Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in food and beverage but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Robyn Thompson, CEO of Four Fat Cows, located in Atlanta, GA, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
Ice cream and bakery shop. Our customers range from 6 months to 100 years old...anyone who likes sweet treats!
Tell us about yourself
I am the CEO, Founder, and Executive Chef of Four Fat Cows, a group of ice cream parlors with a focus on groundbreaking flavors, a full bakery line, and allergen-free desserts. I have always had a passion for art and a knack for starting a business. As a child, I would create pop-up "restaurants" in my home kitchen for family and friends, playing the part of both chef and server.
As an adult, I built upon my entrepreneurial and creative spirit. I started with art studios, then I ventured into restaurants, and eventually into my first Four Fat Cows stored in Alpharetta in 2015. My company is family owned and operated, and my four kiddos are the Four Fat Cows!
At Four Fat Cows, we offer a classic menu of flavors as well as a seasonal menu to have fun and play with our yummy ice cream and desserts. As a mom, Robyn has made it her mission to bring goodies to every family and kid who had to stop eating their favorite desserts because of an allergy!
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
Successfully working day in and day out with my two oldest sons. It was a learning process to work into our roles, effectively communicate and separate the relationships from parent/child to co-workers. We have a lot of fun, and I wouldn't want to ride the ups and downs with anyone other than my kids.
What's one of the hardest things that comes with being a business owner?
I think the responsibility you have to your team. I love our team members and all that they do. I work hard to make sure that work is fun, they have what they need, and that they enjoy their time with us. Sadly, you can't knock it out of the park every time, but we try to!
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Ask questions - Ask everyone you can reach out to about the industry you want to go into, about the ups, downs, challenges, and reality of that industry.
- Be humble - Don't ever want to try to be the smartest person in the room. You might have to make the decision at the end of the day, but make sure you ask your support team their thoughts and opinions first...and listen! Then make your decision.
- Have more money - Whatever you think is the right number, double it. You'll thank me later!
Where can people find you and your business?
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