For the past two weeks I have been involved in business along with Oscar, Nicolas and Rodrigo. The business consists in creating a combination of dips, and "chips" to go with the different flavours.
To be particularly honest everything looks easier on paper. Having your own "company", is much harder than it actually seems. Being a group, if everybody is not on their top behaviour, and everybody doesn't do their part the whole group and the business is affected. Being a service that guarantees a product and a service, this is harder because we as a group want our product to be the best and we also have to make sure that or costumers are content with our service to them. Creating the product, has been a fun experience. As a group we have learned to challenge each other and compensate which I think its a skill that is essential in order to be a successful entrepreneur What do I mean? That since we have been able to know each other we know our weak spots and our strengths. In the areas that as individuals we may not excel at, its our as team members to help push and reinforce for the business sake. For example, I have learned that I do not react well to pressure. Having to be the cashier for the second trial of our product and the addition of the restaurant experience, I was in charge of the cash registry. I found myself getting nervous when large groups of people would huddle around me, and I felt rushed. Obviously it's something that as the time passed I got better at doing, but I have learned something new about myself. As a group we have learned that Chavez ( I love you) and the kitchen don't mix well, or that I seem to have an issue with measuring quantity. But as a business, we have learned through reflection of our own mistakes. The second time we sold, we did an awesome job and I am so very proud of all of my group for being so passionate and enjoying what we did. I have learned the real meaning of teamwork and the reality of messing up and actually having to deal with " real life consequences", which I wouldn't have been able to experience if not by having a business at such a young age. I have also learned that when you are selling something, it doesnt matter how much YOU or the brand loves it, if the costumers HATE IT. Out of all the group I was the one who got the most affected by the feedback, I have learned to smile and nod AND actually change for the business to grow. It doesn't matter how long, how hard and how much you want something to work if in the end your audience does not agree with your final product. In other words, getting over myself and my attachment to the product.
I am so happy to be part of a group, who enjoys taking risks and genuinely care to have a successful and transparent business.