This past month I have spent time with an amazing array of women in the hospitality industry. I met with many people across many places including manufacturers and retailers at the Fine Food Australia Show in Melbourne and women bartenders at Coleman’s Academy in Sydney. I talked to award winning pastry chefs, executive chefs, bartenders from Brisbane to Melbourne, artisan cheesemakers and breadmakers, specialised industry recruiters, lawyers, accountants and countless women running successful businesses in the food and beverage industry.
Each and every one of them were so passionate about what they do, their art and the people they work with.
how do you stay on top of the creative and the business side of the business
The one thing that stood out to me though, was their fear and confusion around money. They all wondered, sometimes fretted, about how to stay on top of managing the creative and the business side of their business. They also wished that when they started out they had the financial wherewithal to make informed decisions.
In my experience financial fear can be crippling but it doesn’t have to be. What I notice is it helps just talking to people, so I don’t feel alone. Getting suggestions from others on how they did things and breaking down what needs to be do into bite size chunks – it eases the overwhelm.
I am passionate about supporting women in the industry. Females in Food is a place where you can reach out to others, that’s the very purpose of this community – a place to get what you need from like-minded people who know the industry.
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