That day I remember as it was today. It was typical Danish Monday in November. Rainy, dark, faded and I was on my way to work. Not a fancy situation, right?
At that time, I was working in a sushi restaurant. Some might think that it is not so bad position to be a ‘’sushi chef’’ preparing luxury looking food for wealthy people but the problem is, that I was dishwasher, which pretty much means – scum for everything.
In that rainy Monday I was hungry, waiting for my train, thinking about the food that I am going to buy before work. I was already late so I had to choose fast-food, but at that time I was quite in a ‘’good shape’’ (still am :D) and I didn’t want to eat a junk food. On the other hand I knew, that only apple or banana won’t full me enough. Then the dots in my head got connected: (on my way to work) Sushi – (I was already late) Fast – (Good shape) Healthy = FRUIT SUSHI.
At that moment, I forgot about hungriness and started google some information about this hybrid idea. I found a video with some Japanese granny rolling fruit to the rice but not any other mark about it. I said that to my friend Jiri and he actually liked it. Our first attempts didn’t look so fancy as you can see, but we didn’t loose the enthusiasm and kept going. Currently we are cruising around Copenhagen with our food bike, making frushi for different kinds of parties, events, graduations and attending start-up events because our long-term goal is to open a chain of frushi ‘’fast-food’’ restaurants. Nowadays I am not working at the sushi restaurant anymore but without this experience, I would have never even think about sushi in connection with fruit.
Sometimes they say that our generation (also known as millennials) is a generation that is sometimes very restrained in terms of productivity and hard work. We got used to the convenience of the Internet and all its benefits that comes with it such as home-office, working while travelling etc. All of these benefits sound great until one has to perform.
As I have discovered during the time I started my own business, it is 24/7 responsibility because no one else will take care about certain things apart from you. Even more hard it becomes when you are a student and you have to combine all your responsibilities together. As we are in a food industry business, it requires a lot of work since buying the ingredients, making the FRUSHI, taking our bike and look for an ideal place that would be the most suitable for the particular day. Sometimes it is very hard to balance all of the activities that are needed in order to study and keep the business running.
In my opinion, what one needs is a well-structured plan, that personally helped me very much. As I am a structured person that needs to have everything scheduled it was vital for me to write things down and build the well-needed self discipline in order to keep up.
However, there is certain need of reasonable thinking and prioritizing needs to work as well. Sometimes it is not possible to make both things work at the same time and that’s the hard time when we have to decide what will we focus on.
In order to sum up, I would say that the most important thing when running a business while studying is to be focused on the long-term goal and be persistent. Sometimes it is very difficult but at the very end of the day, sit down and enjoy the feeling of the productive work done.