Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in health and wellness but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Hannah Rose, Owner of Rose Wellness, located in Baltimore, MD, USA.

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

I own private practice in Baltimore, Maryland. We have 9 licensed clinicians who practice psychotherapy and specialize in a myriad of counseling techniques, catering to different types of clients. We work with clients of all ages and specialize in trauma-informed counseling, marriage and family counseling, anxiety, substance use disorders, depression, eating disorders, racial trauma, and more.

Tell us about yourself

I began my own private practice (part-time) as a sole proprietor in mid-2019 while working full-time at an inpatient residential rehabilitation center for substance use disorders. I wanted to transition into private practice so I could work with different populations, set my own schedule, and grow as a clinician in ways I didn't feel as able to while working in a large organization.

Since then, my practice has grown tremendously. I love teaching, supervising, and mentoring, so it felt like a natural progression to turn my solo practice into a group practice. I started hiring therapists, and Rose Wellness continued to grow. It is so motivating to know that I am able to help newer therapists find their groove, develop their clinical skills, and they, in turn, help Rose Wellness to reach more clients across different demographics.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

The fact that there are therapists who want to work at my business feels like such an accomplishment, as I make a point to maintain a level of authenticity and informality in my mentoring and supervising style. Rose Wellness was developed to resonate with people who want "real" therapists, people they don't see as cold or too formal, and we've done exactly that. I'm so proud of my team as a whole.

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

Honestly, the hardest parts are the parts that I outsource so I don't have to learn the hard way: Taxes, accounting, bookkeeping, and contracting. I utilize an accountant who has helped me file all the right paperwork, keeps on top of estimated quarterly taxes, and explains things to me in a way that makes sense (because math never makes sense to me)!

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

Probably go to therapy! But in all seriousness - I feel like many people don't go into business for themselves because of insecurity, a lack of confidence and self-efficacy, and a tumultuous relationship with themselves. Trusting in yourself, believing in yourself, and knowing that your authentic self is ENOUGH is terrifying. So:

  1. Work on yourself, in whatever form that takes on. For me, therapy was a lifesaver.
  2. Branding! Figure out your mission and your "why," and go from there.
  3. Get a good accountant.

Where can people find you and your business?


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