Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in health and wellness but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Rebecca Summers, Owner of Lymphedema Therapy Source, PLLC., located in Little Elm, TX, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
Lymphedema Therapy Source, PLLC provides complete decongestive therapy (CDT) for people with lymphedema (or aspects of CDT like manual lymph drainage for other conditions such as wound healing, post-op plastic surgery, etc.). And compression garments are also measured & provided.
Tell us about yourself
I was working as an O.T. & had a patient who had had a bilateral mastectomy (both breasts removed). She developed lymphedema in both arms as a result, & I couldn't help her. My reason for becoming a therapist was to help people, so I decided to get special training to be able to help others in the future. Motivation comes from the desire to help improve the lives of others.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
Staying in business since becoming self-sustained as an entrepreneur in 2013.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
The hardest part is the many hats an entrepreneur must wear (without the training). You must learn as you go unless you find a successful mentor who has done exactly what you want to do.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Do your pre-launch homework. (Talk with others doing the kind of business you want to do. If you can find a mentor who is where you'd like to be, hire them &/or offer some type of service in return for their knowledge & time.)
- Remember the golden rule (treat others as you wish to be treated). Whether integrity, kindness, patience, or service - put yourself in your customers' shoes & most times, you'll know what to do.
Is there anything else you'd like to share?
I've been an OT for over 20 years & self-employed half of that time. Being an entrepreneur is fulfilling. I like the challenge & being the one to make the decisions. But there's certainly a lot of work & risk that goes with it. A key is enjoying what you do, finding success while doing it & never forgetting that life isn't solely about money or accomplishment. No one reaches the end of their life regretting they didn't make more money or spend more time at work. The regret is more often not reaching their potential & not having spent more time with those they love (or mended bad relationships they cared about).
Where can people find you and your business?
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