Growing your nutrition practice: Do I need a mentor?

Starting your own business as a nutritionist can be the dream of a lifetime. To become successful, you may want to offer such services as workshops and group classes in addition to individual nutritional counseling. You may be enterprising enough to provide consultation services to local organizations and businesses. While there are many benefits to being your own boss and going it alone in private practice, having the support of an experienced mentor can make a big difference when you want to start or grow your business.

Mentorship has become an indispensable element of natural health care practice for many looking to grow their practice. The Edison Institute of Nutrition offers an effective mentorship program for new holistic nutritionist transitioning from coursework to practical application.

These are few of the topics the Edison mentorship program can help you with.

Establishing a Practice

As a nutritionist just starting out, you might decide to work out of your house. If you do, you may want to dedicate an office space and a consultation area for clients. Or, you may feel that renting or sharing an office is more advantageous. The first step in going out on your own is to make sure that all formal business aspects are set up properly including, accounting procedures, client files and record keeping, business plans, and initial marketing items that are useful for creating a brand.

Applying the Principles of Live Cell Microscopy

The Mentorship Program at the Edison Institute of Nutrition will award a Certificate of Completion and increase your effectiveness as a nutrition consultant. To be admitted to the mentorship program you must have completed the prerequisite Practitioner Program. You will learn to apply the results of live cell microscopy to develop a holistic nutritional plan for your client. At the Edison Institute of Nutrition, experienced professionals guide you in using the Enderlein theory and Sanums, done on a Darkfied system which is the best way to study bacterial phases of the endobiont. The technique focuses on the terrain and eliminating the underlying causes of disease. The mentorship program also serves as a second opinion resource for complex cases for practicing consultants. Students communicate with their mentor by telephone, email or fax for a period of six months, and they receive assistance for a maximum of six cases of the student’s choice.

Setting Goals for the Future

Your mentor can help you create a business plan to set goals and develop strategies for growth. A business plan can cover everything from performance goals and anticipated revenue sources. The business plan will also state your thoughts about the size of your company, the key players and how you intend to grow the business. Your mentor can help you position your company in the marketplace by looking at the competition and defining your target audience.

4 thoughts on “Growing your nutrition practice: Do I need a mentor?”

  1. I was wondering who a good mentor would be. A colleague? Who else? I am doing a project for FCCLA and I have a few unanswered questions.

  2. A good mentor would be someone that has established a successful practice and is willing to coach you. This could be a colleague, someone you look up to and in the case of our mentorship program it would be applicable for those that have graduated from a nutrition program. What are you questions?

  3. Hi Shadine
    Great question. You can change your diet, stop having sugar, lower your calories and drink lots of water. The problem is that the weight you lose the first week, usually 3-4 lb, is mostly water and muscle. To lose fat, you need to make healthy changes to your diet, lifestyle, and exercise program longterm and lose only 1 to 2 pounds per week. The slower you lose, the longer you will keep it off and the more likely you are to make these changes permanent.

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