Gin & Tonic Clothing – Going Your Own Way
Kris’s children had reached an age where they were at school and doing their own thing, and Kris decided she needed a new direction for herself, a brand new stimulation. At the time for Kris, establishing a clothing boutique was an exciting prospect the she felt had the potential to fulfil her needs. It was of course a journey into the unknown, and Kris bravely took it on.
“It all started back in 2012, my business partner at the time and I, decided to open a women’s clothing store in Drummoyne Sydney. We named our store Gin & Tonic Clothing. The theme was our way of saying that life is too short not to celebrate every little and big moment with a Gin & Tonic!”
“My business partner was entrepreneurial by nature, and it was our idea that we would create a central hub for local women to connect, and to learn that they can look and feel good about themselves just by wearing what is right for them.”
“We were using an accountant at the time, but the fit was just not right. We needed and advisor that shared our passion for the project, and we really needed help on the financial side to move our new venture into a success space.”
Gin and Tonic Clothing had a setback to start with, as Kris’s business partner relocated interstate and chose to move on. At that point, Kris was faced with the decision on whether to close up or push on alone. For Kris, the decision was simple. She had come this far, and she truly believed in the progress of the venture. Aside from that, Kris was having fun, enjoying her work, and the thought of being the driver of her own ship didn’t phase her at all. A particularly courageous move, as we all know running a business solo can be very demanding and difficult.
Kris didn’t have the time nor the inclination to manage the financial side of Gin & Tonic Clothing. She wanted to focus on what she loved to do, and that was providing her customers with an exceptional “feel good” service. This was a firm decision from the start. The financial function would be outsourced.
“When my business partner decided to relocate, I knew I couldn’t do everything alone, and be good at everything, and I can now say that outsourcing the financial function of my business was a very wise move. I didn’t know how to manage the partner separation, and I didn’t have any interest in learning how to manage the books. ” Kris said.