Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in food and beverage but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Christy Venter, Owner of HealthyMe Living, located in Glenmont, NY, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
HealthyMe Living provides healthier snack options delivered each month to households and offices. Our customers are looking for new healthy snacks to try and discover new favorites to buy for themselves or their families.
Tell us about yourself
As a new mom, I was struggling with finding the "right way" to feed my kids. I became a Certified Holistic Health Coach to learn more. What I found was that what is right is not the same for everyone. As my kids got older, I saw vending machines filled with junky foods and no healthier options. I decided to put healthy vending machines in their schools, libraries, offices, gyms, etc. As that grew, I was asked to expand into other states. I decided to start healthy snack boxes that ship healthier snacks that are similar to what you'd find in a vending machine but change every month. It's a great way to try out different snacks to find what you like best.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
Continuing to learn, build and grow over time. I've been doing this for many years, and there's so much to learn. I just keep reapplying new information, trying new things, and making progress little by little.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
Trying to do all the things myself. There's so much to do and so much to learn, and it's hard to figure out what you can delegate. That's currently something I'm working on.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Make sure you do market research and really get to know your target audience.
- Find a mentor who can help you navigate some of the things you should be focusing on.
- Be open to pivoting. Sometimes things don't work out exactly as expected, but that's ok; you just switch gears a little bit.
Is there anything else you'd like to share?
After many requests, I've decided to offer my health coaching services again. You can now check out my health coach offerings at www.christyventer.com.
Where can people find you and your business?
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