By Niels Bohr’s definition of an expert – I am a small business expert particularly in the field of coffee shops and independent retailers. His definition is “An expert is a person who has made all the mistake that can be made in a very narrow field”. I started my business in 2006, moved to Ballito Lifestyle Centre in 2008 and closed it in January 2015. I feel like I must have made every mistake in the book and although I still don’t truly believe that I am an expert in the field I certainly learned a great deal over that period. It was a difficult and emotional journey yet one I will never regret with many highs and many lows.