanks for the link. If I ever figure out how to become a traveling chef, you are the first person I will contact. 🙂

  5. Sabrina
    Posted April 1, 2011 at 9:53 PM | Permalink

    Can't wait for the cooking salaon!

  6. Biz
    Posted April 3, 2011 at 10:11 AM | Permalink

    So excited for you Robin! As the time gets closer I am sure the "what ifs" are coming fast and furious.

    Take a deep breath – tell yourself "I am smart and I can handle this!"

    You should be so proud of yourself!

  7. Jenn@slim-shoppin
    Posted April 3, 2011 at 2:51 PM | Permalink

    I am super confident that you will be successful!!

    Good tips!!!

  8. Mimi
    Posted April 4, 2011 at 12:07 PM | Permalink

    The power of positive thinking! You'll be a great success.

  9. Natasha @ Saved by the Egg Timer
    Posted April 6, 2011 at 12:52 PM | Permalink

    Learning as you go is the hardest but best way I think. I totally understand the priorities, then trying to fit everything in. With your order of importance, it is a no fail 🙂 God first, then through Him you can do anything! Sounds like your a lot like me withthe whole wheels turning constantly…and the lists! Gotta have my lists! I would loose them so now I email myself my lists so I always have it with me on my phone. (lol)

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