Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in mental health but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Bridget Mozina, Founder of Grow and Thrive Therapy, located in Burnsville, MN, United States.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and I own my private practice called Grow and Thrive Therapy. I support children, teens, and families struggling with anxiety, peer relationship difficulties, life stressors, and other mental health areas. I help children and teens uncover their strengths, work through challenges, and feel empowered. The name "Grow and Thrive" really connected with me in my work and my own journey as a therapist!
Tell us about yourself
When I first became a therapist a few years ago, I never thought I could own my own business! As I continued to grow in my profession, I started to see the possibilities and the benefits of starting my own practice. I enjoy the creative strengths that I get to nurture, I feel more independent, and I have become more authentic in my work as well.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
Actually doing it! Instead of just thinking about it, I took the steps and followed through with my dream. It's hard to believe that I have gotten to this place, and it has been a lot of hard work, but I am proud of sticking to it, and now I can enjoy the benefits of having more independence and creativity!
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
I would say a challenge in this new realm of owning my own business is creating structure and consistency for myself. While the independence is nice, there are factors such as administration, marketing, supplies, etc., that also take time and energy, so it's finding ways to maintain those areas.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Ask for support! One of the biggest ways I figured things out was by asking friends and colleagues the steps they took if they had resources. They were my cheerleaders throughout the process, for which I am forever grateful.
- Figure out how marketing would work for you: social media, networking events, giving talks, making flyers, etc. Once you have those honed, clients and sales can naturally build from there.
- Enjoy the ride! There have been a lot of ups and downs, times when I feel really successful, and other days I doubt myself. I think that's pretty normal in stepping into a new role as a business owner, so it's ok to take time to adjust!
Is there anything else you'd like to share?
It is so inspiring to hear other people's stories and journeys of starting their own businesses and knowing you're not alone through it all!
Where can people find you and your business?
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