Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in health and wellness but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Sharon Kelly, Founder of KatyReiki, located in Katy, TX, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
My business is KatyReiki, and I offer Reiki, a Japanese form of natural healing, to anyone who is open to this gentle yet powerful therapy. I have worked on babies while still in the womb, clients in their 80s, and all ages in between. Clients come for many different reasons, but they usually seek healing for the mind, body, or spirit. Quite often, clients come to me for help with pain relief, help with stress, anxiety, or depression. I have a number of clients who seek energetic and emotional balance, help with insomnia, and support recovery from injury or surgery. I also teach students who wish to learn how to use Reiki for themselves and others.
Tell us about yourself
I actually stumbled across Reiki over 20 years ago at my gym. I went for a session and loved it. I spent many years just dabbling and not really fully committing to it, mainly because I couldn’t really understand how Reiki works. Being quite a scientific, matter-of-fact person, I struggled with not being able to rationalize how or why it works. Then, after having cancer myself, I used it during my own physical and emotional healing. At that point, I stopped a pretty well-paid job to commit to making Reiki a permanent part of my life. The motivation to keep doing this is simple - it’s the feedback I get from clients. It’s seeing someone coming into my office as a skeptic and having them walk out not only feeling better but embracing all it has to offer. It’s knowing what a privilege it is to be able to use this energy and to be able to make a difference for someone.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
Not only being able to come back after having to shut down for over a year due to Covid but coming back stronger than before.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
Finding enough time in the day, week, or month to get everything that I want to achieve done.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Make a plan, but anticipate that things won’t always go according to plan.
- Set achievable goals which you constantly review and revise.
- Always be open to advice. You don’t always have to take or agree with the advice, but always be willing to consider those other viewpoints or approaches that may serve to improve your business.
Where can people find you and your business?
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