Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in health and wellness but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Olivier Roy, Founder of Clinique Shanti, located in Montreal, QC, CA.

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

My business is the game of treating patients with evidence-based biostimulation protocols using non-pharmacological approaches. Namely, acupuncture and laser acupuncture is my core area of expertise. I also use Tuina in my practice, which is a form of medical Chinese massage therapy.

Tell us about yourself

I started working as a massage therapist 18 years ago when I was still an acupuncture student. Fifteen years back, I started my acupuncture practice, and I have been working with various types of patients over the years. I now have two practices, one in Montreal and the other in Magog, one of the most beautiful touristic regions of the province of Québec.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

Starting and growing successfully through a recession and making it through a worldwide pandemic without a scratch. My business model proved to be pandemic proof and recession-proof.

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

You still are in the time for money trap, and you pay taxes.

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

Fail forward. Fail more and fail faster. That’s how you will learn.

Is there anything else you'd like to share?

Invest in what you love.

Where can people find you and your business?


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