06/12/2012

Weighing Up

weighing_upThis month we wanted to bullet point broad pros and cons of setting up an independent coffee shop, not necessarily from a financial point of view but more from how we are personally finding the experience.

Pro
It’s nice to think that we can make decisions anytime we like and can tweak and grow Artisan to ensure it is always running just the way we want it, without having to justify our choices to others.

Con
From day one, Artisan has been open every single day bar a few days over Christmas. This means that unlike other businesses, it is never possible to fully switch off and relax. We have lost the luxury of free time and those peaceful Sunday afternoons that we had in our previous jobs.

Pro
Artisan is essentially our creation; our passion and obsession shaping every corner of the coffee shop, meaning that when we do look at Artisan through a customer’s eyes we see exactly what we wanted to create.

Con
Love it or hate it, we are now employers of a small but happy workforce and with this comes sometimes complicated responsibilities, ranging from employee contracts, sick pay, payroll, National Insurance Contributions and holiday entitlements, whilst also being there to guide and train them.

Pro
Knowing that the care and dedication we have put in to firstly picking an amazing speciality roaster, Allpress, hiring and training skilled Baristas and generally pouring each coffee with obsessive attention to detail gives us such satisfaction.. and also enjoyment when we can drink as much coffee as we want!

Con
As a couple, we find it difficult to differentiate our social lives and work lives, often boring our friends and sometimes even ourselves through endless discussions about Artisan.

Pro
Getting to know our locals and everyday customers has been something that we didn’t plan for, but love – we feel as though we are making good friends and Artisan really is part of a community.

Con
The Artisan opening hours mean that the staff walk in at 6am in the morning and leave at 7pm at night, making for a long days’ work.

Pro
We simply LOVE it!

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