Anna Polishchuk
Co-Founder and COO of Allset

Q: How does it feel to run your own business?

A: Growing your business feels like gardening. You have to be patient and do a lot of hard work.
And it’s a non-stop job.

Inexperience doesn’t matter – just choose to say yes

My experience before Allset was in research and consulting, which I soon realized was not my true calling. I am the person who prefers working in-house and possessing a deep knowledge of a product; I like to see all processes and problems and raise the product like a child.

The first project I was involved in was in the restaurant sphere and I was very enthusiastic about the idea. However, I was also scared about my lack of expertise in many areas (this is common among young entrepreneurs). I soon realized that inexperience doesn’t matter. If you have a passion for what you do and are determined to make it happen, you will always find a way. I was lucky to meet the most fearless business partner who was always making me feel confident. I now strongly believe that a solid team is what matters the most in entrepreneurship.

Life always brings big challenges, and I always choose to take them on. This is the entrepreneur mindset; it helps me to grow personally and develop skills I never knew I could have. This feeling alone is worth all the hard work.

Anna Polishchuk is the Ukrainian co-founder of Allset, a company operating in San Francisco and New York. In 2014, Anna and her partner started to develop the idea in Ukraine before successfully launching it in the US. Anna studied international business and marketing, and was on the path towards a career as a marketing specialist when she made the switch to working in a startup. Since then, she has built three companies in the restaurant sphere.

This article was published in ‘the Hundert Vol. 8 – Female Startup Founders Europe’, May 2016.