Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in health & fitness, but not sure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Janet Navarrette co-founder of Gymparty, based in California, USA.
Tell us all about your business...
Gymparty is a virtual fitness program that helps everyday people find joy in fitness and nutrition so they can stick to something that works for them. The program is inclusive and full of diverse humans adding a fun group feels while still giving you a very personalized touch.
What's your background and motivation to grow as a solopreneur?
I have struggled with body image and self-esteem issues all my life. The fitness industry is saturated with restrictive programs, diet fads, body-obsessed trainers that sell-off of people's insecurities. So how do everyday people learn what it means to be truly healthy and happy if they're constantly told they're never good enough? I wanted to create something approachable, fun, and positive for everyone.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
Honestly, just starting. There are so many sane reasons to NOT owning a business. But, now I can't see myself doing anything else.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a solopreneur?
Being patient. When you're amid the daily "grind" and the triumphs are few and far in-between it's easy to lose sight of the overall picture. When you don't hit your numbers or you're not sure if you're going to make payroll, it's easy to lose confidence in yourself. But remembering that Rome wasn't built in a day, takes a lot of practice.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run or grow a small business today?
- Know your weaknesses beforehand so you know what can improve upon or hire someone to tackle them for you.
- Talk about your idea(s) as much as you can with other people who will give you honest feedback. That doesn't mean you have to listen to everything they say, but it's great to hear other perspectives.
- Be okay with being uncomfortable. You're going to be in situations that feel scary, but don't let that stop you from being your best.
What are some of the things you put in place to maintain a healthy work/life balance and to keep it all together?
I like to watch a lot of TV. So, I try to get as much work as I can to reward myself with a good 'ole Netflix binge.
Where can people find you online?
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