Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in health & wellness but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Mel Farrar-Franklin, Owner of Eudaimonia, located in Wokingham, UK.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
My business works with those experiencing physical pain or discomfort impacting their daily life and looking to reduce or eliminate their symptoms through manual therapy.
My sessions balance critical reasoning with intuition and flow and work to improve mental and physical well-being. My clients' common experience is muscular tension accumulated through everyday living or the pain of dealing with chronic medical conditions or illnesses such as cancer or fibromyalgia.
Tell us about yourself
I arrived at massage therapy ten years ago after trying a more traditional office-based lifestyle and finding I wanted to make more of a difference in people's lives.
I believe everyone should be able to live their life to their fullest, and how I could help that was by trying to remove some of the barriers that hinder people, namely physical pain, or by challenging limiting beliefs when it comes to what can be done with what they are experiencing.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
My biggest accomplishment is changing clients' relationships with themselves for the better. Giving someone relief from pain or an opportunity to release something that has been holding them back opens up enough of a window to help them get back to the life and activities they enjoy or allows them to see greater possibility where they believed there was none.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
Going it alone. I miss having colleagues to banter or share my day with, not to mention the sounding boards and collaboration that come from working in a team. Doing it yourself requires strength to fight off the doubts that you're not doing it right, that it could be done better, and that what you're doing is making the difference you want to achieve. You have to weather the financial insecurities that come with self-employment. Still, if you can master these, you will know creativity and freedom on a different level.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Identify why you want to do it and hold onto that, don't let anyone try and dissuade you from that belief.
- Work out what steps you will need to take to get there - for me, full-time was too risky, so I started part-time and knew I needed to get in X amount to pay my monthly bills.
- Be flexible. If you know why you want to do it and where you want to get to, be sure to allow for that fact life is going to throw in things you can't plan for, both good and bad, so set your destination but don't worry about the exact course it takes to get there.
Where can people find you and your business?
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