I used to be strolling my canine within the Boston Frequent at the moment, close to the Embrace. A controversial sculpture is a good place to coach an Australian Shepherd as a result of individuals method from all angles within the park with intention. Then individuals decelerate and meander, directionless, making an attempt to grasp which manner to take a look at the sculpture. Herding canine don’t respect this habits.
So I work on instructing her to depart individuals alone when they don’t seem to be behaving like a correct herd of cattle. I’m a sloppy, inattentive canine coach, so it’s good for me to coach in an space the place the stakes excessive if I don’t concentrate. I make my canine look me within the eye earlier than each deal with, I make her sit when somebody walks near her, I give her small treats although my intuition is to present greater treats as a result of I’d dedicate an even bigger a part of my mind to a process if somebody have been giving me greater treats.
Two college students got here as much as me with clipboards and mentioned, “Do you could have a second to speak to us?” This isn’t uncommon. When you stay in costly, liberal cities — Park Slope, Santa Monica, Boston — nonprofits rent college students to ask individuals for cash. And the youngsters at all times method older girls strolling alone as a result of the youngsters assume everybody else is just too busy to cease. So I make a observe of telling the youngsters to fuck off with a view to problem their assumptions about age and gender.
However the college students mentioned, “We’re from Boston College’s enterprise college,” so I couldn’t resist asking what they wished to speak about. They mentioned, “We’re doing market analysis for a brand new restaurant thought in Boston.”
I mentioned, “I can speak with you when you can put up with me instructing my canine to not bark at you whereas we speak.” The canine barked at them.
They mentioned, “The restaurant would serve solely soups. Would you be interested by that kind of restaurant?”
I mentioned, “You need to do a case examine about Souplantation. It was a restaurant in California that catered to individuals with consuming problems and it went bankrupt.”
They mentioned, “Okay. Goodbye.”
What the hell? I wasn’t achieved! Initially, Boston College’s enterprise college ought to have an entrance examination the place somebody tells the possible pupil that Souplantation went out of enterprise as a result of their shopper base was individuals with consuming problems. And if the possible pupil doesn’t ask, “Why is that?” then the scholar is rejected.
However I’ve a lot extra to say a couple of soup-only restaurant. Individuals who make a meal out of soup are filling up on water: consuming dysfunction (and autistic). And in the event that they drag their pals there, the place has to have bread, and the bread must be superb and different so pals come again, after which core clients gorge on bread and use soup to throw it up.
However I digress.
Let’s say there may be somebody who doesn’t find out about consuming dysfunction tradition and they’re standing in entrance of a soup-only restaurant. There may be soup on most menus as a result of each tradition has their very own soup. There may be matzah ball soup, turtle soup and gazpacho, and actually, who needs to go to a single restaurant that’s making all of these? It’s like going to Canal avenue to purchase Luis Vuitton and Chanel and Supreme on the similar $10 sales space. Additionally, as a result of there may be soup on each menu, you are able to do a price-point examine and uncover that NO ONE MAKES MONEY ON SOUP.
When my child was little, he as soon as ordered a supersalad. The waitress mentioned, “Huh?” It turned out that he had heard “soup or salad” so usually that he thought it was one factor you bought as slightly further. And that’s how everybody thinks of soup in a restaurant — as slightly further freebie. And eating places supply a cup as a result of most individuals don’t need a bowl as a result of it’s sluggish to eat and People prefer to shovel in meals and Boston is the place you go for American meals. That’s why the number-one factor served in a bowl in Boston is clam chowder: essentially the most doable energy per spoonful.
The easiest way to do market analysis for a soup enterprise is to make a pop-up UberEats enterprise and see when you generate income. There isn’t any overhead, you are able to do totally different soups daily, and you’ll market take a look at sooner through an app the place individuals are truly shopping for than strolling round Boston Frequent the place individuals are solely guessing what they may purchase. Individuals don’t love to do fast correct market analysis as a result of they don’t wish to discover out their thought sucks.
Good market analysis occurs on a regular basis as a result of its life statement. Whereas I used to be speaking with the scholars, I used to be having a very tough time with my canine. And I made a decision to speak to them as a substitute of take note of my canine. And I minimize my coaching session quick to go residence and write this letter to them. If they’d requested me, what I’d have informed them is Boston wants extra canine coaching companies. There are actually none. There are usually not even waitlists. Everybody bought pandemic puppies. Not one of the canine are skilled by trainers. There’s an enormous backlog and many of the trainers stay outdoors of town as a result of why wouldn’t they?
My dream coach would come to my residence as soon as a day, choose up the canine and possibly as a bonus the coach would have a soup of the day.