Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in mental wellness but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Nick Hunter, owner of The Peace Well, located in Cincinnati, OH, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
We are a private counseling practice. Our customers are the ones who are brave enough to seek help on the journey of life. The ones who have realized we aren't meant to do this alone, but we are stronger together. Anyone dealing with a mental disorder or simply wanting a safe space to share their heart or work towards a goal.
Tell us about yourself
I actually wanted to start a business before I wanted to become a counselor. I love growing things and scaling them to maximize their impact on the world and those around me. I also love helping people overcome obstacles and reach their full potential, which is what got me into counseling. The fact that we still hear about so much brokenness in the world motivates me to keep going. People are struggling. People are not equipped to handle the anxiety and chaos of the world. My faith in Jesus motivates me. My family motivates me. I want to keep growing my business and the counseling field in general until "Who is your counselor?" becomes as common as "Where did you go to school?"
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
My business is still fairly young (2.5 years), but I would say growing my team is my biggest accomplishment. I can make a far greater impact by empowering others than I can by myself. So even though our team is still small, we are mighty, and we are growing.
What's one of the hardest things that comes with being a business owner?
Where to start? Owning a business is a huge sacrifice, especially in the beginning years. It's one that I believe will have immense payoffs, but those take time. The hardest thing is that everything starts and stops with you. So if I take a vacation, no one is working (except I have a team now, so that's changing). It's hard to carry so many different responsibilities in addition to just doing the main thing that you do, which for me is meeting with clients.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Count the cost before you start - You are going to work more than if you just got a job somewhere, so decide if it's worth it.
- Network - Kind of cliche, but networking relationships can be mutually beneficial, so find people you want to learn from and think about how you can help them out too.
- Have your industry name in your company name - This helps a lot on Google. Put the thing that you do in the name of your business.
Where can people find you and your business?
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