Over the years I have always wanted to run my own business, there was never any doubt I would be successful, and the idea of being my own boss really appealed. My father had run his own green grocer before he married my mother, and then many years later he had a very successful fencing company, it was in my blood and I was determined to give it a go.
When I was still married I toyed with the idea of buying a discount variety store, I even had one in mind, but then I had a wife, four children and a mortgage, and as I was the only bread winner the risk was just too great.
Fast forward a few years and I still had the bug but this time I wanted to set up my own kitchen ware shop, I thought that would be more achievable than buying an existing business. Unfortunately I was still the only bread winner and so again the risk was too great.
In between times my then wife had operated her own adult party plan business, Secret Scandal, she didn’t do too bad out of that but then along came baby number 3 and that was the end of that, we could not get anyone reliable to do the parties, and it really was not my cup of tea.
Some years later after I met Brian we both had the same bug, we craved our own business and soon found what we thought was the right one, a lovely cafe come general store right on the River Murray, then along came the drought and that was the end of that.
In the mean time we decided to offload that business and buy a pub, we soon found out you could not have your cake and eat it too. We could not sell the cafe and we were living 3oo kilometres apart, and then to make things worse the local football club amalgamated with another team and the pub started to go pear shape.
Any way things got progressively worse and those that know us know what hell we went through, but we came out of it stronger as a couple, albeit a little disappointed that our dream had soured.
That was not the end of the story for me, I still wanted to prove to myself that I could run a successful business so I set up an online retail affiliate of a very large online marketer, however the hype was not worth the effort and Graham’s Goodies weren’t so good after all.
The moral of the story, I still have the bug only now I would like to open a little shop selling collectibles. Will it ever happen, I hope so, then again there is a lot to be said for a regular pay packet and paid holidays.