Some of you already know that I am a freelance translator and a coffee shop owner. Starting this February, some would joke at my expense, saying that I am a coffee shop chain owner. It’s not really like that, they are only two. And a handfull, I might add.
Back in 2008, I wanted a more dynamic business and, between me and my boy, we decided a coffee shop would be perfect. The market was blooming, people were going out more than ever and we enjoyed being hosts. So we opened a coffee shop very much like ourselves – a strange combination between work and relaxation, a place that most of our clients would call it “their living room away from home”. There have been ups and downs, as with everything and there were times when we thought we wouldn’t survive the economic crisis. We learned the hard way that it’s not that easy to be a manager and that we should pay someone to do the things that we couldn’t – like negotiating with suppliers and firing people (not that we do this very often, but it’s not getting any easier). Plus the tons of documents we have to keep under control…
Looking back, it was a journey well worth taking. We learned a lot about ourselves, human nature, client relations and we are four years wiser now. And owners of two coffee shops, instead of one.
I would love to have you stop by for a coffee, if you come to Bucharest.