Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in health and wellness but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Brandee Hommerding, Founder of Bee Collective Wellness, located in Seattle, WA, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
I am a Certified Nutrition Therapy Practitioner and owner of Bee Collective Wellness. I'm on a mission to empower women in their 20s and 30s to reclaim their health during these critical years that cultivate lasting wellness. I offer online and personal holistic nutrition coaching to support your unique body and develop a healthy relationship with wholesome, nourishing foods.
Tell us about yourself
I worked in traditional healthcare for 12 years as an Interventional Radiology Technologist when I started to feel unfulfilled in my career. I was beginning to realize that there was a gap in the care the patients were receiving. No one was educating patients on how to implement diet and lifestyle changes that could complement the procedures we were doing in interventional radiology. I saw a huge need and was ready for a big shift! I decided that I was ready to move the focus in my career to preventative healthcare. I enrolled in classes at the Nutrition Therapy Institute in Denver, Colorado, in 2017 and completed my certification as a Nutrition Therapy Practitioner in 2019.
Helping my clients to develop a healthy relationship with food is a big aspect of the work that I do. True and lasting health must be sustainable for the long term and fit seamlessly into each individual's daily life.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
I've combined my love for adventure and the outdoors with my passion for nutrition by creating three camp recipe guide ebooks. Off the Grid, Provisions elevates your camp dining experience. Your food should be just as adventurous as your outdoor experience!
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
Juggling all of the tasks can be a bit challenging as a business owner. Not only do I service my clients, but I also do all of the marketing, accounting, and content creation. I do try to outsource tasks when possible, but there is always a long list of business tasks that need to be accomplished each week, in addition to providing support for my clients.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Connect with others in a similar business as you to share ideas, collaborate, and hold each other accountable.
- Invest in a business coach or business community to give you the bird's eye perspective and resources you may not have thought of.
- Don't quit. There will be good days and bad days but know that you have something very special to offer.
Is there anything else you'd like to share?
The beauty of being a business owner is you can change your process and procedures at any time! Just ensure that you have done a thorough evaluation of the process you wish to change, as well as give it enough time.
Where can people find you and your business?
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