Do You Think Like a Business Owner?

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Do you have a business mindset? Most college programs do not teach you how to think like a business owner and how to succeed when working with a variety of clients. It’s never too early to think like a business owner, even if you don’t have any clients yet or are only seeing one or two patients on the side. Once you’re comfortable identifying as having a business mindset, it will be so much easier to make business decisions along the way.

Skills and intelligence can be grown and developed through hard work, good strategies, and input from others.

-Carol Dweck

Some of the business decisions you’ll need to think about as you develop your nutrition business is:

  • should I work from home or rent a space?
  • how much revenue do I need to bring in to cover my expenses?
  • should I hire an accountant right away or can I manage Quickbooks on my own?
  • how do I choose a business name and register my business with the IRS?

Mindset is Everything

Having a business mindset is the key to having success in whatever avenue you pursue in your nutrition practice. It’s the idea of framing every problem or challenge as an opportunity, where you can embrace risk and uncertainty and learn from that experience. Depending on how you were raised, this may not be so easy. This is why some people achieve huge success and some people struggle for years. We are not taught to think this way.

Those with a growth mindset achieve more than those with a more fixed mindset because they focus less on looking smart and more on learning and getting better.

Educate Yourself

How do you develop a business mindset and start thinking more like a business owner? There’s lots of resources online and with your local small business association. The best way to answer these questions is to educate yourself. Spend some time reading up on other blogs from nutrition health coaches from those who are already successful and read some mindset books.  You can attend national conferences and take part in local networking groups. You’ll be able to start making connections and meet people who you can learn from and who might be future referral sources. 

Step Outside Your Comfort Zone

Stepping out of your comfort zone is the fun part! For me, this meant sweaty palms and a racing heart.  I remember the first time I had to stand up and talk in front of fifty people. Public speaking is a true step into uncomfortable territory for me and probably many of us. The first time was tough. Every time after got easier and easier. This practice of being comfortable with pushing yourself is essential to success in business. The easiest way to fast track your success is to get comfortable with the thing that’s holding you back.

Create More and Consume Less

One of things we all do when we are starting a new venture is to consume as much content as possible to learn all the tips and tricks and the inside information of what we are trying to achieve. We are eager to learn everything we can. We spend countless hours watching videos, taking courses, and listening to podcasts. At some point you need to stop consuming information and start creating your own mark on the world. Whether that’s creating a course, a website, or a blog for example, you need to take what you’ve learned and put it into action.