Name: Corine Fortin
City: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Business: Barre Montreal www.barremontreal.com
Favourite studio: Barre Montreal is going to be the perfect hang out space for me. A space to move your body in a class, but also wind down. I also love Enso yoga for the added challenge of the hot barre classes!
What inspired you to start your business where did the idea come from?
Before becoming a spinning instructor, I was working in design. I was always fascinated by the stories behind brands and loved to visit shops and restaurants that had an interesting concept or experience. Ever since I can remember, my goal was to create a brand from scratch.
Having visited different fitness studios in the recent years and picking up new skills like massage therapy and reiki, I thought it would be really cool to have a space dedicated for both the wellness of the body and the soul, half fitness and half wellness!
That's how the idea of Barre Montreal came to be. The idea for a studio space, quiet lounge and therapy room.
What is the biggest challenge you've faced to date? How did you overcome it?
I'm only at the beginning of my entrepreneurial journey, but at first the financial instability of working for myself scared me a lot! I understand now that stability is relative. Raising money is not easy, but everything can be done by putting in the time and effort.
How does your barre passion help you succeed in your business?
Barre taught me to move less but to move well. Everything is possible with planning and dedication!
What's something good (or bad) about being an entrepreneur that no one talks about?
It's easy to get consumed by a project. It can become a lonely road! Don't forget to plan some time with friends and family.
What were you doing before you started your business?
Two years ago, I was a designer. I loved design, it shaped my creativity. But I ended in a job that was not for me. I started teaching spinning, I loved it so much and ended up taking over as many classes as I could. Over time I added massage therapy and more recently barre classes to my skills! I feel very fulfilled by what I do now. I dared to try something new and it payed off.
What's the best advice you'd like to share with women entrepreneurs?
If it doesn't feel right, let it go. Do more of what you love.
What is one thing people can do to support female business owners succeed?
Shout out other businesses! A good review and word of mouth makes a impact!
What can The Barre Jar Besties do to help you succeed now?
To make this business project a success, you can contribute on the crowdfunding page www.ulule.com/barremontreal and follow our instagram @barremontreal ! Every investments counts, and you get classes or massages in return!
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