Interview with Laura R. Miller – Sr. Manager and Independent Chocolatier for Dove Chocolate Discoveries

Interview with Laura MillerTell us a little bit about yourself and your entrepreneurial journey.

When people ask me to tell a little about myself, the first thought that comes to mind is Mommy of 2 young children and wife to hubby Jason Miller.  The truth is much more an entrepreneur.  Entrepreneurship has always run through my blood.   Little did I know that my first try at my own business, as a 16 year old with a few quarter vending machines placed around town, would foreshadow my future successful business with chocolate.  It wasn’t a straight path and there have been a few failed businesses along the way.

What did you do before launching your own business?

For many years I was happy being a stay at home mom and wife.  In fact, when I started my surprise chocolate business my son was only 5 months old.

How did you fund your business?

Luckily the start up cost with Dove Chocolate Discoveries is low and I was able to twist my husband’s arm into using some of our family budget to purchase the starter kit.  I think he figured that he could always eat the extra chocolate!

How many hours do you work a week and how much is spent is your home office?

My hours vary a lot each week but I consider myself a part-time worker with an average of 20-25 hours per week.  75% of my time is spent working from home.

How would you rate your success?

I am a success but with lots of room to grow.  I still meet people every day who have not heard of Dove Chocolate Discoveries or they don’t understand what I do. When that changes I will truly feel that I am a great success!

What has been your biggest business struggle as an entrepreneur?

One of the biggest struggles has been to not focus on the naysayers or the people who want to bring you down. Remembering much of that comes from lack of vision or jealousy that helps put the focus back in the right place.

What advice would you give to a new entrepreneur?

Since I have little kids, I am reminded of a quote from the Disney movie Nemo “Just keep swimming”.   If you know why you are doing what you are doing and passionately believe then the timing will become right.  Don’t give up! “Just keep swimming.”

How do you manage all of your personal and business activities?

Manage is not a statement I would use.  A few years ago I listened to a speaker who was talking about accepting things as they are.  He told us to think about something that we struggle with often and of course balancing my stay at home vs business life came to mind. I know the speaker said a few other things but the part that stuck with me is accept that this (balancing) will always be a struggle.  Ever since that I allow myself to be out of balance from time to time, knowing that everything will come around again.

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