They say that starting a business is like having a baby. First, it's an idea. It's exciting and scary, but the scary part is way off in the distance. It grows inside of you and you begin to love it even before you meet it, reading all about what to expect and what you'll be going through, collecting things you'll need for your new adventure.
Tension builds with anticipation. You try to be as ready as possible, but there are so many thing you'll need to learn as you go. The weeks become months, and your idea grows until it's almost too big to fit inside of you, fighting for space (and winning) with your other internal workings. The final few weeks are so tough that you begin to submit to the terrifying reality that you will soon have to take this internal thing and make it external!!! Finally, you feel something. Something you haven't felt before. Pain isn't the right word, but it's the first word that comes to mind. Pressure, discomfort, nervousness, doubt. All these emotions come to the surface when you finally realize one thing... This is it! The baby has dropped!
I knew it was coming, but we had a scheduled C-section for over a year from now. As we've recently learned with the birth of our first son, Orion, the baby comes when the baby's ready! I've been talking about the pizza business for so long, and it has always been so far in the distance that I never felt any real pressure from the idea. Buying this oven has set a whole new path into motion.
As mentioned before, our entire savings has been sunk into this oven. My wife being off work and me making enough to barely scrape by is forcing my hobby into a money making venture more rapidly than initially planned. Surely, I'll have stretch marks after this little growth spirt. But what doesn't grow dies, so I'll take growth!
Now I have this little beast of an oven. It's not perfect, but it's mine. I don't know how to use it, but I love it like my very own. It's gonna cost me bunches of money to keep warm and fed, but I love it anyway. It will help me grow. We will grow together. We will learn how it all works, because we must!
Nick Gore was a corporate peon by day who just made the leap to full time pizza geek. Follow his path to world class Pizzaiolo right here on the GoreMade Pizza blog. Also, check out the facebook page.