Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in food and beverage but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Tim Hofmann, Owner of The Coffee Mess, located in Hilliard, OH, USA.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

I own The Coffee Mess, located in Hilliard, Ohio. We roast excellent coffee for coffee drinkers in the Columbus area and across the country.

Tell us about yourself

I started working in coffee to put myself through college 23 years ago. Every day I'm proud to contribute to the cultural life of Hilliard.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

Keeping the biz running through the chaos of the last few years. It's been really wild.

What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?

There is no instruction book. Making every single decision, from the most mundane to large-scale grand strategy, can be exhausting.

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

  1. Keep your overhead low.
  2. Show up every day.
  3. Knowing your core values and goals for the business will help you immensely with decision-making and time allocation.

Where can people find you and your business?


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