Hudson is proud to take part in Global Entrepreneurship Week, Nov. 13-19. One of the highlights of the week is the Business Awards Breakfast, co-sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and the city. Reservations should be made at www.explorehudson.com. This is the final week for this series to appear. Thanks to Northwest Bank for their sponsorship of these columns.
This week we meet Nick Sanders, who owns Phyt for Function on Hudson Drive.
1. What inspired you to own your own business?
I was frustrated operating as a doctor of physical therapy in the conventional insurance based rehab model. I was limited in so many ways by insurance company policies. I wanted a way to provide advanced rehabilitation care, wellness service and ongoing preventative services to the clients I had the privilege to work with. Thus, PHYT was developed as a way to create that type of ongoing service.
2. What is your biggest challenge as an entrepreneur?
Time! It is a limited commodity that is infinitely valuable. Like most people managing what I do with my time is the most challenging task. I recognize the importance of time and I try my best to make sure that I maximize my patients’ time in the service I provide.
3. What do you find most rewarding?
Seeing people reach their goals. I often meet someone at their worst, in immense pain and just miserable. After a few visits you can see their personality change and watch their joy as they start to feel better. Being in a gym setting every day I get to see athletes chasing their goals and if I can play just a small part of making that happen for them it is worth it.
4. Describe your typical day as an entrepreneur.
As a new entrepreneur I don’t know if I have a typical day. I am working hard to see patients whenever I can get them in. Typically, mornings and early afternoons are devoted to patient care. In the evenings, I do some one-on- one fitness training, often to help them bend, squat, lift and stand with less difficulty. The middle of my day is typically devoted to marketing, emails, and business type stuff. I try to get 2-3 good workouts in during the week and find time to spend with my friends and family over the weekends. I also teach for Integrative Dry Needling to Health Care Professionals wanting to become certified. About once a month, you will find me traveling somewhere doing that. I have a true passion for teaching and it is something that I find great joy in doing.
5. What is your favorite aspect of being an entrepreneur?
The competitive freedom. You are in complete control of the business. Your hard work decides success or failure and there are no excuses outside of that. I love the new challenges and learning opportunities that open up to you.
6. What is your advice for a budding entrepreneur?
Be ready to grind. There are always things to be done, so come up with a plan, learn to manage your time and go for it. Understand, that it is a constant learning curve but as long as you are willing to work for it, your grind will bring success. The line from A Field of Dreams. "If you build it, they will come." Should be redone to "If you build it, and work your tail off, they will come."
7. What one word would describe your life as an entrepreneur?
— Submitted by the Hudson Global Entrepreneurship Series Committee