Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in health and wellness but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Dr. Melina Jampolis, Founder of Practically Healthy by Dr. Melina, located in Studio City, CA, USA.

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

I am a nutrition MD (one of less than 300 in the United States), and I started a podcast called Practically Healthy by Dr. Melina, in which I interview experts, athletes, and more on nutrition-related topics. I practically present the information, and my customers are really listeners who are interested in the latest topics in nutrition, diet, exercise, sleep, stress management, and more discussed with science-based facts by true experts, not just influencers and practical advice to implement these recommendations. So the audience is anyone interested in improving their health in a practical way.

Tell us about yourself

I was trained in internal medicine, but after finishing seven years of training and working for six months as an internist, I realized that I did not want to spend all day every day putting people on medications - I wanted to help get them off medication through good diet, weight loss if needed and a healthier lifestyle. I'm motivated every day to accomplish this goal, and I strive to continue learning as the field of nutrition and lifestyle medicine is constantly evolving.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

Launching the podcast last year with zero advertising budget and minimal support, I reached 10K downloads faster than I ever expected!

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

Having limited resources and knowledge, I really struggle to figure out how to monetize the success of my podcast.

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

  1. Knowledge is power - learn as much as you can, and don't stop learning.
  2. Find employees that complement your skill set.
  3. Spend some time figuring out the financials of the business as much as possible before starting, so you understand cash flow, expenses, etc.

Is there anything else you'd like to share?

If you are successful, consider mentoring others, especially women, as we don't mentor one another enough. And I strongly believe in giving back no matter how much money you make, so all of my business ventures donate money to nutrition-related charities. This venture, if it makes money, will donate to a mobile teaching kitchen program in the slums of India.

Where can people find you and your business?


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