Have you considered quitting your full-time job? If so, you’re not alone. Almost 2,356 people move to entrepreneurship each day, according to reports.* Less than a year ago, 22 year-old Chelsea Fyrberg was one of them.
Founder of the Maine-based nutrition company Nutrition Simplified, Chelsea, found her niche by serving an unmet local need. With limited startup cash, Fyrberg focused her business efforts on a holistic approach to nutrition including disease prevention and weight management. She quickly grew her client base to include spas, gyms, whole foods markets, hospitals, nursing homes, head starts, and school lunch programs.
Learn how Fyrberg found the courage to leave corporate America, leverage her social networks and simplify American health and nutrition.
Company: Nutrition Simplified
Founder, Age: Chelsea Fyrberg, 22
Location: Portland, Maine
Startup Year: 2010
Startup Costs: $3,000
How I Got Started
After completing my Master’s degree in nutrition, I decided to quit my full-time management position as a merchandiser and take a leap of faith. I created my own website and advertising materials then went to local businesses to spread the word. It wasn’t long before I started sponsoring events and building referral partners that helped me to grow my client-base.
Best Success Story
My best success story was building my largest corporate account. I was asked to host a seminar for a university in the northeast and told that approximately 50 people would be attending. I reached out to the university’s social networks to create hype about the seminar and over 300 people ended up attending. The director called me the following day to personally thank me and ask me if I would be the university’s referring nutritionist. They quickly grew to become my largest corporate client and I continue to host seminars for them every semester.
Biggest Startup Challenge
The biggest startup challenge was jumping on every opportunity that presented itself. So many mistakes can be avoided if you take the time to talk with your lawyer, accountant, and other supporters before diving into a commitment. Make sure you have an experienced team of professionals on your side and refer to them often.
#1 Tip for New Entrepreneurs
“If you find a job you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.” Follow your dreams and don’t lose sight of your true intentions for your business. Only you can grow your business to how you want it, so remember to take a step back now and again to restructure and reorganize.
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*Source: 2008 US Census Report
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