Starting a business is not only challenging, but takes a lot of time and patience. In less than three years, the Ms. Cheezious Brand® has built a successful business with a loyal following. After, winning several awards all around Miami, Florida where the business began, it is evident that this brand has had a great impact with the community. Beginning in 2010, Ms. Cheezious® Food Truck opened for business quickly followed by a second one a year later. December 2013 will mark the three year anniversary of the brand and the restaurant of Ms. Cheezious® will open in conjunction with the celebration. Fatima Mullins and husband Brian Mullins run the day to day operations of the social media platform and the food truck, respectively, and Christian Dickens, co-owner, is the business partner in the operation. LatinTRENDS sat down with Fatima Mullins and Christian Dickens to talk about running a start up business to a permanent residence.
Interviewer: How did the idea of a start up business come up?
Fatima Mullins: The idea came from when Brian (my husband) and I were working together and found out that since we worked well together, we know that starting a business would work as well.
Interviewer: What do you think is the key to having a successful business?
FM: The key to having a successful business is to put in a lot of hours while engaging in social media, interacting with the community, putting out a great product and giving great customer service.
Interviewer: Do you plan on expanding your business beyond Florida, may open a restaurant?
FM: Yes, we are planning to expand to New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Las Vegas and Chicago.
Interviewer: What have you learned from running a business?
FM: What I have learned is that you need to work well with others, and feed off of one another’s energy in order to drive and do better and build relationships.
Interviewer: Would you change anything in the business right now? What advice would you give to someone who wants to start a business?
FM: There is really nothing that I would want to change, except to have more family involved. Some advice that I would give to people is to look at their strengths and the dynamics of how you all work together because you will be spending a lot of time together.
To find out more information, check out the website http://mscheezious.com/.