My mother is a physiotherapist and I guess I followed in her footsteps (forgive the pun) when I decided podiatry would be a good avenue to eventually get into physio. It was never about the feet, but the people attached to them. I had always wanted a job where I was helping people in a one-on-one health setting. After learning we were going to be helping real people and performing minor surgery in our first year of study I decided to stick with podiatry!
Working for someone else, I knew that there was a limit on the number of people I could help myself. I always had a desire to be financially free, only that wrestled with my desire to help people – how could I do both? So I decided to open a business. Only, I didn’t just want to open a podiatry clinic. I wanted to open THE BEST podiatry clinic. It was 2008, global financial crisis had just hit, and I was thinking – now’s the “perfect” time to start a business.
I thought I had a successful business, until it came time for the birth of my first daughter, and I wanted to take 3 weeks off. It seemed unthinkable at the time. Over a period of 6 months I put in place systems, and was able to take the time off and return to a motivated team. This set me on a journey to work out how I could put in place the systems so I could work on my business, rather than in it. In the end I made a decision to put down the tools altogether. In that year of business I was able to replace my income and the business also grew 20%.