“From Struggle to Success” Tree of Life Rejuvenating
Everything is tied up with money nowadays. The consumer society is swallowed by the idea of how the material things can make us happy. But Chris Ramsbottom is the proof that the pragmatical thinking, good friends and believe in yourself can get you many places. And one of those particular places is her own center for holistic development and healthcare. Her center not only gives back to the community, but also helps people lead a healthier and better life.
1. What is your idea/ business about? How the idea was born?
The Amethyst Center for holistic development and healthcare was born out of a conversation at the end of 2014, in which I was asked “What would you say, if you knew that whatever you said would succeed?” and I replied “I’d run a holistic therapy center”. An amazing series of coincidences and some sheer bloody-mindedness have led to its creation.
2. Tell me about yourself and your team?
I am the owner, sole director, cleaner, furniture restorer, organizer and cockup maker! I do have some lovely friends though: Irena who is a gifted Tarot reader who is also doing my bookkeeping, and Ruth who is a talented contemporary artist who has inspired me to invite local artists to exhibit at the Center.
3. What are the main struggles that you have experienced?
By far the biggest one was raising the finance. Startup Loans UK wouldn’t fund me as they said it was too close to my existing holistic therapy business and they didn’t count it as a new business – a fact which was obvious from page 1 on my application form, but they took 2 months to tell me. A local community loan funder also refused, saying they were nervous of the market. I couldn’t extend the mortgage as my husband wouldn’t allow it.
I have also had immense struggles getting a business bank account: I am on the 4th bank at the moment and hopefully RBS will give me an account that allows me to pay in as well as withdraw!
4. How did you solve your problems?
I cashed in my pension which gave me what I needed to have input into the finishing touches of the conversion of the building, capital to get the place furnished, and some working capital for the next few months.
5. If you had a chance what would you do in differently?
If I had more money I’d have had different fittings and more modern furniture, I’ve had to go for shabby chic (i.e. recycled furniture), but what I’ve got is perfectly adequate.
6. What was the best advice you got and what was the worst?
- Best – If you are doing what you are here to do, the Universe will change itself to enable your success.
- Worst – why don’t you apply for a Start-up loan?
7. What will be your advice to the other entrepreneurs?
If you’re going to do it, then do it, don’t faff about! Otherwise known as “Do or do not – there is no try”.
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July 22, 2016