Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in health and wellness but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Tara Torres, Owner of Sky Therapeutics, located in Tomball, TX, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
I am a clinical nutritionist and the owner of Sky Therapeutics in North-West Houston. Our vision is to provide innovative approaches that advance how we care for our bodies and optimize health. Sky Therapeutics is for individuals whose gut and autoimmunity are hampering them from enjoying their lives. We address the root cause of confusing health conditions with contemporary, evidence-based nutrition solutions that optimize health and overall wellbeing. Sky Therapeutics proprietary protocols and resources revolutionize the way we address illness and support lifelong, healthy living.
At Sky Therapeutics, we focus on developing healthy lifestyle changes that lead to sustainable habits over time. We incorporate nutrition and food recommendations, supplements, sleep and stress management with every client. We also offer functional testing such as stool tests, hormone tests, testing for food sensitivity, testing for nutrient deficiencies, genetic screenings, and more. We work alongside our clients' physician care team to optimize health outcomes. Sky Therapeutics is ideal for the client who is interested in a lifestyle change.
Tell us about yourself
I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease and Hashimoto’s Disease in my early 20’s. There weren’t a lot of treatment options, and I was told I would feel better after adopting a gluten-free diet. However, I struggled to fully understand both autoimmune diseases, what gluten was, and what foods it could be found in. I also didn’t feel better after months and even years of following this diet. My interest in nutrition began through my own struggle in an attempt to understand better what my body needed to finally feel better.
Over the years, I’ve dealt with the ups and downs of life and became a mother to two kids, now 5 and 7 years old. They are my biggest reason for pushing to stay healthy and active every single day. It takes a lot of energy to keep up with kids, run a business, go to school, and maintain a healthy social life. It’s all of these reasons that push me to continue to maintain my health. I enjoy teaching others how they, too, can adopt a healthy lifestyle and improve their quality of life and watch their transformation as they not only lose weight but, most importantly, feel better on the inside.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
My biggest accomplishment is my first year of business, all on my own! I was able to go from a virtual membership at a co-working office to opening my own new build office in my first year of opening.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
Some of the hardest things include the unknown! There’s not exactly a handbook out there that lists all the steps you need to complete in order to open and run a business. It’s tough to juggle seeing clients and setting aside the admin time needed to get the other business things done like paying bills, getting permits, licenses, etc. This is where there can be a lot of extra hours for business owners, and it’s tough to juggle a healthy work-life balance. I do the best I can by utilizing my calendar and creating to-do lists.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- When you do the math to estimate your start-up and monthly costs, I always round up and try to over-estimate where I can to make up for any inevitable unanticipated costs. It’s not worth it to jump into entrepreneurship if you’re going to be living paycheck to paycheck and stressed out about finances.
- Get with a CPA and start a business checking account separate from your personal account right away.
- Create a circle of mentors around you who you trust and can rely on to ask questions as you go. These people can tell you what to do and avoid based on their experiences. You can also find out what software they are using, who their CPA is, and other important networking needs.
Is there anything else you'd like to share?
I want to encourage anyone interested in a career in nutrition and/or functional medicine to reach out with any questions. I’m also happy to consult with other nutrition entrepreneurs and answer any questions I can. Like I said, there’s no handbook for starting your own nutrition business, but many of us are happy to share our own experiences and knowledge if it helps someone else get started a little easier!
Where can people find you and your business?
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