Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in health and wellness but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Kristen Stafford, Founder of Health Made Happy, located in Chicago, IL, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
Health Made Happy teaches movement, mindfulness, and meditation techniques to eliminate pain and self-heal. Clients have experienced unresolved pain and tried numerous methods with little success.
Tell us about yourself
I started working in the fitness industry in 2001. Shortly after, I started experiencing chronic neck tension, headaches, and migraines. In my attempt to alleviate my own pain, I studied several other methods, including holistic health. I was able to reduce my symptoms and help many others eliminate theirs. I am motivated by refining my process with each client and seeing them achieve greater health and happiness so rapidly.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
Pursuing my dreams while serving others. I previously owned a brick-and-mortar business for ten years. I got married and started my family during that time. I spent a lot of that time in that business, supporting other practitioners to introduce their services and build their clientele. I decided to step away to focus on sharing the techniques that helped me to heal. It was a difficult decision to let go of something I had worked so hard on, but my physical and mental health have benefitted greatly.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
Having consistency while ever-changing is one of the greatest challenges I've faced being an entrepreneur. This applies to my personal and professional life. Regular self-care while adjusting to my schedule and the demands of my life and job requires constant adjustment. Providing a framework for healing while following my intuition to guide my clients to fulfill their specific needs is a joyful balance.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Take care of and invest in yourself. What you put into yourself is what you're able to put into your business.
- Ask for support from your friends, family, colleagues, and/or clients. There is so much that you will need to do on your own. It isn't healthy or rewarding to do it all alone.
- Talk to other business owners who do work like you and those who don't. It's important to have even one person with whom you can share your successes and struggles, who can celebrate with you and offer perspective.
Where can people find you and your business?
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