Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in food services but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Crystal Evans, Founder of Connectabl, located in Indian River, MI, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
Connectabl is a unique social reservation platform that allows people looking for the coolest restaurants, cocktail bars, and wineries to easily connect to them and other people. You can easily find friends, or make new ones. If you’re new to town and want to find the best place to eat or drink? Connectabl. Have a date, and need to find the best place to go? Connectabl!
Tell us about yourself
I started building businesses in my late twenties or early 30’s. Connectabl is just one of several ventures that I have taken on. I love every facet of being an entrepreneur- simply because of the daily grind, the hard work, and the grit that goes into it. I also really enjoy the creative side of working on things behind the scenes. My motivation comes from my love of brainstorming and
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
It is tough running any business these days. Perhaps more now than ever, simply because times have changed so much with the ebb and flow of these past couple of years- My biggest accomplishment is probably still being here as a business. Great entrepreneurs are born every day, and each year our technology is ramping up, so for me to still be here answering these questions right now is an accomplishment in its own right.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
The single hardest thing that comes with owning a business is a failure. It takes a lot of time and determination to really figure out if a business model is going to work before actually going to market. There’s so much research involved in product market fit- and if that’s a go - you have the time spent on development. It can be overwhelming at times- and I think people sometimes give up early simply because of the work that goes into it. Owning a business is not for the faint of heart. You give up 90% of your time, 100% of the time.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Build your model from the bottom up instead of the top down. Most people do the opposite- but This helps to keep your figures in check- then there are few to no surprises in your financial position.
- Figure out what problem you are solving, and build off of that. Building a business is already hard. But putting time and money into a project blindly is one the best ways to fail before it even begins.
- Once you have product market fit- you have your business model- you know your product- and you’ve set your niche’ GO Have FUN!
Sell sell sell! And tell the world why we should use it!
Where can people find you and your business?
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