Carling Chand is the owner and designer of Bois bites inc. founded in 2016. She has dedicated her company to inspiring others to “share more love” and give back to their local communities. When not hustlin’ you can find her snuggled up in cozy pajama’s binge watching Netflix. She currently lives in Surrey, BC with her husband and two active little girls. Follow along her journey as she learns to balance motherhood, work, school, and business. We had the honour of interviewing Carling and pleasure of learning more about her brand we have come to adore so much!
If you had to describe yourself in one sentence what would you say?
I am a woman of many hats; wife, mother, teacher, student, entrepreneur and coffee-addict.
How and why did you begin your career?
I always wanted to follow my own mothers foot-steps and run my own business. It wasn’t until my second daughter was born and started teething that the idea to create our own teething products surfaced. I knew the market well… I struggled to find products for my oldest that were affective, cost-efficient, safe and well cute! I also knew that my business needed to be more than a “teething company” but an outlet to inspire others to share more love, be nice, and support one another. That’s truly when my career as an entrepreneur began, we I fused my love of giving back, with helping other Mama’s with a simple teething product.
Describe your business – what makes it unique?
My business, Bois bites inc. is a company that sells curated Heirloom gift boxes, sensory teethers and lush linens. With each purchase we donate a portion of proceeds to Children’s Heart Network a foundation supporting families across BC living with Congenital Heart Disease; like my oldest daughter. When your baby is first born and isn’t allowed to be placed on your chest, because she must immediately be taking by a cardiologist. is heartbreaking to say the least. That’s why we use our business as a medium to open conversations, allow dialogue with other families and give back to the very people in our communities that helped us through this time.
Where did your business start out and what did you do to get it to where you are today?
Our business started out as a small idea to make a few teethers here and there for family. Today, in only less than a year of being an official business we can now be found in over 5 stores locally, and internationally. Collaborating is our biggest outlet of growth! Connecting with other like-minded women and working together on projects, advertisements, giveaways etc. is a great tool in growing your business and network.
What do you love most about what you do?
I love seeing the photos of babies with our products! It makes me really happy when I wake up to e-mails, or tagged photos on Instagram and Facebook of babies with our products.
Where do you see this business in 5 years?
In 5 years I hope to see our business in more local and international stockists. I hope to host an event to give back more to our charity, and inspire others around us to use their business as a medium of philanthropy.
What is a passion project you are working on?
Honestly, my business is my passion project right now. Creating and growing this business was a project to connect to my community, explore a creative outlet in myself, and give back. It started as my side project outside of my previous chosen career path and has grown exponentially.
Tell us about one/some of the most exciting projects that you’ve been part of!
There are a few upcoming projects that we are excited to be apart of, but at this time we cannot spill the beans! Follow along our story to find out more!
What are a few of your must-haves?
Coffee, stronger coffee, wine and my Erin Condren planner.
Who inspires you?
The women I surround myself around, and for various reasons. To name a few: my Mama for her unconditional love, my mother-in-law for her patience, my oldest sister for her perseverance, my middle sister for her resiliency, my bestie for always pushing me out of my comfort zone and all those women on Instagram who share their raw stories with the world.
What’s the number one value that you take with you through your personal life that extends into your business?
Love. It may sound like a cliché but it’s so easy to fall out of love with yourself, your passions, your interests, your business…If what you do personally and professionally are not authentic to you, and loved by you then that reflects in your personal and professional life.
What adversity have you faced in business?
Finding balance. I work full time, go to school at night once a week, run a business and have two little girls. Sometimes it’s hard to choose what comes first, and what can wait. When running your own business though, some things just can’t wait. Finding the balance to juggle my life and keep up with my growing business is a challenge I think we’re all faced with.
What would you like to say to young women with similar career goals?
Do it. Simply put. Don’t let fear, time or money ever hold you back from your passion. There are enough people, programs and tools in this world to help you get started! Some days are good and some days are bad, but if your waking up every morning looking forward to your e-mails, or checking your social media sites, then keep going!
What is your best promotional tool?
Giveaways! Who doesn’t love to win free products?!
Why is the Lower Mainland a great place to live and work?
The possibilities that the Lower Mainland offers! From workshops, meet-ups, conferences, support groups, to connecting with other like-minded entrepreneurs. The Lower Mainland offers endless possibilities to grow personally and professionally here.
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