Where did you get the idea for your business?
I had a passion for craft beer and always wanted to run my own business. After studying Bachelor of Business (Entrepreneurship) at RMIT it became apparent that the number of hours put into starting your own business is quite high and the initial rewards very low. So I decided that if I was going to make a go of it I should pick something I really love.
How did you get your business started?
I worked on the business plan for New Venture Creation, the capstone course for Bachelor of Business Entrepreneurship, after graduation I took the business plan to the bank and received the funding I needed to start the business.
What lessons have you learned so far on your business journey?
You always need more money! When developing the business we did not leave enough room for unexpected costs. Also with a product based business cash flow is something that needs to be looked at constantly.
How important has it been for you to have a mentor?
It has been very important to have mentors in different fields that apply to the business. Initially, we worked with mentors that guided us through how to set up the business, write business plans, etc. As we progressed we needed mentors within the brewing industry to help navigate the more specific hurdles faced.