Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in health and wellness but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Meredith Lile, Owner of Pure Sweat + Float Studio - Brentwood/CoolSprings, located in Brentwood & Franklin TN, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
I own wellness studios that specialize in holistic modalities. We offer Full Spectrum Infrared Saunas, Float Therapy, Red Light Therapy, and Lymphatic Massage. Our customer base is anyone, Athletes, housewives, celebrities, teenagers, people with autoimmune issues, and a place for meditation and tranquility. We cater to everyone!
Tell us about yourself
I started this business over four years ago and opened the first Franchise. The original business was only open for ten months when I approached her to open my own. My father was very wellness-oriented, as well as entrepreneurial, and I grew up in a healthy household, so I wanted to carry that on throughout my life.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
My biggest accomplishment is having always turned a profit month after month through hard work and perseverance, as well as, opening a studio three weeks prior to the COVID shutdown. My studios continued to thrive despite all of the challenges. My biggest accomplishment by far, is serving the community and watching people leave my studios happier, healthier and making a difference in their lives”
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
The staffing has to be the hardest challenge with being a small business. Mentality today is very different from when I was younger, and no one seems to have loyalty. Hard work ethic, and motivation seems to be challenging right now and I really can’t put my finger on where the shift came from. I know people still need to work and pay bills, so it is something I can not wrap my head around.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
First off, be ready to put in blood, sweat, and tears. There are so many happy times, but also be prepared for the storms. It is hard work, and you have to roll up your sleeves and jump in wherever needed. Second, believe in yourself and remind yourself why you are doing this and why you started it. Third, stay positive and always look at the achievements when you are frustrated about the negatives. It is so easy to get stuck on the parts that are "not working," and you always have to regroup and be proud of yourself for all the things that "are working."
Where can people find you and your business?
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