Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in personal development but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Tyler Lafleur, founder of HPHI, located in Lafayette, LA, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
I run a virtual concierge Functional Medicine clinic. We focus on entrepreneurs and executives that want more direct guidance ensuring they are monitoring the right labs, eating the right meals, taking the right supplements, and not trading their health as they build their wealth.
Tell us about yourself
I put myself through college personal training and have always been obsessed from an exercise/health perspective. I earned my bachelor's degree in Nursing. I worked for a few health start-ups that pulled me into the exercise physiology realm, along with lab testing and functional medicine. From there, I ended up helping coach one of our partners in the business on a direct one-to-one basis. He was the one that urged me to do this for other executives or business owners who wanted more practical help to fit their busy lifestyles. And the rest is history...
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
I would have to say forging my own path in the niche that I serve and also not copying the traditional functional medicine model. It has taken longer to figure it out and not have a cookie-cutter template, but it has allowed me to really investigate and interview my ideal target customers and figure out how I could add more value to their unique needs.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
Managing Time and Priorities. Most people feel like the bigger or more successful you become, the easier it gets... but that's far from the truth if you don't change who you are in order to adapt to the needs of your clients, employees, or partners.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Take the time to discover if there is even a demand in the market for what you are trying to start. Many people "build it and hope people will come." That only works in the movies.
- Date or marry a partner who is going to support you along the way. Nothing can cripple a marriage or a business faster than not being on the same page with your partner and finding someone who will hold you accountable/challenge you but also understand how hard entrepreneurship can be and be there for you when you need it.
Where can people find you and your business?
If you like what you've read here and have your own story as a solopreneur that you'd like to share, then email firstname.lastname@example.org; we'd love to feature your journey on these pages.
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