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A few of these soup packagesÂ was one of our very first purchases once we began intentionally shopping local – and it truly was delish!Â I got to sit down and chat with Brad of Simply Delish Soup and Salad and I’m excited to share a little behind the scenes peek into his family owned & operated business,Â from Langley, BC. I hope you finish feeling inspired and perhaps evenÂ a littleÂ motivated to start a family business of your own!
For readers that havenâ€™t yet discovered Simply Delish Soup & Salads until now, tell us what your company is about:
We strive to provide healthy, delicious and nutritious meals for busy families and people on the go. Our packages comfortably serve four people and meet many dietary needs (the entire product line is gluten free and vegan). All of our items are perfect for in your pantry or gifting and every product is handmade and tied in Langley BC.
What inspired you and your wife to start this business?
Eight years ago Mom and Dad started taking Mom’s unique soup and salad recipes to the local Farmers markets and quickly Simply Delish Soup and Salad was born. The demand for the products was so great thatÂ my wife Chelsey and I came aboard to help at markets and events. From there we both started full time with the company and in September 2016 we purchased the company from Mom and Dad so that they could retire.
What would you attribute your success to?
There are so many factors that have contributed to our success. This has truly been a family run business and all of us have put in countless hours working as a team to make it happen. Lori Greiner put it best: “Entrepreneurs are willing to work 80 hours a week to avoid working 40 hours a week.” While many things have changed within the company Mom’s recipes have been the glue that have held everything together.
What is your favorite thing about running a business together?
My favorite thing is spending more time with my kids and wife.
Before Chelsey and I came on full time with Simply Delish I would leave for work at 5am and get home close to 3pm. Chelsey would have already left for an afternoon shift and we wouldn’t see each other till 10pm that night. Once our son was born family time really became top priority. Simply Delish gave me the opportunity to spend way more time with my family and I am so thankful for that.
What are your personal favorite Simply Delish products?
Its tough to pick because we literally eat all of them on a regular basis but my absolute favorite products are:
the Mexican Taco Soup, the Thai Coconut Lemongrass Soup, the Wild Mushroom and Rice soup and the Coconut Rice Pudding.
What can we anticipate seeing from you in the next year?
We have some exciting things in the works! We are starting a dessert line which will include all gluten free and vegan desserts in a bag. “Simply Delish Minis” will also be debuting. The minis are smaller portions and perfect for wedding favours. Also we are excited to be invited to Hollywood to be serving up our soups, salads and desserts to one hundred plus celebrities celebrating the 2017 prime time Emmy Awards. Keep an eye out for our newest edition to Simply Delish Soup and Salad, our new food trailer, where we hope to be serving up soup by the bowl.
If you could give 3 pieces of advice to someone wanting to start their own business, what would they be?
- Big is not necessarily better, a wise man once told us “Stay small, keep it all”
- When you are starting out you will need to commit serious hours to hustling but once you’ve established yourself a bit make sure you take time to step back and create a work/life balance. You cannot work 24/7!!
- Surround yourself with people who are “where” you want to be in the future. Work and collaborate with like-minded people who raise you up and be open minded to the new ideas and advice they provide.
Tell us a little bit about your family
I have a beautiful, loving and supportive wife. We are celebrating our 10th anniversary this year. We are blessed to have two beautiful rambunctious kids who grew up at the markets with us. My son Pierce will beÂ 7 in July and my daughter Dani-Marie turnsÂ 3 in March.
Tell us one way you achieve (or try to achieve) work-life balance
Honestly when you are self employed everyday is a mix of work and life….there are really no days “off” but we are good at finding time to play even if it’s just a walk around fort langley or multiple breaks at our favorite coffee shop. 2 times a year we escape to Hawaii for some fun in the sun!!
Give a shout-out to a fellow #dadboss
Â I want to give a big shout-out to my Dad (Keith Hawkings) for a lifetime of hustle and a never say die attitude. He has been an inspiration to all of us and I can’t thank him enough for giving us the opportunity to be a part of this journey. Love you Dad!!
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