Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in food and beverage but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Patricia Tilson, owner of TTT&G LLC. (DBA Figs and Honey Catering), located in Atlanta, GA, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
Figs and Honey Catering is a small boutique catering company. We provide delicious food and exceptional service for corporate, production, and social events.
Tell us about yourself
I am a retired educator who jumped into this business to help my son when he bought this business 12 years ago. What started as a short-term project for me quickly became something that I wholeheartedly embraced. I'm still a part of the company because this is fun! From the initial meeting with the customer, through the process of helping the customer create the perfect event just as they envisioned it, to following up after the event to ensure all went well, catering provides the opportunity to experience important life events with our clients.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
Making it through COVID with the doors still open! As so many did, we flipped 180 degrees in order to survive. During shut-down, we provided chef-prepared individual meals to those not able to get out. We began providing individual hot meals for first responders and others who were required to be at work. We continue to provide a choice of either buffet style or individual hot meals (for anyone who feels uncomfortable with the traditional buffet meal).
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
Wearing so many hats! Trying to read the crystal ball of COVID (are we actually turning the corner now, or is there another variant hiding around the corner ready to pounce and shut down our corporate offices again)?
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Look carefully at numbers. Do not start the business as a hobby, but ensure that you can afford all costs involved.
- Find a mentor. Someone who has been in the business for a while and can share the pitfalls to avoid and head you in the right direction for success.
- Delegate. An owner does wear many hats, but you must learn to delegate. There is a life beyond work, and you must delegate in order to have the time to enjoy life beyond work.
Is there anything else you'd like to share?
There is nothing as exciting or as rewarding as watching your business grow. Set yourself up for success.
Where can people find you and your business?
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