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  1. #21
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    sorry for the caps, i realised after i finished the message

  2. #22
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    one negative and one positive

    One of our negatives is the following: one day, just out of the blue, the volume of people coming in is reduced to half... being a beginner this is a scarry thing. We got used to the fact that these days are there and can always happen, and that they do not start a fall down of our business. I cannot stop to add a positive as well On Saturdays I go in and stay more hours, just for quality check. Last Saturday I was watching from the upper level the activity of our two employees, and a friend of mine came in and saw me drinking a perfect macchiato, and asked with a smile: oh, you came to work, huh? I felt so great...saying , yes i came to work! I realized what a wondeful work this is, actually

  3. #23
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    If you and your spouse are both involved (and really, how could you NOT be) you will argue. And it will get nasty at times. So this business isn't for those with a weak relationship.

    You won't have time to do all the things you used to do.

    And if you had a "good job", you'll be a lot poorer for a considerable period of time.

    But there are a lot worse things you could be doing. If you're up to doing it "right" and not just launch a bunch of mediocre stores, you'll find a fantastic community of enthusiastic people who will help you every step of the way.

  4. #24
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    Labor cost.
    Ciao, Baby! Di Crema is rising!

  5. #25
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    or as i'm realizing...

    the delays in the permit process and getting approval from the township.

    my espresso machine's sitting it's box in the corner of the store and has been there for over a month... ugh.

  6. #26
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    - worker's comp
    - payroll taxes
    - worker's comp
    - income statements
    - worker's comp
    - unemployment rates
    - environmental health
    - perishable products
    - attorneys
    - plumbers
    - electricians
    - worker's comp
    - lease renewal negotiations
    - electricity
    - propane
    - leaks
    - equipment failure
    - corporate franchise tax
    - penalties and interest
    - employment development department
    - worker's comp
    - employee injury
    - liability
    - customer injury
    - immigration ?

  7. #27
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    I know this thread is old, but it really hits home. Anyone want to add to it?
    AJPratt
    Pratt's Hill of Beans

    "Don't laugh at the coffee. Someday you may be old and weak, too."

  8. #28
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    Keep it real: The negatives of owning your own store

    I will reply (since I just noticed this thread).

    cust.: You should have more food...why don't you have a <insert commonplace food item here>?...You don't have pie??!!??!!

    employee: A large Latte will normally have 2 shots of EXPRESSO. (Nick overhears, dies of embarrassment, comes back to life and strangles employee)

    cust: I will take a 20 oz. Breve with one shot. Do you still charge for a small?

    I will agree with all of the above comments. It all sounds very familiar. It's hard work, and yes it is a business, and needs to be run like one, but when it comes to service, you have to have fun with it. I personally like to harass my customers, try to make them laugh, get to know them, and let every customer know that when they are always welcome. It's hard to interact with the difficult customers when you are too serious. It's not like you are running a bank.

  9. #29
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    Hi, Nick... I can't wait to give people a hard time! I just hope people get my sense of humor. LOL
    AJPratt
    Pratt's Hill of Beans

    "Don't laugh at the coffee. Someday you may be old and weak, too."

  10. #30
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    1. There's never a shortage of stupid people.

    2. People asking for donations to their "support local" campaign, and they don't order anything. ????

    3. See #1
    John Piquet
    caffe d'bolla
    Salt Lake City, UT
    caffedbolla.com

 

 
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