MUMPRENEURS: Galia fom CHOC CHICK
FoodAdo interviewed Galia, Choc Chick, to discover what is a secret of a working mother that manages to have lovely children and a successful business.
Q: Galia, How did you manage the challenge of being a mother and launch your own business?
A: I actually set up my own business as I was finding it hard to balance my family life and a full time job. By setting up my own company CHOC Chick, I’ve been able to make my own hours and although I actually work longer hours than before, I’m still able to collect my daughters from school, attend school events and be there in the afternoons when they are home. I’ve had a lot of help from my husband and girls and they are very much involved in the business, from developing new chocolate recipes, packing up orders and ingredients to helping out at trade shows and events. It is a constant challenge balancing motherhood with my business but I am extremely lucky to have a very supportive family who are as passionate about my business as I am.
Q: What made you click and think “I want to create CHOC Chick“?
A: I’ve always been a chocoholic and when I discovered, around 3 years ago, how easy, healthy and delicious raw chocolate making is I began making copious amounts of chocolates for friends and family. At that time it was difficult and expensive finding the raw chocolate making ingredients and after making my own chocolate for around 6 months, I decided to leave my full time job and developed a range of affordable raw chocolate making kits with all the ingredients and recipes so that anyone can be a chocolatier and discover the joys of raw chocolate.
A: My previous job was in Internet Marketing, so using this experience I initially set up my business online and developed my online shop. As my aim is to make raw chocolate making accessible to all, I realised after a year in business, that I needed to get our Kits and ingredients into retail outlets and the high-street and this has been a huge learning curve as I had absolutely no experience in retail.
Q: What is the most precious tip you would you give to a Mum thinking about starting a small company?
A: Be passionate about your business but do make sure to find time for yourself and delegate as much as you can. When running your own small business you end up doing absolutely everything, on top of the housework, taking care of the children and cooking dinner, so finding ways to delegate some of the work and spending a little time just on yourself (simply going for a walk with my dogs works for me!) is incredibly important.
Q: What is the thing you like the most about CHOC Chick?
A: Setting up my business has been a dream come true, I get to work with everything chocolate, which is one of my biggest passions, but my favourite thing is seeing people’s reactions when they taste raw chocolate and realise how much fun it is to make it themselves. It’s incredibly satisfying to work in something that brings so much happiness to others (and myself of course!).
Q: What is in the future for lovely CHOC Chick?
A: My aim is to continue to grow the business both online and on the high-street and bring raw chocolate making to every kitchen in the UK and beyond.
Galia has recently started selling her beautiful chocolates on http://foodado.com/chocchick, and discovere that FoodAdo is a website specialised in supporting little UK food producers, many of whom are women and mothers. Good luck Galia!