Starting up the first iteration of my holistic nutrition practice feels like a lifetime ago. In reality, it was 2008, and if I had to count the business lessons that I've learned since then, I think it's been approximately 592,603. Not that I'm keeping track or anything.
Back then, I was fresh out of nutrition school, having just graduated as a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN) from CSNN. Me and my then boyfriend (now husband) decided that we were going to move back to our hometown. There weren't a ton of job options for me, so, by golly, I was going to start my own business!
For the record, I don't say 'by golly'. I swear like a sailor, but 'by golly' seems to sum it all up as to how utterly and absolutely naive I was about being an entrepreneur.
I read, let's say, 3 online articles about opening a business. The first one I think was called "How to open a business in Canada". That was the extent of my research.
I committed every single common mistake that a ton of budding entrepreneurs make, not because I was ignorant or dumb, but just because I didn't know what I didn't know! I figured that since I was moving to the heart disease capital of Canada (I wish I was joking with that statistic), people needed to be healthy. And I was a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, wanting to help people be healthy. How could I fail?
Well, let's look at the numbers, shall we?