I’m a sucker for a good martini. I’m also a sucker for my bartender friend Sean, who likes to play “guess what’s in this drink” in order to make me better as a bartender and to try out his new combos. I have recently become a huge fan of the conversations that my roommate and I have after a few of these test-drinks.
We are toying around with the idea of starting our own creative ad agency (firm?). I know my strengths, what I can do and what I am capable of. Roomie knows her stuff too. So why not? We’re making decent money at the restaurant – we’re supporting ourselves and have some wiggle room. Working at the restaurant allows us to have ample time to think about getting this company in the works.
Where do you start? I’m up to my eyeballs in articles about this and I have a couple of mentors who have successfully launched their own companies. I don’t want to sound like a moron when I go to these people for advice. I need to know enough of the lingo to be dangerous. I need to sound like I know what I’m doing – when in fact I have no earthly idea.
This idea is great and it’s killing me at the same time. Does the “starving artist” lifestyle apply here? Penelope wrote a great article about how to be an artist, and that you shouldn’t quit your day job, etc. Does that same philosophy apply? In my case, I’m about to graduate, I’m starting to build my relationships with people who could some day employ me. Do I keep moving forward in the job search, accept positions so you can get experience and learn, and then whenever you get around to starting your own business, you do it? Or do you drop everything (except a source of income… like bartending) to start it?
My roommate and I will both be at SXSW from the 13th to the 18th. If you know anything about business, how to start one, or just want to have a couple drinks with us, we’re totally game to listen and learn from your successes and/or failures.