Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in health and wellness but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Anna Holtzman, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Pain Recovery Coach, based in New York, NY, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
I'm a licensed therapist and chronic pain recovery coach. I help passionate creatives heal from chronic pain and reclaim their energy.
Tell us about yourself
I started my career in media — first as a journalist and then as a film and TV editor. I got into the work I do now through my experience of healing from chronic migraines after ten years of struggling with persistent pain flares. Now I help other creatives do the same!
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
Creating my signature online course, "Writing to Release Chronic Pain," which teaches you how to release tension and pain from your body through expressive writing.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
The inevitable imposter syndrome — a.k.a. fear that's trying to protect you from rejection and judgment. Fear is also the key trigger for chronic pain, so I use the same techniques that I teach clients to help me move through imposter syndrome.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Get a business coach and connect with a group of supportive peers! The number one challenge in entrepreneurship is fear; coaches and peers will help you through it.
- Start before you're ready. It's cliché because it's true. You can only build confidence by doing.
- Follow your heart. Your clients will feel the energy you're putting into your business, and if it's heart-centered, the right clients will be attracted to what you're doing.
Is there anything else you'd like to share?
Nothing beats being your own boss — especially if you're a kind, supportive boss to work for ;)
Where can people find you and your business?
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