We had 14 hard-hitting questions, and as excited as I was to find out what Nathan was thinking, I also had some butterflies in my tummy when we started.
Hello everyone. I apologize for the long silence between the last post and this one. It turns out trying to neatly write about what happens each week is harder than it seems. So, after 1 week, I'm scraping that idea. Now, I'm just going to write when I feel like it (probably once every few days), which should effectively kick "silence" out out of the house. Hy-ha!
So, where did I leave off..my to-do list for the next week. Well, by the time the next weekend came, we had each accomplished a lot from the list, but there were two big items we hadn't gotten to: 1) me compiling all the cycling research I could find and organizing it into a summary, and 2) both of us filling out a business survey individually, then reviewing our results together. So we decided to do these over the weekend, and wow, it turned out great!
The cycling research I compiled shows that the cycling industry is a super promising and exciting industry to be entering! It has shown a lot of growth over the past 40 years, with the most growth coming in the last 10 years. There is an increasing level of funding for bicycle and bicycle-related projects around the country (see chart below). Consumer interest is also growing rapidly because of 1) the green movement, 2) higher gas prices, 3) many people – old and young – looking for something new, and 5) America's large over-weight population. Also, technology improvements have allowed TONS of new products to enter the market, making it an exciting place to be (whether you're buying OR selling)! Seriously, I'm pumped!
(IIIFF you're curious, here's a link to the rest of the cycling research summary I made for Nathan. FYI, it's kind-of long, but trust me, it's WAY shorter than all the stuff I originally went through!)
And now for more super-exciting news: the results of Nathan's and my business survey. The survey had questions like: 1) Rank 1-10 how interested you are in starting this business, 2) How long do you want to commit to this business, 3) What strengths/weaknesses do you bring to the business and what strengths/weaknesses does the other person bring. We had 14 hard-hitting questions, and as excited as I was to find out what Nathan was thinking, I also had some butterflies in my tummy when we started.
I am very happy to report that we are on the same page (pretty much the EXACT same page, in fact – it's almost weird…I think Nathan might have been cheating and copying my answers….). It's great to know that we both feel really positive and willing to put in the hard work. Since we didn't start the business based on mutual interest, I wasn't sure that we HAD mutual interest…but we do! (Read the story here if you don't know what I'm talking about.) I can feel all the trappings of a great adventure (and maybe even a great business!) in the making! *happy dance*
So that's my big news! Now, I want to change gears and share a funny, non business-related story with you: I made dinner the other night and invited Nathan's sister and brother-in-law and a new friend of ours. I'm not used to cooking for five, and think I ended up making enough food for maybe three people, so spreading it around to five plates made it look more like a snack than dinner! When I put the plates on the table, Nathan's sister (who works at the same company as Nathan) said, "So THIS is why you eat so much at work! You don't get much food at home!".
After dinner, we all went out to Dairy Queen for dessert, and most of us got big blizzards, and two of the guys even got cheeseburgers because they were still so hungry!! LOL – thank goodness we're all friends and I wasn't trying to impress a new client or something! Here's a picture of my still-hungry guests chowing down on their Dairy Queen fare.
Here's to trying new things and making memories along the way! Thanks for reading. 🙂
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