Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Patti Callahan, Owner of Rio Wellness, located in Seattle, WA, USA.

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

Personal travel consulting and planning services are designed to help create an itinerary perfect for you. Ideal for first-time travelers, first-time solo travelers, small groups, or anyone who wants a trip specifically tailored to their interests.

Tell us about yourself

I have been a student, hairstylist, cocktail waitress, corporate professional, and small business owner. I’m also an expert multitasker who has pursued a lifelong love of travel, completed my MBA, and raised two amazing sons. I have written two novels and a memoir that continue to fan the flames of my love of writing. In 2018, I launched Rio Wellness. Initially opened as a brick-and-mortar wellness center, Rio has evolved into travel consulting and retreat planning services.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

My ability to adapt. Rather than give up after closing the brick-and-mortar site, I took the time to reset. Doing that allowed me to evolve the business into a web-based business that still focuses on wellness and self-care and incorporates my love of travel.

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

Choosing not to let the fear of failure stand in the way of moving forward.

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

  1. Do your research and have a plan.
  2. Stay engaged - consistency wins.
  3. Believe in yourself.

Where can people find you and your business?


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