Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in health and wellness but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Karen Hartnett, a Founder & Professional Trainer of Divine Strength Fitness, located in Dripping Springs, TX, USA.

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

I'm the owner of Divine Strength Fitness, and I have worked as a professional personal trainer for more than 32+ years. I'm the author of the book The Divine Strength Diet Plan, God's Way to Living and Eating a Balanced Life. I have had a brick-and-mortar studio for more than 23 years, and I'm now transitioning to serving my customers online. My customers are Christian women between the ages of 20 and 65.

Tell us about yourself

I started competing as an amateur bodybuilder when I was 18 years old and fell in love with the sport and competing. This led me to become a personal trainer and eventually own my own gym. I'm motivated each day by seeing my clients overcome their obstacles and eventually see them achieve success and balance in their spirit, body, mind, and body chemistry.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

The biggest accomplishment I feel I have achieved is writing my book and having a storefront for 23+ years.

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

I think the hardest thing that comes with being a business owner is finding qualified and reliable help.

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

My top 3 tips to give anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today are to know that you will need more money to run it than you think, be open to changing your business model because your business will develop and could change and evolve over the years. Lastly, owning your own business is not as glamorous as you think, and it will take more grit and tenacity than you ever thought.

Where can people find you and your business?


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