Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in food and beverage but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Jennifer Smith, Owner of Eclectic Cup, located in Las Vegas, NV, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
Coffee, tea, and all the fun drinks! We generally do private events and occasionally a few of the bigger markets throughout the year.
Tell us about yourself
I came home from a vacation in the PNW and fell In love with the vibe. So I figured if I can't live there, I'd start my own funky drink business here! It took me a year to find a true vintage Shasta and then two long years through COVID to build it with my dad (and an electrician & welder later on). I love people, and I really love it when those people like all the crazy ideas that are in my head and let me custom-make them something like a "pineapple in yo face" latte. 😍
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
There were so many days I cried because I didn't know if I could do it. It was scary. It was new. But with a lot of Family encouragement & God, somehow I did it while having a full-time job and not a ton of money to work with. I feel very grateful for where I am.
What's one of the hardest things that comes with being a business owner?
IT'S SCARY SOMETIMES! Doing new things can be terrifying, and there's s big learning curve.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
Make a vision board, journal & pray. And remember, you can't please everyone. Trust your gut & make a decision and Be okay with it!
Where can people find you and your business?
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