Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in health and wellness but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Annie Strout, Founder of Annie Strout Counseling LLC. & Health Compass LLC., located in Mexico City, Mexico.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
I offer psychotherapy, coaching, and online courses to help people recover from the complex effects of trauma and chronic illness. I work primarily with women but also with men and non-binary people of all ages.
Tell us about yourself
I originally pursued my lifelong dream of becoming a horse trainer and competitor. This lifestyle triggered a series of health problems which continued after I became a social worker. As I moved into psychotherapy and my own work, I became enthralled in both the scientific and spiritual aspects of illness and was able to heal my afflictions. Because I absolutely love to help, I began working specifically with chronic illness and expanding my offerings to reach more people. I believe that anyone can substantially improve their illness no matter how dire, and I aim to help them understand how the past is impacting the present and what they can do about it. Things like chronic pain and autoimmunity are not random despite the western medical system's approach.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
Being able to work independently from anywhere in the world while doing what I love has been amazing. As a personal development junkie, I have also found the challenges of the entrepreneurial path to be extremely rewarding, no matter how difficult.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
Knowing when to outsource.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Read 'The Middle Finger Project' by Ash Ambirge.
- Don't let fear stop you.
- If you can dream it, you can do it.
Where can people find you and your business?
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