If you dream about the leaf and not the bean you are not alone. The tea industry is growing rapidly in the United States and around the world. Once thought of as a “lesser” beverage, tea is back with a vengence due in part, to its fabulous health and wellness benefits.
So, what does it take to open a tea business today?
If you apply yourself to wisdom, wisdom will take care of you. If you know yourself, know your strengths, weaknesses, passions and purpose, starting a successful tea business will be easier for you. Too many people go into business without thinking of their personal lifestyle needs.
Here is an example: Let’s say you have little children and don’t want to raise them in daycare. You have discovered a priority lifestyle. When choosing a tea business you will need to consider a model that allows you to spend time with your children without long hours away from home. A great choice might be running a Children’s Tea Party company where you can set your own hours or creating a speaking and teaching career focusing on the benefits of loose-leaf tea.
Another example: If you have $100,000 to invest, love going to the same place everyday with a consistent routine that is also a lifestyle choice. A great fit for you could be owning a tea bar or tea café where you can work with regular clients in a familiar atmosphere. The key to a successful tea business is to start by looking at your self.
The second step in creating a tea business is to get an industry education. Just like a doctor needs to know the body and a teacher needs to know the curriculum, a tea business owner has to know the inside scoop on the industry he or she plans to go into.
Here are the primary things you should look for when pursuing an industry education.
1. An expert who has worked successfully in the business at least 10 years.
2. An excellent teacher and coach that you can connect with. (if they can’t teach you won’t learn!)
3. A program that incorporates business training and business set up.
4. A class that offers education about the tea leaf and how to SELL tea! (including tea cupping!)
5. A program that connects you to your priorities and doesn’t try to just teach a single method of business.
6. An overall program with a firm foundation and support for years to come.
Whether you decide to open a tea room, a tea cafe, become a tea speaker or lead tours to tea estates, a successful tea business is within your grasp. Find a mentor, discover your personal vision and go forward!
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