Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in health and wellness but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with David Haddock, Owner of Oceanic Counseling Group LLC., located in Myrtle Beach, SC, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
My wife and I own an outpatient mental health group with three clinical locations and a growing online division. We help treat anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, and much more!
Tell us about yourself
I am an entrepreneur at heart, and I love business growth. My wife and I formed Oceanic Counseling Group in 2019, and within a few short years, we've grown to be voted Best of the Beach two years in a row. With the motivation being business growth, we are always hiring and building a team who can always accept new clients and ultimately help the community by getting the treatment they need.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
We've experienced many small accomplishments along the way, but perhaps the biggest overall accomplishment with God's help has been building a brand that people recognize as being an excellent choice for mental health needs. At this time, we average around 1,500 therapy sessions per month, which for us translates to 1,500 opportunities to help someone heal from their past trauma, etc.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
Juggling a hundred different things can be challenging, but usually, the most difficult circumstance is when a vital employee quits without notice. This causes many issues, such as the phones going unanswered, no one to check in or check out the clients, insurance not being billed, which can cause a financial issue, etc.
The business owner's day-to-day tasks don't go away when someone quits, so this becomes extremely difficult to manage when the business is just starting out. This is one of many growing pains the business owner will experience during the first few years in business.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
My first and most important tip is to do everything with integrity and honesty.
Second, prepare yourself for growth. Be present in today's issues but mindful of tomorrow's issues. Stay several steps ahead and ask yourself what your plan will be when you achieve your current goals.
Thirdly, do your research and be open-minded. Just because an established competitor operates a certain way, or uses a certain program, does not mean it's the correct way or best program to use.
Is there anything else you'd like to share?
Be kind, generous, and trust God to lead your steps.
Where can people find you and your business?
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