Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in health and wellness but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Melanie Webb, Founder of Webb Well, located in Park City, UT, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
My business is Webbwell. I guide and support successful power players like you through your recovery and healing process, so you can get back to maximum productivity and feel more connected. My clients have included stay-at-home go-getter moms, self-made business owners and big-tech execs, law firm partners, government appointees, and former Secretaries of the United States Departments of Defense and Treasury.
Tell us about yourself
My private fitness clients can take all the credit for my getting started working on my own business. They would come back from their spa trips, tell me what they liked and what they didn't like about the experience, and then they started hiring me to lead them on their own outdoor fitness retreats, which was a blast! From leading retreats, I went on to diversify my business offerings to include on-demand health and fitness content with the WebbWell App and Online Community. That presented a challenge and an opportunity, which is always very rewarding and creative for me. I thrive on novelty and challenge. Boredom beware!
I was named "The person to call for guided travel in Utah" by DEPARTURES Magazine, "a leader in the adventure travel industry" by Norie Quintos of National Geographic Traveler, and "one of the top trainers in the industry" by The Sports Club/LA (now Equinox). I'm a sought-after industry and corporate retreat facilitator and speaker with a course for fitness professionals titled Mother Nature's Gym Outdoor Fitness Guide approved for 1.6 CECs from American Council on Exercise. I'm the founder and creator of WebbWell, the WebbWell fitness app, and online Community.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
I consider my robust professional network to be my biggest accomplishment because, ultimately, it's my reputation that impacts the brand as a business. Maintaining relationships of trust and respect with my peers, colleagues, and clients, past and present, has always been something I deeply value.
What's one of the hardest things that comes with being a business owner?
Striking work/life balance is a challenge. It's so hard to flip the switch on the workday because there is always something else that needs to get done, and usually not enough hands to share the workload. While it's great to have the freedom of doing the job when it works for you, it's also important to set boundaries to leave yourself time to nurture your health and interpersonal relationships that bring so much joy and life purpose.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Don't view choosing yourself as a risk. You know what you've accomplished working for others; now go do it for yourself!
- Don't be afraid to take out a low-interest business loan to help finance your business.
- Keep the long view in mind. It takes time to build an empire! If financial risk scares you, keep a part-time or full-time job going until you're able to make the leap.
Where can people find you and your business?
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