I’m so extremely grateful to have had the chance to work with Nikki and Slender Seven. I never thought that I’d be able to eat cookie dough and call it part of the job! While there were definitely some pain points in relation to distribution and inventory, each hurdle was a learning experience that helped me grow as a person and will hopefully help Nikki grow her company with her next interns. I’ve loved working with someone who genuinely cares about others’ opinions and frequently asks for suggestions. I didn’t feel like just an intern at Slender Seven, I felt like part of a team. While I’m going to miss my team, I’m enormously excited to use my experience from this summer to achieve new goals and discover new opportunities.
I came into this internship knowing little to nothing about what it takes to run a business, particularly a start-up. So, needless to say, I learned a lot. First of all, I wasn’t even aware that places like Union Kitchen existed, which is pretty cool. It’s been interesting see the relationships between the different businesses in the kitchen. I’ve loved watching these different people with similar goals collaborate and give each other advice and support. One of the most important things that I’ve learned from this opportunity is that running a successful business requires an astounding amount of initiative. Having a great product is a start, but to make a great business you need much more than that. You need to be confident enough in yourself and in your product that you can contact anyone and everyone in search of support, whether that be in terms of funding or guidance. We have resources all around us, but one needs to make the effort to tap into them.
I’ve also learned that not every day is going to feel like a step forward. Some days are all about making phone call after phone call, email after email. On the other hand, some days are about receiving positive responses, making breakthroughs, and even just selling out of dough during your demo. When you genuinely love your product, you’ll take the extra steps to get ahead. You’ll create as many connections as you can and absorb as much information as others can give you. Then, eventually, your business will be as successful as you know it can be.