Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Michael Schuneman, DC, Owner of Schuneman Enterprises, LLC., located in Colorado Springs, CO, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
I actually have a couple of businesses. I am a chiropractor and have a wonderful chiropractic practice, but I have another business that branches out to reach more people and share the things that I have learned about health, wellness, mindset, and business to be successful in all areas of life. My customers want more from life and are looking for ways to be happier and more fulfilled. I especially love working with other entrepreneurs and business owners.
Tell us about yourself
My story is a little crazy! I started my chiropractic practice 11 years ago. I had just graduated from chiropractic college and moved my family 900 miles across the country to a place where I only knew one person. I had no job but some possible opportunities to work with another chiropractor. At first, we came to Colorado Springs and didn't even have a place to live. Unfortunately, the job possibilities didn't work out, and that is when I decided to jump all in and start my chiropractic practice.
It was exciting and stressful all at the same time. It was definitely scary for the first little while. I really did not have much idea of how to run a business, and I was trying so many things and learning so much, but progress was slow. And in that first year or two of being in business, I hit the lowest point in my life. There was one morning when I just didn't want to get up and get out of bed. I was trying my best but felt like I was failing miserably and was just so overwhelmed. I wasn't in physical pain, but I just had a hurt that felt like it came from the inside and covered my whole body. And I knew something had to change.
That was a turning point in my life. I made a decision to change my life for the better. I didn't know exactly how I was going to do it, but I knew it had to happen. I wrote out what I wanted for my life and began to change how I looked at the world. It didn't happen all at once, but things did begin to change. I was happier and more fulfilled, even before things really started to change in my business.
I grew my chiropractic practice to a profitable state, and then I had so many ideas that I wanted to get out to the world, and I started my second business as a kind of entrepreneurial playground to try things out. And one of the things I created was a course that walks through the things I learned early on to actually change my mindset. I am motivated to be able to help others if at all possible to not have to go through the pain and overwhelm that I experienced. If I can help someone have a breakthrough without suffering, that makes everything I experienced all worth it!
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
My biggest accomplishment as a business owner was to push through the hard times when all I wanted to do was give up and then come out on the other side better than I thought was possible.
What's one of the hardest things that comes with being a business owner?
One of the hardest things that comes with being a business owner is that it all comes back to you! You are responsible for what happens in your business. And it quickly becomes apparent that you become the bottleneck in your business. And if you want your business to grow, you need to grow.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Find a mentor - talk to someone that has done what you want to do or even just another successful business owner. There are others out there that are happy to help and give some guidance to others just starting out.
- Get around other business owners - being an entrepreneur or business owner can feel very lonely. The average person has no idea what it is like to run their own business. Get around other business owners to help build a support system.
- It is okay to start small - you don't have to start out like a big business with lots of employees, a huge building, etc. It is okay to start small and find out if your idea for a business is viable before starting to expand and grow. You don't need to compare yourself to other well-established businesses. It took them time to get there.
Where can people find you and your business?
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