Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in health and wellness but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Julia Liber, a Registered Dietitian, located in Côte Saint-Luc, QC, Canada.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
Hi! I'm Julia, a Montreal-based Registered Dietitian. I provide online nutrition consultations to both French and English-speaking clients, not only in the greater-Montreal area yet also all-around Quebec! I help my clients improve their nutrition and lifestyle habits while promoting a healthy body image and relationship with food.
Tell us about yourself
My dreams and aspirations as a professional were to have a great impact on people's nutrition and well-being while at the same time being my own boss. I started working on my business at the start of the pandemic when more and more people were struggling with their nutrition and morale. As in-person visits were becoming less and less accessible, I opened my virtual clinic so that people were able to get the help and support they needed, despite the COVID closures.
One of my greatest motivators is seeing the impact I've had on my clients' lives. I've had numerous clients who have successfully modified their lifestyle habits and improved their relationships with food. When I see how much progress my clients are making while working with me, it reminds me of why I chose to do what I do.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
As a business owner, my biggest accomplishment was transitioning my business from side hustle to a full-time gig. Another major accomplishment was seeing how much I've learned since starting my business. As a business owner, I have acquired a large skillset: from marketing to technology, customer service, building a website, and much more!
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
Without a doubt, the biggest challenge of being a business owner is time management. Unlike working a 9-5, your job never ends. There is always more to be done: from mundane tasks to finishing your paperwork and responding to emails to projects such as keeping your social media updated, blogging, business strategy, and so much more!
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Do what you love! Entrepreneurship is hard work, so doing what you love will feel rewarding rather than burdensome.
- Start off small and specific! When starting a business, this is a long-term project! So don't feel the need to get every aspect of your business kickstarted in the first two months! Start off with the most basic components, and slowly build it up as you grow.
- Have some thick skin! You won't necessarily see growth right away. You may come across rude customers, which can leave you feeling uneasy. Not every day will be easy. Be prepared for some rough days. But even during those rough days, remember why you decided to start your business and take the challenges you encounter as learning opportunities rather than reasons to quit.
Is there anything else you'd like to share?
Have fun with it! As a solo entrepreneur, my business represents my core values, from the way I approach my clients to the content and colors on my website. My business represents me as a professional, I enjoy what I do every day, and I find it easy and natural to connect to my clients.
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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