Sarah Boland opened V-Face, a vegan restaurant in Dublin specialising in plant-based burgers made with locally grown ingredients, housed in buns baked just down the road from the restaurant.
They opened in May 2020, delivering food, and in July of that year opened their doors to their first real-life customers. Since then, the business has gone from strength to strength.
I have a varied relationship with it. Sometimes I am grateful for what I have and other times I feel myself wanting more. I think it's important to feel gratitude but to also try and push yourself out of your comfort zone.
I think I am a bit of both - I could probably improve on the savings a little bit but you only live once, I guess.
No. I usually do a clothes haul before heading off somewhere. I try to buy Irish independent labels where possible but won't deny treating myself to a few nice things every now and then.
There's no pockets in your coffin. And in business, get a good accountant. They are hard to find but definitely out there.
When it comes to my business, yes. There is a certain percent of spend available for each area of the business such as payroll, etc. We try not to exceed these each month. For life, no.
My house, without a doubt.
I am still looking into this one.
The biggest mistake I have made was not starting a business sooner. The lesson I took from it is if you have an idea, just go and do it. That's the only way you will find out if it's going to work or not, and if it doesn't, the experience you gain along the way is invaluable.