Kate Dunant from Perkulatte
Say Hello to Kate from Perkulatte. Perkulatte is a business which is alllll about coffee. Kate never ceases to amaze me, with her dedication, spirit and damn right loveliness. She is one beautiful female boss!
How did you get started?
I've known for a long time that I would like to own and run my own business, but it became a reality back in 2014 when I was sat at my desk in a job I hated and I just thought to myself if I don't do it now, I'll never do it. The next day, I handed in my notice, I left my flat and moved back in with my parents! I worked harder than I've ever worked in those first 12 months, and I remember hitting my first Christmas and thinking I wouldn't survive it. After the success of Christmas 2018, my 2014 self would have broken down! I don't regret a moment of it.
What is your favourite thing about running a business?
I love being my own boss and deciding when and where I work. No two weeks are the same and I absolutely thrive off of that. One day I can be in the roastery, cupping our newest coffees, and then the next I can be sat surrounded by a group of other small business owners having a good ol' chinwag about life! Don't get me wrong there are some things that terrify me about running a business, but on the whole, it's brilliant.
Who is your inspiration?
I am inspired by so many people for so many different reasons. My Dad inspires me every day for the life he has created for this family and his work ethic. My friends inspire me to push myself every day. My partner inspires me to be a better person every day. And I have now discovered a new family of small business creatives who inspire me constantly for what they have created!
What is, in your opinion, the most important thing to remember when running a business?
To not give yourself such a hard time. It has taken me a really long time to not beat myself up if I'm not working all the hours under the sun, or if I'm not achieving the sales I should be. And that's not an easy lesson to learn. I felt that running my own business meant I had to work 24/7 and don't get me wrong in the early days I needed to. I was starting something from scratch, but now I'm learning that it is much healthier to have a work life balance, and that I can give more to my business if I take time away.
What do you consider your biggest business achievement?
To be honest, being here today. I never imagined when I started my business that I would stil actually be doing it four years later. I always hoped I would be lucky enough to be running a business for longer than a few years, but sometimes I have to pinch myself to realise that I am literally living my dream every day!
Tell us a fact about your business: (this can be how much sellotape you go through, or a funny fact people wouldn’t know - anything!)
Ummmm, we get through over a tonne of coffee over Christmas? It's madness!
What is your favourite product / service you offer?
Our advent calendar is our favourite product to date. It takes a HUGE amount of work, and we start prepping it in March, but I love the concept and seeing what people think of it. These are only available at Christmas but you can see her full range here.
What is your number 1 advice for someone thinking of starting a business?
Believe in yourself and what you do. There will be a lot of people who will question what you are doing and why you are doing it. And EVERYONE will have an opinion. But stick to your guns. DO what you want to do and it will be everything you hoped for.