Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in health and fitness but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Stephanie Miller, Founder of Fit Found Me, located in Sanford, NC, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
Fit Found Me is a resource for women over 40 to get support and education for making the often difficult transition to a healthier lifestyle. By teaching basic foundational habits through our challenges and programs, women can adopt healthy habits to their individual lifestyles for long-term success.
Tell us about yourself
At around age 40, I was overweight, out of shape, and wanted more out of life. After making some changes, I had lost over 35 lbs, went from a size 14 to a size 2, and felt 20 years younger. I knew I needed to do everything I could to help other women reach their own healthy living goals. My main priority has always been my family, and that hasn’t changed even though we only have one adult child still at home. Some of our kids and their families live close by, so they keep me very busy. Other kids and families are within a day of driving distance. In the warmer months, we try to host as many weekend get-togethers as possible in our lake house we moved to last year. Additionally, I have two horses a few minutes away that keep me busy. Horses have always been a love of mine, and I feel very blessed to have them in my life to ride and show on occasion.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
I feel like I have grown in many ways in the last 7-8 years of blogging. When I started out, I didn’t know anything about running a website or what goes along with it. So much of what I have learned I did on my own. Being able to balance family, the website, and other responsibilities would be the biggest accomplishment throughout the years, though. Learning to be ok with done is the new perfect, and sometimes, choosing to do what makes me happy rather than what is always expected of me.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
The hardest part of this business has been riding the ups and downs of the website culture. Not always having control of how the website is performing, no matter how much time and effort was put into it. Along with the ever-changing rules of search engines, blogging and social media are constantly evolving and often require thick skin.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Be ready for a learning curve as well as a ramping-up stage.
- Take some time for self-care to prevent burning out.
- Find a small, like-minded mastermind group to join.
Where can people find you and your business?
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