How does it feel to start a company?

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I have spent the past month trying to fund my new venture, my own company called Saffron + Kumquats.  I have 29 hours left and my Kickstarter campaign is 95% funded.  Please consider helping me chase this dream by pledging here.  Any amount helps!

In the meantime, I thought I would share my experiences as a (very!) new entrepreneur.  Besides focusing on funding, I have spent a lot of time filling out paperwork.  Not the funnest experience but necessary.  This week I applied for a seller’s permit, for the ability to operate under the name ‘Saffron + Kumquats’, for a business bank account.  I’ve ordered business cards and signed up for trade shows.  I still need to apply for a federal tax number.  It seems never ending!

I have also started contacting potential suppliers.  I’m talking to spice companies about packaging and purchasing.  I’m shopping around, trying to find the best items out there.  I’m cooking and collecting recipes.  I’m reading about food and following bloggers and writers.  This part is fun!  I’m doing what I love all day and it makes me so happy.

Oh and on top of all of this, I’m looking for a part-time job.  I would like to have some income that I can count on!  This will also allow me to take out a business loan.

Life is a crazy, whirlwind journey and I can’t wait to see what’s next!!  What have you been up to?

A Few Paris Pics and a Wildly Uncertain Life


Tour EiffelIn my last post, I mentioned that I will be leaving Paris soon.  In fact, I no longer have a flat here but am staying on a friends couch for a few days before doing some traveling.  This is disorientating to say the least.  So much is up in the air right now.  I don’t have a place to live.  I’m trying to start a company but need funding (please, Kickstarter!).  I’m saying goodbye to my beloved Paris and to all the wonderful friends I’ve made here.  I’m saying hello to my closest friends – the ones who have stuck by me through thick and thin – and to beautiful, sunny California.  It’s enough to make my head spin.


I’m trying to make the most of the last few days that I have here by visiting some favorite spots and by checking off a few more places off my never ending list.  I finally went on the bateaux-mouches boat tour which is where I took that photo of the Eiffel Tower.  Amazing!  My favorite part of the tour was seeing people hanging out up and down the Seine, drinking wine, laughing, dancing and just having fun.  It finally felt like summer.

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