Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in health and wellness but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Austin Ollis, Founder of Fly Bodies LLC., located in Torrance, CA, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
Fly Bodies is a mobile health and wellness company that is hyper-focused on employee health and optimizing productivity. We work with teachers at all levels of education and employees of companies to help them live healthier lives.
Tell us about yourself
I helped my brother lose 75 pounds over the course of one year while we were living on opposite sides of the country. We wanted to help others lose weight and feel better, so we started Fly Bodies and began coaching people in our hometown. What motivates me is the possibility of reversing the rising obesity and overweight trend in America over the next ten years. It's going to take lots of hard work and creativity, but I truly believe we can do it.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
Building a brand that inspires people to want to live healthier lives.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
Continuing to do things day in and day out that seem like they are not making a major impact could possibly be the main reason your business flourishes one day.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Work for a company in the industry where you want to start your business. This will give you some time to find problems that are not being addressed, so you can brainstorm solutions that may fix them.
- When you start your business, have the mindset that it may take 5-10 years of absolute grinding and adapting before you find a product-market fit.
- Treat yourself like a professional athlete trying to when the business game. Eat health, workout, get 7-9 hrs of sleep and live frugally. Doing this will give you the stamina to be on the work grind day in and day out. It's a marathon, not a sprint.
Is there anything else you'd like to share?
Listen to Audiobooks for great business education. The Cold Start Problem is one of the best books I've listened to recently. YouTube is the best place to hear lectures from top schools about how to run a successful business. The information is out there. You have to consistently put in the hours of educating yourself on business if you want to succeed over the long term.
Where can people find you and your business?
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