Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in health and wellness but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with David Raniga, founder of Davenport RMT, located in Toronto, ON, Canada.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
My business is Davenport RMT, and I am a Registered Massage Therapist. I enjoy working with patients to alleviate stress, overcome injuries, and/or decrease chronic pain conditions. Together my patients and I develop an individual treatment plan with their goals in mind.
Tell us about yourself
Before becoming a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT), I enjoyed another career, but it had me sitting at a desk for long hours. All that sitting gave me tight hips and a chronically sore back and had me searching for a solution - a second career away from a computer. It led me to find the path to becoming a massage therapist. My motivation is my patients, who inspire me to keep learning and to keep moving!
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
My biggest accomplishment is getting people back to doing what they want to do. It’s incredibly satisfying to work with a patient who has chronic neck pain or back pain, is stressed, or has an injury and to help them return to the things they want to do.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
My work is physical and often mentally challenging, so setting limits for myself can be challenging. I want to be effective, which means knowing my limitations, including knowing when to refer patients to see other healthcare professionals.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Just start; the timing will never be perfect.
- Talk to other local business owners. You may be surprised by the many opportunities that exist to collaborate with and gain local knowledge. Also, you may be surprised how others want to help you and will gladly promote your business and share your story.
- Think about what success looks like in the short, mid, and long-term. Once you’ve defined that, don’t forget to celebrate those milestones along the way.
Is there anything else you'd like to share?
These past few years have been extremely stressful for numerous reasons. The body responds to mental stress in physical ways, including holding muscle tension, interrupted sleep, changes in digestion, and increased blood pressure. To reduce the impact of stress on your mind and body, get social, exercise, prioritize sleep, and consider a regular massage with your local Registered Massage Therapist.
Where can people find you and your business?
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