Ep. 02: Jenn Hauser of Bohaus Coffee + Flowers on starting a small business, finding financial success through authenticity, following signs + more

Jennifer Hauser might be the most passionate person about coffee and plants you’ll ever come across. She’s the co-founder of Bohaus, a cafe and florist in Bedstuy, Brooklyn, NY. She has worked with coffee for over ten years. With a BFA and a past in painting, she’s also incredibly creative. Her self-awareness and sense to follow her intuition is astounding.

Originally from Baltimore, MD, Jenn lived in Denver, CO for a while and has now been in New York for four years. Her and her business partner, Laura opened Bohaus a year ago and have seen great success. They pay themselves a salary and are even saving money, which from what I hear, isn’t easy with a brick and mortar business.

In this episode, we learn about their journey, the challenges they’ve overcome, and what’s in store for their future. We also talk about losing a loved on and harnessing their energy and love in your endeavors. Listen to the full episode and check out photos of Bohaus below!

Show notes

In this episode, we cover:

  • how she knew it was time to branch out on her own
  • starting a business on a (serious) shoestring
  • getting past the “oh shit, we have no money” stage
  • letting your hobbies and passions evolve with your life
  • insights into the small business loan process
  • how the loss of her mom impacted her new chapter
  • why you shouldn’t let people walk all over you
  • why we should be paying attention to timing and signs
  • the power of simplicity
  • how starting a business will change your priorities
  • and of course, autonomous sensory meridian response or ASMR

One thing we discussed off the record that’s worth noting is what a micro-loan really is and how the small business administration loan system is kind of messed up. Jenn said that she feels like the “women owned business loan” is a myth and getting one is much harder than you’d think. And that they want to see revenue and past business success before giving you a small business. That’s where micro loans come in handy but the interest rate is much higher.

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