I may not post often and progress maybe slow, but rest assure things are still moving in the background.
My last blog, I mentioned how I was working on get funds (aka my issue) to fund my dream. I've been working on trying to figure out the social media aspect while planning. Plus working with the City of Oakland has not been fun! So here is a brief update.
If you don't know anyone with a business you will never know what type of hoops, hurdles they had to jump and fire they had to walk through to just open their doors.
To say the least, I've not had fun working with the City of Oakland on getting my business doors open, plus COVID.
Needless to say, I am still jumping through hoops every week it seems and each time I feel like this when I get to the other side:
Big companies definitely have an advantage, we all know this, but you really don't know til you know! I mean they have departments and people made for this. I can't say "call my people" to get this taken care of. Why cause I AM the people, I AM the company, it's just me. The level of frustration is real. So I am about to give you all the hard core truth. Truth you don't hear about, so when you hear someone you know, a friend or a family member say they are starting a business...just give them a big "covid" hug or air high five and say:
Because what we go through is just a level of pain that you just can't describe until you've been there. That pain can be anything from not getting a call back, not knowing what's next, getting the run around, not getting a reply which is even worse. it's hard when you trying to make something happen and your on your stuff and the other person not. or when you have everything together and then you have to reply on the city to give you some info, they don't care how much $ it's costing you or how much time you spend...you have a whole new respect of the phrase "go figure it out for yourself." Don't get me wrong, I am down for the cause, I am down for the HARD work, BLOOD, SWEAT and TEARS (mostly tears), but what I can't fathom is why starting a business and getting through all the hoops with the city is not user friendly or shall I say small business friendly. The process itself seems to catered to big companies. So here is the truth:
I've had to call, email, call, email, and constantly go to the city to just get an answer of whats next, what am I to do now? There is no "how to get to point A to Z" book with the city when it comes to things like building planning, permits, inspectors. Everything is wait and see and wait and figure it out. When you are your own boss, a 1 woman show, you don't have a team of people to handle things for you. You figure it out on your own and hope you can get through it right or else...Yes, you have the small business department, but there is no team to help small businesses. You hear how small business are the backbone to the community, but yet the City makes it just that much harder for you to get going, and open. We already have the issue with get $$$$ now I have to pretty much go through the same process as those big box stores opening up businesses. The lack of help with the never ending process is very daunting, and I see why some don't do it or get discouraged. Getting help is like seeing a unicorn run through the sky..............it will never happen?
So the next time you hear about someone you know going through the blues and opening a business, let alone during COVID just giv'em a
Ok, so now that I've vented, thanks for listening, especially if you're still reading this!!!
I received a preliminary approval on my plans, yay :) but I still need to do some additional work that has been requested. Once I get those squared away I will be able to do some more work then get some inspections done. Last, I can start ordering all the fun stuff.
I am finally ALMOST ready to order my play equipment, if you haven't seen it here it is! I am SUPER excited about it:
So there you have it. Hopefully, by July I can provide an update on GRAND OPENING! So stay tuned.