Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in pet care but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Grazyna Szawlowski, owner of North Hound Life, located in Huntsville, ON, Canada.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

North Hound Life is a Canadian, dog-focused company using high-quality natural, healthy ingredients to produce premium supplements and superfoods.

Tell us about yourself

North Hound Life has a unique background. After a few years of running a healthy, organic dog treat company, I found that there was a need for simple, high-quality, organic, natural supplements for dogs. I shifted my focus to sourcing and producing these premium products, staying committed to placing Canadian ingredients first. North Hound Life proves to be a natural fit for me, considering my mother was the owner of a health food store and my grandfather was a veterinarian. Healthy traditions are well worth preserving!

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

My biggest accomplishment is receiving positive reviews from pet parents! Having them tell me their dog is feeling better because of my products, I can't get any bigger accomplishment than that.

What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?

One of the hardest things across the board is "a work-life balance." The second hardest for me is trusting my capacity to make the right decision to move my business forward. Working as a solopreneur, I have to really trust my instincts and my data to make a decision and then understand I may not make the "right" decision, but I have the capacity to pivot quickly to keep the business moving forward.

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

  1. Just do it. Jump in, start your business and keep moving forward.
  2. Be practical with your cash flow. There will always be an unexpected expense.
  3. Establish friendships with like-minded small business owners. You will be amazed how much other business owners want to share their knowledge and contacts. And the emotional support is important for your mental health.

Where can people find you and your business?


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