9 Things To Know When Starting A Successful Tea Business

Want to start your own tea business? Here are 9 tips you should know.
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We've interviewed thousands of successful founders at Starter Story and asked what advice they would give to entrepreneurs who are just getting started.

Here's the best advice we discovered for starting a tea business:

#1: Alex Balcer, founder of VIRTUE Tea:

We chatted with with Alex, founder of VIRTUE Tea ($9K/month). In our interview, Alex says:

In the process of launching a business, I discovered freedom but it takes work and dedication. Freedom isn’t free.

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Reach out to successful business owners in your community and invite them for coffee (or tea in my case). I was surprised and humbled by how generous so many of them were to take even 30 minutes of their time to have a chat.

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#2: Andre Fasciola , founder of Matcha.com:

We chatted with with Andre, founder of Matcha.com ($390K/month). In our interview, Andre says:

Ask yourself if you’re in the right business (at the right time) with the right product/service. Are you with the right people? Is it like ice skating uphill? Seriously, these are very important questions to ask if you’re struggling to grow your business. Take inventory and ask the hard questions: It could be that by changing just one of these areas the business will start growing again.

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#3: Andy Hayes, founder of Plum Deluxe Tea:

We chatted with with Andy, founder of Plum Deluxe Tea ($75K/month). In our interview, Andy says:

You can read all the books you want about the different cycles and phases of businesses, but I’ve found that nothing replaces lived experience! Just focus on where you are and always be asking yourself, what is the NEXT RIGHT step. That’s it.

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Lastly, trite as it might sound - keep going! Most businesses fail because the owner quits. If you keep going, you’ll master the skill you need to really hit success, and you’ll catch a lucky break

Further:

Take ONE thing and run with it, run like your life depends on it, run like you have something to prove - because you do. One. Thing. At. A. Time.

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#4: Andre Fasciola , founder of Matcha.com:

We chatted with with Andre, founder of Matcha.com ($390K/month). In our interview, Andre says:

Systems are vital. You need to think long and hard about building the systems that will replace you so that when you scale you can remove yourself from the operations and focus on growing the business.

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Find someone that is crushing it and follow their lead- and don’t be afraid to reach out to them for guidance, help, and advice. You would be surprised to how up they might be.

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#5: Rebecca Domorev, founder of Tielka:

We chatted with with Rebecca, founder of Tielka ($/month). In our interview, Rebecca says:

Be patient, don’t quit your job straight away.

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