There are a lot of people who aspire to be self-employed and manage their own business, and those working in the field of nutrition are no exception.
Nutritionists and dietitians typically open up their own private practices that focus on nutritional counselling, workshops and group classes, as well as consultation to organizations and businesses.
Traits of a Successful Nutrition professional
Passion – This is a no-brainer, but prior a successful dietitian is one who is passionate about nutrition. While a career in nutrition can differ considerably, and despite there are numerous areas to work in, whichever way you look you are ultimately going to be talking about foods and drinks on a daily basis. Unless you really love what you do, you will soon lose interest in your practice.
The Eagerness to Learn – Nutrition is one of the most dynamic areas of science. Owing to an ever-changing research, dietitians need to be aware of even the slightest change and must be determined to stay ahead of the game.
Organized – Dietitians work alongside clients with diverse needs, which means organizational skills are a crucial quality. Nutrition also involves starting and finishing projects, for example, diet programs for clients. Nutrition practitioners must maintain careful records, stay ahead of administrative routine and manage their time better.
People’s-Person – Nutrition is a people-oriented business, which is why dietitians must enjoy collaborating with people of all backgrounds. They must also be good listeners and should have the ability to pay close attention to their concerns and goals.
Technical skills – Technical know-how is a quality all dietitians need. Working with equipment and tools including calorimeters to assess metabolism, glucose meters to check blood sugar level and bioelectric impedance machines to electrically measure body fat requires specific knowledge.
For a successful nutrition practice, having the above-mentioned qualities is important. In addition to that, having the right tips and tricks up your sleeve can also help grow your business.
As a self-employed nutrition professional, there are several steps you can take to ensure the success of your nutrition practice in 2018.
Get out of your comfort zone and get involved with professional groups, college groups, volunteering, etc. Not only will this help give you an open and well-rounded experience, but strengthen your foundation, especially if you are a beginner.
Create a professional online presence
Social media platforms such as Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter can be an excellent source for you to generate potential clients. Even though it might take some time for you to master these sites, it will be eventually worth it.
Establish yourself as an expert, and make sure to adopt a professional image at all times – avoid talking about hot, controversial topics, and stay relevant to your nutrition practice.
Share your knowledge
Whether it is through leading workshops or blogging, sharing your knowledge with a wider target audience will help you gain credibility and attract more potential clients. The more efficiently you do it, the better it will be for your business.
Even though it is helpful to get in touch with other dietitians, you should spend some time networking – in person, on LinkedIn, and at conferences, workshops, etc. – with those who could recommend you to their own patients, friends, family, and associates.
Go farther than individual patients
In order to maximise the success of your nutrition practice in 2018, think of all the ways you can use your nutrition acumen. You may consider partnering with local business to conduct nutrition seminars for their workers as part of a corporate health initiative.
Similarly, you could also organize community education sessions, or consult with school systems. One thing is for sure when you take initiatives like these, you are more likely to get individual patients.
Continue broadening your horizons
Diversifying and continuously educating yourself in the field of nutrition is a great way to improve your credibility, and thereby your client base. For instance, you could earn a certificate based on your areas of interest, like youth nutrition or weight management.
Following these steps will help you break barriers and go way beyond your current clientele.
Have you been using any of this tips? Do you know more useful strategies that could make your practice grow in 2018?