We had the good fortune of connecting with Alana Holland and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alana, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I ran into an old friend I grew up with and previously worked with. He let me know how he started a private practice and was enjoying what he did. After talking to him for a while, the main thing I remembered he said was “Alana this is the first job I’ve had where I’m not stressed out at and I enjoy what I’m doing”. At the time I was working for another company making decent money but a few months passed by and I was complaining to my husband about some changes happening at my job. One night he showed me over the computer how easy it was and the steps to opening my own business and the paperwork that needed to be complete. It still didn’t happen overnight because I had so many reservations and fears but we both gradually worked on getting it done and started.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Opening a business was not nearly as challenging as I thought it would be. Learning new things to begin was also not as hard as I expected because there are several companies to assist you with administrative management. I’ve hired a company to assist and manage my monthly expenses and book keeping which has been very helpful. I’ve been running my practice part time while building the clientele needed to open full time. The most challenging part of opening a practice was the education and experience required to become licensed then staying compliant with the California governing board rules and criteria. I’ve also joined some groups on Facebook that have contributed a lot of knowledge and resources to growing my practice. So far, the biggest lesson I’ve learned is seek help from others who have already done it. It seems like such an easy thing but I didn’t want to come off as bothersome to people so there were some things, I ventured out on by myself to do and wasted a lot of time and money not realizing I didn’t need to do those things. I never saw myself as a business woman or a risk taker with my career. I like certainty and stability so this was never something I imagined doing but once I got started and saw how doable it was for my life the thought of working for myself and being my own boss was something I knew I could do with the proper discipline. I want everyone who sees me thriving to see possibility within themself. I never thought I would walk away from my benefits and salaried position but with God and my support all things were possible and I will be opening my practice full time in Monrovia at the beginning of May 2020. I don’t often say this but I am proud of myself and how far I’ve come.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Depends on the day and time of year. I’m married with two small children so a lot of my activities consist of keeping them busy. Anything outdoors I enjoy doing with them like the park, beach and hiking. With my husband I enjoy going to eat we both love hot wings and tacos so we often eat that. With my girls we love a good brunch like the Griddle, Blu Jam Café, dinner at Wocanos or simple places that don’t require waiting a long time to eat.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
First, my husband who encouraged me to begin a business and showed me the steps to getting started, my parents who supported me with stepping out and believing this was something I could do. Rob, who was the person initially who planted the seed of interest with opening a Private Practice in my spirit. Nicole Whatley who already had a thriving practice who helped me and provided me encouragement, different steps and tips with moving forward and opening up. My mentor Keisha who gave me insight and feedback on what I should consider and expect. Friends and family who have always prayed for me, encouraged and supported me and gave me feedback in areas when I was uncertain, thank you all!
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