Realize your own idea
Because to realize his own idea, that was his thing. And the thing is called Riversnack - a kind of floating snack bar, with the Berlin day out on the Havel and Wannsee is on the road to sell sausages, drinks and other snacks.
At least in summer, when the weather is good. In winter he prefers fishing and works as a voice actor in Spandau.
Market gap recognized
The unusual idea came to the then XNUMX-year-old exactly where he works today: “One day I was sitting on the Havel and almost dried up with thirst!” says Käppler, who quickly recognized the gap in the market: “I wondered what kind of country we live in, where there are places where you can relax wonderfully but nobody comes and bring you something to drink. And I knew what I wanted to be! ”
Unfortunately, the implementation did not work out like that, as Käppler imagined, because the basic requirement was missing: the right boat, on which a floating snack bar could also be installed! So for two more years it was a matter of doing part-time jobs and saving money.
With tenacity and negotiation sent
But then the Berliner was lucky and proved able to negotiate: “While fishing, I saw a family sitting on a floating platform and grilling! I just had to go and ask if I could buy this thing from them. Incredibly, they really sold it to me - and it was cheap, because expensive was not possible! I didn't have much money! ”
The capital came from “the little that the boss left me before” - and from his mother, reports the young entrepreneur. Because it gave him not only money but also "Live your dreams" and a trusting "Cool, do it, you do it" along with him. And Alexander Käppler made: In his own work, he equipped the floating platform with a rail, a grill, refrigerators and a roof.
Sit out criticism and obstacles
Not everyone around him was enthusiastic about the idea: “Most of the people I told about my idea asked me what I wanted to do in winter. I immediately thought of fishing! ” 'Yes no, don't you want to learn something?' 'I will do! Billing, paying rent, and I also learn to value my own time. ' ”Reports Käppler with a smile about his dealings with his critics. Try it yourself, he thinks, is faster than studying and criticizing!
The bureaucracy also put all kinds of obstacles in his way: “I ran from office to office and presented my idea. But how could it be otherwise, of course nobody knew who was responsible! ” But persistence sometimes pays off: “Apparently you were so surprised and probably also annoyed by me, because I made it very clear how important this idea is to me, that you sat down at a table with me and considered how my dream was is to be realized. So when I was 23 I started selling boats, bratwurst and drinks on the Havel between Spandau and Wannsee! ”
For Alexander Käppler, this is the ideal profession today: "I am in the fresh air, can go boating all day long, make happy people happy." And yet there is a catch, of course, as he self-critically comments: “If the weather is right, everything is good, if not everything is bad! That's the same thing with an outdoor pool and the flea market and the zoo and the beer garden! ”
Even if the snack captain for the future "actually only wants to live with a dog on a houseboat at some point and feed fish all day", he is already working on a second career: "I thought that I was old too and maybe it will Sense would become a well-known comedy star - and started my acting training. ”
The second stand
Even if Käppler says of himself that he has a roof damage, he implemented this idea with the same determination as his boat snack: “I discovered a dubbing studio while walking in Berlin-Spandau and simply decided to say 'hello' . I got on well with everyone right away and offered to start right away! Said and done! I was given three texts and I was in the studio! His advice to everyone who wants to try something is therefore: “If you want something, go where you can get it and don't be afraid! Nobody can say more than 'no'! ”
He is now writing a comedy program. His self-promotion, at least, is already ready for comedy: “So if someone needs a speaker or is in the mood for a bratwurst, that helps me a lot! And the money is in good hands with me! ” In return, offers help for similar business ideas: “Just write my eMail address in, then people can contact me! Maybe someone wants a Riversnack too, then I would be happy to help, ”he says goodbye.
Update: My article draws circles - In the meantime, the online magazine Berliner Akzente reports on the bizarre Alexander Käppler!
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