Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in food and beverage but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Pam Sarmiento, Co-Founder of Pametarium LLC, located in Miami, FL, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
Our identity as a brand focuses on healing our relationship with food. In today's society, the percentage of people who struggle with an eating disorder is extremely high. Eating disorders take many shapes and are rooted in different factors such as traumas in our childhood, our upbringing, or just a general lack of education about food. By delivering multicultural meals to your home, simplifying your daily tasks, and through constant education and coaching, our vision is to help people heal this relationship. Our goal is to empower you to create and maintain better eating habits, love yourself, be confident, and be your best version.
Tell us about yourself
If you're new here and don't know who I am, let me quickly introduce myself! My name is Pamela Sarmiento, and Certified Nutrition Coach, Eating Disorder Advocate, Active Feminist, Strength Training Coach, Eating Behavior Specialist, and NPC Bikini Bodybuilder. I am the co-founder of Pametarium Meal Prep, a healthy lifestyle delivery service and coaching company with a passion for inclusivity and body positivity. I stand by the idea that everybody is beautiful and that health/beauty has no shape, size, weight, culture, gender, etc. All bodies are welcome here, and I want you to feel whole in your overall life. I want you to walk into my space and become confident that I have nothing in your physical appearance to fix. YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE FIXED.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
To break even in the first 6 months. It was so scary to make my partner quit his job to help me and take the leap of faith to create our new income. I would have never imagined the number of people that had helped me in the periods when I didn't know what I was doing.
What's one of the hardest things that comes with being a business owner?
The hardest thing I'd say is that you have to learn how to do everything yourself when you don't have a big budget and learn when to start investing in delegating those tasks.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Be about it, don't talk about it. You have to be obsessed with doing something with passion.
- Have a plan but: don't obsess about the perfect journey. Be flexible because you will have to reinvent yourself many times along the way.
- Invest in marketing and good quality service. Cheap service costs more in a long way because you will pay the next person to fix the last person's mistakes and then build. It's longer!
Where can people find you and your business?
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