Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in wellness but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Chris Hall, founder of Chris Hall RMT, located in Ottawa, ON, Canada.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
I am a Registered Massage Therapist that specializes in helping people manage stress and muscle tension as well as reducing pain.
Tell us about yourself
I always enjoyed helping people when I was younger. But close to the end of high school, I had no idea what direction I wanted to take my career. Of the various courses, I selected the Massage Therapy program at Algonquin. I had the requirements to get in, but I knew little about massage. Over the next three years, I learned what massage therapy is and how it can help people in their day-to-day lives. This ignited my passion for this career, and I have been loving it ever since!
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
My biggest accomplishment would be to build a thriving practice. It took a few years for me to get the groundwork, but once I established what direction I wanted to go in, I noticed I was getting more and more clients rebooking, and it felt good knowing that the clients I was treating were noticing the difference and wanting to continue their care.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
The hardest thing I learned was to be patient in growing my practice. I was eager to be busy right away, but I was getting discouraged early on. Once I changed my practice location and learned about the behind-the-scenes with running a massage therapy business, I started to get busier as my regular clients continued to grow and rebook with me.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
Being patient and understanding that building a business takes a lot of time. It can be a huge learning process, so by accepting that it will make the process easier. Learn about your client's needs - once saw some areas that I was overlooking, I found ways to adjust to make my business successful. Lastly, it doesn't hurt to do some learning on how to run a business and set up a proper business plan. This was a big eye-opener for me.
Is there anything else you'd like to share?
Have fun with the process - once your clients/customers see that you truly love what you do, not only will it not feel like work, but your business will thrive.
Where can people find you and your business?
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