Name: Robyn Harris
Business: Equenergy: Wellbeing Naturally
Tell us about your business?
I work with people and animals, helping them to connect more fully with their own authentic nature, and with the Nature all around them, in order to create a life of greater balance, wellbeing and ‘flow’.
What motivated you to start your business?
I experienced food intolerances and stress related issues in the past (migraines, IBS & ME) and as the doctors were limited in how much they could help me I came to realise that I needed to find ways to help myself. My healing journey has led me to working with energy and learning from Nature, and also to realising that I am the best person to decide what makes me happy and what best supports my wellbeing.
Having found this for myself, I love sharing it with others, holding a space where they too can explore what makes their heart sing, and how to be true to their authentic selves, so that they can find healing and wellness.
What have been your greatest successes?
Qualifying in a range of modalities including Reiki with people and animals, EFT (emotional freedom techniques or ‘tapping’) and META-Health. It’s also been a huge joy to work with the amazing people and animals that I meet in my practice. It’s amazing to see them transform into happier, more relaxed individuals.
What has been your greatest challenge and how did you overcome it?
In terms of clients, my greatest challenge was a pony that I worked with a couple of years ago at a local rescue centre. She had decided that humans were not to be trusted and would teach other horses to be equally nervous and to avoid contact where possible. The staff believed that because of this, and her unpredictable temperament, they would never be able to find a home for her. I could see that there was a beautiful nature hidden underneath the fear and anxiety, so I focused on that and just allowed her to set the pace. I worked with her from a distance, allowing her to be the first one to approach, and when she did, it was a very magical and beautiful moment. Over the months her behaviour became more reliable and consistent and she was more settled and less stressed. It was a wonderful day when I heard that she had found a forever-home, and yet sad for me as it meant that she moved away. I learnt a lot from this little mare and she will always hold a special place in my heart.
Other challenges have been seeking to engage with people of a more traditional mindset – both professionals and potential clients – and helping them to see the full value of what I offer. Generally however the results speak for themselves.
What advice would you give to other small businesses and those thinking of taking the plunge and creating a start-up?
It is a process and can take longer than you expect, but each step brings new and valuable learning. Create a vision board and display it in a prominent place where you will see it often. Check in with this vision regularly to keep yourself on track. It can be easy to get overwhelmed by all the options and possibilities on offer so it’s good to refocus from time to time.
Network. Find like-minded people and spend time with them. This helps you to stay fresh and energised.
Hang in there. Don’t give up. If this really is your dream – if it excites you and makes your heart sing, if you have a need to share this with the world – then keep going. Remember your reasons for doing it and don’t let others put you off. Do your groundwork while also being brave enough to dream, and let those dreams inspire you. It’s a challenging balance!
How has technology (the Internet, Social Media, etc.) impacted how you conduct business?
I’ve found that I often connect with people through Facebook and Instagram. Pictures are great for my business and can show clearly what I offer. I also use Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn, but less so. I blog every week too, and social media is a great way to share this and for people to get to know me and my work before even meeting me. I’ve also been approached to write for online magazines because of this. Also, the field in which I work can still tend to be very traditional meaning that some people have not yet embraced the perspective that I come from. For this reason it can be hard to connect with my clients face-to-face as they are often keeping a low profile in traditional horse yards. It can therefore be easier for me to connect with them through specific interest groups online.
I am also beginning to explore video which is obviously a great way to share information when meeting face to face is difficult due to distance or other reasons.