Startup Story: Helping Clients Feel Comfortable In Their Own Skin

For two decades, entrepreneur Kim Weiler struggled with the common skin condition known as psoriasis. She finally found a solution that helps her manage it very well. So, she decided to take the leap of faith into setting up a small business to share her knowledge with others.

Healing My Skin, LLC was officially born in July 2015 in New York City. She started e-mailing with people internationally a few years ago, but now with a growing demand, she is available for consultations via phone and Skype. This saves on travel time and gets her knowledge out worldwide.

The entrepreneur describes her role in the venture and what her aspirations are as she continues to grow.

“I am an integrative nutrition health coach,” she says. “I specialize in helping people with skin diseases. I’ve combined nutrition and self-love to heal my own psoriasis, so I am teaching others how to use those strategies to improve their own lives.”

She meets with clients one-on-one to give personalized advice, but will be holding workshops soon. Her goal is to reach as many people as quickly as possible. She is writing a book to share her personal journey and to give advice on how to help people heal more quickly.

“My goal is to create an organization for people struggling with skin disorders. I want to help them learn the best ways to reduce their conditions without always choosing potentially toxic pharmaceuticals first. I want to educate them, provide choices and alternatives, and help them lead healthier and happier lives.”

Nutrition and self-love are the cornerstones of the coaching services Weiler offers through Healing My Skin, LLC.

“It amazes me how food is our medicine, and so many people still don’t realize this,” she explains. “I’m all about bio-individuality with regard to nutrition. Overall, I recommend eating whole foods such as fruits and vegetables and staying away from processed foods. You just have to be conscious of what you’re putting in your shopping cart. Caffeine, alcohol, sugar, gluten, dairy, and red meat have been shown to affect the skin, so I’d suggest avoiding them.

The other part of her coaching involves helping others believe in themselves to make positive changes in their day-to-day lives.

“Self-love is also a huge part of my program. You have to have healthy relationships with loved ones, a career that you find rewarding, and hobbies that bring you joy. Also, implementing a regular exercise and spiritual routine will not only help you heal more quickly, but it will force you to lead a balanced life.

How Self-Employment Leads to Greater Enjoyment

Weiler explains what the true reward is that she receives from running her startup venture.

“I love helping people so much. Watching them slowly heal and gain the confidence they need is incredibly rewarding.”

She is part of a large online community of psoriasis sufferers and is now in touch with people from various countries around the world.

In addition to her new business, she’s had a long career working in all facets of the TV and film industries. She has worked behind the scenes for legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese, along with a host of other big name producers and directors. A quick glimpse of her production and acting credits can be viewed here.

She looks forward to helping others who struggle with skin conditions. In her words, whether you are in front of one person or thousands, feeling good about yourself and all human imperfections is key to living a fulfilling life.

Tackling Small Business Competition

From Weiler’s vantage point, her industry is anything but exempt from competition with so many nutritionists and health coaches flooding the market. Fortunately, she knows how to separate her small business from others.

“I really speak from the heart,” she says. “I think I am so relatable because I have dealt with a skin condition myself and understand the pain and suffering it can cause. The self-love aspect is also different from other companies because I really stress this – and teach clients about it – so they can improve their lives in all possible ways.”

As for the demographics of her clients, she is willing to lend a helping hand to men and women of all ages.

“I will help anyone,” she confides.

How to Promote a Small Business

Weiler has relied on the “information superhighway” to spread the word about Healing My Skin, LLC. Her company’s website is www.healingmyskin.com. She has company pages on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and a blog.

Like fellow first-time entrepreneurs, Weiler admits she has encountered a few challenges in the initial stages of her business.

“I have had two big challenges. The first has been finding the right people to help me with the technical side of things. I’m so much more of a creative thinker. It has also been tough finding time to do everything I want to do with this business. I want to do it all, but I just can’t. I could read Entrepreneurship for Dummies, but until you actually start doing this, you have no idea how much work is involved.”

Tips for Startup Success

She offers some advice for anyone looking into starting a business.

“You have to find the right balance with your time. My new motto is, ‘Time is on my side.’ I say it’s okay to be a little selfish when setting up a business because you have to do what you love. You also have to learn to say ‘no’ to people at times.”

1-800Accountant Client Review

Weiler is a client of 1-800Accountant and says she has received fantastic small business accounting services from the nationwide firm.

“I am so thrilled to be working with 1-800Accountant,” she enthuses. “My accountant is amazing and has been such a big help. I would never attempt to do my own taxes. You should leave it to a professional accountant who knows the drill.”

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