The first pop-up

I was lucky to be able to take Christmas off and I was really able to relax because I felt I had achieved something and the pipeline for Cracked was looking healthy. I’m getting ready to start breakfasts in Bread & Bones so there’s a lot to organise. There are a good few offices around there…

Reaching K with storm names

Although I knew the first weekend’s weather probably wouldn’t last, I didn’t expect it to be quite as bad as it was. I think there were probably four good days out of five weeks, the rest I spent mostly sitting in the hut hoping it wouldn’t blow over. As you probably know, storm names start…

The first weekend of trading

I remember getting a call from the HSE three days before starting the market. Even though I had spent a huge amount of time running through everything with an EHO officer weeks prior, someone else was taking this on now. I had planned on using iced cooler boxes to keep the food cold which is pretty…

Getting ready for my first market

The excitement of getting into the market is quickly overridden by the million things I had to do before it starts in a month. Staff. I need to get someone to help me at the stall. I put an add on DIT for graduates from the culinary course, put one in a MAST ezine (the insurance…

Location Location Location

I went along to an event as part of a startup gathering and there were a few speakers from the Food Academy, an initiative run by Bord Bia and the Local Enterprise Board which helps small local businesses get their products onto shelves. It’s nice to hear people who have done it and come out…

The Operational Octopus!

There are a lot of different avenues to cover when you actually start setting up like equipment, branding, food, electrics, insurance, plumbing etc, some things I haven’t a clue about like the latter! It’s also still constantly on my mind that I’m setting all this up without a location which doesn’t help when feeling a…

The minefield of government bodies

One of the things about not knowing what you’re doing in a brand new industry is that you keep changing your mind on things, especially the order in which things need to be done. I’ll do this first, it will allow me to do that, no, that needs to be done before I can do…

Perfecting the product

You have to get out of the house and do something every day or you’ll go mad. My way of keeping my motivation was to make sure I did one of five things every day; Meet a contact in the industry, look at new markets/cafes, take on one element of the operational set up, meet…

The first challenging decision

I wanted to make sure I had covered as many areas of research as possible so that I could conclude (objectively) that this idea had potential. I created an online survey to get feedback, asking friends to send it around to colleagues so I could get an unbiased view. From previously working with super smart…

Step 1 – Research!

Research was first on my list. I nearly went straight into starting a business plan, only that my sister urged me to do the research. Everything you read about setting up a business will tell you the reason most people fail is because they haven’t done the research. The idea might sound great to you…