The road to independent business
She managed to develop her restaurant without bank financing. ‘Looking back, it wasn’t easy’, she says. The bank did not want to finance her concept. Why? Because she had no gastronomic training. From then on her mantra was to never give up. The search for a suitable location proved to be difficult. ‘I was lucky that an old friend helped me out.’ But again, it took a lot of effort. From construction management to interior and kitchen design with all its finesse, she oversaw everything. Now she is an expert in these matters.
Now she wants to pass on the expertise she accumulated over time as well as her path to independence. She also wants to talk about all the things that did not go well - all the stumbling blocks she had to overcome. ‘This usually helps people looking to start their own business more than any success story’, she proclaims. Therefore, she plans to give presentations. Especially for women. So she can encourage others to follow into her footsteps. She feels that in Germany far too few people dare to take a leap into independence by starting their own business. She does not know whether this is due to a lack of risk-taking or fear, but she knows: ‘In America we basically already get taught in school that entrepreneurship is something great. The American dream.’
She considers networking important. She exchanges ideas with like-minded people, takes part in discussions and Meetups and is networked in the Düsseldorf start-up scene. Jackie Hingsen also maintains open and transparent communication with her team. "Not only do they take the salads out to the tables, they also know what the balance sheet is like and what is planned for the future," she says.