Small Business Spotlight on Reiki Unbounded & Magnetix Wellness
This is the first of the #SmallBusinessSpotlight posts.
Each post will feature an interview with a local small business owner. It’s a chance to find out the story behind the business, the parts they love and the challenges they face.
Please introduce yourself and your business.
We’re Rob and Liz Linden and our businesses are focused on holistic therapy. Firstly there’s the Reiki practice (Reiki Unbounded). Rob is Reiki master and also gives talks and demonstrations on Reiki. Secondly, there’s the magnetic jewellery we sell from Magnetix Wellness. Finally, we’ve recently become distributors for Protandim, which is marketed by LifeVantage.
Why did you start your business?
Rob had worked as an IT Manager for a large financial services company for many years. As a result, he’d developed a number of stress-related illnesses. He came across Reiki and found the therapy helpful and beneficial. This led him to take up Reiki training so he could share it with other people.
Liz had previously worked in education as a Learning Assistant. She suffered from a tennis elbow injury which had not improved even following surgery and painkillers. However, she found a significant improvement after wearing a magnetic bracelet. As a result, she decided to pursue the magnetic jewellery business.
What do you enjoy the most about your business?
We really enjoy the ability to give back and share the benefits that we’ve experienced personally. The businesses we run allow us to have a better and healthier lifestyle now compared to our previous careers.
How do you promote your business online and how effective is it?
Rob has a Facebook page for the Reiki practice and is currently building a website too. Liz has a Facebook page for Magnetix Wellness. We’re trying to get the right balance of Facebook posts between self-promotion and informative posts.
What is the biggest challenge you face in your business right now?
We’d have to say that our biggest challenge is informing people about the different products and their benefits. We’ve experienced the difference personally, so we want to spread that message. We’re keen for other people to understand what the products offer.
Where do you see your business in five years time?
Ideally, we’d like to create a Reiki retreat where people can come and experience Reiki as well as the benefits of other treatments. We’d also like to continue the lifestyle that we now have.
How do you spend your relaxation or downtime?
We have a Hungarian Vizsla and have successfully bred a lovely litter of puppies. It was quite a handful but hugely enjoyable – they’re such sociable animals. We’re currently planning another litter, so we’ll have our hands full!