Saturday, April 30, 2011
The Reluctant Tycoon
Things have not settled down at the bike shop. In late March, business went from 0 to 100mph almost over night. It has not slowed down since. Everything in my life has been put on hold to make room for the bike shop. And that is as it should be I guess. After all, making money is what keeps the damn doors open.
I was caught off guard. The last 5 years of mediocre or less cash in the till made the memory fade of the normal flow of a bike shop that is waking up from the long winter. This Spring reminds me of my seasons 10 years ago. Living, breathing, and dreaming of nothing but the bike shop, 24/7. I knew I was one toke over the line when a bad dream woke me up. It involved me, my daughter, one of my vendors and some wheel parts I ordered that came through wrong and oh my god, how was my kid going to win that bike race now. Whatever it was, the dream was about bikes, business, and an angry customer who was related to me. There is no bigger pain in the ass than an angry customer who is related. Of course, my sweet daughter would never be a pain in the ass - ;) It was a dream.
Even though I am exhausted, beat up, and more than slightly ragged around my edges, I am one happy buckaroo at the moment. I am once again sleeping the sleep of the dead ( the one dream aside). The extra cash has enabled me to fill my shelves fuller than they have been in several years. I seem to have successfully made the transition from my old business model to my new leaner and meaner operation. I am actually considering looking for those rose colored glasses I seem to have misplaced.
Life is really good at the moment. I plan on hanging on while I can.