Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in health and wellness but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Nayna Trehan, co-founder of Ayurveda Vancouver, located in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
My partner and I own an Ayurvedic clinic in Vancouver (ayurvedavancouver.com) offering all authentic Ayurvedic bodywork and Panchakarma detox programs with our team of Ayurvedic Vaidyas (offering online consultations), and alongside, we have an online store called The Ayurveda Shop (ayurvedashop.ca) with all products related to Ayurveda shipping out to all over North America. The store carries products from massage oils to herbs to copperware and Ayurvedic skincare. Bring together all amazing Ayurvedic high-quality brands and effective products under one brand :)
Tell us about yourself
My partner and I have been teaching meditation for almost 20 years, and though we come from corporate backgrounds, we both knew we wanted to share more within the health and wellness space. Ayurveda has been a part of my life since childhood coming from India and passed down from my grandmothers and mother. It was just a way of life. I started learning about it as a separate subject, and I only then realized what a wealth of knowledge this can offer in our day-to-day healing and the basic challenges we all go through daily. I was called to spend more time studying and spreading Ayurveda, and that is how I got started.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
Creating something about nothing. One day it's an idea, and the next, you've got a market, customers all across North America appreciating your service. The biggest accomplishment is when I hear people's stories of how our work has healed them and brought them closer to themselves.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
There's no 9-5; you work until you have to, and sometimes there's no way for you to know if you've done enough or not, so you just keep going. The results are the only measure, not how many hours you've put in.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
Just go for it. Start small and then grow from there. Don't try to be perfect in the beginning. Set out your core values and make sure you focus on those; everything else can be perfected later (i.e., name, logo, space, etc.).
Is there anything else you'd like to share?
Running my own business has been a blessing. Regardless of the hours or the uncertainty sometimes, I wouldn't trade it for anything. It's a wonderful feeling to create and have autonomy.
Where can people find you and your business?
If you like what you've read here and have your own story as a solopreneur that you'd like to share, then email email@example.com; we'd love to feature your journey on these pages.
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