Opening a new small business is both rewarding and risky

Every morning at Indulge, Amber Moran-Byrd gets up early to make cupcakes from scratch.
Every morning at Indulge, Amber Moran-Byrd gets up early to make cupcakes from scratch.
At South Coast Seafood, the open for business banner is going up and the ice is being put down by co-owners Matt and Chrystal Boykin
At South Coast Seafood, the open for business banner is going up and the ice is being put down by co-owners Matt and Chrystal Boykin

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - Every morning at Indulge, Amber Moran-Byrd gets up early to make cupcakes from scratch.  It's hard work at a new business.  Does she have any regrets about opening?

"Nope, not at all. I'm glad I opened it and it looks like we'll be doing pretty good here for quite a many years," Moran-Byrd said.

Husband Brent does some tidying up, also not looking back.

"It was something we wanted to pursue because you can't just sit on your hands and hope the economy gets better," Byrd said.  "You have to do what's necessary to make the economy better."

At South Coast Seafood, the open for business banner is going up and the ice is being put down.  Opening a business can be a bit frightening, but it can also be therapeutic for co-owners Chrystal Boykin and her husband, Matt.

"It's a little overwhelming at first going into business for yourself," Chrystal said.  "But it's a long time dream and if we're able to be successful with it would be just great for our family."

For the Boykins, opening up a business and scooping up shrimp for their would be customers is not only a dream come true, it's also a way to spend a little quality time, according to Matt.

"We like to spend time together. We're best friends, as well as husband and wife also, so it gives us time to spend more time as a family."

Chrystal described one of the keys to success for a small business.

"We get to know our customers. We want feedback, we want to know what they want to see the next time they come in and we want to provide that for them."

If that happens, cash registers will be ringing for years to come.

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