BOSSLADIES: Celebrating American Business Women’s Day


[tps_title]Melissa Flynn[/tps_title]

What’s it like to run your own business?
Owning your own business is challenging but also very rewarding. I opened Ocotillo Pilates Studio in 2008, and since then, we have had more success than I could have ever imagined. In 2010, our studio became a Pilates teacher training facility and in 2013, we were ranked 2nd internationally for Pilates teacher training sites. Our studio is constantly growing and evolving.

Running your own business means dedicating your life to it. Since I opened my studio, not a day has gone by in which I have not put in the work. But I wouldn’t trade it for anything; one of the best rewards is being able to make a positive impact in the community by providing jobs and valued services. The feeling of creating and living your dream, while fulfilling your career vision, makes the never ending hours all worth it.

What’s a day in your life like?
I love my job because every day brings new challenges. No two days are the same, but if I had to describe a typical day, it would be arriving at the studio at 4:30 AM for my first client at 5:00 AM. From there, I’ll usually teach straight through until 2:00 PM. The second half of the day will be spent in teaching training workshops for other Pilates instructors, or doing administrative work for the studio.

What advice do you have for others who want to start a business?
My advice to someone starting out is to start small and have a plan. Nothing happens by accident, so having a clear vision is an absolute must. It is tempting to rush ahead and grow too big too fast, so take your time to build a strong foundation and your company will succeed.

What keeps you motivated?
Every day, I am inspired by my amazing clients. Their continuous faith in me is all the motivation I need to be the best instructor I can be. I love watching them overcome physical and mental roadblocks. As an instructor, I have the opportunity to really impact a person’s life, and I take that very seriously. Their success is my success, and that is extremely motivating.

What are your goals?
My goal as an instructor and business owner is to constantly get better for my clients and employees. I want my studio to be a place that everyone enjoys. I believe in continuously reinventing your business and yourself to meet the needs of your clientele because, let’s face it – the minute you are complacent, you are toast! Life and business are both about growth and change. You should always be better tomorrow than you are today.

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