I work as a receptionist in a bank (for the summer break) and a couple of months ago, a lady came in looking for a business loan. I got talking to her in reception, and she told me she was starting up a vegan cafe. Having never met a vegan before, I gave her my number and said Id love to get involved in the project.
Apparently her business plan was perfect, it is a gap-in-the-market for our area and she got the loan. Now she has premises and is building up a good network of suppliers. I study marketing and advertising at university, so I designed her a (bloody good, if I do say so myself) logo and shop sign. My dad knows someone who makes shop signs, so I got her discount on that, and because my dad owns a timber merchants, he helped with the shop fitting (I think he was just glad I found a vegan friend because Im always complaining I have none)and gave her loads of discounts.
I helped her put together a menu, suggested, a Smoothie and Juice bar and generally put forward my ideas and some recipes. I never expected anything back I was just glad to have met other vegans, and the project gave me something to be excited about.
This morning she came into the Bank and requested we get a meeting room together. She then proceeded to pull contracts out of her bag that would give me a 2.5% share of the business. She said shes so grateful for what I have done and loves my enthusiasm and wouldnt have been able to do it without me. She was in a rush and just left me with a pile of papers.
I really dont understand contracts. My dad doesnt really want me to get involved any further, because he wants me to concentrate on my studies and he thinks Ill end up having to put my own money in. He said he thought it was just a fun thing for the summer and not to let it get serious. But I have really enjoyed this, and I am going to love working there when it is up and running. Its something I really believe in. Provided it does well, I think we could make something of this.
I have loads of ideas like introducing vegan-friendly clothing as a sideline, and Jill hopes to open other cafes. I really dont know if I should go for it. I was thinking maybe I could have a year out from study to work on this, and then go back. But my dad is really against it. Sorry this is so long, but what would you do?