Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in health and wellness but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Stephen Gray, Owner of Made To Move, located in Toronto, ON, Canada.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
Made To Move are a clinic offering chiropractic, acupuncture, rehabilitation, laser therapy, custom orthotics, and soft tissue therapy. We have both a family practice as well as a specialized dance clinic that is geared toward dancers of all ages, disciplines, and levels.
Tell us about yourself
I performed internationally in musical theatre and tv/film (Broadway tour, Stratford Festival, Degrassi). When I retired from performing, I wanted to help dancers work through injuries and to maintain their physical health. Being a licensed Chiropractor now allows me to diagnose and treat mechanical issues for dancers. What motivates me are my interactions with my patients. Seeing them push themselves and take care of themselves inspires me. I strive to offer strategic and tangible solutions to their problems, no matter how big or small.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
My outreach is my greatest accomplishment. So far, I have completed 17 segments on The Morning Show and Breakfast Television, and I have written over 20 articles for four dance magazines. I love sharing my combined knowledge as a retired professional dancer and dance professor now with my new knowledge as a Doctor of Chiropractic.
What's one of the hardest things that comes with being a business owner?
Starting a business during the pandemic definitely stretched my skill set. Patience and persistence are two qualities needed to run a successful business, and those were definitely pushed while opening up a business in lockdown!
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. You are only as strong as your support system. Try new things, and don’t be afraid of failure. Failure is just part of growth and figuring out what works for you and your business. Learn as many of the working parts of your business as you are building so that you may grow your knowledge of every working aspect of your company.
Where can people find you and your business?
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