Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey by launching a wellness business but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Peter Petropanagos, owner of Thrive Physio, based in Mississauga, ON, Canada.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

We specialize in personal one-on-one physiotherapy and rehabilitation services. Our best clients are people who decide and commit to getting well. Many of our clients have tried elsewhere unsuccessfully, and they come to us for a different and more holistic approach.

Tell us about yourself

Thrive Physio was started to create a healing environment, serve our community, and support them on their path towards better health. We were tired of the cookie-cutter, one-size-fits approach to physiotherapy. That generic approach can help abate symptoms but fails to get to the root cause of people's problems. Our motivation comes from watching our clients get better and becoming more aware and accountable for the aspects of their problems that they are in control of. To see others get well and improve their health is the greatest reward.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

I am remarkably humbled that after one year in operation, Thrive Physio now has a staff of 8. To know that my business helps others earn a living and feel connected to their community feels like a significant achievement.

What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?

Finding the balance to keep work life and personal life separate. The business is like a baby; it needs you and is very consuming. Appropriate boundaries need to be set, and that evolves. Like a child, I want the business to be self-sufficient as possible.

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

It starts with faith and belief. If you believe you can't, you won't. Work on removing those self-limiting beliefs. Second, roll up your sleeves and get it done. No one is going to do it for you, so prepare to invest in sweat equity. It will pay off. And third, be open to receiving help. Be honest, communicate often and early, and learn to take things off your plate by trusting those around you for use.

Is there anything else you'd like to share?

We can all do well together. Find what makes you happy. Find what you have to share with the world. Learn to trust your voice, and face your challenges with a smile.

Where can people find you and your business?


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