An RMT perspective by Emily Patterson.
A year after finishing my massage program, the chiropractic clinic I worked at decided to move to a new location farther away from me. The commute would be significantly longer and the client base I had there was good, but not great. I had to decide if I would move with them or if I wanted to start somewhere new. That’s when I started thinking about starting my own business…
Independence won out. I was terrified to take that first step out on my own, but I knew it was what I wanted. The first two months were really tough. I definitely was not making enough money to pay my bills, causing a constant state of stress and anxiety. I was having panic attacks almost every week, but I persisted with my work. I told myself that if I just stayed the course, it would all work out. Every month brought new clients in – mostly through word of mouth, sometimes through advertising and my business gradually grew and stabilized. My anxiety began to calm down and I settled into a steady routine.
When the summer hit, I was really happy to have control over my scheduling. I spoke with my clients and booked time off where I wanted it. It felt so good to have that much control and flexibility. However, at the end of the summer, I realized that I had taken TOO much time off. Stress levels rose again and had to really buckle down and work hard.
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This post was written by Nyomi Hauta