Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in health and wellness but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Emily Murray, founder of Murray Nutrition PLLC, located in Brentwood, TN, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
Murray Nutrition, PLLC is a non-diet nutrition counseling practice located in Brentwood, TN. We help children, teens, and adults establish a positive relationship with food and healthy eating patterns through evidence-based practices & client-centered care. We specialize in the treatment of eating disorders and disordered eating.
Tell us about yourself
In 2020, the pandemic shifted a lot of things for so many people. At the time, there was a potential for my hours to be reduced at the local treatment center I was working at, so I took the leap to open my private practice one day/week in May of 2020. I left and went full-time in October 2020. Things really took off, and now Murray Nutrition consists of myself and two full-time associate dietitians.
At least 90% of our clients have some sort of eating disorder or disordered eating patterns. I have my personal history of an eating disorder, and one of the most pivotal parts of my recovery was working with a dietitian. I personally understand the value of our services and the potential to make a positive impact, which motivates me each day. Recovery from an eating disorder is possible with appropriate treatment and support - we consider it an honor and privilege to be a part of that for so many folks.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
My biggest accomplishment as a business owner is employing two associate dietitians and creating a workplace environment that fosters personal and professional growth, authenticity, and fun... this is something I am very proud of.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
One of the hardest parts about being a business owner for me is the work/life balance piece. There is always something that can be worked on - a new system, another networking meeting, and one more social media post. If you're not careful, you can drive yourself crazy. And then it's not fun - you don't become your own boss to be working all the time, or at least I didn't :) strong boundaries are important, making time for rest, play, and leisure. Being your own boss comes with some time freedom, but also a deep responsibility to be if you let yourself, you can/will always think about your business.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Focus on providing an excellent client experience - this will increase your word of mouth referrals and expedite your growth.
- Network - Get out in the community, and don't be afraid to talk about your offer.
- Work on your own emotional intelligence - running a business comes with lots of (valid!) emotions - knowing how to understand and manage them is key.
Is there anything else you'd like to share?
I started my business at 25 years old- don't let anyone tell you you're too young to follow your dreams!
Where can people find you and your business?
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