Bjork here, checking in for the monthly traffic and income report.
We were hanging out at our friends? house this weekend and they were showing us clips from the movie The Intern.
We weren?t actually watching the movie, just the highlights. Kind of like Sports Center, but with a movie instead of a football game.
Here?s the basic premise:
Anne Hathaway?s character is the founder of a successful e-commerce company. The company has 200+ employees and a sprawling office. And the company is less than two years old.
You here about explosive growth startups like this all the time.
I love reading about them, I love learning about them, and I love watching highlights from fictional Hollywood movies about them. It?s 100% fascinating and 100% inspiring.
But one thing I found myself thinking while watching some of the clips is how different the story of a businesses can be. The story of Pinch of Yum doesn?t in any way parallel Anne Hathaway?s company in The Intern, and your story doesn?t have to either.
We?ve taken risks, but not huge risks. We?ve grown, but not exponentially. We?ve spent money, but we?ve never taken on debt or outside capital.
It?s always been a long-term game for us. Slow, steady, and consistent. Showing up every day, finding out what works what doesn?t work, and then doing more of what works and less of what doesn?t work.
These reports are about sharing those things with you. The things that are working, the things that aren?t working, and the things that we?re changing because of what we?ve learned.
We don?t have backgrounds in computer science (teaching for Lindsay and non-profit for me), we don?t live in Silicon Valley (St. Paul, MN?brrrrr), and we don?t know how to code (although I?d like to think that I can).
These reports are a testament to the fact that you don?t need to ?fit the mold? in order to build something (a business, a non-profit, a community) online.
We?ve done these monthly reports for over four years now. The firs...