Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in health and wellness but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Danielle Boyd, founder of The Balanced Collective, a collective of practitioners, services, and eco-friendly products designed to facilitate wellness and balance located in North Vancouver, BC, Canada.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
We have a collective of offerings (including physical therapy, active rehab, online/in-person events, retreats, and eco-friendly products!) to support healing and wellness in the community. Our community is comprised of individuals looking to improve their physical and emotional well-being while having some fun and joy along the way.
Tell us about yourself
I started The Balanced Collective initially as a small place to write and share some of what I was learning in the health and wellness space. Eventually, it grew into a collection of offerings to support clients and the community. I realized very quickly that while working one-on-one with clients was very impactful for that individual, it was limiting to how much impact I could have at a larger scale. Now, the education and events we host are designed to facilitate impact at a larger scale. We are motivated by seeing the positive changes and experiences our community has on the regular.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
The humility of being a beginner again. Being a business owner and team leader is to be in a constant state of learning, growth, and self-awareness that isn't necessarily fostered through being a practitioner alone. It is very humbling to be reminded that there is so much I don't know, and I am proud that I have been able to somewhat maintain a beginner's mindset and be open to learning through the process. This has been what has allowed our team and offerings to continue to grow and for the impact to be so positive on our community.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
The feeling of being alone. While I consider myself incredibly well supported, there are certain things that only fellow business owners will understand or empathize with.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Get super clear on your "why" - why do you want to run a business? This "why" can change and be flexible, but have a clear purpose in your mind (and don't do it if it is just for the money - there are many ways to make money that aren't owning a business).
- Surround yourself with people who support you and inspire you - you are the product of the 5-6 people you spend the most time with; make sure they at least support you on this vision.
- Do it before you are ready. If you wait until it is perfect to launch it, you will never launch it. Jump off the cliff and build the airplane on the way down.
Is there anything else you'd like to share?
As a business owner, be prepared to look at your own patterns and belief systems and be ok with working on yourself. Our "stuff" comes up in a big way as a business owner, and if you are not prepared to own your stuff or at least acknowledge it, it will hinder you in the long run. Business is a total mirror to our own patterning.
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 email@example.com; we'd love to feature your journey on these pages.
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