Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in health & wellness but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Sophia Ha, Founder of Face Yoga Renew, located in Toronto, ON, Canada.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
Face Yoga Renew is a natural alternative to fillers, botox, and other invasive procedures. My clients care about aging well. They understand that taking care of your face is about holistic health, not just "beauty products."
Tell us about yourself
I founded Face Yoga Renew four years ago, but I began practicing Face Yoga when I was 28 (almost ten years ago). I was living in Bali, depressed, and deep tension lines had developed on my forehead from all the stress. I was never a fan of non-natural procedures, so I desperately started searching the internet for natural solutions.
I found Face Yoga and was immediately skeptical. My past education was in Journalism, so looking for science-based evidence is essential to me. As I researched more into it and found evidence to back it up, I decided to give it a shot. Four weeks later, my tension lines had almost disappeared completely. Four years later, I decided it was something I wanted to teach. I loved the results, but I also loved how they made me feel.
Face Yoga significantly influenced my mental health as someone who has suffered from depression. Just like Yoga for the body, Face Yoga helps the nervous system to calm down. I decided to get certified and never looked back. Fast forward to today, and I couldn't be happier with my decision to start this business.
I am deeply motivated by seeing my clients' results and how much confidence they gain from knowing their power to transform truly.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
I've been featured on Breakfast Television, The Social, Global News, CP24, and The Toronto Star. This was huge for me and my business as I was exposed to a lot.
It also validated that I could be successful with something I wanted to do on a large scale, but I wasn't sure it would work until I tried. My business is quite successful, and I've done everything independently. I'm proud of that.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
One of the most challenging things about owning a business is time management. I have ADHD, so it can be challenging to juggle all the tasks while staying on track with priorities. In saying that, you figure out a way to get it all done, even if it is at the last minute!
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
The top three tips I'd give anyone looking to start their own business are:
- Please make sure you're in it for the long haul. Things take time to create and sustain, and success rarely happens immediately.
- Love what you do. Follow your passions and your interests, not just money! You don't want to end up hating what you do.
- Make sure your service or product is quality and there is a need or want for it!
Where can people find you and your business?
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