Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in health and wellness but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Chris Paliszewski, Owner of Octavian Natural Health, located in Boulder, CO, USA.

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

I'm a naturopathic doctor and massage therapist. I partner with local healthcare professionals to help fill the care gaps in care between specialties for their patients.

Tell us about yourself

I struggled with serious health issues from a young age and went from doctor to doctor, but nobody could figure it out. When I saw a naturopathic doctor, I was suddenly able to accomplish what I wanted to do in life, and I wanted to be able to give other people that same gift.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

I started a business while in medical school, then relocated it from Seattle, WA, to Boulder, CO!

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

Choosing exactly what direction to focus on -- it's easy to try to be everything for everybody, but that's not a very marketable message. Nobody wants a generalist.

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

  1. Start with the smallest version of your idea: set up a way to make just $1 from your idea as quickly as possible.
  2. Take care of yourself: your health will hold you back if you neglect it.
  3. Read books: learn from 50% of them and ignore the other 50%. The hardest part is determining which half is which.

Where can people find you and your business?


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