Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in mental wellness but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Bri Kacar, Founder of Wellness With Bri, located in Charlotte, NC, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
Wellness With Bri is a personal virtual mental health therapy service. My customers are women, mainly between the ages of 22-35, who are seeking help with anxiety, personal and career stress, and relationships.
Tell us about yourself
I'm a millennial woman who grew up in a space where mental health was still pretty stigmatized, therapy wasn't a big thing, and girls were encouraged to "do it all." I have always been inclined to hold space for people when they are struggling, so becoming a therapist was a natural career choice for me. I started working on Wellness With Bri when I realized how much I enjoyed supporting women who grew up with the same messaging as I did. Through my professional and personal journey, I also realized that I had accumulated many skills and techniques to help women navigate the culture and expectations of young women in American society that create anxiety, stress, health issues, and relationship issues. It is incredibly rewarding to provide a service that empowers women to live from a place of deep self-understanding and authenticity. My belief is that when women know their strengths, value, worth, and power, we can transform systemic issues and break cycles of trauma.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
My biggest accomplishment thus far has been my autonomy over my schedule. I love the flexibility and freedom that comes with owning my own business.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
As the sole owner and sole provider of services for my business, it has been challenging to balance all the hats I have to wear! In the past, therapy practices have outsourced their billing, intake coordination, scheduling, and marketing. Nowadays, it's really common for licensed mental health professionals to do all of these things in addition to providing high-quality clinical services. Like any skill, practice really helps with feeling more confident in handling different roles.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Be consistent in working on your business, even if it's just small steps each week.
- Be patient! Building and growing a business takes time.
- Get support. It's crucial to have people in your corner who have gone through this process and can provide wisdom, guidance, and a listening ear for when things are tough.
Where can people find you and your business?
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