Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in food & beverage what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Ella Williams, CEO of Posh Teatime Co., located in Columbus, OH, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
Posh Teatime Co. is a social enterprise and luxury teatime experience company. We specialize in mobile afternoon tea parties, specialty teas, and teatime catering. Our mobile tearoom, teatime catering & online tea boutique attracts a clientele that values bespoke experiences. TV shows such as Bridgerton & Downton Abbey have created a resurgence of interest in Afternoon Tea in the states.
Tell us about yourself
After traveling to Europe and hosting a few tea parties in my home, I realized that tea parties required a lot of space, time, effort, and money. My passion for hosting gatherings, baking, and collecting vintage china, cutlery & crystal spurred me to create Posh Teatime Co. I wanted to turn my hobby into a business, and I desired to make hosting High Tea parties hassle-free for my clients. Posh Teatime Co. brings all the vintage China, cutlery, crystal, linens & food to clients so they can host high tea without lifting a finger.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
I would say my biggest accomplishment as a business owner would be the relationships that I have built with other local non-profit organizations and collaborations with small businesses. Being active in the community truly has helped me to become a more well-rounded entrepreneur. I have truly learned so much this past year.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
The most difficult thing about owning a mobile business is literally having so many roles and managing the logistics of a mobile business. Finding balance and ensuring that I make time for my husband and kids is important for me because I wear so many hats, but again I have learned so much.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
My top 3 tips would be first to be passionate about the business you are starting.
Two would be to have a really solid business plan.
And finally, get professional help. No one knows everything, and utilizing local organizations and mentors that support small businesses can help you be successful.
Where can people find you and your business?
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