Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in mental wellness but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Djuan Short, Founder and CEO of Dahlia Rose Wellness Center, located in Philadelphia, PA, USA.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

Dahlia Rose Wellness Center is a mental health and wellness counseling and consulting company offering a high-quality holistic approach to mental health coaching, counseling, and consulting services. Our company’s mission is to address issues surrounding anxiety, depression, relationship problems and life transitions, work-related stress, and mental health concerns impacting workplaces.

Tell us about yourself

I founded my company in 2019 based on the idea of promoting the concept of holistic living. This approach to wellness encompasses the mind (cognitive development), body (physical, emotional, and energetic), and spirit (including relationships and a sense of purpose). I believe in putting the power to develop a relationship with oneself by gaining confidence to be their most authentic self in the client's hands as the key to health, wellness, and happiness.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

My biggest accomplishment is that I took a chance on myself, and every day I remind myself that I am winning. It is easy to look at the people around you (other business owners and people who are still in corporate America) and feel out of place. However, building a business has taught me so much about myself that it has allowed me to have significant gratitude for each phase of my life because it all has guided me to this moment in time.

What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?

Managing your time effectively, especially when you are just beginning. Many business owners are DUALpreneurs (people who have a full-time job and are full-time in their business) which often means that a large portion of your time is split between working for someone else and building your business. Some business owners can get lost in the desire to work on their business that they forget about the reasons why they pursued entrepreneurship and the people who have supported them thus far. It's okay to take a break and enjoy other aspects of your life.

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

I would say, "move at your own pace, set short-term and long-term goals but focus on the steps as you work towards the goal, and acknowledge when you need support and give yourself permission to get it."

Where can people find you and your business?


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