Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in health and wellness but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Allison Kirley, Founder of Allison Kirley Holistic Coaching and Bodywork, located in Portland, OR, USA.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

I am the founder of a holistic wellness business offering various services and experiences to nourish my client's bodies, minds, and souls.

Tell us about yourself

I started my business as a massage therapist working just a half day each week while I worked as a server at a restaurant. As my client base grew, I began doing more massage then also teaching yoga and nutritional therapy. I eventually quit the restaurant and became certified in life and wellness coaching. Today my business focuses on bodywork and coaching for women. What motivates me is that I get to help people feel better in their bodies so they can do all the things they love. I experienced chronic pain for a couple of years, so I understand how consuming and depressing it is. This is what led me to massage school, yoga, and nutrition in the first place. I also love holding space for women to cultivate a better relationship with themselves. Everything I create is from my heart and from my own life experiences of not feeling worthy, people-pleasing, and not knowing or loving my true authentic self.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

The relationships I've created with my clients.

What's one of the hardest things that comes with being a business owner?

Having to put yourself out there. I am my brand, so I'm sharing from a very vulnerable place.

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

  1. Get clear on your WHY and your message.
  2. Not everyone has to like you or be your biggest fan, and it's ok.
  3. Have fun!

Where can people find you and your business?


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