Maribel Lieberman, founder of MarieBelle Fine Chocolates in New York City, has turned her amor for food into a profitable business.
tips for entrepreneurs.
became an entrepreneur at 8 years old, selling caramelos in school.
really became drawn to food and cooking while working at a catering company, which eventually led her
to create her
empresa de chocolate.
"I did research on chocolate, traveling to Belgium and France, until I discovered chocolate really came from Latin America," says Lieberman
"When I learned about the culture of the cacao, I was fascinated and knew I needed to do this.
love for comida combined with chocolate's cultural history only increased her
desire to open a chocolate business.
Instead of setting large, long-term goals, Lieberman
recommends a more practical approach.
"I make short goals for myself, and I achieve them," she
"Then, I set new goals."
Also, stay realistic with your goals: You can't expect to make money right away.
"Be patient," says Lieberman
"Costs aren't just the items you buy; there are unseen costs too," says Lieberman
"There are taxes, insurance and overhead: rent, electricity and more."
If you're more of a creative type, work with someone from the start to help you manage these costs, suggests Lieberman
This will help make your company more profitable quickly.
Finally, be ready to work hard.
"The main thing is to be brave and just do it," says Lieberman