Advice for starting a business
I was wondering if any of you could offer me some advice concerning starting a business, whether that advice is in what books to read, lessons learned etc.?
I am in the rpocess of reading Rich Dad, Poor Dad and it has gotten my fever going to open up a brewery/brew pub again. I have had this itch on and of, and in the process have come up with a biz name, motto, a list of beers to have throuhgout the year, both specialty/seasonal and standards. I've narrowed down my area to ventura County, they are one brewery shy of meeting their limit, plus my family lives around there and so are my favorite surf spots. I've been homebrewing for nearly 4 years and anticipate winning my first 1st place this May, we'll see though. Nonetheless, I have read up on what other breweries did to get started in their respective area, and in some cases (ala Dogfish Head) its almost blind luck they got it going at all.
I am familair with the laws regarding breweries in CA, but didn't know what accounting book to read or any other advice, lessons learned etc that would be handy. I figure this place and this community would be a great source of insigh. My background is in ocean science and aquaculture, non of which will provide me the freedom that owning a successful biz wil, of course I didn't realize that then....
I see the brewery opeartion starting in the next 2-3 years. I want to make sure the school loans my wife and I have are paid off in full, at which point we'll be back in SoCal and I can finalize site selection.
Anyways, any insights, tips, pionters or direction is greatly appreciated!
Thanks in advance