In our “Inspiring small businesses” series we want to share and celebrate great stories from fellow small business owners who took their idea to the next level and set up their own business. Starting your own business is a huge step, no matter how small your business is, so by bringing you closer to the great minds behind inspiring businesses, you might find motivation and ideas for starting yours and if you are already on your journey, some of these lovely people might have some great survival tips.
This month we have spoken to Izzy Mehmet, founder of Evolve Health Coaches. He is a true believer that like everything else in life the fitness industry is constantly changing. Because of this, Izzy keeps himself updated with regular courses and fresh knowledge, making sure that everything he presents to his clients is nothing but the best.
What is it that you do?
I run a coaching business, managing a team of health coaches, providing 1-1 sessions as well as group sessions in private homes and a studio in north London. We develop tailor made exercise programmes specific to each person’s individual goal using a four session assessment process which gives us the information we need to select the safest and most efficient exercises and training methods for each person.
What inspired you to start your own business?
It started with me not wanting to have a boss and being able to manage my own diary. Once my client base started to grow and I educated myself through different workshops and my own research, I realised that in order to progress I would need to adapt my approach from being a one-man-band to a business. With this approach I have found a new motivation to build my business’ brand as one of the pioneers of the fitness industry.
At the moment there are systems in the fitness industry that are flawed. This is from people being told what to do instead of being educated on WHY you should be doing it. At Evolve, we coach our clients into trying something different – exercises and workshops that will develop you and make you become the strongest, most powerful version of yourself. Both mentally and physically.
What is the most difficult aspect of running your own business?
Seeing the positive out of every situation. Some months can be better then others and you have to stay motivated enough to see the silver lining in every situation to keep your business running.
What are your lessons learnt so far?
As my business has grown I had to start prioritising my time even more and focus on tasks that were going to grow my business even more. Having to learn how to delegate to others was difficult at first but I have learnt that in order for me to keep growing it has to be done.