Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in wellness but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Daniel Audette, owner of Rhythm Therapeutic Massage, located in Winnipeg, MB, Canada.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
I'm a massage therapist based out of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, and I operate a rehabilitation and treatment-focused massage therapy practice. Rhythm Therapeutic Massage isn't only my registered business name; it's also the name of my blogging site where I share updates about my business and where I strive to bring a new level of learning and understanding to the scope of physical health.
Tell us about yourself
What motivates me in my line of work is the role I play when it comes to helping people navigate through what can sometimes be a very difficult chapter in their lives. Things like recovering from injuries, preparing and supporting those going through surgery, and other physical health challenges.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
My biggest accomplishment as a business owner was my decision to go back to university while maintaining my massage therapy practice. I'm passionate about the work I do, and I look forward to watching my business grow and evolve throughout this journey and the years that follow.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
Sometimes you have to make tough decisions, and just knowing that those decisions will have a not-so-good impact on others can be a hard burden to bear. If you're not going forwards, you're going backward, and when you're on your own remaining sedentary just isn't an option.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
My first and probably the most important tip is to never give up. This holds true not only for anyone who would start, run or grow a business; it's also one of the core messages I deliver to each and every one of my patients to help focus on the bigger picture.
The second tip would be to think out of the box. When you're a sole proprietor with a business to run, you're the boss. You're the one that makes the decisions, and you're the one who can make things happen, and if it doesn't, find another way. If you have an idea that is truly beneficial to those you serve in your business and to yourself, then make it work because all of it starts and ends with you.
Lastly, take time for yourself, and I mention this speaking from some experience. Working yourself to exhaustion is a fool's game, and people can tell when you're running on fumes. It's just not sustainable. The concept of having weekends off doesn't really make sense when you're the one calling all the shots. Understanding that weekends and holidays can be some of my busiest times, I decided to forgo them altogether and give myself time off as I needed it. By doing this, I've come to better appreciate myself and my work ethic. I'm healthier, I'm happier, and after ten years of working in this profession, I still look forward to going to work every day.
Where can people find you and your business?
If you like what you've read here and have your own story as a solopreneur that you'd like to share, then email firstname.lastname@example.org; we'd love to feature your journey on these pages.
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