Who is Lori Miller, could you please introduce yourself?
I am an Oakville stay-at-home-mom with 4 kids between the ages of 12 and 18. What started as a sort of hobby and something just for me with 4 young children 9 years ago has grown into a team of over 15 consultants in both Canada and the US who passionately support Epicure’s Good Food Mission.
What is your business and when did you start?
As an Independent Consultant with Epicure, I teach in home and virtual Cooking Classes that utilize our cookware and products and show how you can prepare a healthy and delicious meal in 20 min or less. I offer meal planning help, pantry makeovers and kids’ cooking classes. I also train and lead a team of consultants in Ontario and the US. I started my business in March 2011.
What inspired you to start your business?
I had attended an Epicure class and fell in love with the products. I loved how easy they were to use and how much they enhanced our mealtimes. With young children at the time, Epicure was ‘my’ thing and gave me some ‘fun’ money.
What were the challenges in the initial stages of your business and how did you overcome them?
Believing that I could do this business, putting myself out there and sharing my business were definitely challenges in the beginning. I focused on just sharing why I loved the products and tried to learn as much as I could which helped my business grow.
What motivates you about your business?
Sharing Epicure’s Good Food Mission and the impact it has on my own health and my family’s.
What advice would you give to other entrepreneurs?
Don’t overthink it; you can talk yourself out of anything! If you focus on what COULD go wrong and all the reasons NOT to do something, you forget about what could go right and why you should do it!
Interesting fact most of the people do not know about you?
I own an island!
The best business advice I ever received was …
Believe in yourself.
My definition of success is …
Doing something you love so it doesn’t seem like work.
If I could go back in time when I started my business, I would tell myself to …
Ignore the negative self talk and just go for it.
Three books I recommend for entrepreneurs are ….
Dare to Lead by Brené Brown
How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
My personal tagline is …
“If you never try, you’ll never know”